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24 travelers at this place:

  • Day75

    Travel and transformation

    May 28, 2017 in the United States

    I may have over-egged the title a little, but on my last morning in the home of world-renowned Kona coffee I made myself a cup, and tried it. Well it's still coffee, but I reckon it would make a very good mocca chocolate bar 🙄

    Today I head east to a few miles north of Hilo and have a couple of days to explore the water-sculpted valleys of the east.

  • Day23

    Broke Da Mouth Grindz

    September 27 in the United States

    Zum Abschluss des Tages gingen wir nach einem besuch im Target Supermarkt (wo es allerhand lecker snacks gab - wie die besten sugar Cookies überhäuft) ins "Broke Da Mouth Grindz" essen wo es gutes Essen für kleines Geld geben sollte. Tatsächlich waren fast nur Einheimische anwesend, und die müssen ja wissen wo es gut ist. Wir wurden nicht enttäuscht. Obwohl das Essen richtig gut war waren die Portionen so groß dass wir es nicht schaffen alles aufzuessen. Mit vollem Mägen ging es wieder zwei Stunden zurück auf die Hilo-Seite.Read more

  • Day29


    October 3 in the United States

    Leider war es heute so weit, der Tag unserer Abreise war gekommen. So machten wir uns ein letztes Mal ein üppiges Frühstück und genossen den Blick auf den nahen Ozean, während wir Pancakes und lokales Obst verspeisten. Daraufhin packten wir die letzten Sachen ein und fuhren nach Kona, wo wir am Abend losfliegen sollten. Da bis dahin noch ausreichend Zeit war, schauten wir uns das Städtchen noch etwas an. Die Strandpromenade ist sehr vom Tourismus geprägt, hier reihen sich Läden an überteuerten Bars und äußerlich ganz hübschen Restaurants. Wer gutes und einheimisches Essen möchte, sollte diese "Touristenfallen" jedoch meiden. So tranken wir nur einen Kaffee auf einer hübschen Terrasse mit Meerblick und gingen dann ein letztes Mal an den Strand. Aufgrund der Umstände mussten wir heute mit einem künstlich angelegten Stadtstrand, der wohl zu einem Hotel gehört, vorlieb nehmen. Da wir aber schon an duzenden Traumstränden in Hawaii waren,, war das echt nicht so schlimm. Nach ein paar angenehmen Stunden gingen wir dann noch mal richtig lecker essen.Read more

  • Day29

    Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill

    October 3 in the United States

    Für den kulinarischen Abschluss der Reise fuhren wir zu "Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill". Auch hier wurden wir nicht enttäuscht und konnten richtig lecker essen. Abschließend lässt sich sagen, dass man in den USA (entgegen der Meinung, die wir vorher hatten) richtig gut essen kann. Man muss sich halt vorher informieren, wo es gut ist und vor allem dort hin gehen, wo auch die Einheimischen essen. Dass man die Touristenfallen an den Hotspots meiden soll, sollte sowieso klar sein. Oft war es so, dass die Lokalitäten, in denen wir Essen waren, äußerlich (manchmal auch von innen) einen eher schäbigen Eindruck machten, doch genau in solchen Läden hat es oft besser geschmeckt als in den gestriegelten, überteuerten Restaurants direkt am Strand. Anschließend brachten wir noch den Mietwagen zurück und wurden von da aus zum Flughafen gebracht. Hier startete unsere Rückreise auf die andere Seite der Erde.Read more

  • Day21

    The Big Island (Manta Ray 'Hide n Seek')

    April 11, 2015 in the United States

    A short 50 min flight from O'ahu and we landed on the Big Island ready for adventure. One of the main attractions was the opportuntity to swim with Manta Rays (apparently 1 of 3 locations in the world).

    The boat departed the harbour on sunset and we sailed north to 1 of 2 hotspots named 'Manta Heaven'. After the divers setup the 'campfire' (bright verticals lights positioned on the seabed) we floated out as a group on a custom designed surfboard with a PVC frame and lights shining down to maximise the amount of plankton attacted to the light. Plankton is the main source of food for these massive animals.

    After 1 hour of suffeing hypothermia the Manta Rays didnt show and we returned to the boat disheartened but warmed up with hot cocoa. The tour group offer a 100% guarntee that you will see the Manta Rays and given us the opporunity to rebook.

    We head back to our airbnb accomodation overlooking the ocean for some much needed rest.
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  • Day15

    King Kam

    September 11, 2016 in the United States

    In the lobby of the resort is a fabulous museum that tells the story of King Kam and other famous Hawaiians. Lots to learn 😳and the resort has a fabulous pool side bar. I chose an interesting version of a margarita- a blend of tequila, cointreau, orange and lime juices 🍹

  • Day16

    True bucket list experience

    September 12, 2016 in the United States

    Last night I went on a 'bucket list' swim with manta rays - one of the most sensational experiences of a lifetime. I have dived in the presence of the majestic animals years ago, but I have never witnessed anything like this before. Boats gathered offshore at a place where phytoplankton congregate which is the manta's staple food. Each boat places a small pontoon/platform in the water, which has eerie bluelights to attract the phytoplankton. This in turn, attracts the mantas. All we had to do was hang on to the platform, and the mantas came somersaulting around us, exposing their huge mouths within inches of our faces, as they scooped up their dinner. We had several mantas doing this- up to three at a time for over thirty minutes. It was mesmerising!
    Thanks for the tip Rachel (Dr Pear) - I was inspired after seeing Russell's video footage on fb.Unfortunately, all I managed to do was get a couple of poor shots of boats with my phone-sigh- 😳.
    I did find a couple of great shots on line however. The photos capture some of the grace and majesty of these gentle giants. 💫
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  • Day12

    Sacred place of sacrifice

    September 8, 2016 in the United States

    Our tour of the North Shore took us to a place seldom visited by tourists, as it is a cultural icon. We weaved our way to the top of a mountain overlooking Waimea Bay, a place called Pua O Mahuka Heiau, which means 'hill of escape'. It includes a large, ancient Hawaiian heiau (religious temple site) dating back to the 1600s. Outside of the temple site sits a large boulder where humans were sacrificed to the gods. The boulder and all of the rocks making up the boundary of the heiau were carted up the mountain by slaves. These were the very first people to colonise the island, and were later ruled over by the polynesians who arrived from Tahiti in the 1100s. The slaves and a few unfortunate European explorers were thought to be some of the people sacrificed here.Read more

  • Day12

    Still on tour in Oahu

    September 8, 2016 in the United States

    The third stop was at a place called Kahuku Point, the most northerly part of Oahu. Here we learned about the fantastic conservation by locals to control rampant development in the area, and their efforts at land restoration and removal of marine debris from the beach. On the beach we saw plastic from around the world, in all sizes, shapes and colours, brought to this part of the island by powerful currents. There were several Japanese plastic washing baskets in the litter, believed to be from the Fukushima nuclear disaster area.Read more

  • Day12

    Big Eddie's beach

    September 8, 2016 in the United States

    The final part of this great trip was a swim, sunset drinks and dinner at Waimea Beach, famous for the Big Eddie surf competition each winter. So hard to believe its the same place that I have seen so many times on tele, as there was less surf than Townsville's Strand. The contrast between winter and summer waves is staggering! 😳
    Sunset was perfect, no clouds around the sun, and I even saw the mythical green flash, as the last part of the sun - glowing bright orange- dipped below the horizon. Didn't take a pic, I was too mesmerised.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kailua-Kona, Kailua, KOA, カイルア・コナ, कैलुवा, Каилуа-Кона, Кајлуа, Кайлуа-Кона

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