Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 21 – Dig Me Magic Lava

We’re leaving Hawaii soon – but not today – so we thought we’d head to the pier for one last swim from Dig Me beach. A cruise ship was in town today so there were a few more people about but compared to the last two weeks it was like a ghost town.


Sharon went for a little snorkel close to shore whilst Andy, Emma and myself swam to the ¾ mile swim buoy (meaning ¾ miles total once you’ve swum back to shore). It was nice to get a bit of real swimming in and to take in the view.


Oh how different it was to four days previous.

20151014-7646Post swim we’d worked up an appetite so over to Splashers across the road. I went for the breakfast burrito! A somewhat bizarre choice but as it was on the breakfast menu then it was good enough for me. It was delicious.

After breakfast Sharon and I headed home and thought a little about packing. Well… I thought about it and Sharon actually did some. My contribution was starting to prepare a list of the ‘free swag’ that we’ve picked up during this visit. I’ll probably share that in a day or two.

After lunch (which consisted of pretty much nothing after the breakfast I’d just consumed) we headed to Magic Sands beach as I wanted to have a play in the waves. We bumped into friends of Barry and Michelle from Epic Camp and whilst Sharon chatted to them on the beach I got into the melee that is the ocean after schools have finished for the day.


There was quite a shore break and so many people trying to body surf and boogie board on the same waves. I really don’t know how so many people don’t get hurt!  This photo below has someone stood on their boogie board whilst at least four others between him and myself are on the same wave!


20151014-0112659Back home for a quick dip in the pool and then we’d arranged to meet up with Andy and Emma at the Old Kona Airport walking/jogging path. Although my feet are still hurting (I’ve also got some ulcers on my lip from energy gel wrappers during the race) I toughened up and we all went for a little jog. Each lap is 0.7 miles and I did three laps.

Primarily to work up an appetite.



Post run we were in the perfect place to watch a pretty good sunset. The cruise ship that was in town today had set off into the sunset.  It was a good one tonight.


We all then headed over to Lava Java for dinner in fantastic surroundings.

Kailua-Kona is a completely different place after Ironman week has finished and if you’ve not seen it like this before then you’re really missing out.


4 comments on “Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 21 – Dig Me Magic Lava
  1. Daddy says:

    So glad your feet are getting better and your having a great time . The breakfast you had looks a mess more like a curry ! Great photos have a safe trip back and I will see you Saturday am . Lots of love daddy and mummy x x

  2. Julie Papworth says:

    Hi David, I really enjoy your entertaining and exhausting blogs and all your fab photos, makes me feel as if I am there too, so glad you found your go pro in the rocks! I will continue to catch up over the next week or so now that I am on half term. Well done on your amazing achievement in Kona, wishing you all a safe trip home. Julie x

  3. Vera Darlington says:

    Well David and Sharon, it’s not over until the fat lady sings but I think she’s stopped singing and you’re flying back home now. We in the meantime are enjoying Nairobi, Kenya on a break with Richard, Emily and Catrin. I’m looking forward to seeing you when we get back home. A big thank you fior all the daily blogs on Rowe Running. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. Love from Auntie Vera xxxx

  4. Jacqueline Glue says:

    David/Sharon So nice to read your entries in your blog, safe journey looking forward to.seeing you on your return love to you both Jacqueline xxxx

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