Today started out with rain. The dive shop called yesterday afternoon to let us know that rain was on the way and if there was no visibility underwater they might need to cancel. Luckily, they didn’t and at 11am they picked us up. By noon we were on the water with Reef Pirates Jake, Lauren, Captain Dan and two other divers, Farouk & Hakan. The rain had cleared up, but it was still overcast. Jake would be teaching Sue and Hakan, while Lauren was Farouk and my dive master. A quick ride to the first dive spot and we were ready. Jake walked Sue through the ABC’s of diving while I hit the water. It was an amazing dive. Beautiful coral, fabulous fish and more sea turtles than a terrapin soup recipe. The GoPro behaved perfectly and videos will be up soon. Sue did her first dive, hanging out at about 30 feet. It was a little scary at first, plus I get seasick and very easily cold, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I am game to try anything once, so there I went. I didn’t make the second dive—the cold got to me even though I am sure it wasn’t cold for most people—but I did enjoy it and might even try again. Steven really likes it, so chances are good. I will keep the scopolamine patch manufacturers in business.
We got back to the hotel around 4pm, sat for about 15 minutes then headed out to Waikiki beach. We walked about a mile and a half to the Maui Brewing Company and grabbed a pre-dinner beer. For dinner, Sue found a place called Opal Thai, where the chef asks you about your likes and dislikes then prepares your dinner. I asked him why he has menus and he said, “I don’t know.” It was great. We have no idea what we the food we were served was called, but was delicious. We started with a rice dish—can’t really do justice to describe it, but it was yummy. Then we had a tofu lettuce wrap and I had chicken wings in a honey garlic sauce. For our main courses, I had a savory duck with chilis while Sue had vegetables with noodles. We talked a bit with our table neighbors—Dominic & Moe—who work down the street at place called Moku, where we are going tomorrow. They are some of my closest friends now as they shared their tequila with us; it is a byob restaurant. We ate every morsel and I don’t think I ever had such wonderful Thai food.
A quick Lyft back to the hotel and somewhat surprisingly, when we got back to the hotel at 8:30, we were both ready to call it a night.
Sorry—no photos or videos tonight—I will post them as soon as I can.