From there we continued on to Lihue to see the Wailua falls. It was interesting that just above the falls Disney is filming the new Jungle Cruise movie.
On to the Kauai coffee company for lunch, a walking tour, and tasting lots of coffee.
Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! It was good fun.
Warning History ahead:
From 1899 to 1987 the company originally produced sugar from sugar cane on 5,000 acres. In 1987 they decided to start planting coffee. They now have 4 million coffee trees. Wow!
Kauai Coffee Company is one of only a few that do not use pesticides growing the coffee beans or chemicals in the process of drying the beans.. The decaffeinated coffee is made without chemicals when processing so is safer to drink. I want the full effect of my coffee so full strength with no flavorings for me please.
The tour of the plantation was fascinating. BTW, you should store your coffee beans in a cool cabinet never in a freezer or refrigerator. It is bad for the oils and will make the coffee bitter.
They do have a bit of a sense of humor.
Next Spouting horn which is a place waves rush into an old lava tube with a small hole in the top. A huge spray launches into the air and a sound like a horn blowing is heard.
Then more shopping, did I say that we did a lot of shopping?
Lastly, the Sunset cruise in a catamaran . This was a very big boat built specially for this purpose. Even with the crew and 40 passengers it was never really crowded.
Of course I couldn't help myself when the captain said it would be a three hour tour. I asked if he was sure it would only be 3 hours. He answered right back "Or a couple of seasons depending on how things go".
Once we launched, drinks were served along with Pu Pu’s (appetizers in Hawaiian). The captain kept us entertained with stories and information.
Part of the time we got soaked when the water sprayed up front in the bow. Young at heart or just being silly. They were serving free wine, margaritas, and Mai Tai’s. That may have something to do with it. ?
The Na Pali coast is amazing. The cliffs rise from far below the surface up several thousand feet above us. The boat at times was so close it seemed we could have reached out and touched the rock. The boat has no mast so the captain can cruise into some of the sea caves. It was just as insane as it sounds. Here we are in the ocean at the bottom of this enormous cliff pulling up into a sea cave 75 feet across and deep. Because of the ocean waves, the ceiling is 50 feet above us and at other times half that. The captain then spun the boat so those who were on the stern could be furthest back in the cave.
We passed several places recognizable from movies. Several scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed along the coast. Almost all the exterior scenes for 6 days and 7 nights was too. It is no surprise. The island is incredible.
As we returned from the far end of the coast, they served an all you could eat meal along with drinks.
As sunset approached, we slowed and champagne was served. At the setting, we toasted and took more pictures. Who am I kidding, I took at least 100 pictures and more video.
9,355 steps or 4.6 miles and 19 floors.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...