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Published: January 6th 2013
We started for airport in the afternoon for flight to Kona at 2:55p.m. Flight was on time and totally full. Most of the people got off at Maui our first stop and a more popular holiday destination. We reached Kona airport by 7:00pm. The airport was a big surprise. We were expecting it to be small, but this was, well... lets say very different. First we got off the plane by a ladder, the old fashioned way. The airport was a set of huts, yes, thatch roof huts, no air-conditioning, no sophisticated machinery, a very primitive nice airport.
From the airport we headed off to get the car. Getting the car took looong time, waiting outside in warm air, looking at other people arriving. Then when it was our turn, they upgraded us to a fancy convertible. Drive to hotel from airport was short, just 8 miles. We got our first shot at driving a open top car. On the way we stopped to get some vietnamese-french dinner, which we both like a lot. There Rahul first tasted the tapioca sweet, which was great.Hotel was big and nice, near the ocean, and there we got another upgraded
to a partial ocean view room. The view from room was amazing, perfect blue waters and green trees. By the time we were all setup in the room, both of us were exhausted and went right into a deep sleep.
Day 2 - Snorkeling
Our hotel had a small private beach, so we hung out there in the morning. Then we headed out to take a leasurely walk around in city. Its a nice little town, somewhat laid back. We suddenly discovered shaved ice at a store. Its very common in India, and we could not resist the interesting flavours. While walking we also came upon snorkeling rental. We had no idea what snorkeling is. The store owner explained that you take the mask and fins and just hand out in water. We were skeptical as we did not even know swimming very well, but the rental was cheap, so we decided to come back and try it in the evening.
In the evening, we took the Snorkeling equipment and went to the famous Kahaluu beach
. The place was teaming with people which was good at it gave me more confidence. We strapped on the fins, took the mask
and dove in ... and we were hooked. The place was full of fishes, fishes of all colours, all sizes, schools of small fishes. There were also couple of huge turtles and I was actually scared of them. It felt they were out there to flip me over and drown me! After enjoying some time there, we got out and thought we can try our luck at another beach which is suppose to be even better.
The next was Honaunau Bay
which is overlooked by Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. This was totally deserted! and the water was quite deep here. So no snorkeling for us here. But this still turned out to be a really nice place. There was a small old palace there, long sandy stretches with real palm trees. It was the place you see in movies! We had great time hanging out there. After that we went back to the resort, had some dinner and shaved ice.
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