Kauai, Day 5: Jungle Hikes, Kayaks and Ke’e Beach

Published in: Just For Fun, Kauai, Travel

I’m a little sad about having to leave Kauai this morning, but vacations never last forever…


Who am I kidding? I’m very sad about it. No more falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, no more secret swimming holes and snorkeling spots, no more lush tropical landscapes, jungle hikes, waterfalls or fresh papaya picked from farms down the street!

And what about the kitties!? Poor Tuxie, Tortie Girl and Tabby Mac. Who will feed the kitties!?

Oh…I know someone else will. I hope. It’s time for me to pass the torch/Friskies box to another CCL.

In other news, we kept busy yesterday, trying to squeeze in as much fun as possible on our last day here. We started with a kayak ride up the Wailua River (just one small part of it) and a hike to the Secret Falls, and finished the day at Ke’e Beach, located at the very end of the paved road that runs along the east and north sides of the island. There’s nothing else beyond it except treacherous jungle hikes and steep cliffs along the coast.

It’s going to be tough leaving this beautiful island, but that’s the thing about beauty — it’s everywhere we look. πŸ™‚ This time tomorrow I’ll be back in the Bay, so I’ll see you again soon from California.

But before that, here’s one last look (for now) at lovely Kauai…

This way to the Secret Falls

Diving feet first into the Wailua River…

This way to adventure!

Are you sure we’re not lost?

The Secret Falls

Looks like the secret’s out! πŸ™‚

The local peacock taxi company

On the way to Ke’e Beach

Stop at Red Hot Mamma’s for a burrito before Ke’e Beach. It’s the last stop for food and drinks about one mile before the end of the paved road.

That’s Ke’e Beach down there…

Snorkeling out along the reef

Aloha, from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. See you again soon from California! πŸ™‚


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  1. Ruchita says:

    Thanks for sharing pictures and videos from your trip! This reminds me of my trip to Kauai way back when and it makes me excited to visit again. Have a safe trip home. Hopefully Tabs’ house parties didn’t get too crazy while you were gone. πŸ™‚

  2. shannon says:

    Awwww!!! we did the same wailua river/secret falls and then ke’e beach. Kauai is so gorgeous:)
    glad you got to relax!!

    XOXO thanks for sharing!

  3. DalaLuz says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful time with us πŸ™‚

  4. Aww Karen, now I’m so sad about your holiday being over. Thank you so much for sharing all the fantastic photos and clips! You might want to plan another holiday soon and kick back a bit more πŸ™‚

  5. Nina says:

    Gorgeous pictures and gorgeous Karen! πŸ™‚ So, I checked w/ my sister and apparently my godmother lives in Kauai. I never knew.

    I hope you find the next CCL to take care of the gorgeous island kitties!

  6. corallista says:

    Following your posts, i feel I’ve had a mini vacation too!
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  7. Kellie says:

    Thanks for all of your vacation posts Karen! I feel like I’ve just been to Hawaii! Looks like you had a blast!

  8. Naomi says:

    Wow this place looks so peaceful. Glad you had a great time Karen! Maybe I’ll get to visit here some day! Wishing!!!!
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  9. Becca says:

    I just experienced that sadness over vacation coming to an end for you!!! I know the feeling, and always get it the day before going home…I SO want to go there now! Thanks for taking time out of lovely Kauai to post these–I wouldn’t have wasted a minute! πŸ˜›

  10. Liz G. says:

    Thanks for the pictures Karen. The island is beautiful. I’ve never been to Hawaii but now it s on my list of vacation spots to visit!

  11. Marian says:

    Awwww…….it’s so lovely! I’ve never been to Hawaii. Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. mkdallas says:

    Really enjoyed seeing your pics and hearing about your adventures, Karen! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Nalina says:

    My husband proposed on Poipu Beach last year. I love Kauai! Your trip looks fabulous and makes me want to go back so badly. We also took a trip down the river and went into the Fern Grotto. Le sigh. It is gorgeous!

  14. Marina says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and videos with us. And you are so cute πŸ™‚
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  15. Kim says:

    Three quick things this AM:

    #1 – I’m sorry for you that you had to leave. It looks so beautiful in Kauai.
    #2 – What’s the bug situation like there? Walks to the secret falls sound awesome. Are you having to fight off mosquitoes or other creepy crawlies, though?
    #3 – This is a bit crazy, but the center image in pic of the jungle right after your vid “Still Hiking to Kauai’s Secret Falls” reminds me of a cross between a Schnauzer and a mermaid. Just sayin’. πŸ™‚

  16. Jane says:

    Thanks for sharing your vacation paradise with your readers. I’ve looked forward to looking at your lovely photos every day. I’m sure you’ll find another CCL to feed the stray kitties.

  17. Evani says:

    The pictures are incredible Karen! If those colors don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!


  18. Dea says:

    I did a westcoast trip in May and we were waiting for our flight back to Austria in front of the Hawaiian Airlines check in desk. We were all like “Why not flying to Hawaii instead of home now?” Would have loved to, but we had to get back to work. πŸ™
    But one day I’ll be there, I promise this to myself!

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