Monday, April 09, 2007

Lumahai Beach

Lumahai Beach is about 7 miles from our condo. It is an extremely long, golden sand beach. On the western portion, you can drive right up. But the most scenic and best part is the east side, which you get to via a short hike through a tropical jungle-esque trail. Lumahai is famous for being used as the beach in the film South Pacific. It is also the most dangerous beach on Kauai. Because there is no reef, the coast is completely exposed to the open ocean, which leads to extremely powerful waves and currents. Swimming here is almost never safe, and that was the case the day we visited. Still, if you want miles of golden sand almost entirely to yourself and a beautiful ocean backdrop to contemplate the sheer power of the sea, this is your place.

This overlook at the start of the trail gives you an idea of what's to come.

The troops start down the tropical trail. Bug spray is a must!!

Lumahai is known as the most dangerous beach on Kauai.

At the end of the trail, you're greeted with seemingly endless miles of golden sand.

As usual, the responsible ladies set up shop while the men's attention is drawn to the majestic sea.

After all that work, now it's time for some serious relaxation.

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