Travel: Kauai

Kauai. The island that greets with you a sense of serenity and beauty, even if your plane lands in the dark.

Where the locals are so friendly, you’re not sure if they’ve mistaken you for someone they’ve met before.

And  where 80% of the tiny island is uninhabited / inaccessible, yet eight days was not nearly long enough to explore it all.

My mother, sister, and I left our men at home and indulged ourselves in a week of tropical splendor. We rented a Jeep and drove around the island, visiting beaches, perusing shops, eating fish tacos. I had the most relaxing and restorative¬†stay on the island. And, why wouldn’t I? Kauai (and Hawaii in general) is known for its healing powers, after all.

A few of my favourite moments included a helicopter tour of the island (we flew with Safari Helicopters and they have the most amazing crew!):

Waipoo Falls
Waipoo Falls, Waimea Canyon

…hiking the Kalalau Trail:

Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail, along the Na Pali Coast

…spotting a rare Hawaiian monk seal on Poipu Beach:

Hawaiian monk seal
Protected Hawaiian Monk seal

…and waking up every morning in our Princeville condo, to skies like this:

Kauai sunrise
Kauai sunrise

~C.