As you may know, I had the privilege of spending 3 weeks in Hawaii this month. What an adventure! The first two were spent working, but for the last one, the boyfriend flew out and we spent 6 amazing days traveling around Hawaii (aka the Big Island).
We spent the first two days in Volcanoes National Park, in the southeast corner of the island.
The day after we got back to the west side of the island, we hung around town for the most part. By far, the most exciting part of the day was snorkeling with sea turtles! I kid you not, I swam with sea turtles. Like this guy!
The north shore is made up of rocky cliffs jutting out into the ocean. Between the cliffs there are gorgeous, lush valleys, some of which are home to black sand beaches.
Waipi’o was an exciting valley to get into, as it required a drive down a mile long hill at a 25% grade. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but I’ll share anyway.
After another lazy day of the pool and watching movies, we took our last full day on the island and headed south. First up: kayaking and snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay.
From there, we headed down the coast to South Point, the southernmost point in the entire United States.
It was a perfect way to spend our last full day on the island! We rounded it out with a Hawaiian pizza (recipe forthcoming, when I can figure it out) and a huge slice of mud pie (think mocha ice cream meet Oreo cookie crust meet chocolate ganache, and then throw some whipped cream on top).
It was an amazing vacation on so many levels: great company, beautiful scenery, tasty food, lots of adventure. If you’re headed to the Big Island, get the book The Big Island Revealed. It is the only guidebook you will need. You can quote me on that.