It’s funny… Before we went to Hawaii I had the idea that each island was the same. Boy, was I wrong! Each island is different and has it’s own feel.

This was the one island that we did do an excursion with from Princess Cruise. It was well worth it. It was an all day affair with a wonderful Polynesian lunch.

Our first stop was The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Being from Arizona I was wondering if the comparison would be correct.

This Canyon, Waimea Canyon, is a bit more green and lush but the comparison was spot on! We were truly amazed of its size and grandeur!

Our tour guide kept us on time as we had lots to see! But first another picture of a rooster. They are everywhere!

Back down to the ocean to see all of its beauty!

We headed for Spouting Horn Park.

The beach area is lava rock with lava tubes. Lava tubes according to Wikipedia are … “A lava tube is a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. Tubes can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption, or can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased, and the rock has cooled and left a long cave.” (Quoted from Wikipedia.)

Another amazing sight to see! The water enters the lava tube and then you have the following! Wait for it!

Onto the bus and it was time for lunch.

This restaurant was a delight to the eyes! So much to view while eating a very delicious meal.

But our tour bus was awaiting to take us to our next stop!

Mahalo means thank you and A Hui Hou means Until We Meet Again.

When we planned this trip I said to sweet man… I want to see waterfalls! He made sure I did!

These Falls are called… Opaekaa Falls. Such a beautiful sight!


The river below is where we need to go next as we are going on a river cruise. 😊

We arrive for our river boat cruise. To our surprise the boat is full with people.

On the boat we have a family who provides lovely music and Hawaiian Dancing.

Our river boat docks and we hike about a half mile through a tropical forest to the Fern Grotto.

The Fern Grotto is a lovely area where these ferns grow. A tropical beauty!


A lovely day was had! I highly recommend this excursion.


Next stop is the Big Island, Hawaii where the Kilauea Volcano erupted one week after we came home. When we were there… the Volcano had become somewhat active. My heart is sad for the island. The part affected is the southeastern area and some pictures that I will share in my next post may have been damaged by lava. But remember, it’s a Big Island and most of the island still has plenty of beauty to share.

UntilNext Time ~Nancy

31 thoughts on “Kauai

  1. I love this post! Your photos really capture the beauty of the island. Several years ago we spent a wonderful week on Kauai. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Mahalo for reminding me of our our time there 🌸🌺

    1. Thank you so much for enjoying this. I am thrilled you got to spend time on this beautiful island! Staying there for a week … you must of seen so much and were immersed in the Hawaiian culture.
      And nou ka hauli (you’re welcome!) That you got to relive those memories again by reading my post!

      1. We stayed on the north shore and saw a lot of that part of the island. We also went to Waimea Canyon. Enjoy the rest of the islands!

  2. Yes, you caught the uniqueness of Kauai perfectly, Nance. I wanted to market a T-shirt with the slogan “The Chickens of Kauai” across the front. Tourists surely would buy it up.

  3. Kauai is so lush and beautiful … the most romantic of all the islands in my opinion. Sounds like another wonderful excursion was had 😎

  4. LOVE this post! Great photos and now I really really want to go see Opaekaa Falls! We once took a cruise around five of the islands so we’d know which one we’d prefer to return to. Kauai was our favorite too! Thanks for sharing photos of this amazing trip!

    1. Oh I am so happy you got to experience Kauai with us.
      Oh… and there are beautiful falls on the big island as well!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! The “Grand Canyon” is spectacular especially with the waterfall. The Fern Grotto is so beautiful. Wow! What a trip!

    1. Thanks for stopping in!

      I have been busy getting settled into our summer home.

      I hope to get caught up with you very soon!

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your day!

  6. Thank you for showing paradise to me.. this tour you took was like going into an oasis.. the pictures the videos everything was fabulous.. the beautiful plants would have made me want to grab one.. wow… this was an awesome trip.. you are truly blessed

  7. Oh Nancy..Your photos and videos are the first time for me seeing the Waimea Canyon. JUst a beautiful photo essay. Eyes resting in the green. All my best to you. Thank you.

      1. Oh, Nancy..your entire website, especially the photography, just keeps getting better and better..as do your adventures. It’s a pleasure to stop by and spend awhile. Enjoy the East Coast Summer lushness. All my best- JoHanna

      2. Thank you for such kindness!

        One day… you and I will meet over coffee… and I will hug you big time!


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