Finding the trailhead is not an easy thing in this neighborhood. “Right, left, then down when you see the “dead end” sign, left, and search for that kind of house (oh be careful of the unleashed angry dogs) and look across for a dip in the rocky landscape.”
But it is worth the hunt. The “trail”, well, is actually no trail. You don’t follow a path traced out into the ground by fellow hikers. No. The route is actually indicated with small pieces of white coral placed here and there onto the black-lava rock landscape. Little adventure.
Have you own little adventure! Would you get lost? Try to find and count all the little pieces of coral in the next pictures. Answer at the end of the trail …
We walk down carefully, as nobody would enjoy tripping, falling onto that spiky, sharp, razor-cut terrain. The pieces of coral are placed every 200~500 ft, which makes the path not obvious to the ones who aimlessly wander around here, yet identifiable for those who seek it.
Some “mountain goats” (here?) run around a large and deep volcano chimney, only to later jump above wide fissures in the ground …
There were 10 pieces of coral. Congrats?!
After an hour-forty-minute hike, 3.40 miles (5,40 km), the trail ends at a small secluded beach, Pohue Bay Beach. The place is actually under governmental protection, home of turtle nests. We can see a dozen of them, protected with cylindrical thin-wire barriers. The person in charge (we spotted the agency’s vehicle) acknowledges us and, probably after deciding we pose no threat, leaves the place to us and walks up to his cabin. A 300 ft-long white-sand beach, several coconut palm trees, a small creek for us to swim. We ran out of water earlier on the trail, and put our salute on my fresh-coconut opening skills. They are quite hard to get to, on top of the palm trees, but our will –and thirst– win.
Four coconuts later, swimming and resting time, we hike back up to our little temporary home.
Exhausted, but our need for adventure has been fulfilled for today.
Tomorrow, the road will take us to more discoveries in the Eastern part of the Island.