the rest of the high flying volcano day

Tuesday 17 May 2016, continued

Still buzzing from the awesomeness of the helicopter flight, we walked the 100m or so to the main airport building and waited a few minutes for a taxi.

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We had the taxi drop us off not too far from the port at the Queen Liliuokalani gardens which are really pretty.

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There must be something about that red bridge…

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Just looking out into the ocean from here you could see volcanic rocks all along the coastline, some with trees growing out of them.

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Just across the road from the gardens and next to the rocks with trees, is the footbridge to Coconut Island, which is just a larger chunk of volcanic rock with trees and such.

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There was this sign as we stepped onto the island.

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We could see the ship from Coconut Island

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Heading back to the “main” island

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The trees along this section of the coast

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We decided to find something to eat and try to catch the Hoppa-On Hoppa-Off Bus. We found a cheap little outdoor cafe where Peter had some loco moco for lunch and I just had a toasted sandwich.

While we were eating we saw a hoppa-on hoppa-off bus go past so we thought we knew where to catch it. We were wrong, we didn’t see a bus and waited for over 30 minutes. So we walked up to the main road and thought about finding a taxi to take us someplace, but within a couple of minutes we saw a hoppa-on hoppa-off bus and it was pulling up at the red lights. We waved at the driver and he let us on! We paid our $20 each and were on our way.

Driving through Hilo town

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The bus stopped at Rainbow Falls for about 10 minutes, didn’t manage to see any rainbows though.

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The bus then headed back through town and let people off at a few more stops. We didn’t worry about getting off anywhere in town so just enjoyed the drive around Hilo. I really like the feel of Hilo town and thought it would be a nice place to spend a bit more time in.

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We got off the bus at Richardson Beach Park around 2.00pm. This beach is several miles out of town and is known for the black sand beach and also a place where turtles hang out. Unfortunately, today there were no turtles but it was still a great place to see.

This is the beach park that you can see from the road but you just head through the park and to the right to get to the black sand beach.

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Not a bad place to live, across the road from the Richardson Beach Park

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We caught a different hoppa-on hoppa-off bus back to the port and were back on board a little after 3.30pm.

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The Aloha Cafe has afternoon snacks every day so we went there. I was already in the habit of a bowl full of ice cream with oreo crumbs every day. Plus cakes and other yummy stuff. I swear I put on weight that week on the ship.

Late afternoon rainbow as the ship was leaving port, from our vantage point on deck 11, again.

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Bye Hilo. Hope to see you again one day.

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That night was the first time that I watched some shipboard entertainment. Peter wasn’t interested so I went on my own to watch the magician do an illusion show with a bit of dancing. I could do without the dancing, but overall it was entertaining, if a little cheesy.

We had an amazing day and saw a little bit of lava. Can you believe that about 12 days later the lava started flowing and was on the Hawaiian news. And now as I write this it is flowing into the ocean with the ship doing a sail by when it leaves Hilo. I am so very happy with what I got but to be there now…

 

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