Last May, my grandparents and I took a week-long vacation to Kauai, Hawaii. All I can say about this trip is that it was amazing and I will always remember it vividly as my all time favorite vacation. To put lightly, it was unforgettable.
I pretty much fell in love with the Garden Island and if I got the chance, I would go back in a heartbeat. Soon after our arrival on the island, I truly began to grasp what ‘paradise’ means. You see, a vacation to Hawaii is more than just a trip to a place where you can do some sight seeing and hit the beach: it is a treat for your very awareness and bathes every one of your senses with its mere presence.
The scent is so fresh, sweet, and clean, and so exotic that it puts Bath and Body Works to shame! The scenery is magnificent and so unlike anything on the mainland, with colors unimaginable. In fact, it’s a common tip in tourist guides to have your photos developed before going home, as printers on the mainland cannot match all the shades exclusive to the islands.
Basically, we spent our entire week outdoors, just savoring each other’s company and enjoying the perfect temperatures and tropical rains, but that’s not to say we had a whole lot of relaxation time! We did everything from kayaking the Hanalei River, to hiking the treacherous Kalalau Trail. We snorkeled, we surfed, we fished, and we visited many classic attractions, like Queen’s Bath tide pool and the Spouting Horn geyser.
I’d have to say that one of my favorite activities was snorkeling at Ke’e Beach. There is a large lagoon there, fenced off by natural coral formations, just swarming with tropical fish. The fish food we bought the day before definitely worked to break the ice, and before long, we were surrounded by dozens of colorful, darting fish!
Another part of my vacation especially worth mention was the beauty and uniqueness of the Hawaiian beaches we visited. They were unlike any other beaches I have ever been to, with perfect surf, clean sand, gorgeous shells, and tall, swaying palms. When swimming, I was always amazed at how far down in the water I could see. The fish and coral that looked as though they were right beneath me, when I dove down to get a better look, turned out to be nearly twenty feet below the surface! Also, if you would look closely at the larger waves beginning to break, you could see right through them and occasionally you’d notice a little fish caught in the wave’s powerful clutches.
Last, but certainly not least, was the food. During that week, I probably gained fifteen pounds thanks to all the delicious regional dishes, because, of course, you have to try them all. I became addicted to Hawaiian shaved ice and still sometimes suffer from pangs of withdrawal when I think about it! Unfortunately, I have yet to find any frozen treat here on the mainland that can match the delectability of shaved ice.
Equally tantalizing was the Kalua pork. It is a traditional luau dish and is basically roasted, shredded pork, seasoned with locally grown herbs and spices. Let me tell you: it makes one killer pork sandwich! Best of all was probably the produce — if you want fresh fruits and veggies in Hawaii, then look no further, because it’s all grown and sold right around the corner. The end of this incredible week came all too quickly and it was almost painful to think about leaving Hawaii.
It was so relaxed and peaceful, with an almost utopian feel! No one was ever in a hurry and everything ran at a ‘hang-loose’ pace. The coolest part about Kauai was that everything is right at your fingertips. At maximum, the farthest you’ll have to travel to get anywhere is about an hour, so you spend more time doing than driving.
Whether you want to surf, climb, boat, hike, camp, or anything else, it is all right there. Kauai is even home to Poipu Beach, one of the world’s top rated beaches! Not only this, but its’ natural beauty is unmatched to anything in the world, with breath taking water falls, exotic foliage, majestic mountains, and a nearly perfect climate. Needless to say, this vacation was a highlight of my life and though the fun couldn’t go on forever, the memories I made with my family will last a lifetime.
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