the long awaited kauai post #2

The first couple of days on the island of Kauai were fun, but the days that proceeded were just as adventurous. Besides, I’m one of those people that likes to get up super early on vacations just to maximize my experiences. I want to be able to do everything that I want to do while I’m on vacation.


After a couple of days playing on the Western and Southern parts of the island, it was finally time to explore the North Shore. More specifically, we got to explore the beautiful Hanalei. The taro fields below in the valley are so vast and green. Absolutely breathtaking! It’s amazing to me how parts of Kauai can be so dry, yet some of their soil is fertile and damp.

After playing on the pier, browsing the town, and shopping at all of the local shops in Hanalei, we decided to head back down south to Poipu to do more snorkeling. Yup, it’s one of my favorite things to do in Hawaii.

After snorkeling for a couple of hours, we called it quits and headed back to the resort. Later during the day, we decided to go swimming in their infinite pool. It was truly the biggest pool I’ve ever swam in.

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We explored as far as the road would take us on the North Shore. We checked out both a dry and wet cave, which were both really cool! I loved that the wet cave had its reflection on the calm water surface.

We ended up at Ke’e Beach and snorkeled for about three hours. It’s totally the way to get a great tan, hehe. This is where the trail head of Kalaulau starts; however, we didn’t hike it because we weren’t equipped for the long hike. Next time, however, we will most likely tackle this quest.

Snorkeling expends so much energy, especially when the current and riptides are strong. Thus, it was time to get a grab to eat. Lunch plates in Hawaii are always the best, so we stopped at a nearby shopping center.

By the time we finished lunch, it was only noon. We still had half a day left to gallivant, so we decided to go check out the Kilauea Lighthouse. I was slightly nervous because it’s a seabird sanctuary. If you know me well, you’d know that I have a slight fear of birds, especially when they get way too close to you.

However, no birds were that daring enough, so I didn’t get too scared. Thank goodness for that because it would’ve had me sprinting right back to the resort, haha!

If you ever decide to visit this lighthouse, make sure you go early on in the day because it gets extremely hot here. Oh, and always make sure to carry water with you. Both G and I suffered from a heatstroke, and we were only there for about an hour. Regardless of the heatstroke, it was a great place to learn about the various seabirds.


Time to head back home. 😦 Because we only had half a day, we decided to explore more random beaches. It’s too bad that the beach we stumbled upon was known for its snorkeling! Apparently, it’s where all the sea turtles hang out in Kauai. Oh well, that just means we’ll have to go back and explore it further. 😉

…and that pretty much sums up our Kauai trip. It was definitely a trip filled with wonderful memories, and I truly feel so lucky.

Now, I have to print out those photos and get them into the books.



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13 responses to “the long awaited kauai post #2

  1. Wow – looks like an amazing adventure!

  2. Looks like an AMAZING trip my friend! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Looks like SO much fun! I love all the photos. And you know what I could use? A butler.

  4. Nancy

    amazing! now i wanna go on vacation.

  5. Rebecca

    Have you ever snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? If not, you must!! Simply breathtaking! Glad you had a great trip and can’t wait to see some LO’s.

  6. Emily w

    That pool looks enormous! Glad you had fun.

  7. Mo

    Hello my dear! So good to see your smiling face in these spectacular photos! Thanks for stopping by my bloggy. It’s been quite a neglected one (I’m so bad)! I hope all is well! I do think of you often wondering if I’ll ever make it to meet you and see your wonderful Paper Place…he he! I’ll have to make it a point to visit and post more!…another resolution! I hope your Holidays were as grand as mine! xoxo Mo

  8. Mo

    PS. I always sing (in my head) that “OPP” song when I see posts from the OPP bloggy! LOL!

  9. michelle h.

    Happy New year, Sarah!! So great hearing from you!!
    I’m sorry I have been MIA I will have to stop by more often!!
    Love all your amazing pictures!!
    So glad you both had a fabulous vacation!!
    We love snorkeling too! This year we are going to Atlantis for the 1st time if they have any dates available when we want to go!!
    I might have to come and take notes on your vacation we are wanting to take a cruside there in a few years to visit several islands!

  10. Beautiful photos! It makes me want to plan a trip RIGHT NOW! I seriously want to swim in the pool 🙂

  11. Gorgeous trip photos! Looks like you had a great time — can’t wait to see some scrapbook layouts using those pics 🙂

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