We began the trip by coming near to a pod of spinner dolphins, then swung by a lagoon, then on to a turtle crossing above some lava tubes: amazing. Captain Tara gave us lots of information about where to sit on the boat (little kids in the middle with their parent), everything we saw, conservation efforts, and the proper way to snorkel. I suspect she wouldn't have much patience with goofing off, risky behavior, or troubling the marine life in any way. She and Nick were very kind to our 9-year-old, who was on her first snorkeling trip—she and a woman who felt she wasn't a strong swimmer were pulled by Tara on a board all around the snorkeling area. Tara brought along a second, backup, dry wetsuit for our daughter because it was a cold day in february. We saw turtles, old and young, and lots of fishes. Then we zoomed off to an area where we saw humpback whales breaching. Then on to the second snorkeling spot before heading back to shore and lunch. The lunch was great—the usual sandwiches but with homemade bread—and we were all so hungry. Everyone was shaking with cold (even with the wetsuit shirts) by the second spot and definitely on the ride back to shore, but it was still the most magical trip and the underwater visions have stayed with me.
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