It isn’t just a story, said Little John Dory

11 Nov

Ulua Beach, good for snorkelling

Yesterday we asked a local for a beach recommendation, somewhere that would be good for children, where we could snorkel.  Anywhere around Wailea, was the answer, try Ulua.  So this morning we drove the twenty minutes or so to Ulua and nabbed the last parking spot next to the beach.

The small crescent of sand was crowded with families, and at first I was wishing that we’d gone back to the fish pool near our condo, which we had virtually to ourselves yesterday.  But popular usually means it’s good, right?

On the right hand side of the beach were black, volcanic rocks, jutting out of the ocean.  And all around these rocks were brightly coloured snorkels, poking up out of the sea, like candles on a big watery cake.  Steve and Ned headed off with our two snorkel sets to have a look, while Dickon, Eve and I made sandcastles and collected seed pods.

They came back grinning from ear to ear.  “It’s amazing, it really is!  Go and have a look.”  They were right.  It was like being in the pages of Tiddler.  I can’t pretend to be able to identify most of what we saw, but I’m pretty sure there were a variety of butterfly fish, lots of live coral, clearfin lizard fish, tangs, trumpet fish and red pencil urchins, amongst many others. We spent the next few hours taking it in turns with the snorkels.

It’s the only place I’ve ever swum ithin a few feet of the beach and seen a real life aquarium.  And that was just one beach.  Apparently most beaches along that stretch of coast are as good.  If we’re lucky this week we’ll see turtles, and maybe even a shark.

We’ve been to the supermarket to buy more snorkels.




14 Responses to “It isn’t just a story, said Little John Dory”

  1. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 11/11/2010 at 7:34 am #

    Oh that just sounds amazing how wonderful! xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/11/2010 at 6:18 pm #

      It was!

  2. English Grandma 11/11/2010 at 8:40 am #

    Great times for you….lots of learning going on and memories to keep for ever. Wishing you many happy months of the same.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/11/2010 at 6:17 pm #

      Thank you!

  3. scribblingmum 11/11/2010 at 10:39 am #

    Amazing! These are such brilliant experiences for your kids, lucky ducks, how cool. It’s raining here. And windy. And cold…..

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/11/2010 at 6:15 pm #

      I am very much loving the sunshine 🙂

  4. kat 11/11/2010 at 12:47 pm #

    And an underwater camera pleeeeeeease

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/11/2010 at 6:11 pm #

      We’ll have to see if we can buy a disposable one…

  5. Nmaha 11/11/2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow! Seems like your adventure has really started well.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/11/2010 at 6:11 pm #

      It really has!

  6. nmaha 12/11/2010 at 11:02 am #

    I hope you don’t mind, I’ve have named you as an inspirational blogger in my latest post:

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/11/2010 at 5:03 pm #

      Of course I don’t mind! Thank you 🙂

  7. Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog 12/11/2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Awesome! What a fabulous experience. As a homeschooling mom, that would be my ultimate dream: To travel for a year, experiencing the world. Have fun!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/11/2010 at 4:46 am #

      The homeschooling aspect is something that really appealed. I’m not sure I could do it long term, but for nine months, I hope I’ll really enjoy it.

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