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 a whole lot of images and I wish to save these recollections for us in addition to share with you, so I’m sharing all the very 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 Large 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 liked it and are so glad we received the chance to go on this magnificent journey.

The great and dangerous of a cruise is that you just get to see plenty 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 very best 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 Large Island and her household moved there virtually 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. After all, earlier than we left, we let her know once we can be there, so the plan was she would decide us up in Kona and likewise in Hilo once 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 a terrific 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 received 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 attention-grabbing to see every thing that I’ve heard about for years.

We walked previous this gorgeous home, which I came upon was Hulihee Palace, a former royal trip house from 1838.

We loved strolling on this cute little city.

The timber of Hawaii had been so fascinating to me and I saved taking photos 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 seashore park. I didn’t get the identify of this seashore 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 received within the water. I waded as much as my knees and regarded on the tidepools.

This was our first expertise at a Hawaiian seashore and it was fairly beautiful. We had no concept now way more magnificence was in retailer for us on every island.

I liked 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 facet of the island in Hilo, the place they reside is way 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 a terrific go to that day and after the seashore, we went for Hawaiian shave ice, which we already knew about.

I received 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 liked how clear the water was.

After lunch on the town, we received Hawaiian shave ice. We’re lucky to have a beautiful shave ice place in our little city of Acworth, so for those who haven’t been, positively 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 a terrific 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 a terrific place to take all of it in.

We didn’t have an tour booked for Kauai, so we determined to simply wing it and see what got here our method. We received on the free shuttle that took us to the little city close by and regarded for some land excursions. We had been advised reserving a taxi is perhaps 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 journey across the island. We advised the taxi driver that we wished to see the very best sights and we had heard that Waimea Canyon was a high spot to see.

Only for reference, we paid $170 per couple for the taxi tour. Not low-cost, however we received to see lots, I believe.

The wonderful thing about 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 gorgeous surroundings. As I discussed, you possibly can’t see a complete island in in the future, however we made the very best of it and noticed what we might 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 wonderful to me that a lot of the islands is simply lush and tropical with out plenty of growth. 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 lovely surroundings.

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


Notice all of the totally different colours within the panorama.

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

We wound our method up a mountain to the highest and at last received 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 sweetness 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 positively 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 may be very slender so it was exhausting to go 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 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 concept.

It was such a picturesque spot too.

I attempted to seize the excessive spouts and this was one. We had a terrific 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 occasions and and working into them exterior on the ship and that made our journey much more pleasing, having conversations and sharing what all of us noticed and did that day.

We received again on the ship later afternoon and had time to relaxation earlier than dinner, in order that was good. I completed one guide and browse one other guide in the course of the cruise, totally on the times at sea. We liked not being gone all day, however having time to relaxation a bit.

Getting dressed for dinner was enjoyable and we had been colour 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 case you missed my packing for a 16 day cruise publish, make sure and see that for those who’re occurring a cruise your self. I ended  up carrying all of the footwear I took and a lot of the garments, so I did fairly effectively at packing.

I additionally shared a publish 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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