On Tuesday, our last day on Kauai, we decided to drive back up to Waimea Canyon for one last hike. I wanted to try the trail through the Alaka'i Swamp, which is the highest swamp in the world and is supposed to offer breath-taking scenes unlike anywhere else on the planet.
View from our cottage yard at Barking Sands. On the horizon is visible the island of Ni’ihau, 17 miles from Kauai. Ni’ihau is called The Forbidden Island because no one may visit there, as the 200 Hawaiians who live there, last descendants of the islands’ original Polynesians, value their privacy.
Wai’ale’ale is the entry point for the Alaka'i Swamp trail.
So we turned around and I accepted that the glorious sights of the Alaka'i Swamp would never be seen by me.
We drove around the top of the canyon consulting our hiking map until we found a promising-looking forest trail rated “easy”.
Which it mostly was.
This trail was a garden of beautiful tropical flora and fauna: