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The best way to experience sea life up close in Hawaii is to book an ocean excursion with Dolphin Journeys.  During the months of January thru mid April, this is the best way to experience hump back whales and dolphins along the Kona Coast.   The whales are snowbirds of the ocean, spending their winters in Hawaii mating, giving birth, and enjoying the calm warm water.   This is an “on” the boat watching trip from 1:30-4:30 pm daily.   You’ll enjoy learning more about these magnificent gentle giants of the sea. Snacks and refreshments included. Available Jan. – mid April, or when the whales head north to Alaska. The Dolphin TLC takes just 6 guests, so this is a very intimate excursion.   Private Charter/Parties welcome.

Baleen whales – mysticetes, include whales such as the humpback, gray and blue whales. Their primary distinguishing characteristic is the fact that all adults lack teeth, which have been replaced by a series of baleen plates on either side of their jaw. Baleen, also known as “whalebone” is not really bone, but is made of keratin, the same protein substance as our own hair and nails, and the horns of cattle. Some species have over 400 baleen plates; each less than 1/5 of an inch thick. The plates are fringed with hairs along their inner edges and descend like curtains in two rows from the upper jaw. It may help to remember the two different types of whales by knowing that the scientific name for baleen whales, mysticetes, comes from the Greek word “mystax,” which means moustache! The humpback whales migrate home to Hawaii each December and are here for the winter. They will head back north the end of March/April.

Porpoises belong to the family Phocoenidae. They are generally smaller and a more robust species. The primary physical difference between a dolphin and a porpoise is the shape of the teeth. Porpoise have a spade flat tooth like humans. (dolphins teeth are a round point tooth). Most Porpoise are about 5-7 feet in length. Porpoises have less of a distinct beak, or rostrum. Their foreheads slope almost uniformly to the tip of their snout, and their teeth are spade-like in shape. The family Phocoenidae is rather small, and consists of only six members. There are no porpoises found in Hawaiian waters.

Dolphin Journeys focuses on the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Pacific Spotted Dolphins and in the winter season, Humpback Whales.
Most cetaceans are gregarious and love to share their joy.  They have been interacting with humans around the Big Island for about 20 years.  The Island of Hawaii (Big Island) has a perfect oceanographic floor for the dolphins.  They like shallow, sandy bottom bays to play, teach their young and sleep in by day.  The Kona Coast with the very narrow continental shelf provides the unique co-habitation of human coastal life and marine mammals living and working in the same environment. The water along Kona is clean as an ocean can be and provides a beautiful home for the dolphins.  Humans have had a small impact on the water of West Hawaii.  The primary industry is fishing and that has been the only threat to the dolphins.

Dolphin Journeys is the Original Company to take people to meet and encounter the dolphins as their primary activity. Started in 1996, Capt. Nancy & her crew have been leading people to the joy and amazing experiences of open water encounters with dolphins, manta rays and whale watching. We strive to offer the most safe, educational and deeply rich experience. We understand your precious vacation dollars deserve to be spent for the very best.

Here are some of the things we provide that are not usually found with other operators:

Safety Swimmer in the water for every 6 people.

If you are feeling uneasy, new to snorkeling or unsure about the ocean, our ‘Pod leader’ is in the water with you to help you. We will assist your child, assure them, and help them to see the dolphins. Our swim support are certified CPR, First Aid and part of Coast Guard Drug Testing program.

Neoprene vests to keep sun off your back, keep your body warm and offer a bit of floatation.

Wet Suites for the kids to keep them warm and comfortable.

High quality masks & fins in variety of styles to fit each person’s unique face and foot shape.

Educational component on our trips is rich in information. Dolphin Journeys is a Specialty Company with 20 years with the Hawaiian Dolphins. Our Staff are College Graduates and have been educated in Marine Mammal & Manta Ray data and the personal connection between our marine species & humans. Our staff are all enrolled in the Coast Guard Drug Program and are skilled in water safety, CPR & First Aid.

Specialty items on board for your comfort;

Our boat, the Dolphin TLC, is a 26’ SkipJack Cabin Cruiser. It has shade on back deck. A cabin to keep items safe and dry, and a Head with sink. She rides easily through the water with 6000 lbs in her keel for stabilization. Swim step on back deck – no transom to crawl over. Heavy duty ladder with 4 steps below the surface of the water for ease to get on the boat from the water.

Hot fresh water shower on the deck to rinse off the salt – “It Feels Oh So Good”! Shampoo & Cream Rinse available to get the tangles out of your hair at the end of the day.

Drinking water is served in special blue bottles, so the PVC from the plastic does not melt into your water from sitting in the sun.

Full lunch is served:

  • includes fresh fruit – 99% time Pineapple
  • Special chips with no artificial anything, no sugar. They are taro or sweet potatoes that are locally grown and manufactured. The have 3 ingredients, taro/sweet potato + Coconut oil + salt.
  • You can choose from a sandwich, wrap or salad.
  • Gluten free, sugar free and vegan diets are easily accommodated
  • Selection of Hawaiian juices, sodas, green tea (with & without sugar) and plenty of water.

