This trip we took to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We had such a wonderful time on the island of Kauai. It’s the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the garden island. We went on a tour through a botanical garden which shall remain nameless. They didn’t want us posting any pictures from their garden so I don’t think I’ll give them any free publicity. The tour included trees that they used in the filming of Jurassic Park and a beautiful beach where sea turtles had laid their eggs.
When the tour was over we wandered around the garden for an hour or so, ending up in a bamboo grove. We sat there quietly for awhile listening to the breeze blowing through the bamboo. It’s such a soothing sound. I still have bamboo wind-chimes at home because I find them so relaxing. The next morning we left early to beat the crowd around Kauai’s lighthouse. It’s situated on a small peninsula and if you get there before the lighthouse actually opens for the day, there aren’t any people to get into your lighthouse photos.
For dinner that night we had tickets for the Smith Family Garden Luau. The setting for the Luau is in a tropical garden that you could walk around in for days. I was starting to see why Kauai was known as the garden island! I can’t remember the price for the luau but the food was abundant and delicious. It also included all you can drink Mai Tai’s and an after dinner hula show.Good thing our hotel was right across the street!
The next day was our anniversary and we had planned it out well to make it special. We started out at about 10:00 am with a catamaran tour through Na Pali Catamaran. We cruised slowly up the coast, went into a sea cave with a beautiful waterfall inside. Continuing up the coast we were treated to one of the most amazingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. We were also visited by a school of spinner dolphins. They will jump out of the water and spin a few times in the air before going back into the ocean. They put on quite a show for us! After stopping to snorkel in a calm bay we headed back. The crew advised us to cover our cameras and we literally flew back! The boat was jumping up off of the waves and splashing back down to do it again! Who needs roller coasters! This tour was fun and highly recommend.
The Na Pali coast leaves you in awe. It’s rustic and dramatic and equally beautiful when you see it from the top. This kind of place is why cameras were invented.
We had our anniversary dinner that night at Keoki’s Paradise. The atmosphere was very romantic. It is set up like you would imagine a tropical paradise would be. There is a large grass hut with indoor seating and a bar. You can sit in the bar area, which also has live music but we asked to be seated outside. We had our own private little waterfall next to our table. The outside area (another garden) was well lit with soft lights under the waterfalls and tiki torches. We lingered for quite awhile enjoying the music and our little corner of paradise. Our last day in Hawaii we actually took it easy and hung out st the beach for most of the day, flying out at around 9:00pm. This was the perfect end to a wonderful anniversary. Happy 25th my love!