After a couple of great days to kick off our Cat Country Hawaii trip, the fun continued last Tuesday as our ship made a stop on the "Big Island" of Hawaii.

We stayed one day at Hilo, followed by a day at Kona. Having our ship move around the Hawaiian Islands every day or two was a great way for us to see different parts of our 50th state.

At Hilo, my wife, Audrey, and I rented a car to do some sightseeing. Our first stop was at Akaka Falls, north of Hilo. The waterfalls there were just breathtaking! I should actually say here that ALL of the scenery in Hawaii was simply breathtaking!

Akaka Falls - a 422 foot waterfall, 11 miles north of Hilo


After seeing the falls, we hopped back in our rental Jeep and headed to Volcanoes National Park. We were able to visit craters of volcanoes and witness still-active steam vents. During the evening following our stop in Hilo, our ship passed part of the volcano, where lava still spills into the Pacific Ocean.

Volcanoes National Park

The next stop, in Kona, was the only time our ship didn't dock in a port. The Pride of America dropped anchor offshore, and we rode in tenders - small boats - to shore. At Kona, we took a snorkeling excursion, which took us to a small reef for some excellent snorkeling.  We witnessed a lot of small colorful fish, nothing too big or too scary. The water was crystal clear. The best part of the tour was the small speed boat ride to and from the dive site. The boat went fast, jumping over waves along the way.

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If you missed Part 1 of my trip review, click here.

Thanks for reading....Part 3 tomorrow!