Kona, Hawaii is probably my favourite layover of all the ones we have. We stay at a stunning resort, and I always have the best days when I’m there. Today was no exception!Â I’m kind of a creature of habit and on my layovers I tend to stick with what I know, but since starting this blog, I’ve forced myself to step out of my comfort zone and try different things so I have more interesting material to write about!
I tend to wake up really early, mostly from the time change (4 hours behind from where I live!) but if that doesn’t wake me up, the birds definitely will! I was exhausted and needed that sweet Hawaiian coffee ASAP. Luckily the hotel has a cute little cafe where you can overlook the pool and beach area. Not a bad view to start the morning!
I took a quick walk to the shops. Along the way there are trails you can hike through the lava rock. The black lava rocks are all over the island and with the sun radiating off of them, in my opinion, Kona feels much hotter than the other islands.
I can never go to Hawaii without stopping in my favourite clothing store, Mahina. I have honestly gotten some of my cutest pieces there, and I wish I could buy everything they have! I also stop in Michael Kors, not to buy anything, just to torture myself. ?
After my little jaunt, I reunited with my crew by the stunning infinity pool, but after a little while, I got restless and headed down to the beach.Â
After taking a quick dip in the ocean, I was hungry again so I walked across the street to this little fish and chip shop, Island Fish and Chips. I got the fish tacos with fries and a side of mango salsa. I love eating lunch there because it’s right on a picturesque lagoon full of koi fish. It’s nice and quiet and the food is delicious and reasonably priced!
My crew told me that if I walked along the shore, I would come across some turtles. For any one that knows me, they know I am NOT a walker and that I’m pretty lazy in general, but I thought you guys would love to see a turtle so I sucked it up and was on my way! It felt like I walked for 67 miles, and I was cursing my crew as there were no turtles in sight! Right as I was about to turn back, I saw him and he was worth the effort!! (I just assumed it was a him for some reason…) He was so beautiful I couldn’t stop watching him. By Hawaiian law you have to stay 10 feet away from the turtles, but I pretended not to know that andÂ laid somewhat close to him in the sand and just watched him for a while. Unfortunately my camera died as soon as I got there which is probably good for you guys because there would have been 908 pictures of a turtle in this post!
I wanted to stay there all day, but as I looked at the time, I knew I had to head back and try to get a nap in before the red eye home. I couldn’t believe how fast the day flew by… But I guess they always do when you’re in paradise!