Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hawaii, The Big Island


We got back from our trip to the Big Island, it was lots of fun!  I'm going to do this post mainly to share the pictures and locations we visited.  Enjoy!
A turtle at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


Us at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Lava Fields on the way to Volcano National Park
Coastline on the way to Volcano National Park
Coastline on the way to Volcano National Park
Coastline on the way to Volcano National Park
Rocky coast at Punalu'u Beach
Turtle at Punalu'u Beach
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Pond near the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Steam vent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Sulphur Banks at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea Iki crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
More from the bottom of the Kilauea Iki crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea Iki crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea Iki crater wall at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
More from the Kilauea Iki crater at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Cliffs at the end of the Chain of Craters road at at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hardened lava flow over the Chain of Craters road in at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Waipi'o Valley on the northeast coast of Hawaii
Coastline along a scenic route near Hilo
Rainbow Falls near Hilo
Akaka Falls near Hilo



We also went whale watching one day on a small boat.  The trip started out slow, but picked up quickly.  We even got to see a humpback full body breach!  Unfortunately it all happened too quickly for me to snap a picture, but it was awesome!  We also saw a really big manta ray!
Humpback whale watching
Manta ray we saw while whale watching


We also took a kayaking and snorkeling trip to Kealakekua Bay.  I think this was the single most enjoyable thing we have done in Hawaii.  We were surrounded by dolphins on the kayak across the bay and once we got there the amount and color of the fish along the reefs were amazing!  To top things off, we were also to hear some whales calling to each other while snorkeling.  This bay also has a monument that marks where and when Captain Cook landed and discovered the Hawaiian islands and also where he died. 
Beautiful Kealakekua Bay
Dolphin jumping in Kealakekua Bay
More dolphins in Kealakekua Bay
After kayaking across Kealakekua Bay
Southern most point of the USA
Southern most point of the USA
View of Mauna Loa  from our hotel room

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