Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kaua'i Part 1

Just returned home from a week long stay on the island of Kaua'i, called The Garden Isle and for good reason. It is loaded with lots of lush vegetation and some of the most wonderful fruit I've ever tasted!

We spent a few hours on Kaua'i back in January when we cruised around all the Hawaiian islands, but it was raining that day and we were disappointed at not being able to enjoy the scenery. We had no such problems on this trip! The weather was great.

One of the first places we visited was a place we stopped at in January. We were very impressed with "the Spouting Horn" as they call this very unusual blow hole on the southern shore of the island.

As you can see from the piccie, the shore in this area is filled with black lava formations instead of sand. Erosion has formed a shelf and holes near and below the water level. A couple of the holes are tunnels, and one in particular "blows" like a geyser when the waves send water through it. It also makes a deep sound when the air rushes back through when the water subsides, hence the name "Spouting Horn."

Of course there's plenty of the beautiful turquoise waters, too. Sea turtles also frequent this area, and the day we were there, we saw three of them in the clear water on the other side of the horn.

We also went to nearby Po'ipu beach for a little picnic. As you can see from the palm trees, the wind was quite brisk, and the water outside this little protected lagoon was pretty rough. Not enough to discourage a few local surfers, however. We had a very relaxing lunch and stayed in the shade.

I'll post more piccies in a few days, but for now I'll let you dream about tropical beaches. Maybe you have a few favorites? If so, please share where they are.


Jane said...

Hey Aunty Cindy,
I've been to a couple of beautiful black sand beaches on the Big Island.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Jane!

Those black sand beaches are fabulous! Haven't been to them in awhile, but last time there were dozens for sea turtles out just beyond the breaking waves. FUN!

Thanks for stopping by,