We made our way over to where the secret beach trail was and I realized how dangerous this hike could be. We were lucky; the weather was dry and sunny. Had there been any rain the trail leading down to the beach would have been a muddy, slippery mess.
We were rewarded with a gorgeous beach the second we cleared the trees and steep trail.
You definitely want decent shoes for this trek. The path and beach were fine but there were spots where we were climbing over lava rocks and again, had it recently rained it would have been dangerously slippery.
I highly recommend this adventure, but use common sense. If the waves are crashing up over the rocks or if rain looks like it’s coming your way, it’s best to not risk it. The last thing you’d want to do is twist an ankle or be swept out into the ocean.
The ocean was calm for us and we made it all the way to the area where the deep lava pools are. It was fun feeling like we were discovering something new just for ourselves but knowing there would actually be something worth going out that far to see. I think we took two hours going out and back. We only saw a handful of other people off in the distance. One group of four was playing in the fresh waterfall at the end of our journey and there were a couple folks playing on the beach a ways off. We had fun exploring the area, though we weren’t brave enough to actually swim in the pools. The water was clear but with the few fish we did see swimming around we decided to save our dip in the water for when we were back at the hotel. Once we were done with our lava pool adventure we were back on the main road and headed to Tunnels beach where we met up with more of the family and spent a few hours snorkeling. By the time we made our way to Tunnels it was 11:00 so all the nearby parking was jam packed.
We saw quiet a variety of fish and had a great time swimming around and pointing for others to look. The water was calm and with our new snorkel gear swapped out we had a great time swimming around.
After hanging out with family for a bit we were back at our hotel for another dip in the pool. We made sure to take in the view of the ocean from the infinity pool one last time.
We slowly drove our way back to Hanalei, taking in more of the view at dark. Dinner that night was at the super delish Bouchards on Hanalei. It’s a great little restaurant, they have a sushi bar and a lot of different seafood dishes to pick from. The atmosphere was fun too, open air, live music and low lighting.