Sky to Sea with Daniel Fox
Explorer and Storyteller
Freedom - that's what traveling means to me. The freedom to explore, the freedom to learn, the freedom to discover and experience the unknown. I have had the "travel bug" ever since I was a young teen. When I was 17, I asked my parents to take me to the freeway so that I could hitchhike across Canada. I've never stopped traveling since. My craving to travel was so important to me that I made it my work. The Wild Image Project is my way to honor this planet and all of its treasures. I simply love everything that has to do with traveling - the innocence and the naivety of visiting new places, the discovery of new tastes and the challenge of new beliefs. Traveling allows your eyes to start to see in ways you never thought possible.
Most of my trips consist of basically getting lost in the wilderness or going camping in some remote locations. There is a simplicity that I cherish and nurture in disconnecting from our intense and fast-paced culture. However, if I had to choose a place that is closest to the balance between a modern lifestyle and a "connected to earth" one, the Big Island of Hawaii is my choice.
The places you should definitely see
1. The lava field at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's one of the only places in the world where one can truly experience the sheer feeling of walking on an alien world.
2. The summit of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii. Drive to the summit at night to see the sky saturated with stars like you've never seen before.
3. Take the Saddle Road and head for the Papakolea Beach. It's one of only four green sand beaches in the world!
The activities that can't be missed
1. Diving off the Kona Coast. Hawaiian waters are rich with marine life. Last time I was there, I dove with Pilot Whales, Whitetip Sharks, Mahi Mahi and Onu. Don't miss the Manta Ray night dive!
2. A boat tour to see the lava flowing into the ocean. You'll get to see molten rock scaring the ocean with blistering heat and exploding in a fireworks display.
3. A classic but nevertheless ultimate - helicopter tour. A helicopter tour is the only way you can truly experience the grandeur of the island.
My favorite places to eat
1. Nothing beats eating outside close to the ocean. My best memories always go back to picnics done either alone or with friends. On the Big Island, I usually grab foor at Island Naturals Market & Deli.
2. Big Island and Bees is the mecca of artisanal and crafty honey. The owner, Garnett Puett, is not only a 4th generation beekeeper, but also an incredible artist who creates honey wax sculptures. His knowledge about bees and the important relationship between their well being and the environment brings incredible insight to our dependency on the work of these little precious flying insects.
3. To get a good feel of local culture, I recommend taking a visit to the Farmer's Market. Regional cuisine, exotic intriguing and tasty fruits and vegetables, you will not only embark on a culinary journey but also meet the people behind the food and hear their stories.
1. Kehena Beach. This black sand beach reminds me that I am at the home of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. If you're lucky you'll see a pod of Spinner dolphins playing in the surf.
2. Somewhere along the Red Road, located in the south end of the Big Island is a subtle entrance to a dirt road wrapped in trees. At the end of the trail you will arrive at the ocean. Take a left and not far from there, you will see a pond that is slightly sheltered, a kind of natural infinite pool. Put your snorkel on and jump in. Make sure to respect the pond residents!
3. Ke’ei Bay. I'm not going to say much about this place but simply ask around! Make friends with a local who can guide you out to this hidden gem. You'll make new friends and discover an amazing beach full of history and filled with beauty.