Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kauai Day 3

On Friday morning we woke up early and made our way to the Na Pali Coast Catamaran tour. We arrived too early and ended up finding a place to get some coffee. After a while it was time to get in the van that would take us to the canoe that would take us to the boat in Hanalei Bay. After everyone was aboard the boat, our very energetic captain and first mate fired up the engines and we headed out.

The weather was amazing - the captain said that there are only a handful of days like that per year. We really lucked out. Judd had read about the high rates of sea sickness on this particular tour. We both took Bonine before the trip - but I'm not sure we really needed it anyway.

The ride down the coast was beautiful. Valleys, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, dolphins - the list goes on. The water was a deep shade of turquoise in places. Our boat was small enough that he went into a lot of the caves.

After an hour or so, they tied up the boat in a little cove so we could all jump out and snorkel. Judd and I strapped on the gear and jumped into the Pacific. It was COLD! I shivered the entire time we snorkeled, but I had a lot of fun swimming through the reef. We saw all different kinds of fish and a couple of turtles. Back on the boat they served sandwiches and chips. Once everyone was finished, they started the engines back up and drove us much more quickly back up the coast. This ride was into the wind and MUCH more turbulent. I was soaked by the time we made it back to Hanalei Bay.

Once back in our car, we decided to drive as far as the road goes to the North. We walked on some of the beaches and took in the sites. Back in Hanalei, we got a little snack before heading back to the resort.

By the time we made it to our room we were both exhausted. We weren't sure whether it was the jet lag, the motion sickness medicine, or the long boat ride, but we both need a nap. We fell asleep around 3. We woke up at 5 and neither one of us could pull ourselves out of bed. We just kind of looked at each other and went back to sleep. Around 6:30 we finally decided we had to get up and find some dinner. We got dressed and went about 2 miles up to the Princeville village and had a quick dinner. We made it back to the resort and went back to bed! It must have been that Bonine - neither of us could remember feeling that tired on a trip before.

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