Thursday, May 01, 2014

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Wailua Falls, Kealia Beach and Anahola Beach

As we ventured out from the Nawiliwili Port for a day of rugged and off the beaten path Kauai with a lovely local couple, Karen and Jay, both Kauai guides, who brought us around, we were met with a smashing first highlight at the Wailua Falls.

Ever watched the TV series "Fantasy Island"?  If so, you're probably old enough to remember stories of visitors being flown each week into a hidden magical island resort.  At the start of every episode, the character of Tattoo would ran up the bell tower and shout the popular catchphrase, "The plane, the plane" to announce the arrival of the new guests. The shows were filmed with the gigantic 113-foot Wailua Falls as a backdrop.

Wailua Falls

Although it provides a difficult access by foot to the floor of the falls itself, the falls is easily seen from the road up above.

As we continued our journey, we headed along the Kuhio Highway along the eastern coasts and ended up in the Kealia area.  We stopped for a bit of history of Kauai's plantation heritage, just by an old sugar mill across a small community post office.

Chickens are everywhere and run wild in Kauai, and we just saw an old man stop his car on the road side to feed them

Chickens everywhere!

Palm Trees everywhere too!
After that, we headed for a pit stop at the Kealia Beach public toilets just across the road.  But the blue skies, patchy white cotton clouds and blue green ocean water was really inviting, and we can't help but head down to the beach, take off our shoes and sink our feet into the cool fine sand and clear ocean water.

Smart lady enjoying Kealia Beach all to herself!

Kealia Beach is also known as Mana Oka'Aina Beach, which means power of the land.  During big surfs, it reveals a rock bed.  Coincidentally, Kealia means bed of salt.  The area also used to be a landing for steamers that load sugar cane harvest from the nearby fields.
Since we loved the beach so much, we made another stop at Anahola Bay before lunch.

Anahola Bay

View of the Kalalea Mountains in the background, including King Kong profile
Love the rocks!

Families with little children enjoying the beach and calm waters
What a perfect morning in Kauai so far!

You can also read the rest of our Kauai journey here:

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Kilauea Lighthouse, Kong Mountain, Coco Palms, Nawiliwili Harbor

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Hanalei

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Princeville, Hihimanu Twin Peaks, Anini Beach

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Harbor

and also our sightseeing of the Napali Coast

Kauia's Paradise: The Na Pali Coast

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