It’s time for another honeymoon adventure post! How pumped are you?
Our third day in Kaua’i, we decided to head to the north shore and do some hiking. Every single person we talked to told us we had to see the NaPali coast. Apparently, a large chunk of the island is only accessible by hiking, boating, or helicopter tour, and since as newlyweds we’re way too poor for the latter two options, we opted for hiking. So we made the two hour drive all the way to the end of the road, laced up our hiking boots, and set off.
The Kalalau Trail runs 11 miles from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach and has been rated (or so I’ve heard) as one of the most dangerous and strenuous hikes in the U.S. It is the only land access to the NaPali Coast, the series of beautiful green cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. The state of Hawaii requires a permit to hike most of the trail since it’s nearly impossible to do in one day, but the first two miles are open to the public so that’s what we headed for.
See that beautiful green rainforest behind the trailhead? That’s what we got to hike through, all the while seeing glimpses of the blue sea in between the trees. As we hiked, we heard people speaking all kinds of different languages and said hello to everyone along the way. Some fellow hikers showed us a natural spring where we could fill up our water bottles. The trail was rocky and uneven in places, but very well maintained. We hiked about a mile and a half in, and then suddenly turned a corner and there it was: the breathtaking cliffs accented by the secluded beach that was our destination.Read More »