Today our plan was to get to Pila’a beach, following the local’s foot trail, not totally rock hopping as the Trailblazers book said to. We started off with papaya boats for breakfast, oh how I will miss the fresh tropical fruit once we get back East.
Today was our third attempt to get to Pila’a Beach. We made it! We took a different path down this time that was a bit steep, but well used definetly by locals.
Once we crossed the stream we were at the beach. Only one other family was there and they were fishing. We found our own tree to hang out under, put our stuff out and went for a float.
While I enjoyed the views, Mike rock hopped over to the next little beach.
After spending a little over an hour here, we headed back, we walked the field behind the beach until we hit the stream.
We were passed on the trail by a trail runner and his little Pekingese dog. Now that hurt the ego, the dog ran right past me on his short little legs. Once we reached the top we savored the views and figured out our game plan in the back of our rental (I may or may not have taken a little snooze).
After our little beach trek, we drove around Kilauea’s neighborhood, drooling over houses for a little bit. Our next stop was SushiGirl Kauai to pick up lunch to enjoy at home.
After lunch it was laundry time and a little bit of tidying up, as the dreadful day of leaving is almost upon us. I think the island gave us a goodbye gift today, a green flash at sunset. You could hear the clapping and cheering up and down Tunnels Beach.
The third time’s a charm for Pila’a beach for us. Now that we know the way, on our next trip we will come with lunch packed and snorkel gear with us, truly a gem of a beach.