* 7 nights in Hawaii (Big Island) in the town of Puako which is on the Kona side of the island
* 5 nights in Kauai in the Poipu Beach area
* 2 nights in Oahu in Honolulu
Kauai was an incredible place! When I told people which islands were on our itinerary, everyone raved about Kauai. It's a smaller island and of the primary Hawaiian islands, most recently commercialized. It turned out to be our favorite too, mostly from the standpoint that it was easy to navigate, not too big, and offered a great variety of activities.
Napoli Coast Boat Cruise: We both were really interested in seeing the Napali Coast, which is the northeast coast of the island. It's very rugged so there are no auto-accessible routes. Yes, that's right. You can only see it by boat or plane or via an 11-mile one-way hike. We opted for a boat cruise that also included 5 hours on the water with meals and a snorkel stop. The boat left from Port Allen at 9 AM and returned a little after 2 PM. We definitely had a very full day on the water!
We snorkeled at a place called Turtle Bay, and while we only saw one turtle, it was pretty substantial in size. We also saw beautiful tropical fish and enjoyed the slide off the back of the boat. After snorkeling, breakfast was served and we headed north towards the Napali Coast. The views along the way were incredible and we saw tons of wildlife - dolphins playing in the surf on the front of our boat, 7 whales (!!!), and Japanese flying fish. The first and second mate caught a gorgeous mahi mahi off the back of the boat. Unfortunately, it was extremely windy so the water was very choppy and we weren't able to get out to the coast. Our captain did the next best thing and got us up to the turn for the Napali Coast and pulled way offshore so that we could get a decent view of the coastline since we weren't able to sail up there. I was relieved when we turned around; the surf instantly became less intense and I felt much more at ease.
|Views of the coastline and the famous red dirt|
|The cliffs in the background were the beginning of the Napali Coast|
|Another view of the coastline|
|One of the seven humpback whales that we saw|
Luau: We were in Hawaii...on our honeymoon...of course we were going to a luau! We settled on the luau at our resort (the Grand Hyatt) on Thanksgiving. We figured this was the perfect way to celebrate our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife! I have always heard that luaus are fun but albeit a bit tacky and touristy, so you can assume my expectations were pretty low. We were really surprised with the quality of the food and entertainment. It was a really fun night and definitely a memorable holiday.
|Thanksgiving dinner in paradise!|
|View of the canyon from the Waimea Canyon Overlook|
|We hiked to the top of the lower waterfall in this photo. This view is also from|
the Waimea Canyon Overlook.
|We hiked down a very steep and difficult trail to get to the source for |
one of the larger waterfalls. The water was cool and crystal
clear...and my shaka is on point!
|Calm surf and a serene bay|
|My favorite wildlife from the trip|
|Sunset on the our last night with our new friends|
What's your vacation style - lounging by the pool/beach or activities?