More Seahorses!

At the seahorse farm in Kona they have a room of aquariums full of seahorses.

For more information check out their website Seahorse.

Since it is Valentines Day I’ll share more pictures of my new love, the seahorse. They really are extraordinary little beings.

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Holding A Seahorse

This is my favourite. At the seahorse farm you have the opportunity to hold a seahorse. They wrap their tail around your fingers and just hang out. If you hold them long enough they get kinda sleepy and will lay their head against your hands.

It made me want one but since I can’t keep a cactus alive and the dog only lives because he drags his food bowl around reminding me to feed him, perhaps it’s not such a good idea just yet. They were so adorable though and had more personality than I thought they would.

Holding A Seahorse

Seahorse Farm Kona!

One of my favourite tours ever, I went to a seahorse farm in Kona.

For more information on check out Seahorse which has lots of information and you can buy them!

I thought it would be pretty cool but the seahorses are just so amazing. They breed them and they swim around so cute. They will come an look you when you are standing outside the tanks.

Also when they are fed they all go for the food at once:
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I could watch them for hours playing with each other wrapping their tails around each other. Their faces are so surreal. It was really a pleasure to see them.
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Crater Hike!

This is the crater that you can do a hike around. I believe you have to go with a guide. We didn’t have time for the hike on this day but if I go back it’s definitely on my list!

The landscape is so surreal and the steam rising just adds to the atmosphere. I imagine the hike being down wandering through the steam would be well worth it, even in the rain. It rains a lot in Hilo.

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Lava Tube

At Volcano National Park we go to walk through a lave tube which was pretty cool. The lights in the tube give it a weird red glow and there is silvery moss as well that didn’t come out well in the pictures.

What is a lave tube? Wikipedia explains it better than I can Lave Tube.

It was fun to walk through and I couldn’t decide whether is was very hobbit like or dune like it was a very curious atmosphere.

Entrance to the lava tube:

Lave Tube Entrance

Walls in the lava tube:

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People wandering through:

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Volcano National Park Scenery

There are more than volcanos at Volcano National Park, the scenery is gorgeous. The plants are lush and then you turn around and it’s more barren.

It’s almost like apocalypse, no apocalypse, apocalypse….

It’s really the contrasting colours that I love even on the walkway:

Volcano National Park Walkway

The picture is a little blurry from steam coming up through a vent in the ground:

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Without the steam:

Volcano National Park Scenery

Beautiful foliage (I just wanted to use that word):

Volcano National Park Foliage

It’s wonderful place and tomorrow the lava tube!

The Volcano!

While inside the museum at Volcano National Park the fog cleared a bit and the sun came through. When we came out we could see the volcano, with steam rising and it is so beautiful. There is a walk you can do down around the volcano crater but we didn’t get to do the hike. One of the problems of doing excursions from a cruise ship is the limited time at each stop.

If I ever go back though I’m definitely spending more time here and doing the hike as the scenery is spectacular!

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Kauai, Hawaii

Still cold here in Calgary so how about some more beach pictures from Kauai!

I went snorkelling in Kauai and it was great. Now that I’ve been quite a few times I’m comfortable with the fish. I never thought that would happen but now I would go snorkelling at every opportunity! The trick with snorkelling is once you are in the water DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR MASK! Once you adjust it, it’s hard to get the that seal right again.

The beach was beautiful and there were surfers further down the beach. It was a small group and I only got kicked by a flipper once. Also after we went to a different beach to see sea turtles! Which are very hard to get pictures of in the surf, I thought I had one but now it’s like playing where’s Waldo with the pictures. I think there is a turtle here somewhere……… When I find the turtle I’ll post the picture!

Surfer Sign
Kauai Beach
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