best hike south coast Kauai, Hawaii

The Maha’ulepu Coast.

haula_beach.jpgAs the last accessible undeveloped coastline on the south shore of Kauai, Maha`ulepu is a quiet retreat, a place to get away from the crowds at popular resort beaches. …

The area is also a remote retreat for resident and visitor alike to be awed and inspired by its beauty and rich past. The scenic splendor of Maha`ulepu, natural and undeveloped, includes majestic Ha`upu Mountain over-looking the fertile valley, the dramatic coastal headlands, the intimate bays and long sandy beaches. …

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We spent 2 days exploring, hiking and trail running the Maha’ulepu Coast with and without kids. Fantastic!

We started here, only steps away from a luxury resort:

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The coastline is endlessly fascinating, but slightly dangerous. You would not want to fall on the jagged lava.

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The biggest highlight was seeing two rare monk seals close up. They love to lounge and sleep on the beach — just like obese tourists.

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The hike ends here:

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Unless you ignore these signs, as local fishermen do.

Browse about 70 photos on flickr to see more of the Maha’ulepu Coast.

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