Friday, October 17, 2008
Aloha from Hilo!
Today was an incredible day! We docked in Hilo, on the Big Island at about 8 am, and were off the ship and ready to go on our Lava Viewing Hiking tour by 8:15! It turned out our tour was very small - 16 people total, split between two vans - so very personal, and not packed like sardines into a big tour bus! We stopped at numerous places around the island, including the Thurston Lava Tube, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory, and several lava viewing areas. Our highlights were walking to one of the active steam vents and craters on Kiluea, a black sand beach, and seeing some incredible lava flows. Tomorrow we are on to Maui - Lahaina. We're looking forward to another great day!