The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 2

Join Thor and me as we explore the Big Island, starting with a boat excursion to swim with wild spinner dolphins and snorkel by the Captain Cook monument.

NOTE: After way too many months without travel, Thor insisted on an R&R escape to Hawaii this April. He’d been keeping on eye on the very careful Covid-19 precautions in the islands, and the testing required before flying there. And now that we’re both fully vaccinated, we took the plunge – literally, for some snorkeling in the healing sea, as well as exploring the Big Island and Kauai. After this detour, I promise I’ll finish up my Virtual Italy Vacation series soon!

Thankfully, my post-surgery physical therapy and our new “swim spa” pool has gotten me ready for the sea again. (People have expressed concern, but for me it’s so relaxing to be in the sea that it’s not much effort unless there are big waves or current, which we are avoiding for now). I was Really eager for this trip. The Big Island is just that — newer and bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands combined. The raw energy of all the (geologically) new lava being laid down was fascinating, and our condo lanai perched right on the edge where lava met ocean.

Not far away was this vista, with clouds rolling down off the mountain peak.

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The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 2 — 3 Comments

  1. What terrific underwater and shoreline photos! Just so lovely, the dolphins in particular, but I also love the underwater flora, and the weirdness of the black lava below the white sand beach.

    • Thanks, Sherwood! I always appreciate your virtual company on our travels. These dolphins were a bit more low-key than others I’ve been snorkeling with — some of them quite exuberant and interactive. I particularly treasure the memory of a mother dolphin bringing her young one close to peer into my face mask, in the sea off Belize. Our captain on this Hawaii outing said that we would let the dolphins dictate their distance, which is exactly right.