Next thing I knew, we were slowly rising into the air. And then we went higher. And higher. It felt like we were 300 feet above the boat, but I’m told it was much less than that. They toured us down the Kona coast line towards Holualoa and I recognized some landmarks to point out to my friend. The air was so fresh and the sky was so clear that when we turned back towards downtown, I could just make out the top of Haleakala on Maui.
And then just like that, they dipped us into the water (this was a yes or no option- we said yes) and reeled us back in. It was exhilarating, and scary, and so much fun. So much so that I took the next adventurous friend who came to visit. We also had a wonderful time- we even saw a whale shark (so pretty!), but I probably should have given her some Dramamine before we left the dock. She too had fun, but also didn’t. It can get a little choppy out there, so if you go and have any history of motion sickness (think carnival rides) do yourself a favor and take the Dramamine. The crew were fantastic at helping her feel better and she said she would do it again (on meds). Now that is an adventurous friend.