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Beautiful Kauai

The NaPali Coast

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Over spring break I had the amazing experience of visiting Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai is one of the smaller Hawaiian islands, but definitely had a huge impression on me. From lying on the many different beaches, hiking muddy trails, and eating delicious foods, my best friend Lexi Jackson and I had a great time. My favorite part of the trip, however, was a boat trip we took up the coast of Kauai- the NaPali Coast.

Kauai has one main highway that connects all the towns together. The terrain of Kauai on an entire side of the island allows it so that no roads or even hiking trails can be placed in the towering mountains and valleys. The only way to access this side of the island is by boat. Our hotel set us up with a family called the Catamaran Kahanu. Lexi, my mom, my aunt, and I boarded a small boat with fifteen other people and set off to see the many sights the other side of this island has to offer.

Right off the back, the two men running the boat asked if anyone wanted to stand in the front of the boat while we were moving out along the coast. Lexi and I along with a few others volunteered, and we had the chance to see amazing coastlines from a first-class seat. We saw turtles swimming in the water as well as porpoises. The boat even stopped a couple times so we could see the infamous spinner dolphins. These dolphins are called this because they will jump up into the air and spin as many as seven times before falling back into the water. According to the Wild Dolphin Foundation, Spinner Dolphins will do this to show they are happy, teach other dolphins, or even to rid themselves of parasites drifting through the water.

We made many stops on the way up the coast, one of which was at a waterfall. Many waterfalls come down the side of the mountain in Hawaii, and this one was positioned so that we could get the edge of the boat under it. The man giving us a brief overview of the island had many of the passengers, including Lexi and I, sit underneath it to “feel the fresh Hawaiian waterfalls.” The water from the fall felt like hard ice, but it was still a great experience. We saw many other natural wonders like the Queen’s Bath, which is basically a huge underwater cave with an opening at the top so the sunlight can come in- sounds fit for a queen right?

Our final destination as we traveled up the coast landed at a spot where we went snorkeling and saw many different types of fish and other sea animals. The water shined crystal clear so a person could see directly to the bottom at least 20-30 feet below the surface. We saw many ocean fish of different shapes, colors, and sizes, and we even saw a stingray. I had a blast swimming around in the ocean looking down at this reef.

On the way home our captain slowed down and stopped because a mother whale and her cub were traveling past. I’ve seen free whales before but I have never seen one up close. The two whales were literally right next to or underneath the boat the entire time. This was probably one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had with wildlife.

This boat trip was a highlight of my trip to Hawaii. The amazing people we met on the boat and the beautiful wildlife we saw took my breath away. I will definitely return to Hawaii in the future, but in the meantime I will do as they say in Kauai and live with aloha.

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4 Responses to “Beautiful Kauai”

  1. Kirstyn Kiger on April 12th, 2018 8:16 am

    Hawaii sounds like a beautiful place to visit! I have always wanted to travel there, but I have not been able to yet. Your article made me want to travel there even more! Great article!!

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  2. McKayla Ramsey on April 12th, 2018 8:32 am

    It sounds like you had an amazing trip and it’s so interesting you were able to experience wildlife in this way! I want to travel to Hawaii someday and this article gave me a good idea of what I may encounter. Great article!

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  3. Morgan Miller on April 12th, 2018 10:49 am

    I would absolutely love to go to Hawaii one day. It sounds like you had an amazing experience, and there were many things to keep you busy while you were there. Great article!

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  4. Ajack75 on April 15th, 2018 7:10 pm

    Great article! You did an awesome job describing all of the amazing sites we saw while we were on the boat. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip as well. I’m so thankful I was able to experience such a beautiful place with you and your family! Great job!

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