After nine days on Big Island and ten on Maui we’re now back in Waikiki on Oahu, enjoying the last days of our trip. It’s been great and I can’t say we’re looking forward to coming back to the cold weather back home.
After our amazing manta ray encounter on Big Island, we headed to Hilo on the other side of the island. Here we experienced the forces of nature in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where we saw a smoking volcanic crater and walked on the hardened lava landscape while feeling the heat from the flowing lava in the cracks beneath us. Our last day on Big Island we spend kayaking and snorkeling in Kealakekua bay, where we saw spinner dolphins playing and the site where James Cook was killed.
Our next stop was Maui. Here we drove the famous Road to Hana, twisting through tropical jungle and over dozens of cliff-hugging, narrow one-lane bridges. On the way was several small and bigger waterfalls, which we swam in. We went on a snorkel cruise to Molokini, a sunken volcanic crater, which unfortunately had as many snorkelers as fish. We saw the sunrise from the top of Haleakala volcanic crater and lastly we had a go with the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing!
Here back in Waikiki we’ve among other things spend a day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature reserve and Martin and me have done some more diving, seeing both ships wrecks, squids, an eagle ray and of course more turtles!