Fern Grotto and the Na Pali Coast

Trip Start Apr 24, 2013
Trip End May 19, 2013

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today should be an interesting day. We have the Fern Grotto in the morning and the Sunset Dinner Sail to the Na Pali Coast in the afternoon. 

We started out a little earlier that we otherwise would have, after the experience of the traffic accident a couple of days ago. 
We were greeted by a typical Hawaiian lady and Hawaiian music preformed live by muscisians. During the boat ride on the Wailua River to Fern Grotto they continued to sing and they were joined by two Hula dancers. These girls tried to teach us the Hula... I'm not sure we did a good job :-) Once the boat was docked, we walked a short way through a tropical rain forest like area. At the end of the walkway was the Fern Grotto. 
This cave was used for weddings in the past. You used to be able to actually go into the cave, but after a big tropical storm, the ground and rocks became unstable and it wasn't safe anymore. They made a platform, so you can see the cave from a safe distance.The ferns around this cave grow up side down.The musiscians told us about the history of the cave and the wedding cerimonies held there. They started to sing a typical wedding song. One of the Hula girls, danced... Hulaed? to the song. The video shows a part of the dance and song.
During our stay on Kauai, we have heard a lot of Hawaiian music. I've found, that I don't really care much for it. It keeps reminding me of the movie Dirty Dancing. The part where Baby's older sister, the one with the dark hair, preforms with a song. I allways thought she sounded horrible... But now I believe she was actually trying to sing a Hawaiian song...
Ok... Enough of that.
We returned to the boat and the dancers and singers stayed behind. The captain of the boat told us about the history of the Wailua River and her shores. It appears thatone of the scenes of the Indiana Jones was shot here, Raiders of the Lost Ark. For those of you who remember Fantasy Island, that was also filmed here on Kauai, the Wailua Falls to be precise. We saw that waterfall yesterday :-)The water is brackish in this area. That means that some of the salt water fish, like Tiger Sharks, have also been seen here.
When we got off the boat, we decided to head towards the Salt Pond Beach. We didn't have our swimming clothes with us, so we settled for walking in the water along the beach. There were some picnic tables we sat on and enjoyed the sun and the ocean and the kayaks coming in.
At around 2 pm we headed to Port Allen, where the catamaran would leave from.  The captain said this particular sailboat was made in the Virgin Islands and was sailed here in 6 weeks. 
We sailed out and the weather was still fine, but the closer we got to the Na Pali Coast, the cloudier and rainier it got. We did see some dolphins swim in front of the boat. What a beautifull creatures. 
I must say, that the trip started out fine, but it got cold and wet really fast. The captain had to stear really close to shore for us to see anything... But what we saw was so magnificent... The pictures we took don't catch the real beauty of the coast. The captain told us about the history of the coast. This is, for instance, one of the locations where Pirates of the Carribean was shot.The crew on the boat were overwhelmed with what they saw. There were a lot of waterfalls, that had never been there before. With the clouds so low, it took on a magical ambiance.
All too soon it was time to head back. The whole way down the coast, we smelled the yummy aroma's coming from the kitchen. The food was actually prepared on board. The starter was a nice  Caeser salad, the entree was a New York steak with potatoes and asperges... There was also something on the plate we didn't recognize...  Didn't taste good either. I do not know with what the cook spiced the meat, but it tasted wonderful. Besides the meat they also served 3 jumbo shrimp on a stick. I gave mine to Erwin and he enjoyed them.Then came the desert. It was a home made cake of some kind with macadamian nuts and chocolate, it was served with ice cream and whipped cream. It was all very tasty.
The weather cleared a little and we were surprised by a mother whale and her calve. We didn't see much of them, just the back when they went under, but still, very  nice to see.
The whole trip the ocean was a bit choppy. Some of the people really got seasick. They couldn't even eat their dinner. Erwin and I got a little bit quizy too, but we kept it under control by looking in the distance.Because there was no wind, the sails didn't go up. That was too bad, it would have been really nice. 
The sun was setting and we were nearing the harbor. We got off the boat and returned to the hotel. 

Another wonderful day came to an end.
Tommorrow we are going to retry the Waimea Canyon... We are going to start out early in hope of better weather and clearer skies. We also ant to hike the "Sleeping Giant" trail. There should be some amazing views at the top.

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