25th Apr2014

Hawaii, The BIG Island – Day 1 and 2

by Jenn

Slacking a little on the blog, but hey, our motto this time is “we’re on vacation dammit”  It took me a good 24 hours to figure that out and stop working but I just had a happy hour martini and I’m finally chillin.  Got in yesterday without any problems.  United Air officially rocks our world.  We chose the 3rd to last row for our seats so that we could be across from each other in aisle seats and apparently with a 30%+ empty flight, the flight attendants REALLY wanted the back 3 rows on each side to themselves so… all the “wink wink nudge nudge” do you need someone to man the exit rows (normally a $62 per person upgrade) helped because we ended up in row 21 over the wing with all the free alcoholic beverages a person could want.  4 mimosas and a mai tai later we took naps after watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – and still had 3 more Mai Tais for the road.

The big island is soooooo different from Kauai but it is nice.  Most of yesterday was spent at the Marriott Waikoloa Resort where we are staying till tomorrow.  Today we ventured out on a glass bottom boat tour that I also received for free as an elite member.  It turned into a full fledged dolphin watching extravaganza – there must have been 40 of them!!!

Then we went to Snorkel Bob’s for some rental gear and received a recommendation for 49 Black Sand Beach – a restricted access beach but apparently all we had to do was tell the guard we wanted to snorkel, because in we went and we got to see a ton of fish in the coral for the hour we were in the ocean before my fingers went numb!

Back at the resort we shared a pupu platter and drinks and we are about to head out for a bit more food.

So far so good!  It definitely feels like Hawaii to be all wet haired and salty!

Here are some photos.  Snorkel photos to come, camera is drying out =)

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