Friday, January 31, 2014

Shipwrecked, in a good way, on Kauai

If you get to choose a spot to be marooned, try Shipwreck Beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai. You can take sustenece at one of Hawaii's premier destination resorts, a low-slung Asian-inspired masterpiece with a huge man-made saltwater lagoon, wide staircases leading to a sprawling pool with chutes and falls.

When it's time to rough it, try the surfing beach, which is indeed treacherous for ships, although the last abandoned hull of 1970 was swept away by Hurricane Iniki in the early 1990s. You can access it at the Hyatt or via the sweet beach park right next to it. When desperation sets in, and you need to escape, head south on the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. It climbs tawny Makawehi Bluff (pictured) and continues for several miles, passing the ruins of Ho'ouluia Heiau before descending to Gillan's Beach. Keep an eye out for whales and shorebirds, since this trail is primo for both. Complete directions are in your Kauai Trailblazer guidebook.