What a week.
Tyler and I just got back from 7 glorious days in Kauai Hawaii and I sincerely wish I was still there. Amid all the chaos of finalizing our New Zealand move, we took time out to spend a week with my family and experience all that the beautiful garden island has to offer. Luckily, our friend Ben, who has lived on the island the last three years just flew back from Mexico and was able to show us around the second day we got in.
Some of the highlights of the trip included jumping off the cliffs at Queens Bath, Tyler catching a 30 pound Yellow Fin on a fishing adventure, and going on a amazing Catamaran Trip with Captain Andy’s Catamaran tour of the Napali coast.
The Queens Bath is a amazing bit of coastline. A 10 minute hike past a waterfall leads down to a rocky cliff of lava rock that you can use as a launching point into the ocean below. Ben decided to take us the “Adventure Way” which involved scaling down the hill using ropes…. fun but we definitely decided to take the normal rolute on the way back up. After cliff jumping for a while, we grabbed our masks and we saw at least 4 or 5 sea turtles cruising around, using the algae infested cliff line to what our friend Ben described as a “turtle salad bar”. Further along the cliff,the lava rocks lead to the bath. Roughly the size of a large swimming pool, the Queen’s Bath is a natural tide pool that you can swim in as the water washes over the cliff line and fills the pool. Best view from a swimming pool I have ever seen! While we were there, the ocean was pretty calm, but I hear the currents can be nasty, so extreme caution should be used here. While the hike is not hard, there is definitely some tricky parts where you need to be in good condition to tackle. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake of not cleaning off my waterproof case before snapping some photos, so there are some annoying water spots on some of the pictures..
The next day, we hopped on a catamaran to go hang out on one of the most beautiful coastlines I have ever seen. Captain Andy’s Catamaran tour for the day was just plain fun. They take you out and explore the Nepali coast line while stopping at a snorkel and lunch spot halfway through. My little nieces had a absolute blast laying on the trampoline at the bow of the boat, as they would catch air when we hit big waves. The crew was amazing and so was the burgers they prepared so all in all a great day, especially when we were followed by spinner dolphins part of the trip.
One thing I was looking for before I left was a waterproof camera case that would not break the bank (they are soooo expensive) as well pack light in my bag. I stumbled on this company Dicapac who makes plastic waterproof cases and decided to order one for my small (and older) Coolpix camera. It was only $12.00 so I thought what the hell if it doesn’t work I am only out $20.00, and I haven’t really used the Coolpix in forever. It was actually a great buy, it never leaked and was fantastic for snorkeling ( I would not use it diving), boat jumping, and just for the beach in general. The only thing you need to remember to do is make sure you wipe it off above water before using it as I had some water spots. They also make them for iphone cases as well. All of my pictures in this post were using the case. Here is the link if you want to check it out: Dicapac WP-ONE Point & Shoot Digital Camera Waterproof Case
Head on over to our Facebook Page (and like it) to watch a quick video of the spinner dolphins and some boat footage!
Finally, there was one other absolutely amazing thing that happened while we were in Kauai…… but it deserves a post all on its own, so stay tuned. =)