January 15, 2011

Adventures in Scuba Diving and Puking

On Tuesday morning, Justin and I headed out for a fun day of scuba diving on Oahu. Justin was hoping to see a shark or two but I was preoccupied with the thought of spotting a turtle. Turtles! They are so awesome! I crossed my fingers and prayed to the ocean gods that I would see one on our dive...

After we reached the dock, our boat left port and we chugged into the blue waters off of Waikiki. As the shore drifted farther and farther away, the waves started to get choppy. Up and down, up and down. And I started to feel a little nauseous. Uh oh... Luckily, we reached our first dive destination and the cool water made me feel better. Look, I'm diving, Ma!

About ten minutes into our dive, our dive instructor signaled me to hurry over toward him because...HE HAD FOUND A GIANT SEA TURTLE! Eeeek! Justin and I don't know if it was a male or female turtle, but we decided to call it Myrtle. 

Alas, our first dive ended far too soon and we were forced to climb back onto the boat. As we departed for our next dive site, I started to get that "Uh-Oh" feeling again. Nausea. Headache. Sour stomach. Next stop: Puke City!

Indeed, I ended up chucking my breakfast over the side of the boat. Not my most glamorous of moments, I tell you! At least Justin was there to hold my hair and pat my back. Poor guy. Everyone else was chatting and having fun and he had to babysit his green-faced wife. He wins the Husband of the Year Award!

Anyway, it was time for our second dive and we saw some cool things: bright yellow fish, a harlequin shrimp, and even a mean-looking eel. But the coolest creature we saw was an awesome red octopus:

Funnily enough, I was hardly paying attention to the octopus when this picture was taken. See, a few seconds earlier, I had rammed straight into a sea urchin. A sharp pain had shot up from my knee and my eyes went wide when I saw eight long urchin spikes sticking out of my leg. Ow, ow! As I tried to yank them out, our guide waved me over to take the picture of the octopus. I quickly complied before staring at my leg again and wondering if sea urchins were poisonous...

Good news: sea urchins are not poisonous to humans!
Bad news: sea urchin spines are ridiculously hard to pull out! 

All in all, it was a fun day! I'll do it all again---vomiting, et all---for the chance to see Myrtle again!


  1. Amazing!!!!

    When we went whale watching last year, I puked too. Not so fun.

  2. Wow. I was reading this with a wistful smile on my face thinking, oh how I wish I could be doing this too...when I got to the part about the sea urchin. Yikes, eight long spikes? Dry land never felt so good before. :)
    (But really, being so close to that sea turtle must have been truly amazing.)

  3. Ouch for the sea urchin (why were you picking on that poor sea urchin? lol). I would have started freaking out underwater, worrying if it was poisonous, so perhaps I should not go diving?

    But the turtle and octopus: so cool!

  4. Wow what fabulous diving - I love warm water diving - it's so different to the sort of cold and murky diving we do here in Blighty! Those pics are great!

  5. I showed Sam the pictures of you guys and he said he wants to see a sea turtle. That must have been awesome. My brother Andrew totally vomited the entire way to Molakai one year. The I did the whole way back. Scuba diving was still fun though!