It was an early start for our trip, with an 8am departure, we wanted to be out of the house by 5:30. With the last couple of trips that we’ve taken, we drove base, parked our car and called a taxi to take us to the airport. It’s been our favorite option thus far since it’s zero hassle for anyone and it beats the daily rates of parking at the airport.
One of things that I love about flying interisland is the short distance, our flight to Moloka’i took about 20 minutes. We got in the air, received our complimentary beverage and not too long after the captain made the announcement that we’d be landing soon. LOVE IT. Moloka’i definitely has the smallest airports that I have ever been to, which just added to the charm of this place. After getting my one checked bag and the rental, we were off to our first stop way up in the Moloka’i Forest Preserve. For this trek, it’s a must to have a jeep rental, a regular rental without 4WD will not make it up there. The whole way up is a dirt and gravely road, and this area gets about 180 inches of rain a year. And that made it for an interesting venture. Our little pit stop was at a beautiful overlook through a valley, which went out to the north side of the island. As the clouds blew away, we were rewarded with the beautiful green of the valley and waterfalls.Our main destination was the Pepe’opae Trail for a little hiking. It was a flat trail, which we initially thought it was a loop, but that wasn’t the case. Although I didn’t mind too much, because there was another beautiful looking at our turnaround point. It was a wet hike through the marsh with a barely wide enough footpath the entire way. I was fortunate enough of slipping my feet into the marsh a couple of times, which I wished I had waterproof hiking shoes for! And lets not go into much detail of when I slipped on my ass … that was not a fun moment for me. It wasn’t too long after that, we made our way back to the jeep and head back down the mountain.
For the remainder of the day, we just vegged at one of the nearby beaches, One Ali’i. Not my favorite beach on this island, but a perfect spot for catching up on reading and snoozing. And it was probably the cleanest shower areas.
Oh I guess I forgot to mention that we decided to camp during our trip. We got a permit to camp out at the Palaau State Park for a few days. Before heading up to set up camp, we stopped to get some grub, which was one of the places recommended to us.
After eating, it was time to pitch the tent, which we wished we looked at before we left. Went on base to rent a tent and a sleeping bag. The tent was pretty cozy for two people, maybe a little bit TOO cozy for my liking. I didn’t sleep too well during the first night because that’s just how it is for me and new surroundings. Besides us, there was another man camping at the site. Occasionally, you’ll get the locals who come up to the campsite area for whatever reason. Moloka’i has year-round hunting of the deer they have on island, there’s so much that people are permitted to hunt to keep the count low.
And that’s day one, I’ll post day two on Friday!
Have you had any camping adventures lately, what were your experiences?