After spending most of the day down in Kona snorkeling we had worked up quite an appetite. During the drive up to Waikoloa all I could think about was the huge luau buffet that was waiting for us once we got there.
Arriving at the Marriott Waikoloa Resort we made our way through the lobby we got our first glimpse of what was going to be our view for the night. The luau grounds look out over the ocean with a beautiful grove of palm trees that line the shore. I was pleased when the hostess seated us at a table that was near the stage, but on the edge of everything which gave us a more unobstructed view of the sunset then we would've had if we were directly in front of the stage. There was a group of Canadians at our table as well as a group from Illinois. They were all very friendly people and the couple from Illinois kept us very entertained, telling us about the adventures that they had been having on the island so far.
After a couple of minutes our waitress came by and invited us up to the buffet. When we got to the buffet I was pleased to find that all of my favorite luau dishes were plentifully available. Kalua Pork, Poi, Chicken Long Rice, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Kolbe Strip Steaks, a huge salad bar and much, much more. On the way back from the buffet I made my way by the bar. They had a huge assortment of blended tropical drinks, beer and mixed drinks available.
The bartender was a very pleasant fellow who told me to be sure to come back for another when I was done with that one, because the evenings bar tab is included with admission to the luau. I smiled and thanked him for the tip as I stuffed a couple of $$ into his tip jar. A few minutes after I got back to the table the evening's hula show started. I was impressed at the variety of the different dances that they performed.
They had at least one act from almost every pacific island group that I can think of off the top of my head. However, judging by the amount of cheers and applause that happened during the fire dancing.....I think it's safe to say that it was the evening's favorite. We really had a great time.
The morning we went on the Body Glove I woke up and looked out the window and was delighted to see that there was not a breath of wind in the sky and the ocean was completely calm...... Perfect weather for snorkeling!
This morning we checked in for our days snorkel excursion down at boat ramp at Keauhou Bay, which is located on the southern end of Kona Town. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see the large blue shape of the Fair Wind II tied up to the pier.
There are few places on earth that have a landscape as diverse as the one you will find on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island contains almost every kind of climate zone on earth (11 of the 13 to be precise).
Today we went out on a smaller sized sailing catamaran named the "Kamanu". We met the boat down at Honokohau Harbor to check in for the trip. As I entered their office I noticed some amazing pictures of Manta Rays on the walls that the receptionist told me were taken on the evening "Manta" snorkel, I was impressed.
The Navatek is not your normal boat. When it was built (and in many ways even to this day) it stood on the absolute pinnacle of maritime technology. It is a SWATH style vessel which is a design that is essentially a cross between a hydrofoil and a catamaran.
When we pulled into the parking lot at the Keauhou Bay we could immediately see that the day's ocean conditions were absolutely perfect for kayaking. We selected our two person kayak from a group of kayaks that were lined up on the shore.
Luau's only happen in Hawaii, and while many people think they are all the same they are actually quite different. Unless you've already been to Hawaii many times and have already gone to a few then you might want to check out some of our blog articles to get a better understanding of what they're all about and to help you decide which luau you would like to book.
The Luau at The Waikoloa Beach Marriott, an Outrigger Property is not just a feast but an experience of the music, art and dance of Polynesia. An ancient chant welcomes all to witness the opening of the imu, the underground pit where a whole pig has been cooking all day.
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