September 21, 2023

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NCL Cruise: Hawaii Ports {Kona & Kauai}

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I’m again with extra on our NCL cruise from Hawaii to Alaska. Since this cruise was so lengthy (16 days), I took lots of of images and I wish to save these recollections for us in addition to share with you, so I’m sharing all the most effective footage, 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 Massive 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 subsequent 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 nice and dangerous of a cruise is that you just get to see lots of 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 the most effective of our brief time in every. Most port stops had been about 8 hours, which isn’t that lengthy to see a complete 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 Massive Island and her household moved there nearly 2 years in the past for work alternatives. They’ve loved dwelling there and I feel plan to remain indefinitely. They’re having fun with the laid again island way of life. They’ve 4 youngsters, 11 and 9 and the youthful ones are 3 and a pair of. In fact, earlier than we left, we let her know after we can be there, so the plan was she would decide us up in Kona and in addition 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 she or he and the youngsters got here and met us. We had such an awesome 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 numerous 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 every thing that I’ve heard about for years.

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

We loved strolling on this cute little city.

The bushes of Hawaii had been so fascinating to me and I saved taking footage of the trunks. They had 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 beautiful. We had no concept now far more magnificence was in retailer for us on every island.

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

It was nonetheless actually fairly to see.

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

I obtained an excellent snapshot of Mark, Lyndsey and the youngsters. They’re rising up so quick and we had a extremely 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 a beautiful shave ice place in our little city of Acworth, so should 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 had been scrumptious too, nevertheless it’s dearer in Hawaii!

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

This cruise enterprise is a lot enjoyable.

We sailed away that evening and the subsequent morning, this scene greeted us as we arrived early for dawn in Kauai. We had no concept what a deal with that may 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 exterior.

The balcony was an awesome 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 approach. We obtained on the free shuttle that took us to the little city close by and seemed for some land excursions. We had been instructed reserving a taxi could be our greatest guess and one other couple that was doing the identical factor we had 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 fee for the 4 hour tour and we settled in for a enjoyable journey across the island. We instructed the taxi driver that we wished to see the most effective 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 so much, I feel.

The beauty of reserving a taxi with solely 4 folks is that we may cease alongside the best way and simply get out and take pics of the attractive surroundings. As I discussed, you’ll be able to’t see a complete island in in the future, however we made the most effective of it and noticed what we may and we had been very glad with our day.

The overlooks had been simply beautiful with inexperienced vegetation throughout. It certain is totally different than something I’ve seen earlier than.


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

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

In fact, we needed to make the most of the surroundings and get pics with the beautiful backdrops.


Observe all of the totally different colours within the panorama.

This was a special form of waterfall than the norm. The crimson is basalt, a kind of lava.

We wound our approach 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 exhausting to seize all the wonder and the way deep this canyon was from the lookout level, nevertheless it was breathtaking.

All the colours had been simply beautiful 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 motive force took us to all the favourite spots, like Hanapepe swinging bridge.

The bridge spans just a little river and could be very slim so it was exhausting to move with out sucking it in. We waited for a complete 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 dwell espresso plantation.

The bushes 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 seems 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 an excellent one. We had an awesome 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 exterior on the ship and that made our journey much more pleasant, 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 browse one other e book in the course of 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 had been coloration coordinated once more this evening. Subsequent, I’ll share our different 2 ports in Hawaii, Maui and Hilo. These had been each enjoyable stops too, all totally different, however a lot magnificence to see.

In the event you missed my packing for a 16 day cruise put up, make sure and see that should you’re happening a cruise your self. I ended  up carrying all of the footwear I took and many of the garments, so I did fairly effectively at packing.

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

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