We’ve just spent an amazing week on Kaua’i – Hawaii’s Garden Island, which is very close to heaven on earth. After spending our first morning trudging around from Walmart to the rental car company to Costco and back again, we made our way to our campsite. Our first 5 nights were spent camping in Haena- the last campsite on the island’s north shore before the start of the Na Pali coastline. You can see our campground in the middle of the last photo below. The park is right on a beach and underneath the mountains – set up with outdoor showers and clean (enough) bathrooms – not too bad for $3 a night. While we were setting up we ran into the Catt’s- long time friends of The Neal’s from back home who bought us a bunch of goodies from home (Thanks Lyne and Mark!).
We spent our time in Kaua’i hanging out with the Catt’s, surfing the massive 12 inch barrels, attempting to get some colour on our Canadian skin, making sometimes-awesome and sometimes-questionable camping meals, watching the sunsets, exploring the beaches, and figuring out if we could afford to live there permanently while not working.
One day we spent hiking 8 miles from Ke’e beach (just near our campsite) along the Na Pali coastline to Hanakapiai beach and onwards up to the Hanakapiai waterfall. Very muddy but very worthwhile. We left at 6.30am to avoid the crowds and had the beach and the freezing waterfall basically to ourselves.
Another definite highlight was the 45 minute helicopter tour of the island that took us into Mount Waialeale– the wettest place on earth (over 6m rain per year), above Waimea Canyon and along the Na Pali coastline. An awesome way to see the island.
Up at 5am this morning to pack up the tent and fly across to Oahu – we even managed to pack all of our camping gear into a bag and lug it over. 5 more days of camping and exploring here and then off to Japan. More updates to come once we’re in the land of ramen, sushi and weird vending machines – wont be worrying about charging the computer for the next week or so.