Kauai: Captain Andy’s Napali Coast Sailing
The day we had all been dreading was finally here-our last full day on the beautiful island of Kaua’i 🙁 So sad! We made the absolute most of it though, waking up and heading out from the St. Regis at 5:30am en route to Port Allen where we would pick up our 65′ Southern Star Catamaran for a 6-hour sail up the Na’Pali Coast with Captain Andy’s Sailing.
We signed up for the Na Pali Snorkel BBQ Sail on Captain Andy’s website a few weeks before our trip, so we got a small per person discount and free t-shirts when we arrived-who doesn’t love a free t-shirt?! When talking to friends and family that had recently visited Kauai and taken a similar sailing trip as well as reading reviews on Trip Advisor, everyone said that the waters could get pretty choppy and motion sickness is often a problem. My mom, my brother, and I all have varying degrees of motion sickness-so I came prepared with Transderm Scop patches, pressure point wrist bands, and non-drowsy Dramamine in dissolving tongue strip form-and I’m happy to say none of us got sick! (My mom swears by the wrist bands, so who knows if we even needed all those drugs!)
The ride going up the coast was very smooth, however coming back down was pretty choppy at times…but thanks to our preparations we got to enjoy the waves with no hint of nausea coming our way! If you’re looking for a catamaran boat tour, I think the Southern Star is the way to go-I think that the boat’s quality and size really made a big difference! Plus the captain and crew were all just beyond awesome!
After our safety talk we set sail at 8am and started with a yummy breakfast of fresh pineapple and warm cinnamon rolls-I know that one of the things we will be missing the most from this trip is that fresh Hawaiian pineapple!
The trip up the coast was nothing short of amazing. Cruising along these calm waters of the Pacific, we saw dolphins swimming and jumping alongside our boat and sea turtles cruising along the water’s surface…all accompanied with beautiful views of the coastline on one side, and nothing but blue sky and ocean on the other.
As we made our way further north the views only became more amazing. The jagged, salt-drenched cliffs of the Na Pali coast came into view (some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world) and their sheer size and beauty just take your breath away.
We ended up at the base of the Kalalau Valley that we had viewed from above earlier in our trip. At this point we turned around, raised the sail, and headed back down the coast where we stopped for snorkeling and lunch. The snorkeling was ok, not many different types of fish to see, but I don’t think you could ask for a better view for lunch!
After a long day at sea, we headed back towards Princeville, stopping for our first shave ice experience at Ono Ono Shave Ice in Kapaa. I had the Kauai Sunrise with Mac Nut ice cream and a coconut sno-cap…I could have eaten one of these (well maybe not a whole one) everyday of our trip…shave ice is where it’s at!
After watching the sunset from our room, we ended our final night on Kauai with another delicious meal at the Hanalei Dolphin-can’t get enough fresh seafood when you’re in Hawaii!
Our first trip to Hawaii was one that none of us will soon forget….notice I said “first”….I know I hope to return here someday, and I’m pretty sure everyone else feels the same. Kauai is an absolutely beautiful place, and if you have the chance I would most definitely recommend a visit. I know that many times when people visit the Hawaiian islands they tend to island jump, and see as much as they can while they’re all the way out here. There is so much to do and see on Kauai, I felt like I could’ve stayed on Kauai much longer than 7 days without running out of things to do and see-or even just more time to spend relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the island. However long you choose to stay, there really is no way to go wrong with a trip to Kauai!