1. Queen's Bath
Queen's Bath was at the top of my list to go see before we arrived and remains at the very top of my favorite adventure spots in Kauai. As you hike down next to a waterfall (yes, waterfalls everywhere you look, a dream!) it opens up to a flat expanse of black lava rock that leads to the wild baths. If you love adrenaline, take the jump, but if you don't there are lower, calm baths further down to enjoy. Just watch out for waves, and don't miss the sea turtles!
2. Hideaway Beach
Hideaway beach is at the northern shore of Princeville. At the end of the residential roads, you walk to a path that takes you to a roped trail to hike down. Towards the bottom you walk through the tropical trees as they open up to a quiet beach of blues. Whether you want to soak up the sun or swim out and snorkel, this beach is the perfect little secret to hit up and spend the day at!
3. Turtle Cave
Let's be real, I came to Hawaii to see all of the sea turtles. Finding it was pretty easy, but it's not really on the maps. Like most of the other beaches, you have to hike down to find the beach cave. This one is a bit more steep and adventurous! On the north side of Princeville, this cave can fill up with quite a bit of sea turtles looking for a place to rest and nest, so be sweet to their home.
We waded through a little bit of water and walked through the mouth of the cave through to the other side that opened to a covered pool area where the turtles were sleeping. The earlier in the morning you get there, the more likely you are to see some of these beautiful creatures!
4. Na'Pali Coast Tour & Snorkeling
Jurassic World at it's finest, the Na'Pali coast has some of the most breathtaking mountain views on the island. Take a boat tour around the coast and see all of the famous movie scene spots, go through the ocean caves, and end your tour by jumping in to snorkel in that gorgeous blue water. We went through a spinner dolphin mega pod and saw a few hundred of them, so cute!!
5. Waimea Canyon Waterfalls
Spend you morning hiking in Waimea Canyon to see the ever-famous waterfalls. The drive up the canyon is breathtaking and you are literally in the clouds. When you get to the top, there are lookouts to stop at or trails to hike down. It reminded me of a tropical Grand Canyon! The hike and the drive are SO worth the trip!!
6. Where to Eat
There is cutest little Acai and smoothie hut off the side of the main highway called Kalalea Juice Hale and you must stop! It snuggles up to the side of a beautiful mountain and the fruits are to-die-for fresh! Pretty much fresh fruit is everywhere, so take advantage of all of the little fruit stands you see and juices offered by locals. One fruit you must try on the island is the white pineapple. So sweet and you can get it shipped to you once you are back home and missing all of the fresh fruit!
Another amazing restaurant to indulge yourself in is Ama. It offers amazing views in Hanalei Valley with outdoor seating and even better desert to end your evening with.
Why haven't I shared these yet!? Queen's bath was the one place I had on our list that I HAD to see. Also, I advise you to read this whole post because it contains a very embarrassing wave story :)
Queen's Bath is located on the North shore of Kauai in Princeville and you have to hike down by a waterfall to get to the flat lava rock before getting to the bath area. And let me tell you, it was beyond beautiful!! Not only was the water so blue and gorgeous, but there were sea turtles swimming around which is basically my dream come true. Sadly I'm afraid of heights and it was low and wavy enough that there was no way I was going to jump in, but there are "kiddie pools," as I called them, that you didn't have to jump off a cliff to get into haha. Austin, his sister Anna, and his dad were of course brave enough to jump in, I'm just a baby.
But don't worry, I had my own little adventure short after ;) Further down the coast you could climb down a little lower and swim in a pool enclosed by the lava rock. Swimming around, taking in the views and taking family pictures with some cute little waves that would wash in every now and then. Austin and I had just taken a picture together and I noticed a wave that looked a little bit bigger coming in so we crouched down. I'm dumb enough to turn a little as to maybe get out of the way. However, the wave hits Austin (mind the fact that he didn't budge) then it hits me, picks me up and throws and drags me onto the rocks about 5 feet away. Dragging my legs on the rocks and holding on for dear life as I was swallowed by the wave, all I could think was "NOT my face" and that possibly my shin bone would be visible when I rose up from the dead hahaha.
