Hawaiian Vacation…The Big Island

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Last week I wrote about our visit to Oahu…if you missed that post you can read it here.

After spending two nights in Oahu we boarded a 40 minute flight to Kona, Hawaii located on the Big Island. The topography was very different from Oahu. The Big Island is  covered in black lava rock from long ago, in the region that we were staying. There aren’t really a lot of trees or greenery except in resort or ocean areas.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!This is Hapuna Beach…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!So beautiful and relaxing…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!When we were leaving the beach, I was shocked to see wild turkeys.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!Back at our resort, as we were awaiting sunset, this “torch bearer” ran through the entire property lighting all of the torches. It was pretty spectacular to watch as he didn’t stop – he just threw his flame over the torches.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!And another beautiful display of nature…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!The hotel property at Hilton Waikoloa Beach Club had many beautiful statues throughout – these two were my favorite.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!One evening we went to dinner at the Lava Lava Beach Club. This place is right on the beach, super breezy and offered wonderful cocktails and food.

Mai Tai’s – Started with this…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!That went to this…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!That went to this…don’t judge – I was on vacation 🙂

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!This is delicious Coconut Coleslaw…I am going to try and recreate this dish at home 🙂

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!And Smoked Pork Ribs – succulent with a tinge of pineapple sweetness

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!Wonderful entertainment while we ate and enjoyed the sunset.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!We were pleasantly surprised with the ocean life that we experienced..

A dolphin in the surf…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!Two beached sea turtles enjoying the sun…

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!I swam directly over this large sea turtle in a lagoon area.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!My only disappointment was not being able to see whales, up-close and personal 🙁 We had booked an excursion on this boat:

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!…but the sea became too rough and the trip was cancelled. However, my Honey Bee found a spot that we could see whales playing out in the water 🙂

The one touristy thing that I wanted to do was attend a luau.  We attended one on our last evening in paradise 🙂

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets! The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets! The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets! The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets! The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!I especially loved the fire show!

Our first Hawaiian adventure did not disappoint. We had wonderful weather, beautiful scenery, and experienced great food and special bevs.

Dreaming of our next visit…Aloha.

The Big Island - Waikaola. Sun, surf, sandy beaches. Beautiful blue water and sky. Gorgeous sunsets!

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