We didn’t intend to kayak Kealakekua. The opportunity presented itself while Breezy and I were driving around waiting for our friend Noah to get off of work. We pulled up to the bay and a local guy offered to rent us kayaks for $20. He was super cool, we had nothing to do, and it was an offer we couldn’t pass up. So we set off on our kayak and headed out into the bay.
When we got to the other side of the bay, we hit the water. There were tons of fish. The one in the front with the yellow V stripes on his tail is our state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Yes, it’s a mouthful. These are just common yellow tang. Tons of them.Tons of coral too. You can see lots of spiky wana (pronounced ‘vana’ and otherwise known as sea urchins) in this pic. You don’t want to step on those guys if at all possible.
It looks shallow, but drops off pretty deep very quickly. On the way back in, we spotted some fins in front of our kayak. Not to worry, it was just a pod off dolphins. A guy on a boat told us he saw a whale shark in the bay just a few days earlier. He said he swam with it for a while before it headed back out to sea. The water was too nice not to do some open ocean swimming. And some floating. And that’s a wrap. Until next time, Big Island.