As it turns out, there are a lot (and I mean, a lot) of good campsites at Kalalau Beach. Most of them are on very flat ground in an open forest immediately adjacent to the beach. We definitely weren't going to be alone - there were plenty of tents scattered about through the trees. However, there was more than enough space for everyone.
Our Kalalau Beach campsite
Wide, empty Kalalau Beach
By 5pm, we had selected a spot and had set up our tents. It was now time to do a bit of exploring, so we wandered about up and down Kalalau Beach, taking in the fantastic surroundings.
For all the tents that we saw in the forest, the beach seemed relatively deserted. The surf was quite intense, so there was no one in the water, and there were only a few people scattered about: one guy reading a book while lying on his back, another in the distance who I think was completely au-natural, and another couple some distance off to the east. Maybe in total there were ten people about on the entire stretch of beach.
Late day light, Kalalau Beach
Golden sands of Kalalau Beach
Behind us, the pali rose with incredible steepness and with fantastic shapes. A small ribbon waterfall cascaded down on the right-hand side of the valley.
After taking panoramas and all other manner of photos, we sat down on the sand to watch the pounding surf and gaze out into the North Pacific.
Brian and Jenn and Rainbow
Brian observes heavy surf
Incredibly, we started to see whale activity some distance out from shore. We couldn't tell exactly what they were, but we guessed humpback whales. They were huge, graceful, and at times they seemed to completely breach the water.