NCL Cruise: Hawaii Ports {Kona & Kauai}

I’m again with extra on our NCL cruise from Hawaii to Alaska. Since this cruise was so lengthy (16 days), I took tons of of images and I need to save these recollections for us in addition to share with you, so I’m sharing all one of the best photos, in addition to breaking the posts up into segments sharing what we noticed and did. This one will cowl Kailua-Kona, which is on the Huge Island of Hawaii, in addition to the island of Kauai. As soon as we left Honolulu on our cruise, the primary cease was Kona and the following cease the second day was Kauai. We had 4 port stops within the Hawaii islands earlier than we headed to sea for five days after which on to Alaska. What a visit it was! We beloved it and are so glad we obtained the chance to go on this magnificent journey.

The great and unhealthy of a cruise is that you simply get to see numerous totally different ports and locations, however there’s restricted time to see all there may be to see at every cease, so we tried to make one of the best of our quick time in every. Most port stops have been about 8 hours, which isn’t that lengthy to see an entire island. I’ll inform you extra about what we did in every cease to get round.

As I discussed, Mark’s oldest daughter, Lyndsey, lives in Hilo on the Huge Island and her household moved there virtually 2 years in the past for work alternatives. They’ve loved dwelling there and I believe plan to remain indefinitely. They’re having fun with the laid again island life-style. They’ve 4 youngsters, 11 and 9 and the youthful ones are 3 and a pair of. After all, earlier than we left, we let her know after we could be there, so the plan was she would choose us up in Kona and likewise in Hilo after we landed there on Friday of that week. Kona was our first cease which is about 1.5 hours from her and he or she and the youngsters got here and met us. We had such an excellent day!

We had to make use of tender boats getting off the ship in Kona, nevertheless it was a straightforward factor to do.

We walked across the Kailua Village earlier than she obtained there and we meandered up the road to a gathering place.

The ship was anchored out within the water and we had a number of photograph opps with the ship.

It’s a reasonably little village proper on the water with these views. Our first go to to Hawaii and so fascinating to see all the pieces that I’ve heard about for years.

We walked previous this gorgeous home, which I discovered was Hulihee Palace, a former royal trip residence from 1838.

We loved strolling on this cute little city.

The timber of Hawaii have been so fascinating to me and I stored taking photos of the trunks. They have been artworks.

One other shot of our cruise ship, the NCL Spirit, anchored out from shore.

Lyndsey met up with  us and all of us piled in and headed to her favourite spot in Kona, a lava seaside park. I didn’t get the identify of this seaside park, however the very first thing I observed was all of the black lava.

We discovered a spot to land and the youngsters and Mark obtained within the water. I waded as much as my knees and seemed on the tidepools.

This was our first expertise at a Hawaiian seaside and it was fairly gorgeous. We had no thought now far more magnificence was in retailer for us on every island.

I beloved all of the tropical vegetation on the islands. Lyndsey informed us that Kona was extra desert and warmer with much less rainfall and the opposite aspect of the island in Hilo, the place they reside is far more wet and extra inexperienced and plush.

It was nonetheless actually fairly to see.

Her little ones love the water and beg to go swimming and as you possibly can think about, Pop was so comfortable to see all of them. We had an excellent go to that day and after the seaside, we went for Hawaiian shave ice, which we already knew about.

I obtained a very good snapshot of Mark, Lyndsey and the youngsters. They’re rising up so quick and we had a very good go to with them.

The rugged seaside is fairly and picturesque.

I beloved how clear the water was.

After lunch on the town, we obtained Hawaiian shave ice. We’re lucky to have an exquisite shave ice place in our little city of Acworth, so when you haven’t been, undoubtedly cease by and inform Vincent we despatched you. We’ve gotten to know the proprietor, a local of Hawaii and he has introduced a style of Hawaii to Acworth. These have been scrumptious too, nevertheless it’s costlier in Hawaii!

That evening it was again to the ship and dinner on board. We had an excellent day in Kona with the household!

This cruise enterprise is a lot enjoyable.

