You may recognise Cath Sim best as @mydetoxtravel. Cath creates daily inspiration, as spends her time well, seeking the most amazing views that planet earth has to offer. Today she took us on a journey to Kauai, Hawaii. Here’s what happened:
From the moment I saw the ridges of the Napali Coast in Kauai featured in a National Geographic magazine a couple years ago, I knew I had to see them with my own eyes. Deep down I knew I was going to make this happen.
After spending 6 months in New Zealand hiking in the snow and spending cold nights in the mountains, it was time for me to get a little bit of heat and sun. All I had in mind was Kauai and I could not get this place out of my head. So I booked the tickets.
Two weeks later I landed on this tropical island with one thing in mind: The Napali Coast. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were the forecast for the 6 days I was going to spend there, which meant no hiking due to high chances of flash floods. But I didn’t lose hope – I called every single helicopter company. Finally, I was able to get on a last minute ‘doors off’ flight that would be during a good weather window. ‘Doors off’ meant no small items such as phones and lens caps were authorized on the flight, nonetheless I was allowed to bring two cameras with straps. My feelings were a mixture of excitement, gratitude and euphoria. Not long after we were in the air, and as we gained altitude rapidly the atmosphere got humid and foggy.
The first part of the flight was amazing, we flew over Waimea Canyon and hidden waterfalls, it was strange to fly without doors and it definitely made the photography a bit more challenging as the wind was blowing so hard.
As we approached the coast I could feel the excitement building. I was not prepared for what I was going to see. Fainted lines started to appear through the clouds and when we finally broke through them the whole coast appeared. I could not believe this was happening. Dramatic cliffs, high pinnacles rising along the shoreline; deep greens and reds, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. I was so hypnotized by the scenery that I almost forgot to take photos.
We left the coast behind and continued the tour flying in deep valleys. Rapidly both of my lenses got fogged out due to high humidity. That was the perfect excuse to put down the camera and really take it all in.
That was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I will remember that moment where I felt gratitude and freedom at the same time forever.