Hawaii – The Big Island

I’ve been fortunate to visit Hawaii multiple times. On my last visit I traveled back to the Big Island as I think it is an island that is overlooked. Hawaii, the Big Island, is known for it’s active volcano; however it offers so much more…and of course a day trip out to the Volcano is must.
On arrival and near the airport I stopped at the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm.  This farm is in the only seahorse farm in the world dedicated to preserving the endangered seahorse. The tour was incredibly interesting and you too can bring home your own seahorse!  Believe it or not they ship.
I spent the next day with my good friend Samantha who is a native to explore the wonders of the island.
On the Big Island you will find miles and miles of lava fields. The topography is so different and unique from the other islands. We spent the day driving northeast with incredible stops along the way to our final destination, the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. With every mile the scenery continued to change from lava fields to lush greenery…simply fascinating.
On our drive the the Hawaiian Vanilla company we stopped at: Waimea Coffee CompanyWaipio Valley LookoutTexDrive Inn (known for their malasadas aka Portuguese donuts), KolekoleState Park, Umauma Botanical Garden and finally the Hawaiian Vanilla Company.  The Hawaiian Vanilla company has been featured on the Food Network,  Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.  They are the first commercial growers of vanilla in the US. Who know how interesting a tour of a vanilla farm could be!  After the tour we had an incredible lunch…with touches of vanilla of course.

Contact Jessica at jessica@mccabeworld.com on where to stay and more activities you can do!

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