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 tons of of images and I wish 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 following 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 received the chance to go on this magnificent journey.

The nice and unhealthy of a cruise is that you just get to see a variety 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 quick time in every. Most port stops have been about 8 hours, which isn’t that lengthy to see an entire 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 virtually 2 years in the past for work alternatives. They’ve loved residing 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 couple of. After all, 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 likewise 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 an incredible day!

We had to make use of tender boats getting off the ship in Kona, but it surely 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 plenty 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 beautiful home, which I discovered was Hulihee Palace, a former royal trip residence from 1838.

We loved strolling on this cute little city.

The timber of Hawaii have been so fascinating to me and I stored taking footage of the trunks. They have 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 title of this seaside 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 received within the water. I waded as much as my knees and regarded on the tidepools.

This was our first expertise at a Hawaiian seaside 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 stay 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’ll be able to think about, Pop was so joyful to see all of them. We had an incredible go to that day and after the seaside, we went for Hawaiian shave ice, which we already knew about.

I received 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 seaside is fairly and picturesque.

I beloved 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 in case you 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 have been scrumptious too, but it surely’s dearer in Hawaii!

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

This cruise enterprise is a lot enjoyable.

We sailed away that evening and the following 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 gentle up the morning sky.

This lush inexperienced island if Kauai was proper exterior.

The balcony was an incredible 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 have been advised reserving a taxi is perhaps our greatest guess and one other couple that was doing the identical factor we have 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 price for the 4 hour tour and we settled in for a enjoyable experience across the island. We advised the taxi driver that we wished to see the most effective 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 loads, I feel.

The wonderful thing about reserving a taxi with solely 4 folks is that we may cease alongside the way in which and simply get out and take pics of the gorgeous surroundings. As I discussed, you’ll be able to’t see an entire island in sooner or later, however we made the most effective of it and noticed what we may and we have been very glad with our day.

The overlooks have 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 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.

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 unique sort of waterfall than the norm. The crimson is basalt, a kind of lava.

We wound our method up a mountain to the highest and at last received 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 sweetness and the way deep this canyon was from the lookout level, but it surely was breathtaking.

All the colours have 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 motive force took us to all the favourite spots, like Hanapepe swinging bridge.

The bridge spans a bit river and may be very slender so it was onerous to cross with out sucking it in. We waited for an entire 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 stay 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 a great one. We had an incredible 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 operating into them exterior on the ship and that made our journey much more gratifying, 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 ebook and skim one other ebook 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 have been shade coordinated once more this evening. Subsequent, I’ll share our different 2 ports in Hawaii, Maui and Hilo. These have been each enjoyable stops too, all totally different, however a lot magnificence to see.

For those who missed my packing for a 16 day cruise publish, ensure and see that in case you’re occurring a cruise your self. I ended  up carrying all of the footwear I took and many of the garments, so I did fairly properly 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 properly.

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