We did not have plans for Kona. We were lured in by the Beach Shack to go to Turtle Bay to snorkel with Sea Turtles and tropical fish. We paid $10 per person for shuttle to Turtle Bay and $10 for the Snorkel Gear. We were not the only people lured to Turtle by the heavy marketing by the pier. Turtle Bay was packed with people. We found a spot on the beach headed out to snorkel in the bay with hundreds of other people. We were not expecting to see much because of so many other snorkelers. To our surprise, there were tons of different kinds of fish. Jess cut her foot on the coral and had to head back in to get a bandaid. I continued snorkeling and found myself alone in about 2 ft. of water with a giant sea turtle. For ten minutes, it felt like the sea turtle and I were the only two in the bay. I was not paying attention and got washed up on to some coral. Luckily, I did not get cut and was able to make it back in without stepping on too much of the fragile coral.
We headed back after an a couple of hours to do some shopping in Kona. I am glad we made it to Turtle Bay because it would be a travesty to come to Hawaii and not go snorkeling once while there.
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