Kauai is geologically the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands (6 million years old), however with its lush vegetation, natural wonders, and adventurous terrain you would think this place is anything but old and dried up (no offense to the elderly). With 111 miles of coastline, my family and I decided to see their famous Na Pali Coast!
We traveled 45 minutes from the port to the northwest shore of Kauai where our excursion destination would be. We booked with Na Pali Coast Riders for a fee of $130. With that amount it included a boat ride exploring the narrow valleys, velvet green cliffs, a sea cave, and snorkeling. However, too bad we didn’t get to see or do any of that! Even though the weather was warm and sunny, the ocean conditions were choppy and windy. This forced our captain to redirect our boat ride to the opposite side of the Na Pali coast.
Even with the unfortunate conditions, my family and I still had a great time! During our boat ride we were able to get close to whales, watch turtles float by, and see the aquamarine water crash against the stunning lava rock cliffs. (It wasn’t the famous side of the Na Pali coast, but it’ll do.)
Some of the coastline we passed had even been filming locations for movies like Jurassic Park and King Kong (unfortunately, hunky Chris Pratt did not make a guest appearance on our boat tour).
The first stop on our boat ride was a beautiful bay that my family and I named “Dolphin Bay”. The name “Dolphin Bay” was appropriate because right as we approached the bay, not 1… not 3… but 5 dolphin pods were swimming and jumping around us! Not going to lie, I totally had an “I wish I was a mermaid” moment while watching the dolphins swim by. It was so serene and breathtaking!
Once we snorkeled a bit and had time to take in the stunning environment, the staff told us it was time to head back. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that heading back to the dock was going to leave us with some battle wounds! By the time we finished the tour it was later in the afternoon, so this meant that the already choppy ocean conditions—got worse! For 40 minutes my family and I had to endure 3-4 foot waves and 20 mph wind! (Wasn’t the best idea for my 86 year old grandmother and my 3 year old nephew to come…Whoops!) The worst part was the bleeding blisters I got on my knuckles from holding onto the ropes along the boat’s edge. It was either hold on and leave with a few scraps… or fly off the boat and be dinner for some sharks. (I’ll stick with the blisters!)
After enduring what felt like an Indiana Jones ride, nothing sounded better than some yummy refreshments. Next to the Na Pali Coast Riders shack was a local smoothie and coconut shack that looked so inviting with its vibrant colors and bundles of fruit on display. I got the giant coconut and drank every last ounce! It was so fresh and hydrating!
Even though our day didn’t go as planned, it was still an experience that will leave my family and me with some lasting memories (and a few scars lol).
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