Big Island · HAWAII · snorkel · travel

Finding Nemo

Hey guys! Long time no talk/blog! I’ve been so busy squeezing every minute out of the Big Island. I leave at the end of September and I feel like I still have so much to see. On this particular day, I got the chance to swim with sea turtles. If you’ve swam with sea turtles before, you know how magical and peaceful it is. They are such graceful creatures. I have a few tips and tricks on where to see them on the Big Island.


  1. Beaches
    1. Carl smith Beach- located in Hilo, it is filled with sea turtles. It doesn’t have a lot of sand to lay in but there are a few places and tons of grass to lay your beach towel on. The cool thing about this beach is that is freshwater and salt water so there’s a range of the shade of few and it goes from warm water to ice-cold in a matter of seconds. Would definitely recommend you using track shoes since theres so many rocks.
    2. Waikoloa Beach – the awesome thing about this beach is that it’s located where so many resorts are and one of my favorite restaurants, Lava Lava Beach Club. The food and drinks there are incredible. Try the mai tai flights and pineapple chicken teriyaki.
  2. Picture taking
    1. IT IS ILLEGAL TO TOUCH SEA TURTLES. You could harm these little guys and we need them around for a long long time!
    2. The longer the GoPro stick, the better. I thought I had long arms but the longer the stick gives better views of the surrounding ocean.
    3. Stay around the reef because that’s where the algae are which are sea turtles favorite.
    4. Take a minute from your picture-taking to enjoy the moment, it is truly one of the coolest things ever.

Well, I hope you guys find lots of sea turtles on the big island! Make sure to comment if you have seen any other cool critters out there! Also make sure to follow me on Instagram : pearlzz so we can be friends! 🙂

Big Island · HAWAII · nursing · snorkel · Surf · travel · Uncategorized

An ocean away

Arkansas has no ocean. I would go to the beach in Florida for about a week or two once a year. Now that I live ON AN ISLAND, I am going to pretty much live in the water. I’m pretty sure I might have skin cancer already with being on the beach so much. Being on the beach is honestly the best therapy. You really cant beat listening to music, reading a book, and drinking a cold beer.

Being around the ocean 24/7 is amazing for your body because do you know much calories you spend if you swim, snorkel, paddle board or surf. I am currently obsessed with my new gadget the GoPro Hero 5 session so I’ve been going snorkeling constantly. The first day I got my GoPro selfie stick, I didn’t tighten it up enough and of course I swam with 4 turtles that day. Yeah it sucked I didn’t get a cool photo but the experience was amazing. I will never forget it. They are so graceful but silly at the same time. I was scared I was going to accidently hurt them because of the waves so I didn’t want to get too close to them. My favorite snorkeling spots so far has to be Kua Bay and Captain Cook. I think honestly, anywhere you go on the big island is going to be a great snorkeling experience. I would recommend getting tracking shoes since the big island beaches are a little more rocky. It’ll save you from getting so many cuts on your feet. Also invest in a good snorkel and mask to make sure you are actually enjoying the beautiful fish deep down in the ocean 🙂