We woke up bright and early and headed down to the orientation meeting at our hotel. It was a great way to get our bearings, scope out a few places for dinners, and confirm that Matthew had done brilliantly on booking us lots of fun excursions. The local guide was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly loved the Big Island!
After the meeting we decided to hit the beach for a couple of hours. As we were in and out of the water I didn't have my camera for this portion, so there aren't any pics, but we had a whale of a time. After plonking our stuff down on a lounger we decided to try paddleboarding, which was great fun (and quite the workout!). I managed to do pretty well paddling along while kneeling, but the minute I got a little confident and tried to stand? SPLOOSH! I was straight in the water! I have to say they, having grown up swimming in the rather chilly Moray Firth and North Sea waters, the lukewarm embrace of the crystal clear Pacific waters was a lovely change! We played out on the paddleboards for an hour or so, with plenty of dunkings in between. Then we sat out on the beach for a little while (the Marriott has a great big slice of white sand just by it) and feasted on refreshing shaved ice - so yum!
After our beack fun we washed up and headed to our main trip for the day - a sunset cruise in the waters to the west of Big Island. The pictures speak for themselves - absolutely stunning. I've never seen sunsets like we did in Hawaii!
Boat based badgers! Below are a few pics from the trip - forgive the slightly wonky ones, the boat was a little bouncy in parts.
We spent a lovely few hours enjoying the ocean, sipping on Bikini Blonde beer and snacking on crudite and chips. As we came back into port we all raised a glass to the evening, and to toast the anniversary and the two honeymoons being celebrated by couples on board. A beautiful, beautiful evening.