Comfort items for sea sickness:

  • Ginger chews capsules
  • Sea Bands
  • Homeopathic relief essential oil

Extra towels & sun screen: When the day is done and you have had your last swim, we have a dry plush towel to offer you if your towel is damp. If you forget your sunscreen – no worries we have premium sun screen to help keep you safe from the warm Hawaiian sunshine.

We Offer Special Trips to guests who may want an unusual trip…. Let us know your heart’s desire and we will do our best to make it happen. These are Private Charter trips.

Afternoon Reef & Manta Ray swim is an equally fabulous trip – with all the amenities except for lunch. We serve snacks and drinks on that trip.

Evening Manta Ray Snorkels have the same quality of care. We do not serve dinner, but will have snacks, cold and warm drinks on board.

Information for this post taken from Dolphin Journeys website at www.dolphinjourneys.com.  To book a tour, call 808-329-3030 or book online at their website.

One of our favorite things to do is to attend one of the many farmers markets on the island.  Farmers markets are one of the little known gems of the Big Island of Hawaii. They are spread over the whole island and with only a little planning you can stop by one for breakfast, lunch or souvenir shopping on your itinerary around the island.

At the farmers markets you can find locally grown healthy produce,  freshly prepared food (breakfast and lunch) and buy handmade souvenirs to take home. Besides, by buying directly from the farmer you cut out the middle man and help strengthening the local community which is one of our favorite things to do.

Most farmers markets are only open on one or two days of the week, but there are enough markets on the Big Island to make visiting one without compromising your itinerary.

farmers market locations

Farmers Markets near Kona

Farmers markets in and around Kailua Kona and Captain Cook (south of Kona)

Kona Farmers Market

Directions: 74-5465 Kamakaeha Avenue. Makapua Center – In front of K-Mart, Kailua-Kona 
Market days: Thursday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Kona Village Farmers Market

Directions: At the intersection of Hualalai Rd. and Alii Dr., in the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library (across from Hale Halawai) in Kailua-Kona
Market days: Thursday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Alii Garden Market Place

Directions: 75-6129 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona
Market days: Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Ho’oulu Community Farmers Market

Directions: Sheraton Kona Resort and spa at Keauhou bay: 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96740
Market days: Every Wednesday between 09:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Keauhou Farmers Market

Directions: Keauhou Shopping Center, fronting Ace Hardware. 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2440
Market days: Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 12 PM (noon)

South Kona Fruit Stand

Directions: Near the old Higashi Store, between mile marker 103 &104. 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook
Market days: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM,  Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The South Kona Green Market

Directions: at the Kealakekua Ranch Center Behind ChoiceMart and Ace Hardware. 82-6066 Mamalahoa Highway (about MM 109.5), Captain Cook, HI 96704-8204
Market days: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Farmers Markets near Hilo

Farmers markets in and around Hilo. The Laupahoehoe farmers market is halfway between Hilo and Waimea, the market @ the mill is halfway between Hilo and Volcano

The Laupahoehoe Farmer’s Market

(in Laupahoehoe, halfway between Hilo and Waimea)

Directions: Laupahoehoe – next to the Minit Stop on Hwy. 19. 36-2266 Mamaloha Hwy, Laupahoehoe, HI
Market days: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Hilo Coffee Mill “Market @ The Mill”

(between Hilo and Volcano)

Directions: Hilo Coffee Mill Farm, 17-995 Volcano Rd. (Between Mile Markers 12 and 13)
Market days: Saturday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Hilo’s Farmer’s Market

Directions: Corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street
Market days: Wednesday and Saturday between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Maku’u Farmers Market

Directions: on the Maku’u Farmer’s lot along the Keaau/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road between Keaau and Pahoa
Market days: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday between 6:00 AM and 1:30 PM

Very large farmers market with about 150 vendors with Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, live music, records/cds and books.

Keaukaha Panaewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market

Directions: This market is located on land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands along Railroad Avenue across of Home Depot
Market days: Saturday and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Kinoole Farmers Market

Directions: next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. 1990 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI
Market days: Saturday between 6:30 AM and 12:00 PM (noon)

Keaau Village Farmers Market

Directions: 16-0550 Old Volcano Road, Keaau, HI
Market days: Tuesday to Saturday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Volcano Farmers Markets

Farmers markets near and in Volcano village. The Ka’u farmers market is on the road between Kona and Volcano.

Volcano Farmers Market

Directions: 19-4030 Wright Road, Cooper Center, Volcano, HI
Market days: Sunday between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM

Ka’u  (Na’ahelu) Farmers Market

(between Volcano and Kona)

Directions: The makai (ocean) side of Hwy 11 on the grounds of Shaka Restaurant. 95-5673 Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, HI
Market days: Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to noon (12:00 PM)

Waimea Farmers Markets

Farmers markets in and around Waimea on the Big Island including one in Hawi (north of Waimea) and Waikoloa (between Waimea and Kona).

