I started the day with the most delicious flavoured milk in the world.
There is a lot of tourist business competition in Hawaii so all the Hanauma Bay snorkelling trips cost $14.95. I took an early one (7.30am pick up, arrive at the bay 8.00). You have to watch a safety video but it isn’t bad.
There had been some bad weather so the water was a bit murky. However it was still clearer than NZ water at any time. I was the first one in and immediately saw a turtle!
They let me swim with them for about 5 min, then disappeared in to the murk.
I had lunch at IHOP, just to eat there before I left the USA.
Finally I set out to do the one thing I had been planning since the start of my trip.
Apparently a lot of places think it’s too kitsch, but I went to the Atlantis restaurant in Waikiki. It’s opposite the Apple store and next to california Pizza Kitchen. They have a Pineapple Royale for $13.50 including tax. I asked for a non-alcoholic one and they gave me some kind of pink slush. It was nice, and there was a LOT of it. Pineapples are big!
After that I caught a shuttle to the airport. I was worried when I saw a lot of school groups on my flight back to NZ but since i was in premium economy I was away from them. The new Air NZ entertainment system is good but the range of programmes is a bit limited, and it’s full of rugby and Shortland St. I arrived back at 6am and only had to put my bags through the x-ray. He did ask me why I had 36 boxes of chocolates, but I didn’t have to unpack my bags. Success!