Posts Tagged ‘Poipu Park Beach’

Snorkeling with Honu and Spouting Horn

October 27, 2009

Such a busy day! Starting out in Poipu doing the snorkel thing we saw an incredible number and variety of fish. It’s amazing to just hover over the masses of colorful fish, bathed in the warm Pacific, sun streaming through the translucent green blue waves.

Today the ocean was filled with Hawaii’s green sea turtles, Honu (pronounced hoe-new), named for the color of their body fat, which is green from the algae they eat. Primarily herbivorous, they feed on the rich algae beds along the rocks in the surf, making easy viewing for the snorkeler. If budget allows, I’d love to have an underwater camera. When travelling on a shoestring one must make sacrifices. For now I’ll have to be satisfied with memories of their magnificence.

After our adventure in Poipu, we headed west to the Spouting Horn. Here, the ocean waves crash onto a volcanic shelf and spouting occurs as water rushes into a lava tube and bursts through a small opening at the surface.

There’s such an abundance to do here on Kaua’i for free. No charge for parking, beaches, or day use at county and state parks. All you need do is show up to take advantage of the wonder that is Kaua’i.

canyon

canyon

after chris' bath

Chris at sunset

$3 flowers from roadside honor market

$3 flowers from roadside honor market

crater remnants wiamea canyon

crater remnants at Waimea Canyon

kauai southern shore

Kaua'i's south shore

kauai surf nestled in the pines, south shore

nestled in the pines

snorkeling at Poipu Park Beach

October 25, 2009

Post garage sales, I collected Chris and we went snorkeling at Poipu Park Beach.  This place was great! A very safe rock-and coral-bottomed pool, with waves crashing violently just 100 yards away.  The waves’ leftovers alone were strong to fill your snorkel or knock you down.  This place was fabulous, safe and not too crowded, considering this is a public beach sandwiched between major resort hotels. I encountered my first monk seal, a lazy fellow barely moving when the waves lapped up against him.

Snorkeling was great here, I highly recommend it.  A great variety of fish, red, green, blue, purple, big, small, all playfully picking at the coral and seaweed for a meal.  The water’s crystal clear, so you can make out every detail.  I was mesmerized by a spotted box fish and a black, yellow and white striped goat fish for a long time.  Then I had my greatest wildlife encounter since arrival here.  I got to swim with a giant sea turtle!  At first I was startled; he was in just 2 feet of water, only 10 feet from the beach.  I snorkeled around him and kept up with his every move, then one of those wave leftovers got the best of me and tossed me right over top of the turtle.  Probably an experience neither one of us will forget.

80 degrees and turquiose blue

80 degrees and turquiose blue

end of the North Road, Poipu

end of the North Road, Poipu

he's just lazy

he's just lazy