A collection of moments from our time in Hawaii.
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Iao Valley lays on the edge of the West Maui mountain range, an extinct volcano which is now covered in lush rainforest. It was an amazing place to explore. We found a track which lead away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and takes you on your own little adventure. The path followed a beautiful stream, which flowed down from the mountains. When we were up away from the crowds we found the perfect little swimming hole, nothing more refreshing than a freshwater swim after a long walk. We have been blown away by Maui's landscapes, so different from anything we have back in Australia.
Honolua Bay is well known as a world class wave. On this day the swell was small, however you could still see the potential it has and there were some nice long board waves on offer. We were stoked to meet a local pro surfers dad who gave us the low down of where it breaks, when it's on fire and where the 'truck sized' barrels occur. Even though we didn't have boards with us, we were more than happy to sit back, relax and take in the waves and the beautiful landscape of the island.
It is extremely unfortunate timing that the US government has closed all 401 of their National Parks. We were hoping to get to some lookouts, craters, waterfalls and hikes, which are in National Parks on Maui. As disappointing as it is we decided to make our own adventure, so while driving towards the town of Hana we found this amazing volcanic ravine. We pulled over and just stated walking up it. It took us on an epic journey, we felt like we were in an old western film about to be attacked by indians from the cliffs above. As we left the road and got deeper into the ravine we spotted some goats, which seemed to be trying to get away from us. Before we knew there must have been 50 or 60 goats surrounding us, running along the rock walls trying to get away from us. Our guess is people don't get up here often. It was a very different experience and something we might not have found if the government didn't close the parks. Although we were angry at first it really does pay to roll with changes and make the most of your day.
The Road to Hana is a 'must do' when visiting the Island of Maui, Hawaii. We were lucky enough to have a couple of friends on Maui, who took us on an amazing adventure along this road. While driving you take in some amazing sights and if you know where to stop there are some great experinces to be had. We swam through an underwater lava shaft, went rock jumping, walked through forest to find a waterfall, surfed and had some yummy local food. It is seriously one of the most adventurous fun packed days we have had. Thanks Jamie and Cory for being the best tour guides ever!
We went exploring on stand up paddle boards (SUPs) down the Haleiwa inlet, Oahu, Hawaii. It is such a cool way to see your surroundings, it gives you another perspective on the area.
We came to one part of the inlet were we saw a turtle, then another, then another and before we knew it, we were surrounded and had to be careful not to hit any. It was amazing to be surrounded by them.
Pill Box Hike on the island of Oahu, Hawaii has to be one of the most amazing hikes we have done. It is just so different to anything we have in Australia. With turquoise ocean on one side and volcanic mountains on the other, you are surrounded by beauty. The hike is quite steep and before you know it you are high above the town of Lanikai, how amazing for the locals to have this hike in their backyard.
There are world war 2 bunkers still standing along the trail, now covered in colourful graffiti, they are a reminder of what soldiers went through to keep their families and country safe.
After sweating up a storm hiking on this particularly hot day in Oahu and spending the whole walk staring at the ocean, we finished the trail and raced down to the beach. There is nothing better than finishing off a hike with a refreshing swim.
It was a childhood dream come true exploring the North Shore of Hawaii. Growing up I loved watching professional surfers take on waves like Sunset, Waimea, Pipe and Rocky Point. It was a smaller swell this day, however there were still a lot of local kids shredding at Rock Piles and some others showing us how it's done at Rocky Point.