Our second day on the Napali coast was full of exploration. From the amazing beach to mysterious sea caves , there were so many amazing things to see during our stay. We felt like little kids rediscovering the world for the first time.
The beginning of the day was a bit rough. We were all pretty sore from the previous day’s hike in. We had not seen any bit of our campsite yet since we had to set everything up in the dark. However, I must admit that upon awaking, we were all pleasantly surprised by our campsite. As each person woke up, we all slowly began to unpack our gear to look for food and snacks.
We all began carbo-loading to make for all the energy we had expended. We brought lots of food and snacks. It’s very important to pack nutritious foods on such adventures, but if I could share one piece of advice it would be to also bring along sweets. I brought starbursts, small m&m and skittles bags. This may seem silly, but it sure helps boost morale.
I figured this would be a good time to show the facilities that were at our disposal while we were there. Some people in the group felt that using toilets was cheating and that it was going to cheapen their experience. So they proceeded to take smelly dumps a few clicks away from our campsite in the bushes. However, I had to problems using the toilets. You should remember to bring your own paper though. The toilets didn’t flush but luckily they had some sort black magic voodoo wood chips in them that somehow eliminated all the smells.
Here is what is available in terms of showering. I guess you could also just in the ocean for a rinse, but I was actually really stoked at the idea showering in a waterfall (like you see in movies). It was definitely cool, so I would recommend taking showers earlier in the day so that you can dry yourself in warm up under the toasty sunshine.
Now are models will demonstrate the various forms and variants of proper showering techniques while at the Kalalau camp sites.
The first one is know as the noob-tube and requires the use the pipe to divert the water from the falls into a steady stream which can be oriented in direction and used to rinse you body of soaps and suds with great precision and accuracy.
The second most popular showering technique was originally developed by hippies 1000 years ago. These bohemians did not want to expose their bodies to the harmful effects of water which had been passed through a non-vegan, non-glutten-free, GMO filled PVC pipes. Basically they just put their entire body under the rushing water. This style does provide extensive rinsing with high efficiency.
After exploring the campsite and all the luxuries it had to offer, we decided to embark on our first expedition out of the camp to explore the coast we had hiked so far to reach.
As you walk down the beach you can see the waterfall/shower. On a side note: the shower is the main source of water for all the campers. It is not only used for showering, but also for brushing teeth, drinking and cooking water (many freeze dried meals require boiling water). So be mindful when showering to try and push all your soap out of the little pond at the base, so others who came to fill their water bottles aren’t drinking your soap scum.
As we continued down the coast we passed a plethora of sea caves and interesting rock formations.
We had never seen so many sea caves. We all started running around and climbing through them like little kids.
Some caves were full of water, others were pitch black and still some possessed multiple entrances.
The caves were astonishingly big. We felt extremely lucky to get to walk through them, since certain times of year they are completely submerged and battered by the pounding surf.
These stacked rock shrines were probably one of the most mysterious but pretty things in some of these caves. There seemed to literally be 100s of them of all different sizes and intricacy levels.
We never found out if these rock structures symbolized something or if they were purely esthetic.
They continued until they faded into the darkness.
We could not help ourselves. All these peculiar geological features triggered an uncontrollable urge to climb all over them. We were so lucky. I’ve been back to the this area earlier in the season and found that this rock was about 20-30 yards out in the ocean. Waves were completely crashing over the surface of this rock the last time I went to the Napali coast (a year after this picture was taken).
Everything was so cool and beautiful. We had no idea how far the beach went for, so we continued to trek along.
We finally arrived to bend where we could walk no further and had to swim before reaching the next side of the beach. Without even hesitating we all threw ourselves in the water and began swimming as fast as we could in the hopes of finding even more sea caves. Coming around the corner we became dwarfed by an immense cliff face, which easily towered over 1000 feet above us. We admired it in complete awe of its imposing massiveness. We thought that out of all the rock climbing cliffs in the world, this one would be the most beautiful. It seems like it would easily take over a day to climb up, but the views from up there had to be one of a kind.
However, what we did not expect to find was this gaping arch in the cliff side.
We quickly celebrated our arrival on shore. Our bodies might have normally wanted to rest after such a swim, but we were too excited about the gorgeous beach we had just found.
Energized purely by excitement and adrenaline, we quickly ran across the beach and up a huge mountain sized sand dune that sat at the base of the cliff.
The view was totally sick and completely overwhelming. How could such a place exist and yet not be completely overrun by tourist. We were literally the only people on this entire stretch of coast.
The girls posed for a quick photo. We were a bit perplexed by the water sitting at the base of the arch. We did notice that a little water was dripping from the arch itself (we don’t know where from because it had been incredibly dry), but we had to push on to find the source of the water.
As you can see the water appeared to be come from a source a bit more substantial than a simple trickle.
We were pleasantly surprised once more to find another waterfall, this one even bigger than the one near our campsite. This amazing place was full of surprises and other very interesting and beautiful scenery. I still can’t believe such a place is real or that it has never appeared in any movies I’ve seen. I only hope that you decide to go to the Napali coast you will be equally blessed by its fantasy-like beauty.
We did do our trip around mid-August (when the waves were at there absolute flattest). This side of the island is basically a part of Kauai’s nortshore. This means that in the winter time, waves here can get scary big. Even though waves might peak in height during the winter, swells start building in the fall and are still declining in the spring. I’ve had done this hike in May and late swell lasted the entire week and made it impossible to venture any further down the coast, as the waves were easily in the double to triple overhead range. As a reminder, these beach had no lifeguards. If you seen someone drowning, there are lifeguarding float placed on stands across the beach so that whoever is closest can run out and save them. If you are struggling or drowning, stay calm but try to call for help from someone ashore. Honestly, if there were any waves I would not even attempt to swim to the last beach with the arch, simply because unseen rip currents could form and sweep you out to see.
This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, do not miss a chance to go have an adventure.