July 24, 2012

Paradise on Earth

I read somewhere that the Napali Coast "nourishes the soul".  Agreed. It also makes you feel about the size of an ant. Kauai's famous coastline is truly majestic, with emerald green pinnacles rising out of the ocean and cascading waterfalls towering high above the water for 17 gorgeous miles. 

Like all Hawaiian islands, Kauai was born over a plume of magma, called a hot spot.  As tectonic forces moved the island, it cooled and the water took over.  Rain carved out the deep valleys and giant waves from the Pacific crashed against the cliffs as sea level rose and fell, gouging steep and unstable slopes.  The result?  A series of plunging valleys, extensive walls and sharp ridges rising thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean.  Simply put, paradise on Earth.  With that, the Napali Coast was born.

A Napali Coast catamaran tour was on the very top of our "To Do" list while in Kauai. In fact, it may have been the only thing on our list.  There were no excuses (including my fear of sea sickness), we were doing it!  And so we, and my sea legs, did! And it was AMAZING! Worth every penny.  

The Holo Holo Charters catamaran, the "Leila", left out of Port Allen, along the west coast, and sailed for five hours along the Napali Coast.  If we had a dollar for every time the word "wow" or "amazing" or "beautiful" or even "incredible" came out of our mouths, we'd be rich.  We saw bottlenose dolphins, were surrounded by a pod of 200 spinner dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals, swam with the fish and even got to see the dorsal fin of a shark on the cruise back in.  

I was in HEAVEN! Like a little kid on Christmas. Being in the ocean is like being in a whole new world.  I was very quickly reminded of my love for the ocean. I think in my second life I would like to be a mermaid.  If that's not possible, a dolphin will do.

Words can't describe how amazing the Napali Coast is, so here are many more pictures...

For more on our trip Hawaii, check this out:
A Trip to the Garden Island

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