We’ve been thinking about Hawaii a lot lately, so we decided to create a new video of our 2 week adventure there. Until we get a chance to go back, we’ll have to re-live our memories through videos!
Tour of the Pullman Reef Hotel Cairns
The 5-star Pullman Reef Hotel in Cairns, Australia is a beautiful hotel with a luxurious, tropical style. Our spacious guest room had a king bed, couch, and writing desk, and the surprisingly large bathroom featured a double vanity, spa bathtub, marble shower, and separate powder room. We loved the perks at the Pullman Reef like the complimentary mini bar, pillow menu, free drink each night in the trendy BAR36, and complimentary daily breakfast in the Thai-inspired Tamarind restaurant.
I’m on a boat
On the Moorea Cata Jet tour, we drove a mini speedboat around the island, with a couple of stops to check out stingrays, reef sharks, and a secluded private beach.
Picnic in paradise
On the second half of our Moorea Miti Tour, we enjoyed a delicious lunch on a private beach, followed by some more snorkeling in the crystal blue water.
Circled by sharks
The Moorea Miti Tour was fantastic. For the first half of the tour, the boat brought us to a shallow sand bar to swim with black tip reef sharks and stingrays. Lots of close encounters with these incredible animals!
Huge manta ray in Bora Bora
The tour guide spotted this manta ray from the boat. I have no idea how he saw it given that it was so far away and blended in with the coral. The manta ray was far, but quite big. It looked like a different species than the ones we’ve seen in Hawaii.
Steam vents and sulfur banks at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
You can see (and smell) lots of sulfur dioxide gas and steam coming out of vents at Volcanoes National Park.
Kilauea volcano’s summit caldera in 4K video
You can see lots of sulfur dioxide gas coming out of the summit crater / caldera of the Kilauea volcano. The camera’s zoom allowed me to get a really close view in 4K video.
A beach with black sand in 4K video
Who new that beaches could have black sand! This one is on the Big Island of Hawaii. It’s complete with palm trees and everything.
Beautiful fish at the Captain Cook monument in Hawaii
Amazing snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay (Kona, Hawaii). My video shows just some of the many colorful fish in the coral reef that make this is one of the most beautiful snorkeling sites in the world. You can read the detailed account here.
Snorkeling with a school of yellow tangs in Hawaii
There was a school of yellow tangs at the coral reef near the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay (Kona, Hawaii).
Big octopus changes colors to camouflage itself in coral reef in Hawaii
This big octopus changed colors a few times to try to camouflage itself in the coral reef near the Captain Cook monument in Kealakekua Bay (Kona, Hawaii). It was quite big so I’m glad it didn’t decide to swim anywhere near me! It was amazing to witness this in nature.
Big blue angry fish patrolling coral reef at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii
This bluefin trevally (blue ulua) was patrolling the coral reef near the Captain Cook monument (Kona, Hawaii). It had absolutely beautiful colors that shined in the sunlight. It was between 2 1/2 and 3 feet long; definitely an intimidating fish! You can read the detailed account here.
Gorgeous parrotfish at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii
Parrotfish are so beautiful. We found these in the coral reef near the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. You can read the detailed account here.
Snorkeling with a huge school of surgeonfish in Hawaii
There was a big school of whitebar surgeonfish at the coral reef near the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay (Kona, Hawaii). This is one of the most beautiful snorkeling sites in the world. You can read the detailed account here.