A Look At The Forbidden Island

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

On this day, I opened up the purse strings a little bit and went on an organized tour on Holo Holo Charters. This came at the recommendation of my buddy Travis' finance, Jenny. Everyone who is reading this by now should know a little bit about Travis. Travis and Jenny met in Port Orange and both moved out to Kauai together. They are also getting married back home really soon. Congratulations in advance to you two!

Well, the idea of this charter boat tour is to take a trip up the Napali Coast, which is where the Kalalau Trail is located. The only way to get in is the trail we did, a boat tour, or a helicopter tour. 2 out of 3 ain't bad! The tour leaves from a place called Port Allen located on the south side of Kauai and left super early. However, after a boring day the previous day, I was ready!

The boat ride began around 6am as the dark of night still have a firm hold on the young day. Soon after leaving port, I was treated to one of the most beautiful skies I can ever remember seeing.  A magnificent royal blue sky reflecting off the tint of the smooth ocean with a hint of orange off to the horizon as the sun began to peak it's head up. It was surreal, and it was even more rewarding because it was on a boat. Fortunately, I grew up near the water and have always felt a special connection to it and to see this magnificent sky from a boat on the ocean felt as real as can be.

After a chilly yet beautiful boat ride that treated my fellow passengers and I to a litany of amazing shades and colors, we arrived on the Napali Coast. Most of the ride passed the south side of Kauai, where the boys and I had explored a few weeks earlier. I even saw the break that we surfed from out in the ocean. Once we reached the Napali Coast, it was absolutely spectacular. As my previous posts attest to, the island received a ton of rain the week before. When the island gets heavy rain, waterfalls that aren't normally present sprout up from high in the mountains. Even Captain Kelly (our guide) was commenting as to how many waterfalls there were. She hadn't seen many of them before. What a treat!

The entire Napali Coast trip was a treat, but one of the neatest parts was when we passed a waterfall that gained notoriety from a well-known scene in the movie King Kong that was filmed in the late 70's. Most of that movie was filmed in this very area. In the movie, there was a rather heart warming scene where King Kong and the girl warmed up to each other and the girl took a shower under a waterfall. We drove right by that waterfall. I'm sure my brother, Daniel, would get a huge kick out of that because he absolutely loved that movie when he was a kid. It was tough to get a great picture of it because it's surrounded by rocks, but I did the best I could and posted it below.

Next we took a little trip past the island of Lehau, an uninhabited island right off the coast of Ni'ihau which is famous for diving and snorkeling. It's shaped like a little horseshoe with sheer cliffs on almost all sides. It also has a really neat looking crack in the rock where you can see to the other side of the horseshoe. Right off of there, we anchored the boat and did some snorkeling which was great. The ocean was pretty rough but the spot we stopped at had a little bit of cover from the fairly large swell. The currents were still shifty, but the reef had a ton of very colorful fish. The snorkeling was great. It was also a little sketchy because the boat was parked right on the channel. I don't know how deep it was but it looked like the big blue sea...apparently everything that swims through that part of the ocean swims through that channel. Everything from Humpback Whales, Tuna, Tiger Sharks, and everything in between. It was pretty neat being right on the edge of that and staring into the dark blue abyss. 

After snorkeling and lunch, the boat took us a little closer to Ni'ihau but not near as close as I wanted. I was under the incorrect impression that we were actually going to land on the island and check it out, but I was mistaken. Ni'i'hau is inhabited by a small group of natives that forbid outsiders to step foot on the island. They try to stick to a more traditional, native way of life. We did get close to the island, but never entered it. However, we did get pretty close to some whales as you might see from my pictures. Fortunately, I had been seeing whales for the entirety of the trip, but this was the closest I had gotten and was able to get the best pictures of the trip.

One of the benefits of this trip? Free beer!!! I'm not one to let anything go to waste, so I took full advantage of the free beer. I was sipping on some cold ones while Captain Kelly was gunning it through the waves on the way back to Port Allen. I was getting lashed by water, salt, and spray, but it was a beautiful day and I had a beer in my hand, so I didn't care. It was a great way to finish the day!

On my return, I went surfing with Ron at Donkeys. However, I had a lot of beers so my surfing was not up to par on this day. Somehow I managed to snap the nose of Brendan's board not five minutes after I paddled out. This was mental considering I had ridden this board for a month now, got pounded hundreds of times, and never even put a scratch on it...but somehow on this day I managed to snap the nose off. Oops...thankfully nobody had any special attachment to this board, so no one was worried about me snapping it, but i felt bad nonetheless. My bad Brendan...but it was a fabulous day! 
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