Doesn’t that look so relaxing!! The honeymoon was great…. we spent most of our time just relaxing by the pool and beach, soaking up the sun and playing some Scrabble (nerd alert, I know!) When we did get our lazy butts in gear, we also enjoyed some fun day activities like snorkeling many of the beaches of Maui, couples massages at the Hyatt Resort, and some window shopping down by the pier.
One of the days while we were down walking by the pier I saw a sign for a Deep Sea Fishing Excursion. Somewhat joking, I insisted that we go look at the booth and see what it was all about. When we got to the booth, the boat was just pulling back in for the day from one of the excursions, and were unloading HUGE fish….the biggest fishies I have EVER seen. I was amazed… and I wanted one… BADLY! It took some convincing to get Ben onboard, but of course he was into it, and we signed up to go the next morning. In order to be at the right place at the right time, our trip had to begin at 3:00am. Six of us boarded the boat at 2:45, when it was still pitch black outside, and everyone was a little groggy… like we might still be sleeping, and this might be a dream nightmare. As we pulled out of our slip and 100 yards away, just past the breaking wall of the marina, our boat starts to tip to one side. The captain begins to yell at his deckhand to check some things down below, and as he pulls up the basement compartment of the boat, water floods onto the deck. What the heck?! Yes… the entire bottom portion of our boat was flooded and the water was rising QUICKLY. Within minutes, the water was already up to our ankles and the Captain is yelling at us “RUN TO THE RIGHT! RUN TO THE LEFT!” to even out the water so we don’t tip over. The water is now up to our calfs and the Captain is booking it back to the slip as fast as he can. When we finally get close enough to get off the boat… me and the one other lady on the boat get off, and all the men grab 5 gallon buckets and begin to bail the water, as it continues to rise, now up to their waists. They bail for 45 minutes straight and it doesn’t seem to be making a difference at all. Finally the water gets high enough that it is spilling over the edges of the boat… the cooler has popped open and our drinks and sandwiches have floated off to sea. The live bait cooler pops open and our bait swims off… lucky fish!! The Captain finally gives up and orders everyone to get off of the ship… and it sinks! To the bottom! Of the Marina!
Seriously. The creepiest part is… the day before when they brought in all those huge fish they gutted them and cleaned them out right there on the boat and then tossed everything right into the water, and there were 5 big sharks circling the boat right there in the Marina. So, if heaven forbid we would have gone another 100 yards when we discovered the water coming onto the boat… we wouldn’t have made it back to the dock and we would have been bobbing there in the water, in the complete darkness of the early morning, with live bait and fish guts surrounding us… and sharks. In the end we decided that this was a freak accident and there was NO WAY we could sink 2 boats in a weekend, so we decided to go back out and give it another try the next day. We had so much fun and Ben caught a nice big Tuna.