After a very happy stay in Las Vegas, we were up with the sun to head off on the next leg of our adventure. I was quite sad to say goodbye to this view!
Very early morning selfie with the MGM lion.
Looking back over the Strip from the airport.
So fun to see Vegas signage throughout the airport…
…and slot machines! There are card and slot machines throughout McCarran – I had to get a snap of this Dolly Parton themed one.
We flew from Las Vegas to Honolulu with Hawaiian, then island hopped across to Kona, on Big Island.
The service was lovely on Hawaiian and I very much enjoyed their inventive brunch menu, which included a range of treats inspired by the islands and their food and produce. After dining I settled in to watch plenty of episodes of Big Bang Theory – any flight over the Pacific takes a good while!
Pacific blue for miles and miles.
Our first glimpse of Hawaii!
I loved how different and lush the topography was in comparison to the arid desert views of Las Vegas! We paused at Honolulu then jumped on our quick flight to Kona (35 minutes!). These little island hopper flighst reminded me a little of the ones up in the north of Scotland – quick and swift. Once at Kona we drove up the Highway (I say we, I mean Matthew) to Waikoloa, where we were staying. We checked in at the Marriott, then decided it was definitely time to get showered and change for a drink and some dinner!
Before settling in for the evening we took a little tour of the resort, the beaches, the swimmimg pools and the volcanic pool. I saw a mongoose and lots of little, friendly, jet black lizards who were merrily darting in and out of the rocks. After a while we repaired to the bar for delicious pulled pork sandwiches and a few drinks.
Love me a tropical cocktail.
Also loved getting to spend so much time with this guy!
As the sun set over Waikaloa we lingered over a couple of cool drinks, then turned in, pretty tired after a day of travelling, and excited to see what Big Island had to show us…