I’m the kind of person who always leaving packing their suitcase till the last-minute. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know… Probably because leading up to my trip I spend so much time researching where I want to go and what I want to see I totally forget about what I actually need to bring! Leaving packing till the last-minute turned around and bit me on the bum for my most recent trip. Turns out we ended up leaving a whole 24 hours earlier than anticipated, which severely messed with my last-minute packing plans. Lesson learnt…if your flight is at midnight or close to midnight triple check the dates!
About Nakalele Blowhole
The Nakalele Blowhole is located in the far North of Maui, Hawaii. It is a natural geyser where the ocean gets trapped in an underwater lava tube. Needing a way to escape, the Nakalele blowhole is born. The outlet is only about the size of a large tire but it can be extremely powerful. As you make your way down there are signs warning you not to get too close and to stay on dry rock. A man was actually killed in 2011 because he stood too close and was sucked into the blowhole. You can read the article here.
On days where the surf is up and there is a bit of wind the blowhole can reach a height of up to 100 feet! Sometimes larger waves can sweep up over the lava rock which is why it is important to not get too close. Make sure you observe the surf for a few minutes before venturing closer.
Keep an eye out for the famous heart shaped rock while you are here too!
Recently I travelled to Hawaii and on a snorkelling day trip they offered Snuba Diving. I had never heard of this before and was super curious to find out more. I used to be the ultimate water baby and mum was constantly having to drag me out of the water and this continued as I grew older. However, last summer I had a bit of a scare when a rip dragged me out into deep water where waves kept crashing on me and I struggled to breathe. This completely knocked my confidence in the water. Since then I have managed to get most of this confidence back and Hawaii was were I truly learned to love the water again.
It was only our second day in Hawaii and I have always thought I would never be able to scuba dive due to the fear of not being able to breathe properly. When I heard a crew member talk a bit more about scuba diving I decided to put my big girl pants on and just go for it and I’m so glad that I did!
Have you ever wanted to try clear kayaking?
If you are looking for something fun and adventurous to do clear kayaking is definitely the way to go. Head up to Goat Island for the day and rent a clear kayak, it is the perfect spot for it! It is $40 for a double kayak for 30mins which might seem a little pricey but it is 100% worth it. Seeing the ocean from a different perspective is so cool.
It can get pretty busy there during summer so book in advance if you don’t want to miss out!
I spend a looot of time on instagram, more time than I spend online shopping! I’ve definitely developed a few favourite accounts so I thought I would share them with you. Give them a follow if you want and while your at it you may aswell check out @myblondebucketlist 😉
Do you have instagram? What’s your favourite account to follow?
When booking your holiday you have a very important choice to make. How much am I going to spend on accommodation?
Are we going to keep things simple and travel on a budget or indulge a little? I have had this discussion many times on very opposite ends of the spectrum. My boyfriend likes to indulge in travel and be very organised. My friends love to find ways to save money and tend to just wing it. This had lead to some very interesting and very different adventures…
Tahwaranui Regional Park is the perfect road trip destination! It’s so easy to access at just over an hour’s drive north of Auckland so you can drive back the same day or if you are feeling a bit tired there’s camp ground you can stay at. The beach itself is stunning and well worth a visit. Tawharanui is more of a surf beach so make sure you take your boogie board! With the gorgeous white sand and warm water this a road trip I highly recommend. (more…)
1. Spend the weekend on Waiheke
It isn’t summer in NZ if you haven’t spent at least one weekend in Waiheke. The picturesque vineyards serve top quality wine and a $2 tasting of Rosé definitely hits the spot. My favourite vineyard is the one in this picture, Cable Bay. The view is stunning and they do the best sliders ever! (more…)