The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 1: Snorkeling the Big Island

Join Thor and me as we return to the Big Island and renew acquaintance with our favorite snorkel site and fishy friends.

NOTE: Listening to my doc’s concerns, and considering the complications of multi-destination European travel during the pandemic surge (not to mention wildfires in Greece), Thor and I decided to cancel our Greek islands trip for the second year (sob). But, as “consolation,” we decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to stretch out summer a bit as our gray, rainy Pacific Northwest winter was closing in. The airline and all venues in Hawaii are being super careful with Covid precautions, and it was a wonderful getaway. If you didn’t catch my blog series about our first Big Island trip, it started April 24, 2021, if you want to catch up on the full adventure, including a volcano, petroglyphs, snorkeling with wild dolphins, and a night swim with manta rays. And I promise I will finish the Retro Italy Vacation series soon.

“Aaaah!” We settle in with a sunset dinner on the condo lanai on the west coast Kona shore.

Morning and evening, surfers were busy below us on the mild breakers, providing entertainment.

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