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Reef Madness
by Rosina Tinari Wilson
Magazine Issue: U.S. Vol. 5.6

Photograph by JON KNIGHT

“When you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean - it’s like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” - Dave Barry

Senior editor Rosina Tinari Wilson recently went on assignment to snorkel the Big Island of Hawaii. Here’s her report.

Photograph by DOUG FARR

Photograph by DOUG FARR

Photograph by DOUG FARR

Photograph by WAYNE BURGER


Jack’s Diving Locker

These are the go-to guys for gear and advice on dive/snorkel trips to remote sites. You can pick up guidebooks, waterproof fish ID charts and extras like reef socks and gloves. Check out their Manta Ray Night Dive - the boat’s lights attract plankton, which the mantas scoop up as they swoop around you in giant, looping barrel rolls. (

Photograph by WAYNE BURGER

Photograph by WAYNE BURGER

Photograph by JON KNIGHT

Photograph by MARK STEAD


Canoe House
A birthplace of Hawaii regional cuisine.

Ken’s House of Pancakes
Best breakfast place and diner.

Kona Brewing Co.
Best brewpub on the island.

Sibu Cafe
Best hole-in-the-wall fare, Indonesian style.

Sushi Rock
Best sushi - anywhere.

King Kamehameha’s (“King K”) Kona Beach Restaurant
Best “seafood night” buffet.

Kona Village Resort
Best (and most) authentic luau.

Edward’s at Kanaloa
Most romantic spot on the island.

Country Samurai Coffee Company
Best edible souvenirs.


Scuba diving and “snuba” (no heavy tank, just a long air hose); surfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and parasailing; sea kayaking into lava caves - cliff diving optional; hiking the moonscape near Kilauea volcano; horseback riding in Waipio Valley; mountain biking in the rainforest; submarining to 120 feet; stargazing high on Mauna Kea; “flumin’ da ditch” on the inland canals; ATV touring in the backcountry; dinner cruising; helicoptering over it all. Pick up a copy of “101 Things to Do” at the airport or in town (or visit for details and contact info.

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