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Akaka Falls In Big Island, Hawai-UHD 4K

You will walk through lush tropical vegetation, rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns. You will see scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and as you follow the paved footpath, you’ll discover towering Akaka Falls which plummets 442-feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Beautiful Akaka Falls (more than twice as tall as Niagara falls) is perhaps Hawaii Island’s most famous waterfall.

The rivers of Akaka falls are the native habitat for the O’opu (a type of fish) and the ‘opae’kala’ole (a type of shrimp) that are endemic (biologically unique) to Hawaii (that spawns in stream above the waterfall, but matures in the sea). Like many native plants and animals that evolved here in the islands, these two organisms have developed unique characteristics unlike animals anywhere else in the world. They are both capable of climbing this waterfall (442 feet) by use of a specially adapted suction cup on their bellies. This suction disk on their bellies allows them to cling to the wet rocks behind and adjacent to the waterfall. Using this disk, they climb back up to the stream when it is time to spawn.

The Big Island is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean. With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States.

Akaka Falls
Kahuna Falls
tropical vegetation
Oopu alamoo

Big Island

High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot using a Gopro in the highest 4K setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this youtube Setting/Quality).

Other Hawaii 4K videos can be found here:
Unforgettable Swim With Spinner Dolphins http://youtu.be/903obA7RSKg
Amazing Giant Mantas Glide & Somersault
detail of Water Pounding From A 100-foot Waterfall
Kauai Wailua River Kayak-Mud Hike-Secret Falls-UHD 4K
Kauai Wailua River Kayak-Mud Hike-Secret Falls-UHD 4K
Sea Cave With Open Ceiling at Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawai UHD 4K
Boat Tour Along Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawai-UHD 4K
Driving/walking Around In Kauai Island, Hawai-UHD 4K

Visiting 3 Parks Near Santa Cruz In 1 Day

How do you visit 3 State Parks around Santa Cruz in 1 day?

This video shows clips of Ano Nuevo State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach, Henry Cowell Redwood (or Big Basin Redwood).
The price? Only $7 at Ano Nuevo plus $10 for all 3 parks.
You are going to see the highly recommended elephant seal tour at Ano Nuevo State Park, see butterfly migration at Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve & a few beaches and of course the redwood trees at either Henry Cowell Redwood or Big Basin redwoods state park.

For more details about the Ano Nuevo see this video: http://youtu.be/wDv2fAPrqKA

Elephant Seal Tour @ Ano Nuevo State Park

Elephant Seal Tour At Ano Nuevo State Park

Have you heard about the annual elephant seal migration to the beaches of Año Nuevo State Reserve?
Highly recommend the Ano Nuevo State Park and check out the elephant seal tour. It is only $7 per person (plus state park parking $10).

These massive creatures were only a few feet away and they did not notice us. Females giving birth, pups nursing from their mother and bull males fighting one another. This is amazing experience to see & hear the bulls braying & throwing their massive weight around while claiming their turf & protecting their harem.

Some people have lived in California for over many years and never visited this park. If you live in Bay Area you have no excuse not to visit Ano Nuevo.
The tour covers approximately 3.5 miles and about 2 to 3 hours so be prepared to bring water (but no food allowed). You should book your tour online beforehand since they fill up quickly, especially on the weekends.