Nik was pretty scared and didn't get into the water much our first day out so on Monday we took him to the pool and coaxed him into practicing until he could put his head into the water. On Tuesday we had originally planned to go to an outer reef but I couldn't face another 90 minute to 2 hour boat ride so we talked to several boats and settled on Ocean Freedom because it took only 45 minutes to get out to Upolu Cay and Upolu Reef.
Despite a rather dismal, cloudy and rainy start, the weather picked up when we got out to the reef and we got patches of sunshine. The sea was also the calmest we saw all week so it was a beautiful day.
Nik got up the courage to snorkel with Ian and he loved the glass-bottom boat tour. Nik finally saw fish, corals, and turtles and he was enchanted. He lay on Ian's back and put his head into the water over Ian's shoulder. Ben was so excited about snorkeling I couldn't keep him out of the water.
Over lunch we dangled our toes overboard and fed shrimp heads to the batfish swimming by our toes.
We had a great day!