After a busy couple of days with a new friend, my final day on the Big Island was more chill. The friend I had been staying with wanted to do the Atlantis submarine tour, so we geared up for that. We arrived early, so we enjoyed a drink in the yacht club. We got to hear a funny conversation tidbit – there was a server whose English was decent, but not native. And we heard her exclaim in a surprised voice, “Oh! I’m not looking for a husband.” Then the reply, “don’t worry, I’m not looking for a wife either.” We chuckled and one of us mentioned, you could just get it all out there in the open by saying that you are a sailor… I’m just saying.
So we got on the boat to head out to the sub, along with about 30 other people. It was a mixture of Asian and Haoli (Caucasian) tourists. The guide was entertaining and good with kids, and he informed us of everything we might see at 70 – 100 ft below the surface. He went over protocol on the sub. I was very pleased with the crews’ manner – they were professional, direct and friendly, but you knew they were in charge, therefore I felt well contained. It was definitely structured well, very coherent.
I must emphasize something here.
If you are claustrophobic, this might not be a good idea. Fortunately I don’t have this issue, but once on the sub, which is a long bench with seats facing out multiple portals. I rather enjoyed it myself. The sub dropped to 100 ft but I never felt it in my ears. Plus our sub was not full (it could hold a maximum of 48 ppl).
We went by many coral reefs with an amazing diversity of fish. I was a little disappointed to not see any eels, but when we passed the second shipwreck, there was a white tipped reef shark sleeping next to the sunken sailboat, so that was a find. We were underwater for at least forty minutes. They let one of the kids steer the boat back to the harbor which was fun.
Overall, I’m glad I went, but honestly I saw more fish by both snorkeling in Keauhou and later by visiting the Honolulu Aquarium.
The highlight of this day may have actually been to visit Peabody’s and Gisselle, a crepe and tea house. I had the best crepe I have ever encountered there – I ordered the Ratatouille crepe, perfect combination of spices, so good!! Plus we had some nice red bush tea to boot. A nice ending to my visit to the Volcanic Isle.
We returned to Hawi and enjoyed an episode of Doc Martin – a show I had never heard of prior, but which was entertaining.
I flew back to Honolulu early he next morning.