I am going to be landing on Kauai at 2 PM on a Friday in September. I will be staying in Princeville. Can anyone suggest a good use of our first afternoon? I love to be in the water (to snorkel, especially), love photography, and my sister and I enjoy eating 'local' instead of going to touristy restaurants.
We are planning a few higher priced activities (a small plane ride, a boat trip past the Napali coast, possibly a trip to fern grotto), so we would like to also find some less expensive activities to do the rest of the time and hope to eat very inexpensively.
Should we go to the hotel to check in first or is that a waste of precious daylight time? My sister just told me that she "doesn't want to come back more tired than she left" but I really want to take advantage of all of our time there. Our hotel is not on the water from what I understand. Assuming that we have our luggage (just one checked bag) and car by 3 pm, what's next?
As of now we will be on Kauai for 3.5-4.5 days depending on when we choose to fly out (I know, nowhere near long enough but it is what we have).
Thanks in advance.