Destination: The NaPali Coast
Date: November 2013
Activity: Snorkeling, Sunbathing on a Catamaran Ride
One can’t say they’ve enjoyed Kauai without having visited the NaPali Coast line. This is the gorgeous coast line that is only accessible by boat, helicopter or some very long hikes that only have trails to part of the coast. However, which ever way you decide to see it, it is worth it! Our group hadn’t been to the NaPali coast line in years and we were ready to visit again. This beautiful area of Kauai was featured in the movie Jurassic Park as the helicopter comes into the supposed island of Coasta Rica. Instead the lush, green, clipped moutnains showed in the movie are in fact located right here on Kauai.
We decided to book our tour with Captain Andy’s. We had used this same tour company in the past but due weather we didn’t have the best experience. However, due to the excellent reviews again on Trip Adviosr we decided to give them a second chance. We are sure glad we did.
Our tour started out at Port Allen, not far from Poipu. We stopped at the local McDonalds for a quick bite to eat with the kids and headed over to Captain Andy’s for our 7:15am reservation. Soon they had our group loaded onto our catamaran with our crew of three local Hawaiians. These guys were fantastic. They made the entire experience fun and kept asking us if there was anything more they could do for us to make our trip enjoyable.
Soon our family of eight found a transom to lay out on and we started our two hour journey out to the Napali coastline. Within the first half hour on the boat we stopped for some snorkel time. Though I was a little reluctant to start snorkeling at 8:00am I didn’t want the kids to think I was a party popper so I jumped in with them. I was glad I did. The water was great and the fish were beautiful. We soon had an opportunity to watch nature up close and personal as two huge sea turtles began mating right in the middle of our snorkel party. I tried to tell the kids they were just wrestling but the older ones were onto me and knew exactly what was going on.
After about an hour of snorkeling we were ready to get on our way. However we soon stopped again as we watched two hump back whales start preforming for our boat. They were splashing their tails and waving their fins at our boat and it felt like something choreographed by Sea World. It was a beautiful show!
Our kids then jokingly told the captain if he could just find us some dolphins we will have experienced all the best marine life in Kauai. Our captain said he’d do his best and within thirty minutes we came across a school of dolphins swimming in unison around our boat. We had captured seeing all the big three on our days adventure!
After arriving to the Napali coastline we were in awe of its beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, foliage, private beaches and stories told by the crew. Our boat captain got in very close to the coastline just to let the kids feel a waterfall on their heads off of a cliff onto our boat. We were that close!
Unlike other tours we’ve been on the the lunch provided with Captain Andy’s was delicious. We had fresh turkey and ham to make sandwiches, fresh fruit, a delicious pasta salad and sodas, waters and juices. We picnicked on the boat, laid out in the sun, and had a great afternoon. Being Thanksgiving day we knew we had a lot to be grateful for. Mostly we couldn’t keep out the thought of how grateful we were for this beautiful earth our Heavenly Father has given us. It was a day to remember and for giving thanks!
Mahalo and Safe and Happy Travels!