Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 3 - Snorkeling at Richardson Ocean Center and our cabin in Volcano

This morning we went snorkeling at Richardson Ocean Center, a beach park in Hilo. The waves were a little choppy so the water was cloudy and I didn't get the kind of photos I got at the Kapoho Tidepools. But I did figure out that my camera has an underwater mode, so that helped. I still got a couple good ones though.

I got to see this fish who almost blended in with his surroundings.

And best of all, I had my very first turtle sighting! I looked to my left and there was this guy, just swimming along beside me.

After snorkeling, we stuffed ourselves full of the best sushi ever and headed to our next stop: Volcano, Hawaii. (Yes, that is really the name of the town. Yes, we sent Ansley a post card from there.)

It's about 20 degrees cooler in Volcano because of the increase in altitude, and the climate is really different too. We picked up our keys and checked into a jungle cabin that has nearly fulfilled my childhood fantasy to go to Jurassic Park.

Here is the "driveway".

Here is the path you take, hoping it will lead you to a cabin because you still can't see one.

The cabin starts to take shape amid the jungle plants.

Isn't it gorgeous?!

I loved the porch - it wrapped around the entire cabin.

But the best part was easily the bathtub. It even had windows that opened out to the jungle.

Sigh. The only thing that could make this view more perfect is a velociraptor walking by the window.


  1. Beautiful photos! So jealous of your cabin! It looks awesome!

  2. Thanks Karla! It was really pretty...although it did kind of scare me at night :)