Overnight, we sailed north from Kailua-Kona to Kaua'i and, by the time we were up and about and eating breakfast, we were sailing into Nawiliwili Bay. The strange name is said to be in honor of the wiliwili tree which once grew here. Kaua'i is known as the Garden Isle and it's easy to see why: very lush green tropical vegetation and lots of agriculture; it has its share of beautiful beaches too. It's impossible to do it all in one day in port so we decided to opt for a tour to Waimea Canyon.
First stop in Hanapepe for a coffee break and toilet stop. Many films have been shot in Kaua'i and many movie stars have residences on the island. Hanapepe was the location for “The Thornbirds” and others films; but, today it is the art capital of Kaua'i.
After our break, we proceeded on to the ridgetop road which travels along the edge of Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. While Waimea isn't anything like THE Grand Canyon, it's still pretty impressive. The great gorge is almost 3,000 feet deep and the chiseled volcanic rock strata reveals layers of lovely reds and browns mixed in with the green /blue vegetation. From our vantage point at 3,400 feet the view was sweeping but a hazy mist made photography a bit of a challenge.
We traveled along the coastal road west of Po'ipu to Spouting Horn. This is a natural blow hole in a ledge of black lava rock. When the waves rush in, the water is pushed through the lava rock tube and spews high in the air. There wasn't much wind today so the sea water explosions weren't that impressive.
Kaua'i was where Captain Cook first landed at Waimea Bay in 1778 and there are several statues in his honor. The island is very beautiful with loads of impressive scenery; definitely merits a return visit some day. But, now it was time to head back to the ship.
Tonight was tropical night and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner. All the dining room staff were dressed in Hawaiian shirts so it looked very festive. The Baroque Aerial Spectacular show didn't really interest us because we had seen it before so we skipped that in favor of a relaxing evening. We arrive in Maui tomorrow.