Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Under the sea.


One of the days we were in Hawaii we drove to the town of Lahaina and took a submarine ride with Atlantis Adventures. What a great excursion! We saw many beautiful fish and learned a lot about the fascinating and fragile ecosystem of a coral reef. Our guide was very entertaining, keeping a nice balance between factual information and humor.

Riding a boat out to the submarine

Waiting for the sub to surface. Can you spot it under the water?

Here she comes!


There she is!

Preparing to go down the hatch


On board the
Atlantis. Everyone has his own window for viewing

As we approached the ocean floor we saw many large and small fish

The colors were more vivid than my camera was able to capture

A shark! Notice that the little fish aren't afraid of him. But when another kind of fish approached, the school turned very quickly and swam the other way

We passed by this shipwreck. Our guide told us this was
Atlantis I but that the company had made some design changes for the Atlantis sub we were on! In reality this was a very old ship whose hull had rusted through.

The ship now serves as a makeshift reef for many fish

After surfacing we boarded the boat again and headed for shore. We saw several signs of humpback whales: spray from blowholes and tails slapping the water, but I wasn't fast enough to get a picture of any of them.

Upon disembarking we walked around the historical town of Lahaina. We enjoyed a fun and delicious lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise and then stopped to admire the magnificent Banyan tree near the old courthouse.

The Pioneer Inn - hosted such famous guests as Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Frank Sinatra in its prime

Lahaina is a charming little oceanfront town

Enjoying lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise. The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean on Lahaina's Front Street

This beautiful Banyan tree was planted in 1873 by Christian missionaries. Standing more than 60 feet high, it stretches over a 200-foot area and shades two-thirds of an acre. The tree has twelve major trunks in addition to its huge core

Hockey Boy and Dots with the Banyan Tree


Rachel said...

sounds like a fun day! I remember visiting Lahaina while we were in Hawaii 9 years ago. No submarine ride, though - how cool is that???

Your vacation sounds like it was an amazing week. I know how hard it must be to return to reality!

3 Peanuts said...

Sounds like you guys had the BEST time. i hope you are easing back into norma life:)

3 Peanuts said...

Sorry for they typos..so tired:)

Christie said...

Oh this is just incredible!! I'm so jealous (in a good way) - I can't wait to go...hope I get to see all the same amazing things you are seeing. Such a great post!

KK said...

Your pictures are so beautiful--the color is amazing!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I just caught up with your adventures in Hawaii!! What a blast, loved that you are keeping us updated. Soak it all in, girl...every bit!!

Amber M. said...

LOVE the whole submarine thing. And seeing a SHARK?? Too cool.

annechovie said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing all of your vacay photos - so glad you had such a great time, Eloise!