Three months until our family of four arrives in Oahu!!! And five days later in Kauai! (for 8 days on the garden isle). I must admit I am addicted to this forum - try to read a little every night!
Mahalo to everyone for such great advice - the posts are more than you could ever get from a guide book...
Checklist is going great so far:
-Buying all the required trip and swimming items
-Making reservations for hotels and cars
-Obsessing over every detail
-Already pre-packed once
-Trying to brush up on good food spots
-Reading to the family about ocean safety and staying OFF the reefs
-Bought our first underwater camera
-Talking to everyone I know who has been to Hawaii
Can't think of too many questions at the moment, but I will throw out a couple:
1. What is the latest on the Hanalei Pier reconstruction?
2. Napali Boat question #2,045! I think us "newbies" to Kauai must re-think this decision so much that there should be a name for it, like: "Napali-tour-itis". We try to decide and pull the trigger, but then somehow get sucked back in to reading another 32 reviews of each boat, looking at trip photos, pouring over tour websites, etc. Ugh. Maybe a drug company could work on a magic green pill (for the pali's!) to cure us - I'm sure there would be multiple negative side effects, though!
Anyway....our current list (which has changed about 10 times) is down to two north coast tours: Napali Catamaran and Capt. Sundown. I can see pros and cons of both, and they both seem very highly rated. Family likes the idea of maybe a little bigger boat with a marine head and some shade, so they are leaning towards Sundown. I just want to leave from the north since we are staying on the east coast and I think a north coast departure in July could be great......given the conditions that day, of course. I also kind of like the idea of going in the caves.......
Aloha Kauai forum - have a great night. Can't wait to get there (and I hope to give back a little with a nice trip report!!!) OK, gotta go check my latest (about once a week) airline reservation change notice and see what they are doing to us now!!!