Travel diary - Hawaii - Kauai
5 h flight from SFO to Honolulu and on to Kauai.
Picked up our rental car and went to the hotel.
In the evening we went to the beach and to the pool.
Best Western Plantation Hale in Wailua; Nice Apartment with two rooms, a kitchen, bathroom and a big veranda with direct Pool and jacuzzi access. Not far from the beach. Excellent value.
We first went to the south coast to the beautiful luxury resort beach of Poipu with its picnic places under coconut palms; from here we continued on an unpaved road to the more deserted , long Mahaulepu beach for a swim.
On to the impressive Waimea Canyon, the so-called Grand Canyon of the Pacific, from where we hiked to a wonderful little waterfall with pool amidst a natural tropical garden.
In the afternoon we spent some more time beach, this time Polihale Beach on the West Coast, which was also only accessible via a sand track, but it was nevertheless quite busy. Not surprisingly though, as the beach has a good surf and is long and wide with the impressive high cliffs of the Na Pali Coast immediately to the north.
Trip along the north coast of Kauai.
The scenery here corresponds perfectly with all clichés one might have about Hawaii. Magnificent bays, tropical gardens, green valleys.
At the end of the road of the Kalalau trail starts. This trail, supposedly one of the most beautiful in the world, runs along the Na Pali Coast, but we only walked it to the first viewpoint.
In the morning we took a trip with our Jeep into the wild and green interior of Kauai, along unpaved roads.
The rest of the day we spent at Secret Beach, a remote, wide dream beach with huge waves, which is only accessible via a dirt road.
Catamaran trip along the Na Pali Coast with Holoholo-Tours. Even though this trip was very expensive (99$ per person) it was definitely worth it.
Seven-hour boat trip including breakfast, lunch, drinks and snorkeling.
The only way to admire the Na Pali Coast is by helicopter, boat or partly on foot.
Huge, oddly shaped cliffs tower over the ocean, only interrupted by green valleys from time to time. At the foot of the cliffs are white sand beaches, caves and little waterfalls. A breathtaking and magical place!
The snorkeling, however, was nothing special.
Na Pali Coast
Before our departure to Honolulu and Molokai we took a small trip to the beautiful Wailua falls, that drop into a huge pool. Unfortunately, walking down there is not allowed due to security reasons.
Arrival on the tiny airport of Molokai in the evening.