Aloha, welcome to Kauai! Known as the “Garden Isle”, Kauai is renowned as the most beautiful of the inhabited Hawaiian islands. Home to the wettest spot on Earth, Kauai
sees up to 450 inches of rain a year. The wet tropical climate provides an abundance of lush green canyons, rain forests, rainbows and waterfalls. The North Shore is dominated by the Na Pali cliifs – 14 miles of rich green valleys and steep narrow cliffs that descend into the Pacific. The desert like palette of Waimea Canyon was referred to by Mark Twain as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” for its seemingly never ending slopes of dimpled red and brown rock (we saw both Canyons from the air this year and agreed Waimea was the more beautiful of the two). Kauai’s awe inspiring beauty translates brilliantly to the big screen. Hollywood blockbusters “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “King Kong,” “Jurassic Park,” “Avatar” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” were all filmed on the island.
We sailed in from Hilo on the Ocean Princess into the port of Nawiliwili. The Raven’s had a first round playoff game against the Colts that day. With the time difference, we needed to be at Kalapaki Joe’s by 8 AM for kickoff. We were pleasantly surprised to see another couple from Baltimore on their Honeymoon and wearing Raven’s jerseys. We enjoyed a tropical brekkie and Longboard Lagers as Ray Lewis won his final home game.
After the game we caught a shuttle to the local airport for our helicopter ride with Blue Diamond Tours. Blue Diamond has spacious birds with plenty of glass for panoramic pictures. Kauai is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world with rugged terrain that ranges from deep canyons and soaring mountains to stunning beaches and fertile tropical rainforests. We flew for an hour and had fun dodging the intermittent rain that is synonymous with the island. Kauai’s beauty rivals that of any other spot on the planet – it was the most amazing ride we’ve ever taken!
We finished our stay in Kauai with a sunset sail away party on the deck of the Ocean Princess. The harbor was picturesque as we sailed off to the next port – another eighty-five degree day in paradise was coming to end. Sad to say Aloha to Kauai, but we’re off to the next port.