October is my favorite month because it's my birthday month. And every birthday, I like to pack my bags and skip town. This year, my girlfriends and I chose Hawaii as our destination for some fun in the sun. We decided on the Big Island since none of us had been to this particular island of Hawaii before. Our time was split between both sides of the island and the adventures kicked off on the west side, at the Fairmont Orchid, off the Kohala Coast. The 5 star resort exceeded all my expectations and feeling spoiled is an understatement. We stayed on the Gold Floor, which featured complimentary breakfast (I think I gained a few lbs), afternoon tea time, hors d'oeuvres, and the best fruit juices and beverage bar for our taking.
Most of our time on the Kona side was spent at the resort. The beauty of a resort is that you never have to leave. There's a handful of delicious restaurants, a world class spa, pool, golf course and my favorite - the private beach. Most of the beaches on the Big Island are made up on lava rocks, but the private beach at the Fairmont Orchid was sandy with lounge chairs, a bar, and activity cabana filled with snorkel gear, paddle boards, floaties and kayaks. Mahalo to the Fairmont Orchid for the generous hospitality and wonderful memories!
When we weren't relaxing at the Fairmont, our days were spent exploring. Our activities including going off-roading (if you didn't see it on snapchat, you really missed out!) to Papakolae Green Sand Beach (we tried to drive it ourselves, but ask for Manny to drive you instead!), visiting the turtles (and losing a shoe) at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and eating an abundance of poke at various restaurants.
After a few days on the Kona side, we drove across the island to the Hilo side and immersed ourselves with Mother Nature. Visits to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, ziplining through the Umauma Falls, splelunking at Kaumana Caves, seeing the massive waterfall at Akaka Fall State Park, and visiting various pools like the Kapoho Tide Pools and Alahanui Park, and a helicopter tour to see the Mauna Loa crater and fresh lava flow occupied our time. Now I need another vacation from that vacation. Here are a few photos from my Instagram. With the picturesque beauty that Hawaii has to offer, it's difficult not to go photo crazy and so easy to capture gorgeous photos every which way you turn.