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Old 10-08-2012, 08:48 AM   #181
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Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:48 AM   #182
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Back to the beauty of Na Pali-

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This looks like the Kalalau Valley we had hiked on the first day. Pretty impressive from this angle, too. But still, I don't see any naked off the grid hippies- do you?

We entered another cave- this one has been in a lot of films, including POC, I think 3-

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This one was different, not really a cave but an arch you went through to a big hole to the sky. It was dazzling. They told us people get married on the rocks in the center.

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:54 AM   #183

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Im in. I've been reading. It's a beautiful place.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:32 AM   #184
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We left the hole, and headed towards where we would anchor for snorkeling.

My family does NOT have the best luck with snorkeling. Not at all. Usually Timmy has a hard time with his mask. Or we don't have equipment for everyone because I thought it would be waiting on the boat- and then, of course, I am snorkeling with goggles and no snorkel. Which is pretty limiting. THIS time, though, I thought I had all my bases covered- snorkel gear for all!

We jumped off and went in search of fish.

Timmy started having leaking issues almost immediately. I kept trying to work with him, but the mask was leaking and he was EXTREMELY unhappy. So, he got back on the boat. I soon followed, hoping I could convince him to try again.

But no luck. It was actually a bit rough, and i think that made it too challenging for him. So our snorkel experience was not the greatest that day. Pods and Tyler, however, swam far, far out and saw turtles and tons of fish. So at least they had something to brag about!

As Pods swam in, we threw a bunch of crackers on his head- wow, that was hilarious! Like 100 fish dive bombed him! Pretty fun for us up on the boat! Before he got back on, he took a vid-

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Then it was back on the boat where we were served cheese and crackers and soft drinks. Followed by an exhilerating ride back to Hanalei- woohoooo!

The kids loved it, it was wet and wild!

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #185
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In case you wanted to experience UFO for yourself, here's a couple of clips-

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It was pretty rough, but no matter WHAt Pods says, I think we had it worse going to Tortola one year from STJ.
One of the families onboard was from CA, they come out to Kauai every couple of years (as I would if I lived out there!)- so nice to talk to! The Captain was a decent guy, he slowed it down a bit when that woman was startled. He slowed down, too, whenever he saw a turtle (which happened a few times) and when we got back to the kite surfers who were still at it. But for the most part, it was go, go, GO!!!

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3 1/2 hours had flown by- I would book this again in a heartbeat. We had chosen the afternoon tour because of pictures- their advice was that the light was better and there was less glare in the afternoon vs. the morning. The morning, I believe, would have been calmer and the dolphins more active, tho- so keep that all in mind if you are planning a Na Pali boat trip.

Back in Hanalei-

We caught the van back to the lot- our driver was another good guy. He was passing around some photos of a HUGE shark he caught a few years back. Ever see the movie "Soul Surfer" ? It's the movie about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm to a shark while surfing in Kauai. It turns out, our van driver was the guy who went out and caught the shark. He was quite a character- I honestly could have listened to him all night! But that was not to be, because we had other plans on a certain pier. Can you say, JUMP! Up next!
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #186
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Originally Posted by dvc4life View Post
Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.
It is beyond what anyone can imagine- completely surreal.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #187
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I am so enjoying your report. We just came back from the Big Island and Kauai (we stayed at the St Regis and had a similar amazing view) My husband caught a bad chest cold and all of the hiking we had planned (Pihea and Kalalau) we had to cancel. We did about 10 minutes of the Pihea Trail so I was stoked to see your pics. We also did zip and dip and while we had other guides they were a blast!

We absolutely adored Hanalie and are researching house/condo rentals for a late spring visit!

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Wow! I am speechless! Those are wonderful photos. Lucky girl!

Thanks for sharing, Ellen!
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Gorgeous pix !!! The water is soooo vibrant and the caves are awesome !!!
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:42 PM   #190
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Fantastic pics and video Ellen! I really appreciate how much effort you have made in taking all these pictures. I sometimes get so busy taking pictures that I miss things! Have you ever taken a certain pic and said to yourself, that one will definately be posted on the DISboards? I'm guilty of that! Really loving this TR. Can't wait for more.
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Originally Posted by dvc4life View Post
Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.
My thoughts exactly!! Amazing photos! Really looks like a trip of a lifetime!!
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I looked at your pictures this morning and they are stunning. What paradise. I especially love the pictures of the four of you posing while in the boat under the rocks (I think that's what you were doing - heck I looke at them like 3 hours ago )

I agree, this really was a vacation of a lifetime! I want to go back and see them in more detail tonight. Gorgeous.

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Old 10-09-2012, 12:07 PM   #193
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The photos are just gorgeous, Ellen.

A the family pic of all of you in the cave is a fantastic shot.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:53 PM   #195

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Wow it's great to see the Na Pali tour coming from the Hanalei side although I might be a little chicken to be on that small of a boat. We've taken the Capt. Andy's dinner tour from the Port Allen side which takes longer to get to the Na Pali area. No matter how you get there it's just beautiful!

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