Monday, May 20, 2024

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 lots of of images and I need to save these reminiscences 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 great and unhealthy of a cruise is that you just get to see a variety of completely 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 let you know 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 residing there and I believe plan to remain indefinitely. They’re having fun with the laid again island life-style. They’ve 4 kids, 11 and 9 and the youthful ones are 3 and a couple of. In fact, 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 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 he or she and the youngsters got here and met us. We had such a fantastic day!

We had to make use of tender boats getting off the ship in Kona, nevertheless it was a simple 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 lot 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 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 stored taking footage of the trunks. They had been artistic endeavors.

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 seashore park. I didn’t get the identify of this seashore park, however the very first thing I seen 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 seashore and it was fairly beautiful. We had no thought now way more magnificence was in retailer for us on every island.

I beloved all of the tropical vegetation on the islands. Lyndsey advised us that Kona was extra desert and warmer with much less rainfall and the opposite aspect of the island in Hilo, the place they dwell is way 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 possibly can think about, Pop was so blissful to see all of them. We had a fantastic go to that day and after the seashore, we went for Hawaiian shave ice, which we already knew about.

I obtained a great 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 seashore 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 in the event 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 costlier in Hawaii!

That night time it was again to the ship and dinner on board. We had a fantastic day in Kona with the household!

This cruise enterprise is a lot enjoyable.

We sailed away that night time and the subsequent morning, this scene greeted us as we arrived early for dawn in Kauai. We had no thought what a deal with that might 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 a fantastic 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 advised reserving a taxi may be our greatest wager 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 associated fee for the 4 hour tour and we settled in for a enjoyable trip across the island. We advised the taxi driver that we needed 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 rather a lot, I believe.

The beauty of reserving a taxi with solely 4 individuals is that we might 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 a complete island in someday, however we made the most effective of it and noticed what we might and we had been very happy with our day.

The overlooks had been simply beautiful with inexperienced vegetation throughout. It certain is completely 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 a variety of improvement. That appears to be the case on lots of the islands with cities and villages and many tropical mountains and canyons.

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

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


Notice all of the completely different colours within the panorama.

This was a distinct sort of waterfall than the norm. The crimson is basalt, a sort of lava.

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

It was onerous 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 completely 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 slightly river and may be very slim so it was onerous to go with out sucking it in. We waited for a complete bus load of individuals to come back 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 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 great one. We had a fantastic day on Kauai and actually loved our shared taxi with the couple we met. We ended up assembly up with them for dinner just a few instances and and working into them outdoors 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 throughout 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 shade coordinated once more this night time. Subsequent, I’ll share our different 2 ports in Hawaii, Maui and Hilo. These had been each enjoyable stops too, all completely different, however a lot magnificence to see.

In case you missed my packing for a 16 day cruise submit, ensure and see that in the event 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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