If you ever get the chance to go to Hawaii, don’t hesitate - just GO.
Better yet, make it happen for your next vacation or getaway. I know it may seem far, but it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.
After landing in Kona, my friend picked us up in our rental Jeep Wrangler (my favorite car of all time). It was a gorgeous 82 degrees, so I was already in heaven at the airport.
We drove out and were surrounded by lava rocks and ocean - it was surreal. We headed over to Magic Sands beach and then continued on to our Airbnb on the other side of Big Island, in Hilo.
The drive there was the most beautiful drive I had ever been on, and the most green and lush landscape you will ever see.
On Friday, we woke up at 4:30AM for a sunrise helicopter tour over a VOLCANO. It was insane, to say the least.
You could literally feel the lava radiating from the earth as you hovered over it, and we explored a bunch of waterfalls as well. We had the doors off on the helicopter, so it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Saturday was the day we took our Jeep off roading in the Hawaiian jungle, and it felt like we were in a movie (or the show Lost!). It was torrentially downpouring, so no one was around and it truly was another experience that I will never forget. We saw wild horses, rainbow trees, and everything was SO GREEN. I couldn't believe it.
We also had some of the CRAZIEST acai bowls I've ever seen - SO SO SO good.
On Sunday, we headed out to the local Farmers Market to stock up on fresh food and treats before heading back to the Black Sand Beach!
The avocados were MASSIVE (easily 5x the size of the ones you find in Boston, and the Poke was SO fresh). I am a HUGE poke fan, so this was basically my dream.
On Monday, we headed back to the Kona side of Big Island, and along the way stopped at the most amazing mountains and lava fields. I'm not a huge nature person, but was in awe at how beautiful everything was. Once we arrived in Kona, we headed to grab more acai ( we were slightly obsessed by how fresh everything was :) ) and went to the beach!
On our last full day, we explored Kona downtown and went to a LUAU!!!! The Luau was so much fun and had the most delicious food I had the entire trip. Poke, BBQ, purple sweet potatoes, and MORE.
Overall, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience and I just feel so grateful that I was able to go and explore this absolutely gorgeous island!!
Any questions? Let me know!!