For me, the most beautiful part of Kauai is the Na’Pali Coast. I’d seen it from the deck of a cruise ship six years ago and wanted to experience the place from a closer vantage point. A helicopter ride would have been wonderful, but pretty expensive, and hiking wasn’t an option. I found a sunset dinner cruise that sounded perfect.
Once again the weather was outstanding, and the views were beautiful the minute we left port.
I think that’s Waimea Canyon in the distance.
The water was relatively calm, but the catamaran was rocking gently. I wasn’t concerned, because I had those magnetic wristbands that worked for me on the cruise. My friends were wearing them too.
The landscape soon got very interesting and very beautiful. . . .
It kind of overwhelms you. The cliffs are so different with their mossy-green covering and unusual shapes. The Pacific looks light blue near the coast and navy blue out where we were.
Of course there was a waterfall.
Aren’t the colors just sublime?
This sailboat gives a sense of how high the cliffs are.
Right about here, the crew started grilling shrimp and other great stuff. Unfortunately, I was really seasick by then. The magnets didn’t work! I managed to get to the ladies room before I lost my lunch. Felt much better, so why oh why did I drink a ginger ale? I felt sick the rest of the cruise and couldn’t eat a thing. Our poor friend J was even sicker and spent most of the cruise lying down.
I soldiered on, though, and got my shots. Do you see how the water looks a little more choppy?
We were seriously rocking by now, and several of my photos looked like this. I had to straighten almost all of them after I uploaded. Let me tell you, it’s a challenge shooting when you’re seasick. I think concentrating on photography helped distract me from the retching.
The sheer beauty of the place helped an awful lot too.
I only wish I’d had my zoom lens with me. Didn’t count on being this close and it was hard to get a full shot. So I’m going to cheat a little and insert a photo I took six years ago.
All too soon, we were heading back to port. But we had two treats still ahead:
The captain spotted a whale watching boat and we got to see some whales from a distance! Hard to see here, but it was very exciting.
Finally, a truly dazzling sunset. . . .
Hope I haven’t put you to sleep with all the photos! I’ll be back to one-photo posts from now on as we get closer to moving.
Great weekend, everyone!