Dry Cave/Wet Cave, Kauai
As you keep driving up north the 560 highway you will notice many locals relaxing at the noumerous big or small beaches along the way. We prefered to stop at Ha’ena Beach Park(pics 1-2) that has many facilities like bathroooms, picnic tables, huge parking area etc We enjoyed some shaved ice from the lunch wagon(pic 3) that also serves beverages, chips and sandwiches. Some prices are: one flavor shaved ice costs $3, 2 flavors $3.50), sandwiches ($4.50-7), water ($1.5), coconut juices ($5). For us it was more interesting to taste the banana bread of the lady near by. For $5 it was one of best I ever tried. I regret we didnt buy more.
Of course the reason we came up here was the Dry Cave that is located opposite the beach. It is called Manihiholo (the head fisherman of Menehune people) cave with a wide entrance (pic 4) but nothing really interesting to see here. Less than a mile north are located the two wet caves, Waikapala’e and Waikanaloa. We found them very dark and the water cold, very cold...
In case you dont have a map with you have in mind that you are just a few meters away from the end of the road! :)
Maniniholo Dry Cave (Maniniholo means "swimming Manini fish") is about 300 yards deep, and reaches to a small exit hole on the side of the mountain. The cave interior used to be larger than now, before a 1957 tsunami half-filled it with sand.
Down the road a bit, you can also visit the Waileapaloa and Waikapela'e Wet Caves.
The second wet cave, known by two names Upper Blue Room or Waikapalae Wet Cave. Apparently there is a small opening above the cave that lets the sunlight in and reflects on the water. The water is supposed to be very deep and the swimmers must tread water the whole time.
I only know this through guide books because we chickened out or forgot our reef shoes, which ever story you want to believe. Since I never actually saw the cave the picture here is from www.hawaiiweb.com.
There are two caves on the north shore of Kauai that are filled with water. The one pictured is right on the road and the water is so blue. The Hawaiian name for this cave is Waikanaloa. Hawaiian legend says that Pele (goddess of the volcano) built this cave for her lover, but when they filled with water she abandoned them.
The caves are fed by fresh springs seeping throught the lava and is cold. When we were at the lower cave explorers were on their way to the upperc cave with swimsuits and snorkle gear, it is supposed to pretty awesome to see. We chickened out.
I must point out that swimming is not allowed here due to possible leptospirosis, a nasty bacteria often found in Hawaii's freshwater and may be present here.
This dry cave is one of several sea caves located in the area. The cave, which is about 300 yards deep, used to be much larger but the 1957 tsunami partially filled it with sand. Legend states that Manini-holo, chief fisherman of the Menehune (little people) dug this cave in search of the supernatural beast, akua, who had been stealing their fish. In actuality, the ocean used to be much higher and these caves were formed from thousands of years of ocean waves beating against the lava and etching away the rock.
Bring a flashlight to see the intricate details of the ceiling of walls of the cave. I don't belive the markings on the walls inside are real petroglifs, as you can see the spray paint drippings! Just remember, there are a million tons of rock above your head!