13. January 2011 11:00
Over the past few years, Genevieve has lobbied us heavily for a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to see the volcanoes. She loves geology and thinks she might be a “geophysicist or volcanologist” when she is older.
Genevieve’s yearning to see the volcanoes was as strong as my desire to snorkel in warm water surrounded by colorful fish. Through our online research, we found an incredible travel deal that offered airfare, a rental car, and a week’s stay at a nice hotel that was just steps away from a place nicknamed “snorkel beach”, all for a price that was less than the airfare alone. It was perfect!
Not only did we have underwater close encounters with majestic sea turtles and fish of every color under the rainbow, but we visited the largest active volcano on Earth, and we learned about the Hawaiian culture through our visits to three national historic parks. We returned home completely relaxed—a rarity for our usual style of traveling. And I still find myself humming happily about the humuhumunukunukuapua'a swimming by.
Our detailed photo-stories are below: