13.04.2011 - 13.04.2011 31 °C
Our gracious host Joan got us going with brekky this morning and we had a plan to head down to the south of the island to do some snorkelling and a bit of a walk along the coast. We got down to that south of the island and discovered that the weather was pretty ordinary (really windy and surf was pretty rough) so we decided to drive up to the north coast to the Na Pali coast (Jurassic Park coastline) for snorkelling and walking.
I now know why Kauai is considered such a beautiful place. The Na Pali coast line is just beautiful.. The water up on the north coast is just amazing. Blue does not describe the colour of the water. It is the most amazing aquamariney-bluey-greeny colour. Just breathtaking. We both went swimming and snorkelling on a really gorgeous beach (Tunnels Beach). Water was so warm.. we could have stayed in the water all day. Snorkelling wasn't as good as what we had on the Big Island (we've been spoiled) so we only snorkelled for a little while before we went back to our first love of "riding the surge".
After lunch we headed to the end of the road and to the walk along the Na Pali coast line. It is supposed to be a really famous and amazing walk (you can walk up to 11 miles along the coast line and you need to camp out overnight if you want to do this). We chose to walk just the first 2 miles. We didn't make it. I should rephrase this and explain that I chose to not make it and Conductor decided to follow me back to the car. The walk along the coast line has some breathtaking views but it is HARD YAKKA. The trail itself is probably the toughest marked trail I have ever walked on (this isn't saying much because I haven't done many trails but I can imagine it is probably moderately hard for most hikers). The trail was strewn with boulders and loose rocks and is relatively steep. Going up was tough because on top of an ordinary trail the temp today has been early 30s and high humidity.. you can imagine.. but going down was probably worse. The legs, heart and lungs were happy that I was going down but the feet and head weren't.. The trail is steep and with loose rocks and boulders it is tough going to not lose your footing. Generally, I didn't enjoy the hike and was pretty glad when we turned around and headed back for the car. I'm not disappointed that we didn't do more of the trail because we plan to take a helicopter flight over the coastline so we'll get a better view from the helicopter than we would from the trail anyhow.
Off to Waimea Canyon tomorrow (more hiking.. I hope i've lost a few kilos and maybe gained a bit of muscle on my poor legs by the time I get back to AU) which is dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".