Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kauai- Day 9

Today was our last full day!! :( So sad! We could easily stay for another week, it's crazy.

This morning we went on a boat tour of the Na Pali coastline. So fun! We left about 8:30am and the water was perfect. No wind or white caps. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip and I would highly recommend this tour. It was the Blue Dolphin Charters. Use them if you are coming here. All of the crew was super friendly. The captain was awesome. They are remembered our names throughout the day. We had fruit and cinnamon rolls for breakfast and a deli lunch. They walked around and made sure everyone had something to drink. Soda, fruit juice, water. The captain even bartended after the snorkeling!



A great view of Ni'ihau. Did you know only 200 people live on the island and ONLY hawaiians can live on the island. No one else is allowed on the island. 

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We were guaranteed to see dolphins and we sure did. This video is just a small glimpse of them. There were tons. These are spinner dolphins. Seriously, they spin out of the water. It was so fun to watch. Jumps, spins, flips and everything!


The captain drove the boat right under a little waterfall. It felt really nice. We were on a large catamaran but some smaller boat tours go into the tunnels.

Gorgeous water. It looked like it was glowing in the dark.





We snorkeled for about an hour and it was amazing. We saw tons of fish, warm water, great visibility. And we saw lots of turtles! On the ride back, we had all you can drink mai tais. Good time all around.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kauai-Day 8

Well, its no secret I like to fall asleep early, especially on the couch. That is exactly what I did last night, hence no blog post.

Yesterday, Erin went scuba diving nice and early. I hit the mall for a while, which consisted of Starbucks and Macy's. Not many large department stores on the island. However, there is  KMart, Walmart and Costco.

Erin had a great dive! He could see all the way to the bottom, which was about 60 feet or so. That doesn't happen in California. I got me a hat and some TOMS.

We had some delicious lunch after I picked up Erin from diving. I got to drive the car for the first time while he was gone. The whole time I have been chauffeured by my husband! He is sweet, but mostly because we didn't want to pay extra for me to be a driver. I'm not 25 yet :) So cruising in the convertible was fun!

This place was fun. Everyone writes on the walls. We thought this was a funny picture!


Next, we headed to the Kilohanna Plantation. We took a 40 minute train ride around the plantation. It was pretty fun! 





There are papayas growing on the trees!

Pineapples! They take 2 years to grow and you get 1-2 per plant.

Wild pigs!


We don't get a sunset on our side of the island but we have a golden hour :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Kauai-Day 7

We headed out to Tunnels reef first thing this morning to go snorkeling. It was great! We borrowed a friend's underwater camera to get pictures of the fish but I won't be able to get the pictures off the camera for a while. So, you'll have to wait with me! We did see a turtle!





We went to a fancy dinner tonight! We have been wanting to go to Gaylord's and tonight was the night. Lots of Mai Tais and lots of food. MMMmm.








I'm so full right now. Must. sleep. Food coma.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kauai-Day 6

Day 6!?!? Man, we only have 4 more days :( We met an old guy last night in the hot tub who was here for 2 months! Lucky.

This morning we went out to breakfast for the first time. We have been making eggs and bagels and fruit for breakfasts here at the resort. It was time to go get some breakfast! I had an amazing Luau omlette with cheddar, spinach, onions, and kalua pig. Amazing. Erin had mahi mahi and eggs, with rice and cornbread. Ya know, a normal breakfast.

We found a reformed church (the only one on the island) to attend this morning. It was great. We sang the doxology in Hawaiian, so cool! Then we sang it in English, too. We came back, swam in the pool, took a nap. We were really embracing the day of rest :)

We went to the Kauai Coffee Plantation later today!




Sun drying the coffee beans


Free coffee samples! 


For dinner tonight, we went to a great restaurant in Old Koloa town. We ate ahi poke as an appetizer and shared a kalua pig sandwich and marlin sandwich. Delish!

Time for the hot tub :)