I love the sunset sails on Kauai. I really appreciate that with these sails, there is an actual destination to the whole adventure. You get to sail all the way to the Napali coast while you watch the sun go down. The enjoyed this much more then some of the other sunset sails that just sort of aimlessly travel around in circles watching the sun go down. We saw dolphins and whales along the way were pretty amazing, but the sight of the 3000+ foot tall cliffs is what I've always considered to be the highlight of these trips.
The cliffs of the Napali Coastline extend from sea level to over 3000ft into the sky. They are so rugged, that the state never even considered trying to construct a road here. They make up a stretch of about 17 miles in length that goes from Polihale Beach on the south all the way to Ke'e Beach on the north end of the Napali Coast.
Today we went on Kauai Sea Tours which has been a major player in the Napali Coast Tour industry on Kauai for quite some time. Their boat the "Lucky Lady" is a very stable catamaran that has large motors as well as sails. We checked in at their office in Port Allen. Once everyone had arrived we walked down to the pier and boarded the boat. After a quick safety briefing the crew untied us from the pier, and we motored out of the harbor.
The trip leading up to the cliffs is amazing. The land that we passed was for the most part undeveloped. Most of the land was used during the last century to cultivate sugar cane. This stopped when the mill closed down in 1999. Most of the land now lies unused. We passed the towns of Waimea and Kekaha that were at one point central hubs to the sugar cane industry of the west side of Kauai. Just past Kekaha begins a magnificent stretch of sand that extends about 17 miles from Kekaha Beach Park all the way past the military base to the end of Polihale State Park. It was about half way through this stretch that we began to see the dolphins.
Kalalau Valley is where the boat turned around and began heading back towards the harbor. This valley is where the Napali Coast hiking trail (that begins 11 miles to the north at Ke'e Beach) ends. The Kalalau beach is nestled under one of the most beautiful cliff faces that you will find anywhere on the planet. It is one of the most beautiful spots on Kauai and can only be viewed by air, sea or from the Kalalau Beach. The Napali Coast Trail was rated a 10 out of 10 in difficulty by the Sierra Club.
As soon a we turned the boat around and started to go with the swells of the ocean the ride smoothed out considerably. The crew took advantage of the smooth sailing conditions and set up a delicious buffet dinner. When they were done setting up they took turns manning the open bar that was serving beer, wine and cocktails until we got back to the harbor. Mai Tais were definitely the most popular drink of the night.
This morning I woke up to very wet and rainy weather at my house in Lihue. My girlfriend had to work and I really wanted to do something more exciting then messing around inside on my computer all day.
I remember the first time I stood up on a wave. It was a sunny day at a break near Oluwalu on Maui. It was in the middle of one of the summertime adventures with my uncle Dennis that were commonplace during my childhood.
Today we had something happen that was slightly out of the ordinary. We were on an air tour around Kauai with Airventures Air Tours, when out of the depths of the ocean underneath us appeared a pod of massive Humpback Whales.
I remember passing by the sign for Kauai Photo Tours in Kapaa when I first came over to Kauai in January and thinking to myself how much I was looking forward to going on that trip.
I had an idea of what we were getting into when I showed up at the headquarters of the Wailua River Guides in Kapaa, but I had no idea how much I was going to really enjoy the kayak and the hike up the river that we did today with Wailua River Guides.
Today we went out with Aloha Kauai Tours on their Kauai Backroads 4x4 Tour. We met the group at the Kilohana Plantation where we parked my truck and jumped in their customized 4x4 van.
As we checked in at the Blue Dolphin store in the shopping village of Port Allen I looked up at the grey threatening looking sky and thought to myself:
We showed up at the Outfitters Kauai office in Poipu at just before 6AM to check in for their downhill bike trip. The ride goes down the road along the rim of the Waimea Canyon.
When I was a kid, my family lived in Kihei on the island of Maui. During the 1990s when I was growing up, Kihei was one of the fastest growing towns in the nation.
A 3.5 to 4 hour cruise along Kauai's spectacular coast as the afternoon light brings a special magic to NaPali. Hear the history and legends from the crew and experience sightseeing, dolphin watching and whale watching (in season).
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