(So I started this whole thing as a bit to poke fun at a friend's blog that got 2 or 3 posts in before being abandoned. Now that we're settled back in at home, I figure I'd actually put some time in to updating it.)
This is E Komo Mai Hale Honu.
We did a helicopter tour with Paradise Helicopters in 2012 on our first trip to Oahu and it was an amazing experience. Mike had talked about wanting to do a helicopter tour so of course I recommended them without hesitation. Paradise Helicopters is located on the Turtle Bay Resort grounds so we took a trip to visit some old friends.
We posted up on the beach in Kuilima Cove, a reef-protected cove that's on the right side of the property while Mike and Kailey did their helicopterin'.
After they made it back safely we met up Justin, a great dude and a bad ass bartender we have met up with every year since 2012 and had a couple Mai Tais before heading out to Kawela bay. Justin usually can be found in the lobby bar with a smile on his face and plenty of advice for vacationers that don't want to stick to the usual.
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Kawela Bay is a sacred and secluded place on the North Shore. The bay is calm enough for snorkeling year round. It is home to many honu and the forest behind the bay is an ancient Hawaiian burial ground. There are two ways to get here and neither of them are easy or convenient, which is why you will probably be completely alone on this beach should you decide to visit.
The first way is to park at Turtle Bay and walk around 1 mile along the beach / through the spooky forest.
The other way is to park on the side of the road opposite Kahuku Land Farms and do the whole thing through the spooky forest. I am told there's a creepy homeless lady that lives in the woods so we always decide to take the longer route.
On the way back we ran into a giant endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, which was a first.
We stopped by Three Tables to catch the sunset before heading home. It's named Three Tables because there are three large and relatively flat rock formations that off the beach that somewhat resemble tables (uhhh... use your imagination). It is just south of Shark's Cove. These two places are some of the best places to snorkel on the entire island.
...and later I tried my hand at long exposure star photography. I might need a little more practice but hey, go easy! This was my first attempt.
More to come!