Yes, it's true. We are entering the final leg of our time here on Kauai. We wanted to take a moment to write about a few more of the most note-worthy experiences we've had as we prepare to jet back to our home-base, Seattle.
The best bath ever (and a few other things).
In addition to the beaches and hikes we discussed previously, these activities are at the top of our list. Be sure they are on your list too, when/if you make it to Kauai (and you better make it to Kauai).
- Queen's Bath: This gem of a place – on the north shore – really struck us. It's basically a large pool on the edge of the ocean created by an inlet. It's a perfect place to swim in the company of colorful fish that are finding protection from the crashing waves just beyond the lava shelf where the pool sits.
- Okolehao Trail: Also up in our hood on the north shore, this trail offers exquisite views of, oh, about 1/5th of the island. It's a kinda tough 2 mile slog uphill, but the view is killer. We can laugh about it now but weren't so jovial when we were nearly busting our tailbones towards the end of the hike.
- Secret Beach: This beach is about the longest and widest that we experienced on Kauai. Definitely worth a mention due to the incredible views and the rush of surfers who provide lots of entertainment.
- Sandstone Hikes: Down on the south side of Kauai – near the awesome Grand Hyatt Kauai – we set off for a hike along the shoreline over to Mahaulepu Beach. Word is that the salt, wind and sand have beaten the cliffs into the colorful, jagged things-of-beauty that they are today. If you want a low-key yet gorgeous hike, this one's for you.
- Rainbows: Our visit here would not be complete without a shout out to the rainbows that pop up at every turn. We don't like to throw around the word "magical" - but, OK, we just did.
We're not budget minded ALL the time.
One fussy meal of note was at Oasis. On thanksgiving we decided "what the heck" and gave in to having a fancy-pants meal right on the ocean. After looking over the menu at this Kauai-friendly restaurant (90% of the food is local), we gave in and went with the fixed price option, including wine. The highlight was free range turkey with brown butter and nutmeg stuffing, but the corn soup and pumpkin mousse (with crisp bananas) weren't bad either. Tough life.
All in all a great find (as recommended by friends/locals) but, as a rule, we'll stick to cheap eats.
That's all we got.
Once we're back in Seattle, we'll get into the details of how we did it all without breaking the bank. We think you'll be surprised.
Hey, while we're on the topic of splurge meals, why don't you tell us what kind of meal you love to spend $$$ on.