It's definitely a good idea to listen to the surf report on the radio as you plan your day. The nice thing is that even if there are big swells on some beaches, it's invariable pretty nice on others around the island. We were there in the winter and got to see some pretty huge waves along the north shore. The next day at the same beach we were able to swim, so be prepared for anything I guess.
There are chickens everywhere!! They're not so much of a danger as a nuisance, as they don't seem to care what time it is as they are crowing their little heads off day and night. It's definitely something that you get used to in a day or two though.
The story goes that they all escaped when a big hurricane hit Kauai. Since there are no predators, the chickens have flourished and can be seen, literally, everywhere!
Here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the surf can sometimes be calm (pacific), but at other times, and especially in the winter, it might be dangerously high. On the north shore of Kauai during our November visit we saw raging surf that only a fool or an idiot would go near. Always study the waves carefully before entering the water, and inquire locally about safe places to swim. Sometimes a dangerous beach can be only a short distance from a safer, more sheltered one.
Take a look at the signs in the accompanying photos. One of them notes that 82 people have drowned at a single small beach along the Na Pali Coast. Not all of them were swimming. Some were simply too near the shore when an unusually large rogue wave overcame them and swept them away.
Please be aware of the most beautiful creatures next to the humpback whale - the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are only 30 around the island of Kauai. Occasionally you will find one on the beach sunning itself so please give the animal space and respect. There is a $25,000 fine for bothering these animals.
We were fortunate enough to see these animals two times on the beach. The second time I had my camera with me. I used my zoom lense to take closeup pictures and give her privacy. This one pictured here came upon my husband while his back was facing the water. He heard a grunt and turned to see this seal coming out of the water about 5 feet from him! Matt decided to stay where he was and the seal kept eyeing him, I guess measuring him up. When she found that Matt was not a threat she moved further out of the water to work on her tan.
Beware of fellow tourists who have just arrived. No tan. Still uptight. They tend to cut in line. They stick like sore thumbs because they don't smile, the complete opposite of the locals.
The locals are so friendly, polite, etc....It's contagious, thank goodness.
If you are looking for the Barking Sands Beach, you can't get there from here.
The Pacific Missile Range Facility is fronting it and since 9/11 the road is closed.
Warning, Restricted Area sign is posted.
We found out waves are very strong in Kauai. We were there in December and most beaches on the north shore that weren't shilded by reefs were not swimmable because of the high surf. Near Hanakapi'ai beach on Kalalau trail they had posted a list of people who drowned there in the last five years. The list had a few open bullets (quite creppy but I'm guessing an efficient mean of persuasion). The waves were maybe 2 meters high. I was in the water knee deep and I could feel the ocean pulling me.
The island is full of wild chickens. They were once in cages but hurricane Iniki freed them back in 1992. Now they're everywhere, you can see them by the sides of the road, in parking lots etc. They don't really attack you; rather I chased them off trying to take a picture. Our travel guide said that they can be noisy and that if they camp under your window it can unpleasant. But that didn't happen to us so we're left with nice memories of the chickens ;-)
The trail can be wicked... especially if it is raining. We wouldn't have gone on the trail that day if we knew what was in store. Ke'e beach was sunny and gorgeous. About 1 mile in, it started raining on the trail. The trail is already so difficult... add in some rain, and it can be really scary! Wear cleats. Or bare feet. Have a walking stick, and plenty of water and snacks.
Leptospirosis is a disease that may be transmitted from animals to humans.
Transmission usually occurs by contact with soil or water contaminated with the urine or tissue of an infected animal (wild goats, pigs, rats).
Symptoms of the bacteria infection are not immediate, and usually begin to appear 7-10 days after the initial contact with the contaminated water or soil. Early symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, muscular pain and gastrointestinal disturbances.
If left untreated, the central nervous system, kidneys and liver will be also be affected. The mortality rate is low (10%) if left untreated with kidney failure being the most common cause.
Drug treatment: Penicillin
Kalalau trail is rated as a strenous/difficult trail to hike for the average individual .(800 ft. elevation gain/loss) People should be in fairly good physical condition and have basic outdoor skills such as camping,hiking,basic survival skills and first aid. Swimming is not advised due to extremely strong currents.
People suffering from acrophobia (fear of heights) will have difficulties passing the 8 mile mark along the trail.Here the trail becomes very narrow
(2-3 ft. wide) and there is a 4000 ft. sheer cliff on one side of the trail.
Any serious injuries along the trail will require almost a day for someone to hike out and get help.Carry along a mirror and you might be able to signal a tour helicoper for emergency assistance.
Wear bright colored clothing. Easier to spot from the air and added safety from goat and pig hunters on the trail.
Camping without a permit.
Park rangers check the campsites to verify permits.Campers without permits are:
1.Issued a citation.
2.Photo mug shot taken
3.Camping gear confiscated.
4.Ordered to appear in court and pay fines anywhere from $100-$1000 per day.
5.Failure to appear in court will result in a
warrant for your arrest and a criminal record.
We had a bit of a nightmare stay really. Nicole's house was without electricity and running water except the toilet . . . :-) and a hose outside. Her boyfriend got bitten by a huge scorpion while showering off in the yard. Yeow!
If you go to Kauai in winter and attempt to do some hiking expect the trails to be muddy and slippery. Take a closer look at the picture as all trails look more or less like the one there.
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