I've been able to practice some free diving and am getting more comfortable and able to hold my breath longer. Scuba has me a little spoiled... it's nice to be able to stay down for an hour at a time! Freediving gives me quicker glimpses into the undersea realm. But the tradeoff is that feeling of being free and unencumbered by cumbersome gear.
No matter how many times I go out on the boat, I'll never tire of this incredible view. There has been an unusual amount of rain this year (prior to my trip, fortunately), so the mountains are much more verdant than usual, according to the kama'aina (locals). Joy.