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Posts Tagged ‘Snorkeling’

Return of a Treasure Hunter!

Posted by E.G.D. on March 11, 2017

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, who last wrote us a post in 2015!  Congratulations on the beach-move, Ken, from all of the Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches treasure hunters (all of whom have moved to the beach since starting this website ^_^.  We totally get it!).

Finally…I Moved to that Beach! (Well, Near it…)

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Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

Hello to all the beach lovers once again!

Nearly 2 years ago I wrote a guest post here on BT&TB about how much I loved looking for sea shells on Makaha Beach on the west coast of Oahu.  Well, here it is:  I’m retiring from the military at the end of March and I am actually moving about 400 yards away from that beach!  It’s a condo/beach community called Makaha Surfside.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not rich.  I just happened to luck into a 500 sq ft condo that is everything that I ever wanted.  It’s a great deal.

So, in the last two years, what have I been doing on Oahu?

Going to the Beach- 

LOL.  Seriously, I think there are only a few beaches on the island that I haven’t been to.  If you’ve been to Oahu then you know that it’s kind of a feat!  Makaha is still one of my faves.

Visting the Beaches on the other Hawaiian Islands- 

I’ve been to beaches on Maui, Big Island, and Kauai at this point.  I’m here to tell you…it’s paradise!  One of my favorite spots in the state is the beach that is part of the Marriott Kauai Resort.  Man, it’s beautiful!

Still Snorkeling-

I have a couple different snorkel gear review sites online now and things are going really well.  One of my favorite moments of my life was when my girlfriend and I got into the water at Honaunau on the Big Island and within 90 seconds we were swimming, watching and filming an entire pod of dolphins.  It was awesome!  Especially since so many visitors pay an arm and a leg to “swim with dolphins” while there on vacation.  Check out my video…EPIC!

I really wanted to come back and say “thanks” to everyone at BT&TB for letting me guest post waaaay back in July of 2015.  Something the military taught was to never fail to show gratitude where it’s meant.  So, if you’re ever on Oahu…please hit me up and you’ll always have a couch to crash on…100 feet from the beach.

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty (almost retired) soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

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Posted in Beaches of The Hawaiian Islands, Featured Guest Writer, Snorkeling, Whales and Dolphins | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

I Don’t Always Snorkel but When I Do, I Look for Shells

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2015

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, an active-duty soldier stationed on the beautiful island of Oahu.

This is one of my favorite topics to talk about when it comes to going to the beach and, in particular, snorkeling.  I will never understand how people can get bored at the beach.  You can do so many things and there’s a great opportunity for some alone time, too.  You can read, tan, nap, build sand castles, dig holes, swim, sit in 6 inches of water and just…sit.

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muse

Makaha Beach Park, Photo Contributed by Ken Muise

Personally, my favorite past time at the beach is snorkeling.  I can’t get enough of it.  To be honest, I don’t feel 100% complete when I’m in water anymore without a mask and snorkel.  My kids are some of those people who “get tired of the beach” after about an hour…an hour and a half at tops.  I don’t understand it.  “Take your mask and snorkel and go in the water and look around.” I tell them.  Depending on the beach we’re at, they usually come back with something like, “But there’s no coral here.  There won’t be anything to see.”

Nothing to see?!  OMG…it’s the ocean.  Anything you see below the surface is new and exciting.

Sea Urchin, Photo contributed by Ken Muse

Sea Urchin Photo contributed by Ken Muise

One of my favorite things to do when I’m at a beach with little coral is to hunt for sea shells.  My favorite spot to do this:  Makaha Beach, West Oahu.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Makaha is known as the turtle cleaning station, but it requires about a 100 yard swim out to the sweet spot.  There is plenty to see out there; fish, coral and turtles. I don’t always want to do that, though.  Instead, right at the shoreline in about 3 to 4 feet of water, is a gentle break where all sorts of rock, coral, and sea shells gather.

Keep in mind, that during the winter months on Oahu, Makaha Beach Park is known for some good surfing and you shouldn’t snorkel anywhere where this a  large surf.  Always take notice of the beach and surf warning signs and gauge the situation against your abilities.

I have found a large piece of my sea shell collection while snorkeling in that gentle break at Makaha Beach Park.  Plenty of shiny, cowry shells and even sunrise seashell are the favorite pieces of discovery at Makaha.

Besides that, Makaha Beach Park is one of my favorite “sit down and chill” beaches on Oahu.  The space is wide open with hardly enough people to call a group, let alone a “crowd”.   I always find parking and there are restrooms and showers across the street.

