This morning we drove out to Kealakekua Bay and rented double kayaks from a lovely older man. We paired up and headed out on the half hour kayak to the Captain Cook memorial. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of people out on the water - swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and in small tour boats.
We got the kayaks tied up and then went over to see the memorial and had a little debate around whether the British could really say Captain Cook "discovered" the Hawaiian islands (as it says on the memorial) when there were already people living here.
We got our snorkeling gear on and as we were getting into the water, Colin got stabbed by a black sea urchin. He bravely pulled out two big spikes on his own before taking off his water shoes to find a big bruise and several small spikes embedded in his big toe. We talked to the kayak guy and he said it happens all the time, that the spikes aren't poisonous and the spikes will eventually dissolve. Colin quickly put it past him and we ventured into the water. The variety of coral here was amazing and we saw so many fish.