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And so we arrived on our fourth and final Hawaiian Island, the island of 'Hawaii', or better known locally as 'The Big Island'.
This is the biggest of all the Hawaiian Islands and is quite literally one big bubbling volcano. There are five volcanoes on the island but one in particular is the most active volcano on the planet and has been erupting continuously since 1983!
And so it was ...
Monday, April 20, 2015
Welcome to Hilo, Hawaii
Today we decided to do something different. Prior to coming on this cruise (see grand adventure) we decided to avoid the hassles involved with a group shore excursion – we booked a car for the day with Enterprise Rentals. The freedom to go where we wanted, and stop whenever we wanted was so liberating. We loved it – and the wonderful folks at Enterprise gave us a complementary upgrade from a ...
... coming from the crater lighting up the smoke. The lava pool is still bubbling away.
Now i should mention that the weather here is somewhat tropical. Hilo gets up to 10 metres of rainfall each year, making it one of the wettest places on earth. We can go from a nice sunny day, then it buckets down, then its sunny again. We have had a lot of rain each night as well.
Oh the joys of tropical weather.
Today is waterfalls day. First we visit Rainbow ...
Today I finally hit land after almost a week at sea. Hilo, Hawaii was just as beautiful at sunrise as one would expect. That's right. Miss. Sleep Until Noon got up to watch the sun rise. It was worth it. I got to see the island slowly appear on the horizon and also saw some whales that came to greet us. Even though the area where the ship docked wasn't as picturesque as the rest of the island, that was not my intended view for the day. My sights were set on the lava crater in ...
... for a late lunch, more scrabble and watch the rain for the afternoon. Our second day on Big Island (Wednesday 26th) we docked at Kona, on the west side of the island. Kona is known for its coffee plantations, Kona Brewing Co and the Kona iron-man triathlon event. Madge and I decided to spend our day onboard relaxing. We found a small swimming pool at the back of the boat, plenty of loungers and a bar and a much ...