Today was our last day in Hawaii but with our flight home not leaving until just before midnight, we pretty much had a full day to do whatever we wanted. We started this trip by snorkeling so we decided to end it by snorkeling. Lisa knew of a nearby spot that she had snorkeled before so we made our way over to Kahaluu Beach Park just south of Kailua Kona. First thing we notice here was that it was really crowded. However, we staked out a spot on the sand, put on our fins and mask and got into the water. I was not expecting much as far as the quality of the snorkeling but I was quickly shown to be wrong. The reef was teeming with a huge diversity of fish and other sea life along with some unique shapes of coral. Combine this with the very calm and smooth waters, it made for a very enjoyable time in the water. Feeling that the fins were a bit restrictive, I took them off but now my feet were unprotected. Numerous times I had to adjust my mask as it wasn't fitting on my face properly. While doing this, I had
to stand on the ocean floor to adjust my mask. Little did I know that I was cutting up my feet on the sharp volcanic rock and coral. As I was walking back onto the beach, I heard the lifeguard yelling at me to get my attention. Apparently, I was noticeably bleeding from my right foot and the blood had caught the attention of the lifeguard. She called me over and was kind enough to wrap my foot up in gauze to stop the bleeding. After a wonderful time snorkeling, it was off to grab some lunch before heading back to the condo for some relaxation.
Back at the condo, we had spent the next few hours after snorkeling just relaxing and napping. Feeling like I was wasting the afternoon, I took the car and decided to go for a drive by myself and check out a nearby coffee plantation. Due to the volcanic soil, Kona Coffee is a world famous export. Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation was about a 20 minute drive away on the cloudy and damp slopes of Mt. Hualalai. I joined a quick 20 minute free tour of the organic coffee plantation, where we
were shown how they sort and pick the coffee beans, the roasting process, as well as the packaging process. Finally, we eneded up at the gift shop where I purchased some chocolate covered coffee beans, organic coffee, and cherry coffee tea.
After a quick Mexican food dinner in town, we spent the evening packing up and cleaning up the condo before being picked up by a taxi for the nearby ride to the airport. It was such a busy and jam packed 4 days here on the Big Island that our time here seemed to fly by. I'm not one for sitting around and lounging by the pool for days on end so I woudn't have had it any other way.
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