For a measly $30 one way, I hopped onto the ferry to the island of Lanai for a day of R&R and no expectations but to just chill. After spotting a few whales putting on a show while continuing on their migration to warmer waters, I knew it was going to be a memorable day ahead.
I opted to take the .9 mile cliff side hike first to catch a glimpse of Sweetheart Rock. After hugging the rocky beach line, the lava rocks gave way to a dramatic cove and I instantly knew this was where I was going to spend my afternoon….. every last bit of it.
The Mars-like tide pools were mesmerizing, especially with the ebbs and flows of the waves crashing ashore. I jumped around like a little kid and noticed every small detail…. the little fish popping out of the sparkling cobalt blue ocean, sound of the water pounding the multi-colored rocks, smell of the fresh salt, the crunch of the critters beneath your feet, sting of the blazing sun’s rays, and so on.
After climbing to the cliff peak overlooking the heart-shaped island and gawking at the remote beach paradise tucked into the secluded bay below, I finally found a safe path to one of my new top 10 destinations in the world. OMG.
I happily ate my sandwich and chips, basking in the ocean breeze for the next four hours of perfection. One of the moments in my life where I was at complete peace and never wanted that quiet afternoon to pass.