Hawaii 2012 - Day 10: Snorkeling - Road to Hana - Waikamoi Nature Trail
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A multifunctional day! We started it with something we had postponed too long: exploring a tiny part of Maui located below sea level. On other words, we went out snorkeling! For that we headed out south to Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Reserve, a reserve just above La Pérouse Bay. Lots of tourist jump into a bay that is located next to the road. And one can surely have a great time here the real gem is a 5 minute hike away. And that is what we did of course, so we got a better snorkeling place and we had to share it with less people.
Getting into the water was the hardest part. The sharp rocks of the La Pérouse Bay lava fields just extend into the sea.
Stephan had invested in a disposable water-proof camera and evolved into some kind of local and contemporary Jacques Cousteau. When the camera was full we headed back to the hotel to get showered and ready for our next activity: the Road to Hana.
After a quick lunch in the village of Pa'ia (of course Coconut Battered Shrimps for me) we headed eastward along Maui's north coast on The Road to Hana aka the Hana Highway.
Unlike the Kahekili Highway, the road does have guard rails and the shape of the pavement is way better. So, the rental companies (it is unbelievable but true) do allow their renters to drive the road.
The Waikamoi Nature Trail was the hike of our choice. By far not one of our wildest hikes. Barely 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long and an ascend of only 65 meters (214 ft). But all of it in the jungle! The Indiana Jones feeling was there for 100%. Views and vistas anywhere. Close by (beautiful flowers and plants), as well as far away (sea, bamboo forests, etc.)
We were running out of daylight time as well as out of gas, so we made the last visit for the day to the Ke'anae Peninsula, halfway the Road to Hana. The peninsula was formed by another lava flow coming down from Haleakala. But unlike the steep surrounding lava this lava formed an almost perfectly leveled stretch of land of 500 x 250 meters (1600x800 ft), only a few meters above sea level. From the edge of the peninsula there is a great view on the big waves that crash onto the sharp lava edges. A very inspiring way of ending the day.
More pictures below! (As well as a short video shot from the car while driving the road to Hana).