May 10, 2017

Kauai Recap #3- Na Pali Coast

 

When we decided to take a vacation to Kauai, I knew seeing the Na Pali Coast was a must. Other than hiking the coast, the only way to legally access shore areas in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is by boat, and that is just what we did!

Boat tours depart from Port Allen on the West Side and during the summer months, guided kayaking trips can give you access to awe-inspiring views of the sea cliffs, while air tours can show you scenic Na Pali areas that aren’t accessible by land or water.

Much of Na Pali is inaccessible due to its characteristic sheer cliffs that drop straight down, thousands of feet into the ocean. This, and its remote location, allow Na Pali to remain one of the most beautiful and pristine coastlines in the world.

Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Na Pali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, vibrant green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys.

The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.

The tour lasted about five hours and included a light lunch and snorkeling. It was one of our favorite things we did while in Kauai and I highly recommend it!

 

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May 3, 2017

Kauai Recap #2

 

Our second day in Kauai started off with a stop at a local juice stand, which turned out to have the best smoothies on the island!

Located right off 560 Kuhio highway was this little red house called Kalalea Juice Hale. Serving only Acai Bowls, smoothies, fresh pressed juices and coffee, this place had all of the charm. We stopped here twice on our trip for smoothies!

After our liquid breakfast, we stopped in a CrossFit box for a workout! Just a few miles from our VRBO was Kilauea CrossFit, hidden in the middle of a lush landscape surrounded by trees and waterfalls. It was a medium size box that was well arranged so you didn’t ever feel like you’re working out right on top of someone. The vibe was super chill but the coaches were experienced and helpful in their instructions during the warm up and the actual workout.

With a workout under our belt, we grabbed a quick lunch and decided to spend the rest of the day on the Hanalei River kayaking! Our route took us under the historic Hanalei Bridge and into the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

Hanalei Refuge was established in 1972, providing habitat for endangered Hawaiian birds and currently is being farmed for taro, as it provides a wetland for waterfowl. The trip was relaxing, peaceful and beautiful!

Exhausted from the days adventures, we showered up and walked down the road to the stunning St. Regis Princeville Resort to watch the sunset from their veranda.

It clearly was the spot to be on the north side of the island for sunsets…breathtaking! Of course pictures don’t do much of a justice.

After the sunset, we grabbed some pizza at Hideaways Pizza Pub, nearly a quarter of a mile walk from our VRBO, and were sleeping by 9pm that night. Such partiers!

 

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