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: Located at the north section of Kauai at Princeville ocean cliffs.
A sea cave right on the ocean cliff where at night being used by sea turtles as
a sleeping place.
Year round when it is low tide and no ocean storms.
note 1: I was debating with myself if to publish this place, very delicate sea
Turtle ecosystem. Because my blog audience is small and it mainly being watch
by people that love nature, as myself, I decided to share this unique
experience with you.
the Turtles and do not disturb them.
are wild animals, keep your distance, do no touch them or stay there for long time.
note 2: Getting to this place is trespassing through private property so do
this at your own risk.
note 3: Do not bring flipflops !
thoughts: For me and my sun this visit was unique, once in a lifetime, nature experience!!!
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start with remark that this is a doable short visit but please pay attention to
the warnings below.
long: Overall, this is around 1 hr visit, around ¼ of a mile long. This is not
about distance but rather mainly depending on how fast you can climb down the
rocky section and across the ocean water cove.
place is nice at daytime but for seeing turtles, you must come at night. we
went there at 8pm, well after dark and during low tide.
head flashlights because you will need to use your hands when going down or
climb up. Check if it has some Waterproof abilities else pack it when you need
all your stuff, in most cases you will need to swim for a short distance or get
wet by the wave.
were there was an old rope at the trail rocky section, if you can bring 10-15m
rope with you, just in case. No need to bring heavy duty rappelling rope, just
something that will help you with balance and going down safely on the slippery
highly recommended to check when is the low tide is, the cove aces can get
treacherous in high tide as the waves hit the rocks.
your car some towels to put on the car seats because you will probably come
back with muddy clothe.
trail is straining within a private property and they do not like people
parking or trespassing there so try not to get attention and park far from the
get there: from Ka Hku Rd, turn right into Pepelani Loop, turn right into Kaui
Rd. turn right into Edward road and left on first road into the complex.
it is not recommended to park on Kaui or Edward Rd sidelines I parked my car at
the first parking lot of the complex (link to parking spot).
fast from my car through the complex until reaching the gap between buildings 3
& 4 on my right (after ~500ft), almost at the end of the road (link to map).
right towards the ocean, cross the grass and you will reach the cliff and the trailhead,
you can’t miss it with all the warning signs.
to go down the cliff, the trail gets into steep rocky section requiring the use
of existing ropes to go down safely. This section is bit slippery especially if
reach the bottom section, you will need to boulder over several rocks to your
right until you see the opening face of the cave across the sea cove. Here you need
to assess your ability to cross the water section and reach the cave.
did it the water was calm and low tide so we can cross it without a swim,
walking at hip level water. DO NOT attempt this crossing during high tide or
during stormy weather.
you cross the sea cove and reach the cave side (~20-30 m crossing) you will get
into the dry sandy cave. Start progressing into the cave that is not so deep
(50m), what is nice about this cave is that it has large open to the sea also
from the other side, explore the cave and watch for turtles. When we visit here,
we saw around 15 large sea turtles sleeping on the remote cave entrance.
remember that turtles are protected by state and federal laws, which prohibit
you from approaching them. Try to be a quite as you can, do not spotlight or
disturb the turtles.
visiting this place we were the only one there, that increase the feeling of “this
is a special moment” !
you are finished enjoying this incredible unique experience you need to return
the same way you came down.
Just discovered your blog, and it is great and super cool that you had this experience...but, and this is just my opinion, I strongly feel that your first instinct not to publish was right.. this is a place that the turtles depend on for survival...directing traffic to it is, again my opinion, truly not ethical...perhaps you could consider, as a nature lover, leaving the post about the experience, the pictures, but remove the addresses and the step by step directions on how to 'visit'? Thank you MahaloReplyDelete
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