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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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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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Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

Probably the most touristy thing that we did during our Hawaii trip (I say that, but let’s face it, anytime you go on vacation your trip is pretty much guaranteed to be filled with touristy things. Otherwise why are you going on vacation!), was a luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai. Before our trip most people, including my parents, told us that a luau was a waste of time and money because it’s not truly Hawaiian and the food isn’t that great. Well I’m here to tell you that while it is touristy, a luau during your Hawaiian trip is totally worth it, and something that you should try to do on your trip, especially the luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai. And here are the reasons why!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

You’ll Learn About Hawaiian Culture

The Hawaiian culture is very diverse because of it’s location in the Pacific Ocean. Multiple Pacific Islanderl, mainly the Polynesians, actually made their way to Hawaii and brought with them their culture, including the hula dance. While traditional hula is more about chants and having the dance moves portray those chants, the more Westernized hula incorporates more Western style of instruments that the dancers dance to.

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

With all of the different island cultures coming together on the island, it definitely makes for a wide array of styles of hula dance, and during your luau you will definitely see quite a few of those types. From traditional Hula, to Westernized Hula, to the Haka that the New Zealand All Blacks perform before every Rugby game, to even fire dancing. You will be entertained, I guarantee it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

You’re Surrounded By A Beautiful Setting

I’ll bet you that one of the reasons that you’re visiting Hawaii is because you want to escape to a beautiful and tropical setting, so why in the world would you want to spend your time eating indoors. A luau gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and a beautiful setting as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The luau at the Sheraton Poipu Beach will definitely allow you to enjoy the a beautiful setting, but what’s even better is that you will be literally right on the beach. We enjoyed the cool salty breeze right off the ocean, the beautiful dancing, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and an amazing sunset to boot. You will definitely be happy that you chose to luau at the Sheraton Poipu!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

Bottomless Mai Tais & Some Great Hawaiian Food

Besides beautiful dancing and music, I know that another reason that you’re deciding to attend a luau is to try some traditional Hawaiian food as well. The Luau at the Sheraton Poipu has all of the traditional Hawaiian food that you could want. From pineapple to poke to purple potatoes to Kalua pig to taro rolls and even poi, everybody will find something to eat while at the luau. And yes, Chris and I even ate some poi, even though it wasn’t our favorite we still gave it a try!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

But even better than all of the food that you’re going to be eating at the luau, probably the most exciting thing you’ll be putting into your stomach is the bottomless mai tais that you’ll be able to drink while you’re enjoying the entertainment. If there’s one drink that you have to drink while on Hawaii, besides maybe a pina colada, it’s definitely a mai tai! The mai tai is the perfect fruity concoction with a side of rum that will make you feel relaxed and really enjoy the Hawaiian side of life!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

While I definitely feel like the luau at the Sheraton Poipu was very touristy, Chris and I still really enjoyed our time at the luau. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting, the food and drinks were delicious, and I felt like we really got to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and the different aspects of hula. So if you feel like being a tourist on your vacation to Hawaii and learning a little bit more about the Hawaiian culture, definitely give the luau at the Sheraton Poipu a try! 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! Thanks for creating such a wonderful community of women! I’ve loved being a part of this linkup so much!

The Wandering Weekenders- Why You Should Luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai

Do you like to do the touristy things on vacation? Have you ever attended a luau? 

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

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Why you should choose to luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai: delicious food and mai tais, a beautiful setting right on the beach, and some amazing hula!

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