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A Sunset Cruise Around The Na’Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

When people think of Kauai, probably the #1 thing that comes to mind is the beautiful Na’Pali Coast. The Na’Pali Coast is literally the most beautiful and majestic coastline I’ve ever seen, with it’s perfect mixture of rugged mountains, green foliage, and crystal clear ocean water, it literally takes your breath away. Like I’ve mentioned before, there are only 3 ways to access this incredible sight, by land, by foot, or by air because the mountains are literally too rugged for roads to be built so you can drive there.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

On our trip to Kauai, I was determined to see the Na’Pali Coast as much as possible, and hoped that we would be able to check all three off the list: air, boat, and hike. We managed to check off the by air on our trip when we did a helicopter ride over the island of Kauai, but ultimately we ran out of time for the by foot because we just didn’t have enough time to actually hike the Na’Pali Coast Trail. I knew that I’d want to see the Na’Pali Coast one more time before we left Kauai, so I decided to book a sunset cruise around the Na’Pali Coast for our last night on the island, so we could see it from the ocean.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

My parents had been to Kauai earlier that year, and they happened to do a sunset cruise as well, and couldn’t stop raving about how amazing Captain Andy’s was, so we decided to book the same cruise. We opted for the Star Na’Pali Sunset Dinner Sail on a Catamaran that would sail us around the island, serve us dinner, and then sail back at sunset. At $149/person it was a little bit more expensive than the Classic, but we thought that it would be totally worth it!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The dinner cruise left earlier than I would have thought from Port Allen Harbor, but before we knew it we were checked in, lathered up with sunscreen, and boarded our catamaran to see the Na’Pali Coast one final time before we headed home.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

I think that this was actually my first time out on a catamaran, so I was surprised at how big it was. There were plenty of seats all around the boat, and Chris and I decided to sit at the front of the boat so that we could have an uninhibited view of the Na’Pali Coast and the ocean during our trip. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t the wisest idea because if you know anything about catamarans, you know that there’s a spot at the front that you can lay on that is literally just a net, which means that water can get through. So on very windy days, like the day that we were sailing, if you’re sitting behind the netting, like us, you are more than likely going to end up drenched by the time you make it to the Na’Pali Coast.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

We immediately set sail, and even though the boat was going very fast, our captain made sure to stop anytime he saw wildlife swimming near us. During our trip we were able to see some dolphins and even a sea turtle swimming. Earlier in the year (November-May), you can also see Humpback Whales on your cruise, who make their way back to Hawaii every year to mate and birth their young. My parents were there in March and saw whales when they were on this very same trip!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

After we saw the animals the captain would start the boat up again and we’d be on our way. During this time of the trip, the wait staff was walking all over the place and delivering us cocktails or whatever drink we might want, and we were all just enjoying the scenery. Just as a warning, this cruise is family friendly, so if you’re looking for something that’s purely adult you won’t find it here. We had a ton of kids on our cruise and they really enjoyed hanging on the netting at the front and being bounced around while we were cruising. Let me just say that while they really enjoyed it when they were bouncing around, they all looked really green after dinner and we were just sailing back to port. I think that the combination of the bouncing and then the sailing after dinner made them all a little bit queasy.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

Before we knew it, we had reached the Na’Pali Coast and the captain shut off the engine, the staff served us our dinner, and we started to sail back. From what I remember of the food, it was good, but nothing super exceptional. It was food that you’d expect from any operation that was trying to serve that many people at once, but it wasn’t bad either. What was truly incredible about this trip, and really the whole reason why we booked this cruise, was so that we could get our last look at Kauai before we left. The views of the Na’Pali Coast from that sunset cruise are forever ingrained in my mind, and I’ll never forget how beautiful it was!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

Once dinner was complete, Chris and I decided to move to the back of the boat to hopefully get away from the wind and water for a little bit, and we were a little bit disappointed that the view from the back of the boat was just as incredible as the front! We definitely would have saved ourselves a lot of grief, or at least wetness if we’d sat there first! Oh well, our night ended perfectly because we were dry and with the most incredible sunset over the Na’Pali Coast.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

I hope that I’ve convinced you that you need your own sunset cruise around the Na’Pali Coast, and if you decide to go on one, definitely check out Captain Andy’s. The staff was excellent, and we really did have the best time! Also, if I have convinced you to go on a sunset cruise, here are a few things to remember for your own trip:

  • Wear sunscreen: You’ll be leaving early in the afternoon when it’s still very sunny outside, so sunscreen is key. Like I’ve said multiple times, nothing kills a vacation more than a sunburn.
  • Sit at the back of the boat: Chris and I were literally soaked by the time we reached the Na’Pali Coast because of all the water flying up around us. I had literally spent so much time getting ready and doing my hair and makeup for this trip, and it was all ruined before dinner! Granted we went on the cruise on a really windy day, but we got just as great of views and pictures at the back of the boat, so I wish that we’d just sat there to start.
  • Take motion sickness pills before you leave: There were several people that were looking very sick during our cruise, and besides a sunburn, that’s definitely a way to end a trip on a bad note! If you’re prone to seasickness take some pills before you leave so that you don’t even chance it.
  • Enjoy the memories: I find myself going back and forth between being a beach person and a mountain person, so maybe this is why the Na’Pali Coast is so incredibly beautiful to me. It was stunning by air, but being able to cruise around it at sunset, was an experience that I’ll never forget. I totally need to go back now!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Sunset Cruise Around The Na'Pali Coast

