The sun, the beach, and the food! Though I wouldn't consider myself an island girl, I think the island vibes are quite relaxing. After a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I enjoyed all the activities and chill time.
After a long flight, we finally arrived on the island. The sun set as we drove to grab food before heading to the hotel.
The following day kicked off our vacation vibe activities with a beer tasting at Kona Brewing Co. During this hourlong tour; we had four 4oz beer samples and viewed the brewery.
After lunch, we thought a little more light beer wouldn't hurt us! So we checked out Ola Brew. They offer Hard Seltzer and Hard Tea!
The grand finale for the day was our evening activity. It's Luau Time at the Royal Kona Resort. The traditional luau made COVID-friendly safety modifications to accommodate guests and to protect the performers. We had our fair share of Mai Tais and good food. The evening ended under the stars at the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau.
My travel style is to be as immersed in the culture as possible. Like tasting beers the previous day, I wanted to explore low-cost, culturally relevant activities locals might enjoy. So we visited Kona Coffee the following day and toured the facilities.
The island vibes welcomed us as we visited Nāpō'opo'o Pier before getting ready for our last day activity.
Just two days in, I experienced one of the biggest highlights of the trip. Stargazing time! We were driven to Mauna Kea Summit and Onizuka Center. With a light meal in our bags, we headed up the mountain just before the sunset. And wow! What a sunset. Afterward, our tour guides walked us through all the different stars. My husband loved this! It was such a memorable moment.
On the third day, we headed to the other side of the island today. Sadly horseback riding over the Waipopo Valley was not an option as it was temporarily closed. However, we still had the opportunity to get very close by taking an ATV ride. The fast paced tour to the valley also allowed us to taste some sweet and delicious guava. I still dream about that fruit.
As it rained, my dad, husband, and I straddled up for our hour-long horseback ride. I was on total vacation vibes at this point. I couldn't beat the views from atop my horse, Mimi.
The following morning, we explored Volcanoes National Park. But we had to stop at the southernmost bakery in the USA, Punalu'u Bake Shop. While at the Volcanoes National Park, we took a hike through steam vents along the Crater Rim Trail before walking through the Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube). The easy walk was very gentle and suitable for all ages.
What else is there to do? Head to the beach! We spent the rest of our vacation at Manini Beach before returning home.