Monday, June 25, 2012

Hanalei and Poipu Beaches

While the plan was to go to 3 beaches in Kauai, weather prevented us from going to a beach on Tuesday. We didn't want to take the risk of getting to the beach and having to deal with wet, slushy sand since rain was in the forecast all day.

On Monday, after I got back from Waimea Canyon, we headed North to Hanalei Bay Beach. I looked up pictures of this beach online and was so so excited to see it in person. It did not disappoint. I wish I would have taken a picture from the road looking down on the beach because it was incredible!

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The water is pretty calm at Hanalei Beach. There were a few waves that were a little more intense but most of the time, the water was just perfect for drifting around.

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I'm so in love with waterfalls.
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Unedited. Everything is so lush and green.
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We left the beach and drove back up the road to the small town of Hanalei where we waited 40 minutes in line at Bubba's Burgers so I could get a corndog. It was a corndog. I'm sure the burgers were good but I didn't want a burger and I didn't want a sit down restaurant either. Oh well. We had to get back to the East and our hotel for a river cruise.

(I will discuss the Wailua River cruise in the next post along with Wailua Falls)

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On Wednesday, we took our time getting going for the day. It was our last day in Kauai and we wanted to enjoy it. The weather forecast had improved a bit but still called for some rain around the island but we didn't let that stop us. We headed out to Poipu Beach. It was only about 16 miles from our hotel (going South) but it took us 40 minutes due to speed limits and traffic. When we turned off of the freeway to take a 6 mile road to Poipu, it started raining pretty heavy but I could see blue skies in the distance and knew we would be okay once we got to the coast.

We settled on this smallish beach area right in front of the Marriott hotel. From my research, there were three beach areas and based on the sign at the Marriott, we were on Poipu Beach. We didn't want to get back in the car and drive around to the other beach areas so we set our stuff down. Chris was really happy to see that there were decent sized waves. Really decent. Good body boarding times ahead!

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This photo is not edited at all. It was a beautiful day!

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The waves made me sea-sick so I could only stay out there in small spurts of time.

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We were there for about 90 minutes before the heat started to drain us. I was thirsty and Chris was tired from battling the waves. We packed up our stuff, washed off and went up to the little marketplace and had lunch. We were going to eat at Puka Dogs but I didn't want to wait in another long line or pay $6.50 for a hot dog. So we went to a burger restaurant next door, grabbed some gelato and wandered around for a bit before heading back to our hotel.

We were very happy with both of these beaches. Are there better? Probably. I've heard Secrets and Tunnels Beaches on the North side of the island are spectacular. But these beaches were easy to find and gave us just what we needed and I thought the scenery was pretty great too.

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