the most amazing experience ~

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for visiting and allowing me to share our trip to Hawaii with you.  The beauty of the islands is undeniable, and though we enjoyed every minute of our time exploring & soaking up the scenery, our primary reason for this trip was to experience a night dive with manta rays in Kona.  Listed as one of the top 10 dives in the world, hubby & I dreamed of this dive after seeing a documentary about it on the National Geographic channel three years ago.

Needless to say, it was the most amazing experience…ever!

They were close enough to touch…actually bumped me several times!  We were about 50 feet down, and the show lasted for about 50 minutes but felt like 5!

I can’t begin to express the emotions I experienced that night….so awe-inspiring to watch these magnificent creatures as they were feeding dancing around us SO gracefully.  We were extremely fortunate to have been in the presence of 21 mantas that night.  As is sometimes the case, mantas can show up in fewer numbers or not at all.

If you want to see exactly what I saw, check out this video.  I’m proud to say that I was the videographer!  If you hear what sounds like a scream….that would be me!

Pretty amazing, yes??

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What I wore on our last day in Hawaii….

 Recycling of the white pants…also worn with a blue shirt here.

I’m linking up with Patti for Visible Monday and Nicole for Monday Mingle!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Shirt: Tommy Bahama    Pants: Ralph Lauren    Bag: Chanel

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47 thoughts on “the most amazing experience ~

    • Brett,
      When our kids were home, our lives centered around them…even the vacations. When they went off to college, the funds went for their tuition & living expenses. Now that both are graduated and self sufficient, we’re blessed to take some of the trips we’ve always dreamed of. It’s about dang time! 😀

  1. A breathtaking experience. And well done you for recycling those Ralph Laurens! I love mixing clothes that I have worn before on my blog with new pieces to show versatility. You are rocking these in your own as ever elegant way 😉

    Edita xx

  2. Amazing is the only word to describe your adventure! What a privilege. And of course you look very island appropriate in your lovely outfit! Now I am off to watch the video…: )

  3. Jeannie, now I will think of you as a modern day adventuress! Your dive sounded like a dream come true, and you obviously loved every moment…a cherished memory forever. Love it!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    🙂

    • Sure you can!! If I can do it, anybody can!
      It WAS something really special! 21 was the count….not sure how they counted them in the dark. Some of the mantas have names and the guides know them by the spots on their bellies. Everything about this trip was so wonderful!!

  4. Jeannie,

    I am so impressed and what an amazing experience for you and your husband. My husband dives.. I don’t because I am a bit claustrophobic. Your video is incredible. The ocean really puts life in perspective doesn’t it?

    Hope your week is off to a great start and that you are looking forward to heading home.

    leslie

    • Thank you Leslie!
      You should try….being underwater is so freeing. It comes pretty close to flying!
      I’ve been home for a week…back to work. Looking forward to our next trip!

  5. Jeannie, what is so amazing about this is that both you and your hubby had the dream to do this, and then you did it!!! That is the part I like the best, realizing the dream. So awesome! xo!

    • Thank you Rachel!
      Hubby had to talk me into this, but I’m so glad he did b/c I would have missed out of something really special. It’s nice to be able to have fun with your partner…it really is! 🙂

  6. wa-HOO! i am not a huge fan of night dives, but this is now on my top five dives i need to do! awesome video! you did a nice job of not freaking out when they came so very close! not sure i could do that… love the screams, too!

    • Oh, you’ll love it daisyfae!
      They assured me that the mantas are harmless and only eat planktons! I was so busy watching them dance around, fear just didn’t even cross my mind….although, it did freak me out when they came so close as to brush against my head a few times. So much fun!

  7. That is awesome! What an amazing (and peaceful) experience! I’m glad you shared it with us. One day I’ll finish my dive classes and then Jack and I can dive together. He likes night diving too.

    • Oh, Patricia! You should get certified and go diving with Jack. I can’t think of anything that even comes close to the feeling you get when you’re gliding under water. However, I can’t do night dives…too terrified of the darkness. This dive was okay b/c there were so many divers with flashlights, and it wasn’t too deep. I have a fear of running into a man-eating shark!

  8. Wow, wow with the footage of the Mantas. That is ..great ..and kind of scary. An experience of a lifetime ! = )

    • Thanks Breana!
      I actually hesitated about going thru with this dive b/c I’m terrified of the ocean in the dark. But, since it wasn’t too deep and there were so many divers with flash lights, it wasn’t bad at all. I’m so grateful that I didn’t back out….definitely an experience of a lifetime!

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