Big Island Vacation

by Cheryl
(Dayton, OH)

Hi Mark,

We just got back from Hawaii and we had a wonderful time! Thanks so much for arranging a great trip for us! Everything went very smoothly with the flights, the rental car, the bed and breakfast (Ala Kai near Hilo), and the condo (Kona by the Sea). Your recommendations were very helpful. Liz already had the book that you recommended - the Big Island Revealed - and she used it quite a bit as we went along. She has been using it since she arrived to help her plan many excursions.

We rented kayaks from Ehi and Kai and we kayaked over to Kealakekua bay. It was the most wonderful snorkeling! We did a night dive to see the manta rays and also went up to Mauna Kea to see the sunset and then look at the stars through telescopes - marvelous.

It was great to see Liz, and she was a great tour guide. She took us many places to snorkel - tide pools not far from Hilo, a black sand beach where we saw dolphins (and some quite interesting humans :), some nice beaches on the Kona side: Spencer's, Hapuna, and we found a quieter beach near telephone pole #71 where we saw a green sea turtle. We saw sharks in the inlet where the king used to observe sacrificing (near Spencer's beach). We found the Big Island Grill in Kona - great food - very nice people! She also took us to Volcanoes National Park - several spots, South Point, and a shop where they make bread (down near South Point). We went to the Hilo Farmer's Market and the Astronomy Center. On the way back from Kona we drove through the northern part, including a lot of Parker ranch ground.

There were some things we didn't get to do, like take the wagon ride down to Waipio Valley, and we didn't make it down to the road where the lava hits the sea. There is a lot to see and do! But it was a great time - we could easily have stayed longer.

We really appreciate your planning and recommendations. Thanks again!

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