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December 21, 2016

I first heard about this dive from a guy at work who claimed it was his favorite dive he'd ever done. When I decided to take a trip to the Big Island just before Christmas, I knew the Kona Manta Ray Night Dive had to be on my list. Not only would this be one of my first dives in over three years, but it would be my first night dive... and doing so surrounded by animals with 14 foot wingspans. Needless to say I was both excited and a little nervou...

December 20, 2016

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGIBLE

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Hot and shadeless

Sights: Green Sand Beach, South Point, Cliff Jumpers

What to Bring: Swimsuit, Sunscreen, Snack, Water

After an exciting two days on the eastern side of the Big Island in Hilo and Volcanoes National Park, it was time to head to Kona on the west side of the island for the second part of my adventure. On the way, however, I...

December 18, 2016

The town of Hilo, located on the northeastern side of the Big Island, is often the island's second most travelled to destination (the first being Kona). And while it serves as a great jumping off point for the popular Volcanoes National Park, this historic area is home to much natural beauty just outside the boundaries of the town. Most notable of these natural landmarks, are its waterfalls.  You have the ability to see 4 different waterfalls (ev...

December 17, 2016

 Island hop trip #2 was planned and I was ready to go! For this trip I would be hopping over to the Big Island (officially the Island of Hawai'i), prior to heading back to the "frigid" state of Florida for Christmas. I was quite excited to see this new island. Not only did it offer a different natural landscape than Oahu, but it is also the only actively growing Hawaiian Island. My journey would start on the east side of the island in...

November 12, 2016

Day 2 of my first interisland trip to Maui. After a long day at Haleakala Crater on Day 1, I was ready for something a little less physically demanding. I had t

November 11, 2016

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-6 HOURS to Kapalaoa Cabin

Distance: 11.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2600 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Dusty, Cold, Altitude

Sights: Sunrise!!! Crater

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water, Snack/Lunch, Jacket

Otherworldly-- that is the best word to describe the Sliding Sand trail. As you descend this trail to the base of Haleakala Crater, you will feel as though you have been transported from Hawaii to...

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