Tuesday, August 7

Kauai Waterfalls and Canyons

Kauai has some really spectacular waterfalls. A couple of days into our trip, we took off toward the inner part of the island in search of a few of them. We saw Wailua falls up close from a scenic turn out on the road and it was gorgeous, I wish we’d had the time (and the shoes) to hike to it.Waterfall
We also stopped and saw Opaeka’a Falls, a lovely, lacy waterfall that sadly can only be viewed from a distant vantage point (though the zoom lens on our DSLR certainly helped).
Then we took a trip out to Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It had stunning views, just really gorgeous. WaimeaCanyon2WaimeaCanyon3

We were able to catch a glimpse of the Napali Coast along the north western shore of the island, which is inaccessible by road. You can only hike or helicopter to that part of the island because of the mountainous terrain. It looks like totally unspoiled land, like something that has survived under the radar of human interference for thousands of years, it was really incredible. Napali Coast

If I had done any research at all before our trip, I would have known that there is some amazing hiking to be had in Kauai, unfortunately I was not prepared for this at all and only brought the most flimsy of footwear, flips flops and converse sneakers. If we ever go there again, I’d bring hiking shoes and hike along the Kalalau trail. Also, I’d take a helicopter tour because I’ve heard they’re amazing.

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