Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Catamaran to the Na'Pali Coast

One of the definite highlights of our trip to Kauai was the boat trip to the Na'Pali Coast, which has to be one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. You can't get there by car, since there are no roads in that part of the island. To get there, you either have to hike or get there by boat or kayak. We all opted for the boat.

We took a catamaran to the amazing Na'Pali Coast. (07/10/07)
We took a catamaran to the amazing Na'Pali Coast. (07/10/07)

It was the only major excursion where all seven of us were in attendance. We were worried that Steve might not make it, since he was feeling under the weather that day. But in the end he decided to make the best of it.

Amy, Jon, Sabrina and Eric — the daredevils of the bunch — spent most of the time riding on the net. It's not only the bumpiest part of the catamaran, it's also where you get the wettest.

Amy and Tim were all smiles. (07/10/07)
Amy and Tim were all smiles. (07/10/07)

Altogether it was a five-and-a-half hour experience, including one hour of snorkeling just off the Na'Pali coast. Just before sunset they began serving cocktails and a buffet dinner.

James trying not to throw up on the choppy boat ride. (07/10/07)
James trying not to throw up on the choppy boat ride. (07/10/07)

Of course I couldn't the dinner and cocktails since I got horribly seasick, which is pretty unusual for me. The first half of the cruise was fine. But after we returned to the boat after snorkeling, I began feeling incredibly seasick. I made it through without losing my lunch ... barely.

But the stunning views were worth it all. (07/10/07)
But the stunning views were worth it all. (07/10/07)

The snorkeling was just okay. There wasn't a lot of sea life out there that afternoon. But the highlight was clearly the amazing landscape. So seasick or not, it was definitely a day well spent.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

James, just so you know, I also got terribly seasick on that same tour you took, and while I got to go scuba diving that trip, it was absolutely no fun at all. And I felt the effects of being seasick all day, not just for the boat portion. So much for my Thurston Howl III bloodlines and perfectly home at the sea. Oh, and I do the same on helicopters as well.

Tim said...

On the travel back to port, the sun was setting. Everyone on the boat headed to the back to get their pictures taken with the sun setting in the background. Unfortunately James was struggling to hold onto his cookies so we didn't get to take a sunset picture. But that picture posted here of James was indeed taken at sunset. :)