Snorkeling & A Luau in Hawai’i

Neptune Charlies Ocean Safari, snorkel, Big Island, Hawaii, USAYou can’t go to Hawai’i and NOT snorkel or attend a luau. Am I right? Because our crew was pretty substantial the elders decided it would be best to charter a private boat to Neptune Charlies Ocean Safari, snorkel, Big Island, Hawaii, USAhead out onto the water. Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris out of the Kona area of the Big Island fit the bill and we headed out with some pretty rad dudes. I can’t even explain how it felt to snorkel into the depths and to literally swim with a pod of wild dolphins. They went this way and that and all the while we snorkeled around. When we weren’t swimming in the water, the guys on the boat explained everything they could about dolphins and whales and answered all of our many questions. We even followed a whale for a bit but unfortunately by the time we caught up to him only saw his whale tail when he decided to head down to the deep blue sea. Our guides told us it would likely be quite some time before he would resurface so we wouldn’t see him again.

Even so… I saw a whale’s tail in the actual ocean. That’s pretty awesome.

I very much appreciate witnessing animals in their own element. We were so lucky to see these gentle giants and experience a bit of nature with them. Neptune Charlies Ocean Safari, snorkel, Big Island, Hawaii, USA Neptune Charlies Ocean Safari, snorkel, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

The boat was even suitable for our babes. No, they didn’t get to snorkel, but they did have fun on board rockin’ and rollin’ and sharing their baby stories that they went on at length about to each other and anyone that would listen. A family member was also happy and willing to take a turn on board watching the two of them.Marriott Resort Luau, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Sunset

For our luau, we opted to take advantage of the Marriott Resort’s luau and dinner. The meal was amazing and plentiful and of course we got plenty of pictures and saw all kinds of dances not just from Hawai’i but from other Pacific Island nations as well. One of my cousins was chosen to go up and practice her hula and my brother-in-law was asked to head up and try his lungs at blowing a conch shell to start off festivities.

Marriott Resort Luau, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Family PhotoWho else watched Saved By The Bell when they were growing up? My only major visions of luaus are from Saved By The Bell’s few episodes where they went to Hawai’i. Anyone else remember that? This stood up to the SBTB version for sure though I didn’t see Zach Morris, Kelly or anyone else from the gang wandering around.

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Hawaii, USA: The Big Island: Snorkeling & A Luau. Want to make the most of your trip to The Big Island? Check out this post with where the best luau can be found and the neatest snorkeling guides you'll ever see.

*Some photos in this post taken by the luau provided photographers.

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