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Monday, May 21, 2007

Open Water

This is why I am scared of the open water: Woman attacked by shark in Maui.

DH and I went on a kayak tour when were in Maui last year. I went on a kayak tour previously in Kauai and Maui and had a fabulous time so I wanted to do it again and this time share the experience with DH.

During the kayak tour, they take you to where the turtles play so it’s also a perfect snorkeling opportunity. The tour provides snorkeling gear to those who wish to go explore further under water.

I give DH kudos, he was daring. Even though, he does not swim, he tried snorkeling. Not an easy feat for a non swimmer to try in the middle of an open ocean! Even I was scared, but mostly because I was afraid that a shark would be lurking near us.

DH & I jumped in the water with our snorkel gear. I tried to give DH some tips but if he was nervous, he did not show it. We stayed near the kayak and swam a few feet around the boat. We had on life vests and the tour guide was nearby so we were in good hands.

We saw a turtle swim right by us. Those turtles are huge! They are also protected and you cannot go closer than 25 feet of one. Otherwise, you are fined by the state of Hawaii. How? Not sure, but they don’t need to convince me twice not to touch them. We also saw a school of yellow fish swim underneath us too.

I think I have open water phobia. I think it stemmed from the movie “Jaws” and its subsequent sequels.

All I could think of while snorkeling was (all paranoia, I must admit)

-Damn, we’re in a DEEP, BOTTOMLESS waterpit
-Damn, the ocean is really VAST
-The fishes are pretty but I hope a fish does not swim up my suit
-OMG, what is that dark shadow in the water?! Shark???

I love the ocean and swimming on the beach but I must say, swimming in the vast open ocean is daunting to me. I felt that any minute something would grab my feet under water.

I commend DH for trying snorkeling when he was not in his element. I am glad he tried it and we did it together because it was such a FUN experience!!

We really enjoyed the kayaking in Maui, it was a unique way to explore the island. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our Hawaii trip.

I highly recommend Kelli’s Kayak tour company if you are in Maui. I have gone on 2 kayak trips with them and had a wonderful, fun, safe experience both times.

Question of the day: Do you have any “phobias”?


Blogger Princess Extraordinaire said...

Your pics are aweomse! I am so happy you had such a great time..I am such a scary cat I hate being in over my head - in water that is...

May 21, 2007 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger ella w. said...

I learned the hard way in Hawaii that I did not like to snorkel. The idea of not being able to breath through my nose made me feel very claustrophobic.

May 21, 2007 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Double-A said...

Fear of drowning.

I came damn close once and ever since I've never been able to hold my breath for very long.

May 21, 2007 at 2:38 PM  
Anonymous brandy said...

Water. Spiders. Hamsters (don't ask). The ocean scares me a lot only because I start thinking of how many MILES deep it is. And knowing that I could never touch the bottom just gives me the shivers. Wow. I just gave myself goosebumps thinking about it...

May 21, 2007 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Princess of the Universe said...

That sounds amazing! I always wanted to do that but a) living on the prairies doesn't provide a lot of opportunities and b) can I wear my contact while I'm doing it? Otherwise I'll miss the whole thing!

Phobias: Mildly: heights, spiders, confined spaces
Strongly: woodticks - I am convinced they are where Bram Stoker got his idea for vampires. They're just evil!

May 21, 2007 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger B said...

I am sooo afraid of sharks, I loved Hawaii, and I loved snorkling with the turtles

oh and trixie- you have been tagged for 8 random things! ;)

May 21, 2007 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

When it comes to the ocean I now stick to clear water so that I can see my feet, the ocean floor, etc. And snorkeling holds no appeal to me, although I see why others enjoy seeing the fishies, etc.

As for phobias....roaches for sure.

May 22, 2007 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

My phobias are sharks, open waters, deep waters, water above my knees, sharks, open waters, deep waters, water deeper than my knees. Are you seeing a pattern here?

May 22, 2007 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger brookem said...

sounds like a great time!
im scared of burglars.

May 24, 2007 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger brookem said...

ps- burglar itself is kind of a weird/freaky word, huh?

May 24, 2007 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I hate swimming in water where I can't see the bottom. I do great in pools, but in oceans, rivers, etc., I get scared. Oceans and rivers also freak me out because I wonder how many people have peed in the water and that totally grosses me out!

May 24, 2007 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous brandy said...

You know, I've been thinking. I dont' really like that your desk got moved and it's cut down on your blogging time. I miss the questions posed every few days that would make me think about my life. (And that's just a long about way of saying I miss your posts.)

May 28, 2007 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Clare said...

Great pictures.

I hate spiders, daddy long legs and any other nasty looking bugs.

May 28, 2007 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive definately got that phobia. whats it called? my guess is agrohyrdrophobia

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