Choose your own adventure – Kalalau Trail, Kaua’i | Kaua’i Hawai’i Travel Photographer

  1. Lesha Hutchison says:

    Wow!! AMAZINGLY beautiful pictures! I love the self timer shot of you two. I bet it was hard getting back to work after that. Your blog is great

  2. Christine says:

    Amazing photos…. Blog, great too, thanks for sharing.

    Christine

  3. John Ortega says:

    My friend and I did this hike back in may 2011, it been about two months and we I ware the shorts that hike the trail with it brings back memories of the trail. My friend and I just looked at are photos again with friends over this past weekend. As we tried to describe the trail my friend and I always pause at some point look at each other and smile for we know words will never capture or describe the true beauty and danger of this amazing trail
    beautiful pictures! I love the self timer shot of you two. Your blog is great.

    • admin says:

      Thanks John! I know what you mean; my husband and I had a hard time describing our experience – it’s a magical place.

  4. jacky says:

    your pictures were great to look at..my wife and i are planning on doing it september….i wanted to know who the boat company was that picked you up..my wife and i was thinking of that but didnt know if anyone offered it..

  5. Eric says:

    What an amazing post! Can’t wait to visit this magical place! Please email me the info on the boat captain as well.

    Thanks!

    Eric

  6. Aloha,
    Loved the quality of the photos…you really caught the moments! We live here on Maui and will have the privilege of taking Denise to Kauai for the first time Dec 22- Jan 3 2011. Thank you for posting where you liked to eat etc…that is great being we dont know much about where to go in Kauai. We will be hiking to Kalalau Dec 28 and will be prepared to hike out Jan 1st but would love to make arrangements with a captain to be picked up if conditions permit. We will be during rough sea conditions and it is likely not available but would still like the option if it happens to be calm and the captain can make the journey. Info on your captain would be great as well as the equipment you used. We will need to get light weight backpacks, tent, stove etc. If you have suggestion that would be great. Perhaps we could return the favor and have you enjoy our vacation home in Maui some day.
    Mahalo for sharing!
    Loren

    • admin says:

      Aloha Loren!
      Thank you for the nice comments! I will send you an email with some information that hopefully can help you out…
      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  7. Sarah says:

    Your pictures are amazing, and I loved reading about your experience on the trail. My husband & I are planning to hike it in about 3 weeks, but we haven’t had much time to train so I’m a little worried about trying to hike both ways (we only have 3 days). Could you possibly send me the contact info for the boat/captain you hitched a ride with? Also, do you think it would be safer to arrange a ride to the beach and hike back, or is it reliable enough to plan a pickup once we get there? We do have permits already,which I’ve heard is a must. Also, appreciate the tip on the garbage bags/tarp in preparation for the swim to the boat. Sounds like quite an experience!! Really appreciate you sharing your story and any help you can provide.

  8. josh willins says:

    Sarah,
    these shots are amazing.. the story telling is equally amazing..
    i shared the experience here, about 2 months prior to your visit, and your telling of the story and details are spot on.. so closely similar to the story my girlfriend and i share…

    i took some shots, most similar to the ones you shared, with a Nikon DSLR that i recieved as a gift.. i really admired your shots and the technique and was wondering if you could provide any feedback on a few of mine, i attached the link below and im more than certain youll recognize the shots from kauai and the trail specifically..

    here is the link, http://www.redbubble.com/people/joshwillins/portfolio

    again, appreciate your story and the sharing of it!

    -josh

    • admin says:

      Hi Josh,

      Thank you for the compliments – I appreciate it!
      Your pictures are great – love the Kaua’i Pool one.

      Thanks again,
      Jamie

  9. Sue Ann says:

    Hello, I too would like the info for the boat captain. We plan to do the trail the end of December with our nine year old son. If there is any possibility for a ride back out,(December Sea’s are very rough) I’m sure we would take it.
    Your pics are awesome!
    Mahalo,
    SueAnn

    • admin says:

      Hi SueAnn!

