We were sitting there floating over 800 ft deep water, skimming the royal blue horizon for a glimpse of a humpback whale. Captain had told us there were two in the area and we had already chased one for a while. It was an odd version of cat-and-mouse marrying the land beings with the ocean giants. As we sat there patiently (or impatiently rather) waiting for the chance to see the whale’s fluke flip out of the water, we began to hear a strange humming sound. A hush crashed over the crowd as the excited crew announced the sound was coming from three males floating beneath us. An older male was teaching the two younger ones the Hawaiian song the males sing in the area. Everything grew quiet and surreal as the crew slipped in the water with their snorkeling gear for a closer look. For me, it was one of those moments in your life you’ll never forget. You experience a world other than your own and appreciate its complexities and rhythms of life.

While hearing the song of the humpback whales was beyond what I could’ve hoped to have imagined that day, the rest of my Spring Break was not far behind. I spent the week in awe of the natural, untouched beauty of the Nā Pali Coast in Kaua’i, the magnificent view from our Marriott condo and the relaxation you feel as your body hovers over the aquatic world.

The condo my family and I stayed in quickly became my favorite I have visited. It had the most incredible balcony with a view overlooking the unspoiled Pacific Ocean and Nawiliwi Bay. It was situated on the eastern side of the island in Lihue, an ideal location to escape to snorkeling in the north at Hanalei Bay or a quick excursion in Eleele where you can catch a cruise to the Nā Pali Coast.

During my stay in Kaua’i, I took full-advantage of the warm weather to break out some of my favorite Spring pieces. Although I lived in my swimsuit, it was easy to pair my tan with anything from dresses and off-the shoulder tops to torn denim shorts and Portofino blouses.

On the final day of my visit we spent the morning at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. It sits nestled on the side of a sacred volcano overlooking a beautiful river and surrounded by a sea of flowers and tropical fauna. If you have ever visit, you will be overcome with a sense of peace as the sounds of the world fade away. It was the best way to conclude my Hawaiian adventure and reflect on the time I had with family, nature and myself before returning to San Antonio for the final stretch of classes before finals in May. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in the Garden Isle and I look forward to sharing many more adventures soon!