I immediately came up yelling "I'm OKAY!!" Because I somehow was, but my legs sure didn't look like it. Everyone standing up on the higher area was in shock and left because I'm sure it scared them half to death hahahah! Purple, swollen, and bleeding from the knees down but honestly I was so embarrassed that I didn't care about the blood. We are all still mad there wasn't a video of it happening because it was just too funny and of course it happened to me.
Here we are about a month later and I just have two little scars and one bruise on that shin (okay not all the feeling is back but who cares), not sure how it wasn't worse but blessed about it, and now I have a hilarious story to share forever!! I thought about posting the after picture but thought naw, people don't want to see that sight ;)
AKA go to Queen's bath when in Kauai, and you won't regret it, just don't turn your back on the ocean.
Happy Sunday loves! xx
We all hear about the damages of the sun on our skin, but don't want to use an oily sunscreen as an everyday part of our beauty routine. Here are a few of my favorite items that keep my skin feeling fresh, young, and protected. And don't forget about your beautiful locks too!!
Love, love, love LA and I am so in love with this map from Mapiful!! With Mapiful, you can create a custom map of any place, choose the colors, layout, and size with just a few clicks. I know I will be keeping this up in my home for a very long time to come :) I think it would be so cute to have three in a row, one of where you currently live and then other places close to your heart.
I will be having to move into a new apartment this summer and I'm already thinking about where I will be hanging it!
Thanks Mapiful for the beautiful map!
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The cutest personalized stationary I have seriously ever seen! I'm a big fan of snail mail and always sending a thank you note so I'm always looking for cute new stationary- bonus points if I can customize it!
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A huge thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post!
Views I can't get enough of and fresh powder on the slopes each day, what more could I want for a ski trip!? I love that first ride up the mountain each day and soaking up the pure silence in the snow; so refreshing and peaceful. Austin and I stayed at a cute little AirBnb this last week in Fraser, Colorado for Spring Break (probably our official "last" spring break ever, so sad). Let me tell ya, he was so patient with me on the slopes, but pushed me to improve and adventure when he knew I needed to. So much so that we accidentally ended up in basically black trees, which I ended up having to walk through because I'm a hot mess, and finished out on a blue black! At least I can say I did it haha!!
My cutie roomie and her family were there as well which was so fun to get to run into them while on the slopes. Who would have thought the first time we all went four years ago that we would end up as besties and college roommates? :)
ALSO!!! We officially started our YouTube Channel!! We are just getting the feel for all the video tech, but I am so dang excited about it! Be sure to subscribe to my channel and watch our first video to get a glimpse at slow-mo ski me and just a tiny fraction of all our laughs this last week!
There are a few questions that I get asked ALL the time!! And today I thought I'd answer them for you all and of course link my favorite products :)
You guyssss, these beautiful brushes!! Not only are they pretty but they work too!! I absolutely love the rose gold and white, they are so cute even just out in a cup on my bathroom counter. They are incredibly soft and help apply makeup so smooth. Perfect for blending foundation, powder, and blush for a flawless look. Whether a professional, or just a makeup lover these brushes are too fun! They are surprisingly affordable too, my Umbrella Cut Oval set is only $24.99!! Also, they don't shed! Have at it girls!!
Thank you My Makeup Brush Set for sending these my way!
Valentine's Day is so soon! It's one of my favorite holidays and I can't wait to celebrate with Austin. Last year we were super low-key and it was so fun; and yes my baby succulent is still alive! This year I have teamed up with Personal Creations to help inspire you all to find the perfect gift for your S.O., best friends, mother, or sister. They have so many different products for any type of holiday or event that you want to gift something extra special for, including photo gifts!
But, how cute is this candy heart pillow!? Stinkin' soft and perfect for snuggling, you can personalize it with different colors and a personal saying for your hunny. Of course I got pink and it might stay out a little longer past Valentine's Day and will be showing up every year form here on out :)
A big thank you toPersonal Creations for sponsoring this post!