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Old 07-07-2006, 06:55 AM   #1
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Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/28

[b] A Sub Ride…

This is the third part in this Hawaiian Trip Report...

Part 1...

Part 2...

Now, the report continues……

Another wonderful day dawns…

The plan for today is to head out to Waikiki and go out for a submarine ride…

I was up around 5 this morning, Jan got up around 6. I got a phone call from work asking about something that had happened the day before, I had to remind them I was in Hawaii [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/rofl2.gif[/img] I told them who to call and went back to downloading and burning DVD’s…

We had to check-in for our ride at 10:30, so we left around 8:15 which gave us plenty of time to get there. A quick stop at Burger King for an egg-cheese biscuit and an orange juice, drop the crumbs off for the little red headed birds, and we were on the road. Traffic was okay and we arrived at the Hilton parking lot with plenty of time left to browse…

We found the check-in place and they told us to come back around 10:30…


So we wandered some…


Swim/Dive boats off the beach…









We then headed inside the complex and checked out some of the inside stuff…




















Benihana of Tokyo…



Back outside…













Hilton Hawaiian Village…

We checked in and headed out on the pier to load up on a “regular” boat to go out to the sub…









A model of the sub…


































The Sub…

Jan’s Pics to this point…








The Wedding Chapel…































NEXT: The Sub Ride…
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Great pictures! More please!
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:05 AM   #3
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Beautiful pictures Bill!!! Can't wait to hear about the sub ride-how cool!!!!
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Bill - [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img] your pictures. Can't wait to see the ones from the sub dive!
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Wow, you are braver than I...I would probably have a panic attack on a claustrophobic submarine! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/help.gif[/img]
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Another round of excellent photographs!
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[b] The Sub Ride…

Okay, so now we’re here at the sub and about to board…

[img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

Those of you that know me, know that part of the reason I am called the bagman is that I am claustrophobic [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

What was I thinking??????

Actually, I was thinking I could control it for this trip and stay busy looking out the windows taking pictures… That and I have the upmost confidence in my little buddy to keep me calm [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

And I did!!! There was this young man next to me from Colorado who wasn’t too sure of this ride and we “kept each other occupied” so we could enjoy the trip. He, too, was a photographer (he was about 9 or 10) and we discussed the finer points of photography in a water environment… [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/rofl2.gif[/img]

And we took a lot of pictures!!!!!!!!!




Baitfish on the surface…


Wood beams and other rubble on the bottom…




Jellyfish…


Fish…


Part of one of the “artificial” reefs planted… [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502no_prv.gif[/img] they’re not like weeds, you don’t plant then and make them grow. You plant them and things grow ON them!!!







As you get deeper, the reds are the first colors to disappear so everything takes a bluish color…


Fish bunched up on the left end of this…






A school of smaller fish…


The ocean floor again…




I used the flash here, this was the deepest I got on film. I actually saw 120 on the depth gauge at one point…


At one point, this was an intact aircraft, but one of the hurricanes broke it up and moved the pieces around…








If you’ll notice, at this depth the bottom is completely void of “growth”…


This was a ship they sunk… That oval shape in the upper center right side is a large turtle we spooked off the wreck…


Turtle in the center, not a good pic, sorry






By the time we got here, the tide was changing and the water was getting murky… We’re not half way into the ride yet…










My partner, with which I can do almost anything… sometimes 


Another turtle…




Inside the sub…


Shallower water…








Cables…




Inside the sub at the surface…

Jan’s pics



























No Flash…




















Scary [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/rofl2.gif[/img]





NEXT: Back to Land and HOW MUCH IS THAT PARKING FEE????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/7

Bill,
I've just spent the better part of the afternoon catching up on your whole report. What a treat! Like others, it makes me want to head off to Hawaii in the worst way. Can't wait for more!
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More great updates and pictures Bill [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/zwavin.gif[/img] I'm glad you decided to go thru with the sub trip and fight off your claustrophobia [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img] [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/toast.gif[/img] The pictures were definitely worth it [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]

More please [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Wow!!! Fantastic pictures Bill!! How cool to be able to go on a submarine!! I will have to remember this if we ever get back!! Can't wait for more!!
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How long was the sub ride? With that many people, I think I be a bit claustrophic too! But the photos are awesome!
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Re: Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/7

[b]About an hour on the sub itself. It looks like a lot of people, but there is a great air flow, cool air and, while your butts are pretty close together, it's not too crowded. We were on the 48 passenger sub, they have a 64 passenger one...

Their web site is http://www.atlantisadventures.com and it's the same web address for all sites...

They also do these sub tours in the carribean...
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Re: Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/7

Bill - first - thanks for the great photos of my hotel from Hawaii!!! Great memories! Glad to hear your dislike of small, tight places did not bother you on the sub. The sub photos are beautiful too - I love the pics of the turtles. Too bad that they could not take you to some natural reef areas instead of just the artificial reefs off of Waikiki.

Great TR!!! Can't wait to read more!
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Re: Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/7

That sub ride looks awesome Bill - [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img] on doing it, it was definitely worth it for all the photos you got during the ride! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]
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Re: Aloha Kana and Pila – Part 3 Updated 7/7

Now I'm really kicking myself for cancelling the submarine ride when we were in Maui last year, it doesn't look as scary as I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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