Shipwrecks Beach, Kauai
Ashley catching a good sized wave with my board.
I tried surfing for a day, but gave up because strapping the board on top of our compact rental car, and then trying to drive without it blowing off was much too much trouble. The body boards fit conveniently in the trunk, and by the end of our trip we were catching long rides on reef breaks far from shore. The reef breaks were too far out to get pictures, but we also got some short, fun drops on the shore breaks.
Life is everywhere on Kauai. Here is a Monk Seal napping on the beach after a night of catching fish.
So much life, thriving and beautiful, isolated from the rest of the world. It changed my perspective.
Much of the coast is covered by well manicured resorts, such as this salt water pool at the Hyatt.
But I prefer the wilder landscapes.
One short crag looked great, but it's on private land.
We found a nearby cliff with fragile tufas. Then we looked up, and we saw bolts. The cliff had about ten short sport routes.
But many of the bolts looked really sketchy!
So you could climb on Kauai, but I wouldn't recommend it.
The body boarding was so much fun. Elemental, exciting, and enriching. But I missed climbing. I spent hours working on the bouldering guidebook, to try to fill the void.