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Big Island/Kauai Trip

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Stayed 7 nights at The Kona Tiki on Alii Drive-a great bargain for the price. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We were worried about traffic noise but it was never a problem-couldn't hear much of anything over the sound of the crashing waves! :-) Sunset views from the pool area were great-one night we were BBQ'ing a skip jack tuna that my husband had caught(went with Seawife II)out by the pool, the sun was setting on one side and there was a rainbow on the other (mountain) side of the road-doesn't get much better-oh yea, also drinking volcano wine... I would highly recommend this location if you can give up some amenities(phone, TV, air conditioning-which we didn't miss given the delightful breezes). Coolers, beach mats, chairs and ice available at no charge.

Did a lot of cooking ourselves but did have good meals at Huggos, Sibu Cafe and Ocean Seafood. Great sandwich(huge)and baked goods at Na'alehu Fruit stand on the way to the volcano. The pineapples, mangos and papayas were so delicious. Our favorite drink-blenderize cut up mixed fruit, rum, mai tai mix and ice-yum!!

Drove over to the volcano-twice!! It was quite a drive but was very much worth it. Went three days apart and both "shows", while very different were spectacular!!

Took the Fairwind II tour(4 1/2 hour AM) to the Capt Cook Monument-had a great time and would recommend. Snorkeling was great-also great at Place of Refuge.
Also good snorkeling at Kahalu'u Park. Had an interesting experience there-we were snorkeling about 75-100 yds off shore when a very loud siren started wailing. We (and the other tourists) looked at each other and started swimming for all we were worth to shore-thought there must be sharks in the water...after about 3 minutes (it seemed like an eternity) it was announed that it was some kind of a drill...we laugh now about how silly we must have looked but it was truly frightening at the time!!!

Had a great afternoon at Hapuna Beach-never could get into Mauna Kea. Then on to Kauai

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