And if you can believe it, I’m almost done recapping our 5th Anniversary trip to Hawaii, it only took me 2 years! I have one more post left about where to eat on Kauai, and then it’s onto another trip! Be sure to check out some of my other Hawaii posts below! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women for the first anniversary of Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited the Na’Pali Coast? Have you ever taken a sunset dinner cruise?

Other Hawaii Posts

My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana
Where To Eat On Maui
An Early Morning Hike In Waimea Canyon
Zipline Kauai with Skyline Eco-Adventures
Exploring Kauai From The Air
Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai
Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

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An amazing afternoon and evening in Kauai aboard a 65' Catamaran. Be sure to book with a sunset cruise around the Na'Pali Coast with Captain Andy's.

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A Beautiful Lake Weekend

After staying at home for the past month or so, Chris and I were beyond excited to head to Canyon Lake for the weekend with some friends of ours. It was such a great weekend filled with great food, great scenery, and the best company! Of course, I’m linking up with Biana for some weekending!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Friday

As soon as I was done with work on Friday, Chris and I hit the road to Canyon Lake for the weekend. Our friends Sarah and Clayton had invited us and some other friends to their lake house for the weekend and we seriously were beyond excited! Luckily we didn’t hit too much traffic and made it there in pretty good time.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We spent Friday night like we normally do when we all get together after not hanging out for a while, talking about anything and everything. It was so much fun to just catch up with everybody and see how things were going. We all headed to bed around midnight, so maybe I’m not as an old lady as I think that I am!

Saturday

We were up pretty early Saturday morning but still took our time making breakfast and relaxing before the guys grabbed all of the lake stuff and headed down to the water and us girls quickly followed. Unfortunately for me, my doctor had suggested that I don’t get in the water because he didn’t know how clean it was, but it was still a lot of fun to just hang out and talk to everybody even while they were in the water.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

Dart came down with us and while he didn’t particularly love being in the water where he couldn’t touch the bottom he still liked getting held by Chris in the water, well maybe he didn’t like that too much. I was glad that we took his bed with us though, because he just enjoyed lying under the shade of the umbrella on his bed and hanging out with us.

I was really glad that they had all of the umbrellas because I was able to hang out near the water underneath them and stayed pretty cool the whole time and I didn’t have to worry about burning, which was really nice! Sarah and Clayton also had their adorable daughter Ellie with them and she had such a blast splashing in the water and looked the cutest in her bathing suit! I have to admit I seriously can’t wait until we know our genders so I can start thinking about all the clothes I get to buy our own babies!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We headed back up to the house around lunch time and spent a few hours just hanging out and relaxing. We had every intention of going back down to the water, but unfortunately some pretty big thunderstorms rolled through so we had to cancel our afternoon plans. So instead we spent the afternoon playing board games and hanging out. Before we knew it, the storms had passed and it was time that we got started on dinner. The guys grilled fajitas and it was the perfect meal to end our lake day!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

It probably wasn’t the wisest move, but after dinner we decided to play a new board game that Chris had picked up recently called Pandemic. The instructions were so incredibly confusing and it took us a while to figure out how to play, but by the end of the game we had it figured it out. We still ended up losing, but we all loved it at the end! The whole premise of the game is that there’s a disease outbreak all over the world and everybody had to work together to try and cure the diseases. It’s a lot of strategy and thinking ahead, and confusing at first like I said, but it’s so much fun! Definitely try and check this game out!

Sunday

We had stayed up late the night before to play the game, but we were still up pretty Sunday morning and did the same routine that we had Saturday morning. After breakfast we were all still talking about Pandemic so we decided to play again. It definitely helped that we knew how to play the second time around because we ended up winning the second time around! It was a blast!

We spent the rest of the morning just hanging out and talking while the guys went fishing and before we knew it, it was time to start packing up to head home. It was such a fun weekend and I swear that the drive back is always the worst!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

We got home at a decent time that afternoon and unpacked everything before heading back out to meet up with my parents and sister and brother in law to all celebrate my sister’s birthday and Chris’s birthday. We had so much fun all getting together and hanging out, and I don’t think that’s happened since my cousin’s wedding back in May!

Even though Chris and I were tired when we got home from dinner, there was one thing that we absolutely had to do before bed, and that was to watch Game of Thrones! We seriously can’t wait for this season!

Overall it was a fantastic weekend and definitely one for the books! We can’t wait to all get together again for another fun filled weekend!

