It was time to get up and get moving. We decide to hike through Opunohu Valley to see the pineapple plantations and amazing views. Matt researches our trail and we decide to do a 5.1 mile hike. We were not 100% certain where we could safely leave the dinghy, so we leave it at a place we know is secure. We start walking along the 2 lane road. About 1 mile into our walk, I ask Matt how far to the start of our hike. He says, “uh, it is another 1.5 miles to the entrance.” Ok, so 2.5 miles to get to the 5.1 mile hike and then 2.5 miles back? Oh dear….
The view at the start of the hiking trails is gorgeous.
There are dozens of trails through the Opunohu Valley. Our trail follows the black line (top photo) and then catches the red line on the way back. At least that is the “plan.”
If you look really hard you can see the face at the top of the mountain. Focus on the hole at the top
The trails were marked, but they were rather confusing. Can you make out the trail this is pointing to? Keep in mind that there are dozens of trails and this does not indicate which one is to the right. Our trail takes us across a few rivers. You can usually cross over rocks, but the boys decided to cross over a fallen tree.
There were several very old and very large banyan trees. We found one tree with the strangest looping branch.
Pineapple Fields Forever…
We passed through several fields of pineapples.
It was super fun to see the different stages of pineapple growth
This picture just spoke to us – take me, shoot me, capture me, remember me.
A photo at the start and end of our hike. Not much worse off.
Proof of our crazy death march:
In our next blog we visit a sea turtle sanctuary, Te Mana O’ Te Moana. Did you forget to read our last blog where we visited a black sand beach at Point Venus?
Events from this blog post occurred during the first week of August, 2021. Our blog posts run 10-12 weeks behind our adventures.