      The captain that we went with no longer does the Kalalau pick-up but I’ll send you an email with another contact.

      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  10. Katie says:

    Hi,
    Your photos are amazing and truly capture the beauty of the trail in a way I have never seen before. Thanks for sharing. My boyfriend and I hiked the trail last year and it was an amazing experience for us as well. Your photos brought back some amazing memories.
    Mahalo.
    Katie

  11. […] well (or shaky bridges) but I may have conquered my heights fear (or reduced it a bit) on our Kaua’i hike – surprisingly, looking down 230′ from a moving bridge didn’t bother me at all! […]

  12. Jill says:

    Love the pictures and the blog Jamie!! Greg and I are going to Kauai to shoot photos/video for a client, so I showed him your pics to get inspired! They’re so good! Think you’d do that hike again? It’s on my list of things to do. Any chance you’ll be heading back to Kauai soon??? Might be able to trade you some images for their website for a couple nights at their Hanalei house if you’re interested?? Check it out http://www.bamboohale.com
    So stoked to see your photography and editing progress! You’re super talented! Let me know if you guys want to come hang out on Oahu, we can shoot photos and play in the sun.
    Cheers!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jill!
      Thank you for all of the nice compliments – I really appreciate it!
      We will definitely be coming back to Kaua’i – we’re going to try and do an anniversary trip every 2 yrs or so – it’s one of my most favorite places on the planet! And we will do the hike again – probably in a few years. It really was an amazing experience.
      Our next island trip is in January – we’ll be visiting Maui this time. It’ll be such a nice break from the Pacific NW rain!
      I’d love to come visit you on Oahu – life is good!

  13. Hey Jamie, love the photos! I’m getting stoked for the hike and your photos made me even more excited for this hike! Like everyone else I was hoping to get the info for a boat ride back from the beach. I’d really appreciate it. You can email me at marc.bergreen@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Marc

  14. kate says:

    Hi! I fell in love with your pictures! My husband and I are heading over there in December for our 2 year anniversary and wanted to do this very hike! Was wondering about a boat service that could pick us up from there? Could you send me an email with any possible information about this? I have just been searching and not finding much. We aren’t able to camp but really really want to do this if possible. Thanks for sharing!
    –kate

  15. Chandie says:

    Your pictures are amazing! We are doing the hike in 3 weeks and would love info on the boat ride out? ac.macfarlane@gmail.com
    Thank you!!

  16. Andrea P. says:

    Hi Jamie. I’m so happy to have found your Kalalau Trail experience – it’s just what I was looking for – a little hesitation and a lot of beautiful moments. I live on O`ahu and am planning on doing this trail for my 50th birthday this coming May – but, I would LOVE to have a boat pickup at the end. Would you please share your intel?
    Thanks much.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Andrea!
      Thank you for the photo comments – I can’t think of a better place to celebrate your 50th birthday than Kalalau!
      I’ll send you an email with the details that I have.
      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  17. […] – I was contacted a few months ago by a fellow hiker (Loren) who had questions on our Kalalau Trail hiking experience. He was so appreciative of the advice that he gave us an incredible deal on our […]

  18. […] road trip to the Oregon Coast and Crater Lake. Last year’s adventure to Kaua’i and the Kalalau Trail would be hard to top but this trip was close! Through the years… our wedding, Yellowstone, […]

  19. Tiasha Bera says:

    The pictures are so wonderful to look at!! Makes me look forward to the trip even more!!!
    I was wondering what is the number of the boat captain that got you guys from the beach, since I was wondering if it was worth it to hike all the way back to the ke beach..

