So far we have swam at various different beaches on the Big Island and Maui.
The first beach on the Big Island was Robinson Park. We went with a Hawaiian family, the Kos. They helped us climb through the rocks to a cliff where we could jump off into the water. Climbing the volcanic rocks was a bit difficult (at least for me); most of us left this beach with a few scratches from the climb. The beach had small waves and black sand. Lauren and I tried to swim as far as we could, until a paddle boarder told us we had gone too far and needed to turn around. We were thankful the paddle boarder had warned us, because we were quite exhausted on the swim back. A few others either laid out or snorkeled. We all wore water shoes, so we didn’t have any sea urchin problems at this beach.
Not sure what the second beaches’ name was, but it was on the Big Island. The waves were very calm and nobody else was there. Most of the time we laid out, but eventually we got hot enough to go in the water. Unfortunately, most of us didn’t bring our water shoes to this beach, so we were scared of stepping on sea urchins. We tentatively swam out a few yards, while Wes scanned the ocean floor for sea urchins with his goggles on. He ended up seeing sea urchins beneath us and we all rushed out after three minutes of swimming.
Lahina Walkway held a street fest that was right on the beach. After walking down the entire walkway and looking at all of the vendors, Stevie and I went swimming at one of the very small beaches at the end of the walkway. There weren’t any sea urchins or waves and most of the swimmers were children.
This past Monday, January 22, we went to a beach after arriving in Maui. This was a big white sand beach with huge waves. Tasha, Wes, Potluck, and I tried swimming at this beach. Tasha and I had a hard time staying afloat with the undertow and strength of the waves. We weren’t even worried about sea urchins, we were mainly concerned with not drowning. We eventually gave up after being swept underneath the surface for the fifth time. This beach was a good reminder on how strong the ocean is. Wes and Potluck were brave and somehow managed to swim even farther out with stronger waves.
I’ve really enjoyed the various different beaches, I think I’m even used to saltwater now, and I’m glad we haven’t had any problems yet with sharks, sea urchins, or jellyfish.