Waikoloa Village Farmers Market

Directions: Waikoloa Community Church Parking Lot. 68-3625 Paniolo Ave., Waikoloa, HI
Market days: Saturday between 7:15 AM and 10:00 AM

Waimea Town Market

Directions: Parker School Behind the Paniolo Country Inn. 65-1224 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI
Market days: Saturday from 8:00 AM to noon

Mid-week market at the historic Pukalani Stables

Directions: Pukalani Stables. 67-139 Pukilani Road, Kamuela, HI
Market days: Wednesday between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Kekela Farm

Directions: 64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela, HI 96743
Market days: Tuesday and Friday between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market

Directions: In the Kuhio Hale Building. 64-759 Kahilu Road, Waimea
Market days: Saturday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)

Under the Banyan’s Farmers’ Market (Hawi farmers market)

Directions: Under the banyan trees in the heart of Hawi, corner of Akoni Pule (Hwy 270) and Hawi Rd (to Waimea).
Market days: Saturday between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Tuesday between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Attending the farmers market is a great way to spend a day or two to find some special bargains and also helps the local Hawaiian economy.
Information on this post was provided by Lovebigisland.  For more information, visit their website at www.lovebigisland.com

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Everyone that comes to Hawaii wants to get some “beach time” to read a favorite book, walk along the shore, or work on a tan…  Below are some things to consider to find that perfect beach while on your Hawaii vacation.

Waves influence how much fun a beach is. The most fun and accessible ocean sport is boogie boarding, and as such we judge a beach that normally has active surf by its ability to produce the ideal boogie boarding wave.  In contrast, the most fun and accessible ocean activity is snorkeling. A location that aims to please as a snorkeling spot must have little surf, clear water, and plenty of fish.  The ideal wave is about 3 ft high, breaking perhaps 20-30 yards from the beach in waist high water. This size is challenging and exciting for those who are comfortable in the water, but not overwhelming. After the wave breaks, less experienced swimmers can still catch the white water without fear of being tumbled.
With Hawaii’s reputation as a surfing destination, some may be disappointed by what the ocean offers for non surfers, with waves often being too big or too small for boogie boarding. At many locations, the beach slopes into the ocean rather quickly, resulting in a wave that breaks on top of the beach instead of in the water. Reefs or neighboring islands also deflate wave energy, with trade winds further deforming the waves.

The typical Hawaiian beach has semi-coarse golden brown sand and is flanked by large lava rock formations where colorful tropical fish congregate. The water transitions from a dark blue to a ‘greenish blue’ near the shore. The water is rarely crystal clear as kicked up sand, ocean debris (plankton, coral bits etc.) and sediments from streams reduce visibility. The beach and sand are clean and well maintained, and free of sand flees (no-see-ums) and other annoying critters. A light fragrant breeze blows over calm ocean waters in the morning. In the afternoon the trade winds pick up, turning the ocean choppy with small waves. If it’s a weekday the beach comfortably accommodates all its patrons with ample amounts of play room.

Fine, soft sand is nicer to walk and play on than coarse sand, and also better for construction projects like sand castles. Rocks or other debris greatly reduce the quality as running and playing are not possible. Light colored sand is visually more appealing in our opinion, although it produces more blinding glare than dark sand.  White, black, and even green sand beaches abound along the Big Island’s 266-mile coastline.

Check out some of the most popular spots below:

Kauna‘oa Beach at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Hapuna Beach (popular for walking and body boarding)
Anaeho‘omalu Beach (known as “A-Bay,” great for windsurfing and kitesurfing)
Ka‘upulehu Beach at the Four Seasons Resort
White Sands Beach Park, near the Keauhou Resort (also known as “Magic Sands” because the beach can quickly disappear during high-surf months only to return in the spring)
Kahalu‘u Beach Park (Kona’s most popular snorkeling beach)
Punalu‘u Beach Park (a well-known black sand beach)
Mackenzie State Park in Pahoa (nearby, there’s a lava-lined pool heated to 95 degrees by a volcanic stream)
Coconut Island Park, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (a local favorite for fishing and swimming)
Laupahoehoe Point Park (created by a lava flow from Mauna Kea,its large grassy area is a good place to camp)
Waipi‘o Valley’s Black Sand Beach (accessible only with four-wheel drive or on foot from the overlook

Some people enjoy visiting the beach to people watch, sun tan, and check out the latest beach fashions. Indeed, you’ll see people sporting everything from Brazillian bikinis to snazzy one piece swimsuits.   However, a major consideration is how much room there is to walk and play. Can you fly a kite, play Frisbee, build forts, put up a volleyball net, or go for a long walk or jog? Bigger beaches offer more possibilities and as such are more desirable.  Most of Hawaii’s beaches are not crowded during week days and offer plenty of room to play, both on the sand and in the water. Only a handful of beaches and snorkel locations are consistently crowded and we tend to avoid those beaches.

Looking for a great vacation rental while in Hawaii?  Call us to find out our available dates for your vacation in paradise.