So I had big plans to make sure I posted before heading off on our adventure to Hawaii. As you can see, that didn’t happen. Sorry to leave anyone hanging! Fella and I had a wonderful time on Oahu and Kauai, but it’s been a rough transition coming back to real life. It’s the first real vacation that we have had together and we made every moment count. There were ups (I surfed!) and downs (Fella tested if my phone was waterproof…it’s not). And now for the super cheesy modern version of a vacation picture slide show! We both decided to unplug for this vacation so our photos are fewer than I would normally have for a vacation, but my memories are priceless and plentiful.
Oahu is breathtakingly beautiful. We began out trip by wandering around the island and following the coastline. Near this spot we took a good beating at a spot called the “Washing Machine”. It was well named.
Cutting back through the middle of Oahu to head back to Waikiki for the evening. There are no words.
You can tell he loves me because he humored me the entire trip by taking all of the pictures that I wanted. Even selfies.
Before we knew it, our time on the South Shore of Oahu was over and it was time to head to the Garden Isle of Kauai!
Our first stop in Kauai was the Wailua Falls. Wailua means double or two in Hawaiian. Somehow we timed everything right that we were the only ones at the falls and had the entire basin to ourselves after a somewhat precarious hike to the bottom.
It was even better from the bottom. Believe me when I say that the water was cold though! How many times do you get a chance to swim in a spring fed 80 foot waterfall though?
Next, we jumped over to the southwest corner of the island to get some use out of my new SCUBA certification. Underwater camera case for the win!
My new best friend. I spent most days on the islands trying to find turtles. Fortunately, finding them was not difficult in the least.
And no modern dive trip would be complete without the SCUBA selfie, right? Smile?
After we dried off, I even got Fella to come to a super touristy and cheesy luau with me! It may have helped that the food was delicious and it was all you can drink.
Before it was time to trek back to Oahu and larger populations, we needed some down time away from crowds. This place is known as “Secret” Beach. It was a bit of a hike to get to and not quite a secret, but it was sparsely populated and that was good enough for us!
Eventually it was time to head back to Oahu and hit up the North Shore. One of the “must do” activities on the North Shore is to jump off of Waimea Rock. Fella didn’t get me mid jump, but he did catch the splash that I made!
With that out of my system, the hunt for more turtles was back on. We caught this guy taking a nap on the shore and hung out with him for a while. I got antsy though and wanted one more swim with my turtle pals, so off to Shark’s Cove we went.
This was possibly my favorite memory from our trip. I swam with this guy for a good few minutes and it was like nothing I have ever experienced. Indescribable peace and happiness.
And no trip with Fella and me is complete without some goofing off. Underwater hand stands anyone?
We ended our trip at Shark’s Cove which has some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The sunset wasn’t too shabby either.
If you made it to this point, I hope you enjoyed looking the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them. I have been wanting to go to Hawaii for ages and it really does live up to all of the hype. It’s a beautiful place with unmatched natural beauty. There is also something to be said for completely unplugging and being present in each moment and within each experience. It’s a tall order for this day and age, but I think it’s important for people to disconnect with the outside world in order to be available to experience the life and the world that is happening around them at that moment. Documenting a moment is a good thing, but sometimes it robs you of experiencing the moment. Just my two cents.