Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hawaii - Day 5

We started today off with a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian. What a great way to see parts of the island that you can’t get to any other way. Being a pilot I was as much interested in the helicopter as the scenery. This was an hour tour of the entire island. Blue Hawaiian video tapes every flight and has the video of your specific flight available after the flight. They have a camera inside the helicopter as well as outside and the pilot switches between the 2 during flight. All audio conversation and music is also recorded on the DVD. We got a copy for the girls to see. The pilots narrate the flight and show where movies were filmed, the Na Pali coast, Waimea canyon, and we even were able to go into the volcano crater. We had Cliff for a pilot and he was excellent.

After the helicopter tour we drove to one of the easily accessible waterfalls, Wailua Falls. This is a tall waterfall and was used in the opening scene of Fantasy Island. I’ll have some pictures of it posted on Flickr when I get back home. Since we were headed North anyway I continued to drive to the North side of the island. We went past Princeville and stopped at some beaches and shops along the way. Unfortunately since this was an unplanned drive we didn’t have any swim wear with us. The North shore is supposed to be the best place for snorkeling on the island.

We made our way back to the B&B and changed into our swimwear. Marjorie’s (the B&B) has beach chairs, coolers, mats and snorkel equipment for use by the guests. We took advantage of this and spent the afternoon at Poipu Beach. This beach is a favorite with locals and has lifeguards. It is supposed to be good for snorkeling but from what I saw it was just rocks. A good spot for the beginner though. We also had some boogie boards from Marjorie’s but I wasn’t sure how to use them so we just floated on them.

After the beach we got cleaned up and had dinner at Duke’s Canoe Club. This restaurant is part of the Kauai Marriott so was very busy. We had about an hour wait and I was unimpressed with the service. It could have just been the amount of people in there. I had the prime rib which was good but a little too much fat. They also have calamari strips here versus the tentacles we have on the mainland. We have had these at 2 places now and they are good. Long meaty strips of calamari.

While we waited for dinner we strolled the grounds of the Marriott. It’s a typical Hawaii resort with many rooms (some with a decent view and some without), a very big pool right next to the beach, and a lot of activities available for guests. It’s located in a secluded bay so offers protected swimming on the beach. There is also the big pool if you like too only look at the ocean versus swim in it.

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