We sailed away that evening and the following morning, this scene greeted us as we arrived early for dawn in Kauai. We had no thought what a deal with that will be too.

It was so enjoyable to stroll out early on the balcony and watch the solar mild up the morning sky.

This lush inexperienced island if Kauai was proper outdoors.

The balcony was an excellent place to take all of it in.

We didn’t have an tour booked for Kauai, so we determined to only wing it and see what got here our method. We obtained on the free shuttle that took us to the little city close by and seemed for some land excursions. We have been informed reserving a taxi is perhaps our greatest guess and one other couple that was doing the identical factor we have been overheard us speaking about it. We launched ourselves and that’s how we met Rob and Samantha from Canada. We ended up reserving a taxi collectively and splitting the associated fee for the 4 hour tour and we settled in for a enjoyable journey across the island. We informed the taxi driver that we needed to see one of the best sights and we had heard that Waimea Canyon was a prime spot to see.

Only for reference, we paid $170 per couple for the taxi tour. Not low cost, however we obtained to see rather a lot, I believe.

The wonderful thing about reserving a taxi with solely 4 individuals is that we may cease alongside the way in which and simply get out and take pics of the attractive surroundings. As I discussed, you possibly can’t see an entire island in someday, however we made one of the best of it and noticed what we may and we have been very happy with our day.

The overlooks have been simply gorgeous with inexperienced vegetation throughout. It positive is totally different than something I’ve seen earlier than.


It was wonderful to me that a lot of the islands is simply lush and tropical with out numerous growth. That appears to be the case on lots of the islands with cities and villages and plenty of tropical mountains and canyons.

This was such a far distance to view and such lovely surroundings.

After all, we needed to reap the benefits of the surroundings and get pics with the gorgeous backdrops.


Observe all of the totally different colours within the panorama.

This was a unique form of waterfall than the norm. The pink is basalt, a sort of lava.

We wound our method up a mountain to the highest and eventually obtained to Waimea Canyon Lookout. It’s stated to be the Grand Canyon of Hawaii and it didn’t disappoint.

It was laborious to seize all the sweetness and the way deep this canyon was from the lookout level, nevertheless it was breathtaking.

All the colours have been simply gorgeous and so totally different from something I’ve seen earlier than.

Reds and greens and colours in between.

It was undoubtedly a should cease on Kauai.

A more in-depth cease to see that waterfall we noticed from a distance.

The driving force took us to all the favourite spots, like Hanapepe swinging bridge.

The bridge spans a bit of river and could be very slim so it was laborious to go with out sucking it in. We waited for an entire bus load of individuals to return again throughout after which we went up on the bridge.

He took us by Kauai Espresso Firm the place we noticed an actual reside espresso plantation.

The timber love this tropical local weather.

I had by no means seen espresso beans rising earlier than, so this was a primary.

Subsequent cease was Spouting Horn and it was a very nice shock. It’s a spot the place the water comes out and in and blows a spout of water up excessive within the air. It appears even higher on video, however you get the thought.

It was such a picturesque spot too.

I attempted to seize the excessive spouts and this was a very good one. We had an excellent day on Kauai and actually loved our shared taxi with the couple we met. We ended up assembly up with them for dinner a number of instances and and working into them outdoors on the ship and that made our journey much more satisfying, having conversations and sharing what all of us noticed and did that day.

We obtained again on the ship later afternoon and had time to relaxation earlier than dinner, in order that was good. I completed one e-book and skim one other e-book through the cruise, totally on the times at sea. We beloved not being gone all day, however having time to relaxation a bit.

Getting dressed for dinner was enjoyable and we have been colour coordinated once more this evening. Subsequent, I’ll share our different 2 ports in Hawaii, Maui and Hilo. These have been each enjoyable stops too, all totally different, however a lot magnificence to see.

If you happen to missed my packing for a 16 day cruise submit, be certain and see that when you’re happening a cruise your self. I ended  up sporting all of the sneakers I took and many of the garments, so I did fairly properly at packing.

I additionally shared a submit already about NCL Spirit, the ship itself and gave a tour of the ship and facilities, so test it out as properly.

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