Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Na Pali Coast

One of the highlights from last week with my parents was our trip to see the Na Pali Coast.  It is only accessible by foot or by boat... seeing how the trail was 11 miles and very treacherous, we chose to see it by boat.   We arrived at 7:00 a.m. and were treated to a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit.  There were about 50 people total going on the tour.  As we began our journey to the Na Pali Coast we saw dozens of dolphins swimming next to the boat!  We also saw several whales and a few sea turtles.

After a long (but enjoyable) boat ride past Hanapepe, Waimea, Kekaha, the base, and Polihale beach, we finally began to see Na Pali Coast.  There were countless streaks from where old waterfalls used to be.  They were re-routed many years ago for irrigation purposes.  We also saw a few actual waterfalls, and the gorgeous green mountains of course!

On our way back we stopped and went snorkeling!  The water was crystal clear, not too cold, and filled with an awesome variety of tropical fish.  

After snorkeling we had sandwiches for lunch and headed back.  By that time I was tired and the boat practically rocked me to sleep!

- Emilie

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