    -Tiasha

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Tiasha!
      Thank you for the photo compliments – you will have such a great time on your trip!
      I’ll send you an email with the details that I have.
      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  20. TC Blatter says:

    Jamie,

    I have been getting ready to do this hike for months. You have one of the best blogs I have seen. Sounds like a great trip. My brothers and I are going in August. Would you be able to give me the information to the boat Captain? That sound like a fun adventure swimming out to the boat with your gear.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi TC!
      Thank you for the nice blog compliments – I appreciate it!
      I’ll send you an email with the information that I have.
      Thank you,
      Jamie

  21. Lee says:

    Great job! One of the best blogs with great phtography I’ve viewed regarding the KalalauTrail. We are going back next May and try this as we’ve wanted to on our past visits to Kauai. thanks for sharing.

    • Jamie says:

      Thank you Lee – I really appreciate that! Have a fantastic time on your trip in May – you will love the hike!
      Take care,
      Jamie

  22. Raj says:

    Hi Jamie-

    Awesome blog and pics. I will be doing the Kalalau this Dec. i must say I am scared to do this trail. All the talk about the sketchy mile #7 scares me, hope I survive 😛
    Can I also have the info of the boat-captain please?

    Cheers-
    Raj

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Raj!

      Thank you for the compliments – you will love the hike! I was really nervous about the trail – especially about mile 7 – but honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was imagining it beforehand. Just take one step at a time – the reward is well worth it!

      I will send you an email with the boat captain information that I have.

      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  23. Josh says:

    Hi Jamie,
    Like everyone else on here has already said, your pictures are truly stunning and I’d love to get any you might have on the boat captain as well. I’m going to Kauai for a wedding next month and unfortunately only have limited time on the island but this trail is a must for my girlfriend and I.
    Thanks,
    Josh

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Josh!

      Thank you for the photo compliments! I will send you an email with the boat captain information that I have.

      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  24. Janel says:

    Amazing images! In preparation for my own trip I am trying to decide how much camera gear is reasonable to take. Would you mind sharing how many lenses you took and which ones? Common sense says that I should travel light and only take one but choosing is so hard.

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Janel!

      Thank you for the photography compliment! I too struggled with what camera gear to bring and I ended up going with my Canon DSLR, my 20-70mm zoom lens and my 16-35mm ultra wide lens – I was very happy with my decision. My husband brought a point and shoot camera as well, which was nice to get another perspective (he usually has me take all of the photos:).
      There are so many amazing sights and I knew that I’d want to stop every 5 minutes to take a picture so I convinced my husband to pack my camera/lens combo and wide lens in his backpack – that made it easy for me to access so that I didn’t have to take off my backpack each time.
      Have an amazing trip! I can’t wait to go back…

      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  25. […] you’d like to reminisce about our previous years anniversary adventures, here are the links! Kaua’i’s Kalalau Trail, the Oregon Coast/Crater Lake, and […]

  26. Hi Jamie!

    I am a photographer on Maui, and just came across your amazing blog post when searching for a boat ride out of Kalalau Beach! Your post was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing all of that wonderful information! Some friends and I are planning on doing the Kalalau Trail Hike from September 12th-14th, and are hoping to get boated out on the 14th. I was wondering if you could share any information you have on the boat company you used or another boat company you know of to get boated out? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!! You can e-mail me at: caitlin@caitlincatheyphoto.com 🙂 Have a lovely day! Thanks again! ~Caitlin Cathey

    • Jamie says:

      Hi Caitlin – thanks for the nice compliment on my post! I’ll send you an email with the information that I have.
      Mahalo,
      Jamie

  27. […] you’d like to reminisce about our previous years anniversary adventures, here are the links: Kaua’i’s Kalalau Trail, the Oregon Coast/Crater Lake, Banff/Jasper, and Glacier National […]

  28. Tyrel Lacey says:

    Such a great post and pictures of such a neat hike Jamie! My wife and I are planning to do it over Thanksgiving (fingers crossed on the rain) and your post was really helpful! If you wouldn’t mind, we’d love the contact information for the boat company? My email is tlacey0208@gmail.com if it’s not too much trouble?

    Thanks again for the post!

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