If you ever have a chance to go to Kauai, I would definitely recommend it. We had the vacation of our dreams in Kauai and I already can't wait to plan another trip there in the future. Kauai has the perfect mix of relaxing beaches to soak up the sun and read a good book with the fun, adventurous activities. I think aside from the island being absolutely beautiful one of the best things about the island is how many free and fun activities there are to do! We didn't have to spend a ton of money on excursions because with a guide book and a rental car, we found our own adventure and enjoyed every minute of it.
We had a really long day of travel on our way to the island and came within of two minutes of missing our flight. Luckily we made it just in time but by the time we got to Hawaii we were EXHAUSTED and ready to sleep for days. Surprisingly though we were up by 5:30 AM the next morning because of the time change and after enjoying the gorgeous sunset from our room we went exploring and found a local coffee stand with incredible coffee and then found somewhere to eat breakfast near the ocean.
On our first day, we explored some of the local beaches including Shipwreck Beach which has some really cool cliffs that are easy to hike to the top of. There is even one point where there were people jumping off the cliff into the ocean. I am too much of a chicken to even consider that, but it was fun to watch the brave souls jumping from that high up. We relaxed, went to the grocery store, and ate at an amazing little hole in the wall place called Da Crack with incredibly huge burritos.
The scenery driving around the island is just gorgeous. Kauai is called the Garden Island and it is stunning. You are surrounded by lush green plants, flowers, palm trees and gorgeous mountains everywhere. I just stared in amazement sometimes because of how beautiful it was.
On our second day in Hawaii we decided to be adventurous and hike the first two miles of the Napali Coast. The trail is actually eleven miles each way, so a twenty-two mile round trip hike but we decided four was plenty for our first go. The hike was really intense, it was either steep uphill or steep downhill, and it was all very natural meaning there were rocks to climb, tree branches to hop over, streams to cross, etc. It was quite the workout but so worth it because the views were STUNNING.
The hike led to a secluded beach, and the surf was so high this day that the waves were crazy high. We thought about continuing another two miles to the waterfall, but we didn't pack a lunch so we decided we better turn back. The entire trip took us about three hours to hike to the beach and back and it is something that I definitely want to do again if we go back.
After our hike we discovered a local bakery that made amazing pizza, sandwiches and INCREDIBLE pastries. We had lunch and a delicious coconut cookie bar creation that I still think about fondly to this day. We visited the Kileau Light House and then headed back to the South Shore of the island where our hotel was.
I am breaking up the Hawaii recap and pictures into a few posts because A. recapping vacations is a lot of work and B. I don't want to overload you with a million pictures at once. Check back next week to see Part II of Hawaii pictures!
PS: Happy Halloween!!! Make sure to check in on Instagram later today to see my TWO costumes-my work costume and my party costume. My friends Karissa and Stacey (and our hubbies) are throwing a costume party tonight and it should be a blast!