Scott and I had few goals on our honeymoon and I am happy to report that we accomplished one of my most anticipated: swimming in a waterfall.
One of Maui’s top tourist attractions is the ridiculous Road to Hana – a fact that still eludes me as the trip is treacherous and uncomfortable. I am not going to try to sell this trip, as I dislike any time spent inside a car, but would like to share some lovely photos of our trip ‘halfway to Hana’. We made it to mile marker 19. Not that I’m counting.
We decided before setting out that we wanted to see two things on this drive – a waterfall and the Garden of Eden Arboretum. We’d found the Arboretum on Google maps and were amazed by it’s beauty. Unfortunately, in early February, the garden was far from in bloom… so we mostly just saw trees. That said, the Google maps coverage is spectacular – try the streetview!
We decided to check out the spectacular Waikani Falls – and after an additional hour or so of driving, we were in paradise. The falls were breath-taking and we had them all to ourselves for a few minutes of peaceful swimming and giggling under the trickle of a smaller waterfall. Actually, it felt like hail pellets were colliding forcefully with our heads, but I think we still laughed at the ridiculousness of it all.
Please enjoy the following views of our Road to Hana and the spectacular Walkani Falls in Maui, Hawaii.
Our first stop, the Garden of Eden Arboretum, featured more than 500 varieties of tropical plants. Unfortunately, many were not in bloom during February, but we still enjoyed a number of tree and flower species.
I particularly loved the rainbow eucalyptus…
… the bark peels back over time to reveal multicolored wood. It’s quite a sight!
We also got to see real bamboo – which is unfortunately an invasive species, but very interesting to behold.
I found this pretty hibiscus flower.
And a fantastic orange tree!
An unknown fruit.
The arboretum was decorated with little creatures. I was not overly enthused by this.
We continued on and found this fantastic rooster (aka. Jungle Fowl) at a rest stop. Look at those feet!
The road was narrow and scary, with plenty of dump trucks making the trip.
The views of the ocean and landscape were breathtaking. We stopped a lot.
Most of our photos turned out like this – kind of bad, but helpful tourist friends did their best!
We finally found our destination – Waikani Falls!
These waterfalls were easily accessible from the road. I wish I hadn’t jumped in front of the camera though!
Waikani falls magic.
We actually swam under this trickle of a waterfall – the force of it felt like the world was crashing down on us!
Scott takes the best waterfall photos…
We succeeded in our goal of swimming in a waterfall – and it wasn’t even that cold. Definitely has nothing on the Bay of Fundy!
See – swimming.
This is the bridge – we parked in a spot just beyond the bridge and walked down. It took maybe 10 minutes to get to the falls from our car.
I’m never going to be a fashion blogger #dressandballcap
On the way back, we stopped to check out this little village.
This is a real rain forest – I kid you not.
Spectacular waves – I didn’t care for them!
This reminded me of Jurassic park.
Terrifying bridges. All one way and hard to see on-coming traffic!
Another spectacular view. Man… I miss Maui!