Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Off We Go Travel- Big Island Hawaii- Big Adventures

Pool Area at Fairmont Orchid with Travel expert Sara Leonard

Written by Loraine Alkire
Sara Leonard of Off We Go Travel in Redondo Beach, California has toured the world extensively. LA Hip Chic will be featuring her once a week with in depth interviews of her many experiences at home and abroad.
The Big Island is larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands put together. The island is distinguished most by its icon twin peaks of Mauna Kea, a mountain that submerges the ocean to a depth of 32,000 feet from sea level making it the tallest mountain in the world given its underwater status and Mauna Loa.
These mountain peeks rise out of the island by an astounding 13,000 feet, making the terrain of The Big Island one of the most versatile places to visit in the world. It is roving with glorious black and white sand beaches, deserts crested with beautiful cactus blossoms, cliffs that will terrify and amaze you and live erupting volcanoes. On The Big Island you’ll find the town of Hilo, known as the flower capital of the world, there are snow studded mountains, coffee plantations and much more.

Interview with Sara Leonard of Off We Go Travel

LA Hip Chic: What did you like best about The Big Island?
OWGTravel: Being able to watch the lava flow in the morning and dive with manta rays at night.
LA Hip Chic: What Hotel/s did you stay at? Were the accommodations what you expected? How would you rate them with one to five stars?
OWG Travel: The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast, the sunny/dry side of the island with white sand beaches, luxury resorts, historic Parker Ranch, fine dining and much more.The whole resort exceeded my expectations from the well-appointed rooms, the sparkling white sand beach, the outdoor waterfall spa huts, walking trail, amazing cuisine and unsurpassed service. Therefore I would rate Fairmont Orchid a 5 star.
LA Hip Chic: What one place would you recommend a new visitor to see on their first trip to The Big Island?
OWGTravel: Night manta dive or snorkel, the air tour/helicopter that circles the volcano and island, stargazing at Mauna kea, snorkeling at Captain Cook monument, visiting National Volcano Park and the House of Refuge.
LA Hip Chic: What is it that you enjoyed so much about diving with the Manta Rays?
OWGTravel: It's a wonderful sort of religious experience. It was the best night dive for me-ever! It's a must! (Note: Sara Leonard has over 500 dives under her belt- This must be very inspirational) They are gentle creatures, the mainstay of their diet is plankton. You can touch the mantas as they circle around you. Every night is different; I had about eight surrounding me one night. They even allow children to snorkel and touch them
LA Hip Chic: What was the most unusual thing that happened during your stay?
OWGTravel: Walking on the sand on the beach in the daytime and walking in the snow all bundled up with winter clothes watching the sunset above the clouds.
LA Hip Chic: Would you go back there again? Would you stay longer next time?
OWGTravel: Many times over, this is my favorite Hawaiian Island! About 7-10 days so I can have more time to dive.
Join LA Hip Chic and Off We Go Travel Next Week for yet another Fabulous travel adventure with Travel Expert Sara Leonard.

For More information about this and other great trips around the world contact OWGTravel.com , Phone: (310) 372-8130 located at 706 N. Guadalupe Ave # 4, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Sara Leonard recommends visiting the following websites for more information about having a great time on 'The Big Island' : Star Gazing tour with Hawaii-Forest Manta dive and snorkel Air Tours on a Cessna with My Tour Hawaii

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