Ken Muse, Our Featured Guest Writer

Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

A note from our Treasure Hunters: On this Independence Day weekend we would like to express our gratitude to men and women who serve, and have served, our country.  

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Magical Bora Bora and Motu Haapiti

Posted by E.G.D. on March 29, 2015

Take every shade of blue and of green that you have ever seen or even imagined. Swirl them together and you have the astonishing kaleidoscope of brilliant colors that makes up the island of Bora Bora. Now, take those colors along with purples, golds, yellows, and oranges and you now have Bora Bora’s phenomenal underwater wonderland. That having been said, words cannot possibly describe Bora Bora. Photos simply don’t do it justice.

Sunrise in Bora Bora (Photo © Jody Diehl)

Sunrise in Bora Bora (Photo © Jody Diehl)

We had stunning views as we sailed in just as the sun was rising behind the island. Greg and I were the first of the ship’s passengers on the first tender to shore where we set about exploring the little village of Vaitape. I do believe we actually experienced the town’s morning rush hour. Cars came and went up the narrow main (barely two lane) street.  Everyone smiles and greets you in Bora Bora. Their homeland is their pride and joy. Here English is more frequently spoken amongst the locals than on Tahiti. [Editor’s Note: Jody and Greg didn’t make it to a beach on Tahiti for reasons of time and a language barrier, so I didn’t turn their e-love-letter to Tahiti into a post- E.G.D.] We had a full day excursion planned and started out at 9:00 with a sail around the island. First stop: swimming with the sharks and rays at a shallow reef. What an experience! The guides enticed both the sharks and rays to come closer. Some of the black tip sharks were easily five feet in length. They came out of every direction and you never knew when one would appear underneath or passing right next to you. The same was true for the rays (also quite large). Neither seemed to care that we were sharing the water with them. We cared plenty and were exceedingly grateful for their kind hospitality! Next stop: the coral gardens where the water was quite a bit deeper. The brilliantly colorful coral gardens were teeming with life.

Next stop: a private island where we enjoyed a picnic lunch, music, dancing, the most thorough and entertaining coconut demonstration ever, and more time for swimming and snorkeling. Motu Haapiti has the most startling crystal clear water we have ever, ever seen. Just imagine swimming in bottled water. Actually, the entire lagoon around Bora Bora is this clear. It was only more obvious at the shallow beach surrounding Motu Haapiti. [Editor’s Note: This set of photos actually includes some beach shots, which is how I justified posting this! -E.G.D.]

During the entire day of sailing around the tiny island we enjoyed Polynesian music and songs from our joyful crew. Bora Bora is the place of dreams. Please don’t pinch me!!! Today we will cross back over the equator and arrive once again in the northern hemisphere. Next stop: Hilo, Hawaii-  Jody & Greg

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Picture Perfect: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Posted by E.G.D. on March 24, 2015

We had another fabulous port of call, this time at Rarotonga, the youngest of the Cook Islands. Rarotonga is the picture perfect setting you would imagine finding on a postcard of the South Pacific. Only better! Rarotonga’s natural beauty is stunning. The island’s rugged, eroded volcanic peaks are covered in dense, green vegetation. And sparkling blue lagoons are surrounded by pearly white sand and tall, swaying palm trees. Picture perfect!

The hot and steamy day (even for the locals) started with a trip to Muri Lagoon, the go-to spot for snorkeling on the island. There we found colorful fish, coral, and black sea cucumbers galore. The water was crystal clear and cool. The currents were pretty tricky, pulling us this way and that. We just decided to head up the white sandy beach and then let the current take us back to the nearby beachside resort. It worked pretty well, but there was a whole lot of kicking involved!

We shuttled back into town in the afternoon, hoping the shops and cafes might be open. They weren’t. Rarotonga is a Christian community and Sunday is a day for church, and rest, and family. We walked through the tiny midtown area and turned up a street and into a neighborhood where we found a monument on a triangle of road. It was the stone from which the first Christian sermon was given on the island. It read: “On this stone Papeiha first preached the Christian message in Rarotonga in 1823.” Cool find for just walking up a side street! There were many churches tucked away all along the main road. The sign in front of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral showed that the 9:00 AM Sunday mass is said in Maori.

Island life is relaxed, patient, and accepting. Each person we met on Rarotonga was joyful and very friendly. It was a full day of fun and exploration.

Next stop: Tahiti.

We hope all is well with all of you.

Have a wonderful yesterday!- Jody & Greg

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