The house we rented sits just 500 feet up the road from the wharf on Kealakekua Bay. We've taken to wandering down every evening to watch the sunset. This morning, we spent an hour or so exploring the cobble beach on the north side of the wharf.
We were very disappointed to learn that the State of Hawaii has forbidden the launching of vessels within the bay, supposedly to protect the reef, but we suspect it has more to do with the influence of the big snorkeling cruise enterprises. In the past, we've always kayaked from the wharf across the bay to the Captain Cook monument where the snorkeling is fabulous. I guess we'll have to go elsewhere this year.
After lunch at the Coffee Shack, we headed to Ho'okena Beach, one of our favorites. Big swells are coming in for a couple of days, so the surf was great fun to play in. I got thoroughly tumbled on my first attempt to get through the break - sand everywhere. My shoulder didn't appreciate it, but no harm was done.