Big Island - Kona - Kayak Adventure

One of the highlights of our visit to the Kona side of the Big Island was kayaking out to the Captain Cook Monument.  Captain Cook is technically British soil.  It was the first time we visited another country without a passport.  

We are definitely amateur kayakers, so I left my digital camera in the car and relied solely on a disposable waterproof camera for this outing.  We embarked on our tour with Adventures in Paradise.  I have to say I was disappointed to miss out on the photo op of a cow standing in the middle of the road eating mango.  Our van nearly plowed into him in the fog -- it was like something out of a movie.  

We were soon suited up and on our way.  On the 1+ mile paddle out to Captain Cook, we were lucky to encounter spinner dolphins putting on a show for us.  They would seriously pop out of the water and spin around like a top in the air!  Amazing!
We finally arrived at Captain Cook which was named in honor of the man that discovered the Hawaiian or 'Sandwich' Islands.
We parked our canoes in a wavy cove and did a bit of snorkeling.  The reef was full of colorful fish not far below the surface.
After a snack of fresh fruit and 100% Kona coffee brewed by friends of the kayak company owners, we paddled back to the starting point.  We had built up quite an appetite at this point and stopped at a roadside shack to try malasadas (kind of a cross between beignets and traditional doughnuts).  While these particular malasadas were just so-so, the stop was worth it for the banter with the cheeky and flirty proprietor.
I also liked this sign outside the order window:  "LOVE, it's all you need.  Take as much as you'd like."
That's great advice and the price was right.

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