We are so blessed to have been able to go on such a wonderful Babymoon to Hawaii
…the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage.
We intended to relax, but then we got caught up on all of the things that we could do that we probably won’t be able to do for a while after the baby, so it became a bit more adventurous than we had planned. We did have some relaxing days though. It was nice. Here’s a recap:
We began our vacation in busy Oahu. We decided to rent a car so we could go up to the North Shore. We spent the first day driving up there, having lunch, lounging on the beach, watching the surfers, and hanging out in the little town there. It was really nice, but MUCH smaller than I had anticipated. I mean, this is Jack Johnson and Kelly Slater’s hang out spot. I pictured something much more than a small town with maybe two restaurants and a shaved ice place. But nope, it was a sleepy little surfer town! After dinner we went past the North Shore to Sunset Beach. Travel Channel claimed that you can view the BEST sunset from this beach. We waited until the sun set to only be disapointed when it set behind vog (volcanic fog) early before it touched the water. We got some great shots prior to that, but from what the Travel Channel said, I thought the sand would do a drum roll. I’ll let you decide if it’s note worthy.
Sunset Beach Sunset
We also enjoyed visiting the Dole Plantation where we learned how pineapples grow. We toured the pineapple fields by an open air train, and it was a lot of fun.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Next we decided that we should go to Diamond Head. This wasn’t too far from our hotel right on Waikiki Beach, and it claimed to have some of the most amazing views of the city. So, we said why not? We didn’t know what we were in for.
View of Waikiki from Diamond Head
The stairs leading up to the top of Diamond Head
View of the lighthouse and crystal clear waters
What you didn’t see was us panting all the way up to the top of this mountain. Fortnately it got cooler the higher up we got. It was totally worth it for the amazing view.
Our last day in Waikiki we relaxed and lounged on the busy beach before hopping a plane over to the Big Island.
The day we went to the Big Island, we thought we had landed on the moon. It was covered with volcanic rock and from the sky it looked like one big black lava flow. We were in for a treat because the island really turned out to be a diamond in the rough.
We stayed at the Hilton Wikaloa Village. This reminded me more of an asian theme park out of disney world than a hotel. To say it was a mega resort was an understatement. There was a metro train and a boat to get you around the place. We stayed in the Palace tower which had the most amazing museum quality asian artwork that lined the walls leading up to the building. We didn’t have time to photograph all of it, but you could spend hours just on the hotel grounds viewing all of the incredible pieces they have. We arived just before dusk, and we were able to get some good shots of the property.
View of the beautiful rocky beach
Our first full day on the island we decided to take it easy and visit a local black sand beach. The beach was nestled in a million dollar community that housed Priscilla Presley’s vacation home. The sand was so hot! We had a lot of fun goofing off and relaxing. They had some huge rocks at the bottom of the water!
Rocky Black Sand Beach
Relaxing on the Black Sand Beach
Beautiful Black Sand Beach
Our first excursion we decided to go on the Body Glove morning snorkle and SCUBA cruise. Dan tried SCUBA diving for the first time and absolutely loved it. We saw so many dolphins on the way to to the dive site. It was awesome.
Dan SCUBA diving
We came back to the hotel and enjoyed a beautiful sunset before heading to bed for the night.
Buddha Point Sunset
The Big Island is so unique and vast, and with a limited amount of time on the island, we wanted to be able to see as much of the diverse island as we could. The only way to do this was to do a helicopter ride. This was by far the best helicopter ride ever. We saw everything from hardened lava fields that looked like another planet, to lush beautiful rain forest with enchanting waterfalls. We did a valley landing and had lunch on the Hilo side of the island in the middle of the beautiful rain forest. It was truly amazing!
The source of the "vog"
Lunch in the Valley
Dan in the helicopter
On one of the evenings we decided to do a traditional Luau. We had so much fun meeting new people and having a traditional Polynesian meal. I know…it’s the cliche’ thing to do in Hawaii..but we really enjoyed it!
Preparing the meal
Dan with the hula ladies
Me with the Hawaiian Guys
Our last excursion was unique to the Big Island and absolutely phenomenal. We did a night dive with Manta Rays! Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures for that, only videos. We took several pictures with our underwater camera, but we only got shots of white dots. We left just before sunset and took a boat out towards the manta area. After night fell we got into our wet suits and hopped into the water. We all had flash lights and there were lights lighting up the bottom of the ocean like a mini city. Manta Rays eat plankton, and the plankton is attracted to the light. So the more light..in theory, the more Manta Rays. We were amazed by these 100-1000lb creatures. They are completely harmless, and incredible to see. A bit scary at night, but it was well worth it.
I think we had enough adventure to hold us off until the baby arrives. We can’t wait to start taking trips with Parker once he’s older. It’ll be so exciting to learn and discover new things with him!