Today is my darling hubby’s birthday. So to celebrate it, we decided to do a “touristy” activity and take a sunset dinner cruise on a catamaran along the NaPali coastline on Sunday. It was pretty exciting – our first real tourist adventure since we arrived here in May!
We arrived at the dock to find gusting winds and heavy seas. I have always been prone to seasickness (including being seasick on a 7 day cruise to Alaska we took for our 10th anniversary) so I was very concerned about spending the entire trip hanging over the side, puking. Fast forward an hour and who is ghost white and barely holding on? Not me! My poor sick hubby spent the majority of the trip sitting in one spot, sipping ginger ale and eating one saltine cracker after another. Meanwhile I was bouncing all over, feeling great. Go figure.
One day I will finally have the time and money to really research cameras and purchase a good one. In the meantime, my iPhone did a pretty commendable job considering the boat was all over the place on the swells and chop and I was pretty keen on *not* dropping it overboard to swim with the fishes. Combine that with the salt spray that coated everything and I was quite happy to arrive home that evening with as phone that was still intact and undamaged. Maybe taking an expensive camera on a boat in heavy seas wouldn’t be the best idea anyway…
This is a long post with many photos so I’ll let them do the talking for me. Suffice to say – we *will* be doing this trip again, from the north side this time. We left from Port Allen and didn’t see the last few miles of the coast. I’d love to see it coming from the other direction.
Few notes: it’s hard to tell in the photos and videos but the ocean swells were probably 10 feet or so. The cliffs reach to the skies – in some cases nearing 4000 feet. 4000 feet straight up. Pretty awe-inspiring.
Apparently it’s quite rare to see dolphins in the afternoon/evening. They typically leave for deeper waters to feed and the captain said these were the first he’d seen in the evening in quite some time. Between the boat ride, the NaPali cliffs, the sunset and the dolphins – it was an amazing day. I will recommend this trip to anyone coming to Kauai – you HAVE to see the NaPali coast in person. No photo could possibly do it justice.