Friday, May 02, 2014

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Harbor

We had a couple morning hours before leaving Kauai, and we didn't want to waste an opportunity to see more of Kauai, even if it's just staying near the port area.

We heard about Kalapaki Beach which people claim is a nice beach.  We've been disappointed in previous Hawaiian ports where claims to have a nice beach turns out to be a small dirty shore area with some sand.  Coming from a tropical country which boasts of having the best beaches and having seen the beaches in Kauai's North and Eastern coastlines, I am of course bias, but even compared to our city beaches back home, beaches near the ports of Hawaii are often subpar.  Kalapaki Beach on the other hand, is a pretty decent one, given that it's also the beach area outside the busy Kauai Marriott Resort.

Near the harbor are small shopping malls offering specialty products like the Harbor Mall and the Anchor Cove Mall.  From here, access is available to the nearby Kalapaki Beach as well.

Harbor Mall
Moving Toy Train Set from the nearby Hobby Shop

Hobby Shop display
Small stores selling bags and jewelries
Nearby restaurant and hotel
Pond with the Kalapaki Beach in the background

Walkway from Harbor Mall to Kalapaki Beach
Anchor Cove Mall

Tiny Black Crabs

Flattened Red Crab

The adventure was great and it will always live in our hearts.  I now understand why all those movies portray Kauai as paradise and heaven on earth.  But it's time to leave Kauai and Nawiliwili Harbor was there to bid us goodbye.  Kauai was our last port as we head back full circle to Oahu, and Nawiliwili Harbor is also one of the most beautiful harbors we've visited.

Nawiliwili Harbor with Nawiliwili Lighthouse and Golf Course in the background

Nawiliwili Port
Kalapaki Beach and the Kauai Marriott Resort
Tugboat bidding us goodbye with a 360-degree turn salute

Light shining from the Nawiliwili Lighthouse

Goodbye for now to this magical island!

You can also read the rest of our Kauai journey here:

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Wailua Falls, Kealia Beach and Anahola Beach

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Kilauea Lighthouse, Kong Mountain, Coco Palms, Nawiliwili Harbor

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Hanalei

Getting Lost in Magical Kauai: Princeville, Hihimanu Twin Peaks, Anini Beach

and also our sightseeing of the Napali Coast

Kauia's Paradise: The Na Pali Coast

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