While we were on the south end of the Big Island of Hawai’i, we noticed a sign that indicated down a side road we could go to the southern most point in the US. Being the adventurous types, we of course couldn’t resist. About a half-hour later we arrived at a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific, and as you can see, the water color was incredible. What is more incredible is that the camera didn’t really capture the color depth and richness (click on the image to see a larger version).
There were quite a few people there, many of them locals, and it turns out it is a popular place for diving off of the probably 30 foot tall cliff and into the incredibly blue water. I seriously considered putting on my swim trunks and taking a plunge, but decided in the end not to. I’m sure I will though after I move over there.
There are remnants of concrete foundations at the cliff edge where I expect there used to military structures dating back to WWII. It would have been a perfect place for a radar installation, and just a short distance up the road were some old abandoned structures that definitely look ex-military. At the bottom of the image you can see one of the old metal ladders that I suspect was used during military personnel up and down the cliff, and they are still used by the divers (although the ladders have required some impromptu repair work over the years). There are also a couple block-and-tackle structures there that were probably used to bring supplies up to the installation.
You will notice some white stuff floating on the water which is a combination of organic and (sadly) human debris. Just off frame, there was a white plastic bag floating in the water that one of the divers retrieved during our visit.