Kayak – 4 miles round trip, Hike – 2.5 miles round trip
5.5 miles round trip / 1381′ elevation gain
During a kayaking trip up the Wailua River in Kaua’i, Hawai’i I noticed these bright yellow flowers that speckled the shoreline. Our tour guide described them as “sunset” flowers because they start the day with a rich, yellow color, and end the day with a red-orange hue.
During a recent trip to Hawai’i, I finally had the opportunity to explore snorkeling. After spending a few hours in the “kiddie pool” at Lydgate Beach Park, I was ready to broaden my underwater horizons. Anini Beach was the perfect destination for beginner snorkelers, with its’ shallow waters and abundance of wildlife. After only 10 minutes in the water I spotted several tropical fish, two rays, a sea urchin, and a saddled snake eel. As I chased down a beautiful tropical fish, out of nowhere a very large sea turtle swam right in front of me. This was a dream come true! I spent the next several minutes slowly swimming alongside a sea turtle in its’ natural environment. Check that one of the bucket list! ✔