Alohaaaa Kauai!

Kauai's 90 miles of coastline are tranquil yet dramatic. The unknown beaches and sharp mountain edges make it one of the most beautiful places we have visited in the US. The trip to Hawaii was planned almost a year ago when we lived in San Francisco which would have made the commute much simpler than flying from the East coast (we flew from Atlanta to Honolulu to Kauai). Our total travel time was over 10 hours but well worth every second, especially since we met up with Dylan's entire fam to party for his dad's big 7-0!! Here are a few of the ways we celebrated... 

 

Visit the Nā Pali coast

In some way/shape/form, make sure to find your way to the untouched majestic cliffs of the Na Pali coast. You can sail or kayak or hike around the Na Pali coast. The family decided to sail which we highly recommend... there are many boat options, we did a half day with Captain Andy's (which included time for snorkeling, you cannot beat swimming with the sea turtles)! This is an expensive excursion but absolutely worth the time and money. 

 Is this real!?

Is this real!?

 Snorkle time!

Snorkle time!

 Green Sea Turtle 

Green Sea Turtle 

 Geoff and all of his snorkels 

Geoff and all of his snorkels 

 Lauren aka co-captain 

Lauren aka co-captain 

 The birthday man taking it in

The birthday man taking it in

 Spinner dolphins raceing us

Spinner dolphins raceing us

 The crew

The crew

 Caves amoungst the cliffs 

Caves amoungst the cliffs 

 Hidden coves

Hidden coves

 Can I live on this boat!?

Can I live on this boat!?

 

 

Take in views of Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is another must experience when traveling to Kauai. There are several overlooks accessible by car. If you prefer to work a little for your views, take this 3mi hike to Waipo'o Falls for amazing openings within Waimea Canyon. 

 Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

 We love you!

We love you!

 Somehow we managed to make it look like this overlook was empty... 

Somehow we managed to make it look like this overlook was empty... 

 Starting our hike to Waipo'o Falls

Starting our hike toWaipo'o Falls

 We are so excited for these views!

We are so excited for these views!

 Small waterfals that feeds into Waipo'o Falls

Small waterfals that feeds intoWaipo'o Falls

 Nature at its best

Nature at its best

 Ok we finally calmed down a bit 

Ok we finally calmed down a bit 

 We tried to camouflage... sorta 

We tried to camouflage... sorta 

 

 

 

Explore the base of Wailua Falls

Hike this short but steep trail to the base of Wailua Falls. Make sure to take your time especially after a rain because the trail will be muddy. There are a few options trails leading down to the base of the falls (use the ropes, they help)! If the trail is too muddy, you can still view the falls from above near the parking area. 

 Useing the ropes... 

Useing the ropes... 

 Hi Thom!

Hi Thom!

 Guys... he is 7-0!!! Impossible right!?!

Guys... he is 7-0!!! Impossible right!?!

 Bring your simsuit on a hot day, the pools are gorgeous 

Bring your simsuit on a hot day, the pools are gorgeous 

 Yay birthdays! 

Yay birthdays! 

 

 

HIKE THE Kalalau Coastal Trail

The Kalalau Trail is one of the most famous hikes in the world. For spectacular views without the distance, hike to Hanakapi’ai Beach on the coastal Kalalau Trail. Named one of the most incredible hikes in America, this one will not disappoint. The full trail is a point to point 11mi, 22mi RT hike. Great description of the entire trail here. Be prepared for mud accompanied by jaw dropping views.  

 Ahhhh the Na Pali coast

Ahhhh the Na Pali coast

 Can you see the mud?

Can you see the mud?

 Non stop views

Non stop views

 The trail takes a slight turn into the jungle

The trail takes a slight turn into the jungle

 Dylan taking more breathtaking pics 

Dylan taking more breathtaking pics 

 Take me to the ocean

Take me to the ocean

 Hanakapi’ai Beach

Hanakapi’ai Beach

 

 

Family time is the best time

I should also mention that most of our week in Kauai was spent celebrating at an amazing VRBO near Koloa... this property was perfect for a birthday celebration! 

 Hi fam!

Hi fam!

 The pool  really spolied us 

The pool  really spolied us 

 Pre lunch dip

Pre lunch dip

 Surfers outside of our place 

Surfers outside of our place 

 Evening 'do it yourself' yoga session 

Evening 'do it yourself' yoga session 

 Our favorite smoothie place nearby.... Little Fish Coffee 

Our favorite smoothie place nearby.... Little Fish Coffee 

 We had time for a quick yoga session at  Kalaheo Yoga

We had time for a quick yoga session at Kalaheo Yoga

 Viewssss to the left

Viewssss to the left

 Viewssss to the right

Viewssss to the right

 What? We can't go to Thom's birthday dinner in our bathing suites!!?!? Happy Birthday Thom!

What? We can't go to Thom's birthday dinner in our bathing suites!!?!? Happy Birthday Thom!