Qberry Travels: Hawaii's Big Isand Series - Kalae (South Point) Cliffdiving

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Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018 · 3 min read · United States · #adventure

Get off the beaten path a bit while on the Big Island of Hawaii and head to South Point. Beautiful scenery and an adventure are waiting for you at the southernmost tip of the United States. (Nope, that's not Key West)

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How to get there...
I think renting a vehicle (which is usually a jeep) is the best way to explore the island. (We put nearly 700 miles on ours in one week on the island!) Head south down Hwy 11 until the scenery changes to a more desert-like setting. The look for the sign on the right for South Point Park. There are many areas on the way to pull off and check out the vistas and get a photo.
Google Maps Link

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Nice places to catch a view on the way

What to do....
You'll drive 12 miles down SouthPoint RD. right past the massive wind turbines and beautiful horse and cattle ranches on plains that resemble the midwest. As you get close to the coast however the land turns more desert-like and windswept. Keep driving till you are at the water and you'll be at the southern most point of the U.S.A.

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Once there you'll be looking out at beautiful torquise water 40 feet below towering cliffs of volcanic rock. There you'll find a board for diving into the ocean 40 foot below with a latter for climbing back out. This is not for the faint of heart. If you are not a good swimmer, just watch. The water is rough here and can push you into the sharp rocks. If it's a calm day and water is flat, you should have no problems at all. Some days it just isn't possible for the best swimmers.

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That's a 40 ft drop

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A view of the diving platforms

Make sure and grab a snack when you come across a local offering something for sale. There isn't any stores out here and you'll want a snack and a drink. I wrote about The Green Sand Beach the other day. It's just a few miles down the road. It's worth the drive just to see it.

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Don't miss the Green Sand Beach

On the way home stop at the Hana Hou Restaurant as soon as you hit HWY 11. It's the southernmost restaurant in the United States, it's good food at a popular place, and it's the place around for a while :)

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The entire drive here is beautiful

History...

It is believed that the first Polynesians to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands disembarked here at Kalae somewhere between 400 and 800 A.D. With the ruins of heiau (temples), fishing shrines and other cultural vestiges found here, it’s no wonder this entire southern tip has been registered as a National Historical Landmark. Source

You can also see ancient canoe launches and coastal caves that resemble something like where pirates would have hid their treasure.

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Tunnel down 40ft to the ocean. Pirate hiding spot?

All the pictures and words here are my own original work unless quoted and sourced. #steemitusa #blog #life

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lovenews
lovenews @lovenewsFebruary 2018

looks great! Hawaii would love to go one day


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

It really is incredible, this one island has 10 of the 14 climate zones. From the top of an often snow covered volcano to a desert with a green sand beach.


I would love to visit Hawaii. Just don't have the time or money too.


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Steemit can get you there.


msvee
MsVee @msveeFebruary 2018

Great post! Love the mac nut pie at Hana Hou Restaurant


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thanks, I'm not sure how we missed the mac nut pie, but we left with a bunch of snacks for the road!


Beautiful, a place I plan to visit soon. Thank you for sharing your experience


qberry
Qberry @qberryFebruary 2018

Thanks. You'll love it. It's a great area to just get out and explore. Nice little towns to stop in on the way.


Enjoy your tour as i always love travelling because you will be able to learn alot from it @qberry.

The last cave is so damn beautiful