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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April 28, 2017

Kauai Recap #1

 

I really didn’t think any place could be better than Maui, but then we went to Kauai. The Kauai landscape was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and so incredibly lush and beautiful. And the food? Freaking amazing.

We rented a VRBO on the north side of the island in Princeville for four nights and couldn’t be happier with our decision. Through some research we found out that there is quite the difference in climate from the south and north side of the island with the south being more dry and north being the wettest. We wanted to take a chance and stay on the north shore simply because we heard the landscape was better there and it was closer to some of the hikes we wanted to do.

We arrived at our VRBO and were instantly greeted by chickens…everywhere.Back in 1992 Hurricane ‘Iniki freed many of them from local farms and they now roam the island. Just hilarious!

Our first full day in Kauai started off with a short walk to Queen’s Bath which is a natural attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

Located on the North Shore, Queens Bath is a unique tide pool surrounded by black igneous rock and filled with small sea creatures. For the adrenaline junkies, you can even jump from the rock cliff into the Queens Bath when the water is calm.

By the time we got back from our hike, it was just about lunchtime so we made the 10 minute drive to SushiGirl, highly recommended by a few locals. It was the tiniest, cutest little stand near the end of the road on the north shore and was seriously the freshest sushi I have ever had in my life. YUM.

We took our sushi to Hanalei Bay–a perfect semi-circular sandy beach with some amazing views– and spent our afternoon relaxing.

This was one of our favorite beaches and was a quick five-minute drive from our VRBO. We even attempted an open water swim here which failed miserably…but hey, we tried!

 

Wiped from the day, we decided on an early dinner at Tahiti Nui (featured in the movie, Descendants) and some live music before calling it a night. Very successful first day in Kauai!

 

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