Our next stop on the map after the North Shore of Kauai was Waimea town where Captain Cook landed here in 1778. It’s a small town on the south shore of the island and so different from anything we’ve seen so far on Kauai.
The town name Waimea stems from reddish-brown water and it refers to the river that picks up salt from the canyon and colours the ocean red. No more endless blue ocean, but nonetheless exciting part of the island.
We also noticed how the weather and social climates vary throughout the island. Life seemed very different here from the breezy North Shore, less luxury, tougher.
However, Waimea gave us the chance to be surrounded by a local community and even though it wasn’t a surfing Mecca with beautiful houses on stilts, it had its own charms. We especially enjoyed our Friday night in the neighbourhood town Hanapepe, it was an awesome Friday night and we still reminisce about it till this day.
Living at the bottom of the Great Pacific Canyon
One of the reasons we made sure to stop here was the incredible Waimea Canyon also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Therefore, we purposely chose the Canyon View Room in Mitch & Sharon’s house on airbnb (click the link to claim your free credit on us).
At $ 87 per night we rented a room with a shared bathroom and a big communal kitchen for all the residents to use. The coolest thing about the property was its location, right at the bottom of the Great Pacific Canyon, lovely.
Our room was a good size with a comfortable bed, however we thought the entire place could have been a tad cleaner with all the dogs and cats trotting around. But it was a great base from which to explore the area.
We stayed here for 3 nights while exploring the magnificent canyon. Our hosts Mitch and Sharon were wonderful people to be around and talk to. Mitch loves the ocean and Sharon teaches at the university. Two lovely souls living under one roof.
Besides his surfboard, Mitch was especially proud of his tropical garden and even allowed us to pick and try all sorts of fruit and vegetable, from asparagus to passion fruit, yum!