Wednesday March 12, 2014
Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii
The fourth largest island in the Hawaiian group, Kaua'i is known as the
"Garden Island." The terrain ranges from the volcanic slopes of Mt.
Waialeale and the desert-like beauty of Waimea Canyon to the Wailua
River's lush Fern Grotto. Ironically this once isolated island was the
site of the first meeting between Europeans and Hawaiians. On January
19, 1778, Captain James Cook anchored his ships off the mouth of the
Waimea River, becoming the first in a long line of enthusiastic
Kaua'i was never conquered by the great warrior King Kamehameha.
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Excursion: Na Pali Cruise & Snorkel
There are no roads on the Na Pali Coast. This most pristine of Kauai's
dazzling coastlines is isolated and serene, as nature intended. But you can
spend a full day exploring its many marvels, from the seat of your motorized
zodiac raft and while swimming and snorkeling along a protective reef.
Gaze in awe at the coast's 15-mile-long necklace of pali, or cliffs,
waterfalls, sea caves, beaches and stone walled terraces where Hawaiians
once lived and cultivated taro. You may even cruise by Nu alolo Kai, an
ancient Hawaiian fishing village which contains cultural and archaeological
sites that show the area was continually occupied for 800 years, from the
12th through the 20th centuries.
Listen to the expert narration and commentary of your experienced Captain as
he provides you with the smoothest ride possible; but be prepared to get a
bit wet from the ocean spray as you skim across the surface of the water.
Conditions permitting, you will also enjoy free time to immerse yourself in
the natural wonders that surround you. Your Captain will pull into a calm
lagoon where a protected reef teems with tropical fish, coral, and possibly,
green sea turtles.
Everything you could possibly need from fins and snorkel to mask and
flotation vest are available right on board. And you'll enjoy expert
snorkeling instruction for your safety and convenience.
Imagine the freedom of having everything provided for you by your zodiak
Captain who is always nearby! And when it's time for lunch, you'll come back
aboard to a delicious deli-style meal. For true adventure, this full-day Na
Pali Explorer excursion is the perfect choice.