Do you like going to the lake on the weekends? Did you watch the season premier of GOT?

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A wonderful weekend spent at the lake with amazing friends! Canyon Lake is the perfect place to spend a weekend in Texas!

Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

Well it’s been a hot minute since I talked about our Hawaii trip, two months to be exact, so I think that it’s about time that I circled right back around and finished up my recap of this trip, hopefully before it’s been two whole years since we’ve been to Hawaii! Anyways, it’s time to talk about one of the activities on our trip that truly tested not only our endurance, but our marriage as well, our kayaking trip on the Wailua River!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

When you think of Hawaii, one of the things that probably immediately comes to mind, besides beautiful beaches and mai tais, is beautiful waterfalls. When I was researching our trip I wanted to make sure that we had a good mix of activities that would get us out of the hotel so I wouldn’t get too bored just laying by the beach or the pool, and one of the things that I stumbled upon was a kayaking adventure with Outfitters Kauai. The description said that you could kayak up a river then hike to a waterfall, which sounded totally amazing, so I signed us up for the excursion!

Thankfully the location meet up point was right down the street from our hotel in Poipu, so while we did have to be there very early in the morning (7:45 is very early when you’re on vacation) it really wasn’t too terrible in the grand scheme of things. The parking situation was a whole other pickle though, I recommend getting there even earlier because the parking lot can fill up fast and parking across the street is very limited. Once we arrived at the check in, we got outfitted in our lifejackets, were given brief instructions on how to use the kayaks, and were given a dry bag before loading up in the van to head to the Waimea River, where we’d be kayaking for the day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The kayaks that we were using were tandem kayaks that had a rudder, which meant that while we both had oars and would be paddling, the person in the back could use their foot pedals to steer the kayak a little bit better. Generally they suggest that the stronger person sit in the back of the kayak and steer, so into the back Chris went. We all loaded up our kayaks once we arrived at the river and before we knew it, it was time to kayak up the river so we could make it to the waterfall by lunchtime.

While we had heard horror stories about the kayaking trip that my parents had when they were in Kauai, I don’t think that Chris and I were fully prepared for how hard the kayaking would actually be. We’re by no means super in shape people, but we’re not super out of shape either, so we thought that it would be fine. Honestly, the kayaking wasn’t too hard, what was hard was the navigation up the river. The river was super narrow at some points and sometimes we were navigating through an area with several fallen trees, and poor Chris was trying to navigate as best that he could with me trying to be the “front seat” driver and trying to tell him what he was doing wrong. Needless to say this was probably the most trying thing that we’d done together our whole marriage, and I’m very proud to say that we survived and are stronger for it. They don’t call tandem kayaks “divorce kayaks” for nothing!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai
Don’t let the smiles fool you!

After we had managed to navigate the river, we had a brief hike before we made it to the waterfall where we’d be having lunch, which is provided by Outfitters Kauai. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by the waterfall, which was really just a trickle, but that really was because of the time of the year that we visited, which was the dry season versus the rainy season. We spent about an hour or so swimming and enjoying the cool water before we headed back to our kayaks and kayaked back down the river. And don’t worry, the trip back was a lot easier than the first part of the trip!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

Overall, we really did have a great time on our kayaking adventure, even though it was a little bit of a trying day for us. It got us out of the hotel, we got try to something new, and we got to visit a waterfall (even if it was little more than a trickle). So if you’re looking for a different adventure during your time on Kauai, definitely check out Outfitters Kauai and their kayak adventures. The price of our adventure is $108/person but we got ours on discount for $100/person. Here are a few things that you need to remember before your own kayaking adventure on Kauai:

  • Pack lots of sunscreen and bug spray and reapply- You’re going to be outside all day long. I speak from experience, and believe there’s nothing like a really bad sunburn to ruin your trip! Also, you’re literally on a river, so there will be bugs, so wear bug spray so you don’t get bitten.
  • Bring a waterproof camera- You will be out on the water the entire day, so make sure to pack a waterproof camera or put your iPhone in a waterproof case. You’ll be working on paddling for a lot of the day, but there will still be some opportunities to snap some pictures!
  • Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and that you can hike in- Remember the activity that you signed up for, kayaking, which involves water. Don’t expect to go on this trip and not get wet, so plan your wardrobe accordingly! Also, there is some hiking involved in this activity, so make sure that you can go hiking on some pretty rugged terrain in the shoes that you’re wearing. No flip flops people!

The Wandering Weekenders- Kayaking The Wailua River In Kauai

So there you have it, finally all about our kayaking adventure on Kauai. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women for the first anniversary of Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have I convinced you that you need to try kayaking during your next trip, or have I scared you away from it?

Other Hawaii Posts

My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana
Where To Eat On Maui
An Early Morning Hike In Waimea Canyon
Zipline Kauai with Skyline Eco-Adventures
Exploring Kauai From The Air
Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

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All about a crazy adventure kayaking the Wailua River in Kauai. Be prepared, those tandem kayaks are called divorce kayaks for a reason!

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