Of course Kauai is spectacular! Right off the ship you can walk to a lovely beach, go through the botanical garden at the Marriott Hotel and wander around there. If you have already been there and seen the canyon and other points of interest, there is enought to do on your own in this area right off the ship.
We went to the luau in the evening - first luau we have been to , and i heard others that have been to more say this one was the best. We certainly enjoyed it - took the train ride around the plantation before the luau which was interesting and informative. Tried the poi just so I could say I did, and that was enough. The rest of the food good, the entertainment was spectacular. All in all a wonderful evening,
Don't Miss: Be sure and see the pool at the Marriott, and I highly recommend the luau.
Again, we have been here before. Took a taxi into the old downtown area, which is still authentic and without our big box stores. Enjoyed just walking around. Then discovered a bus that took us back to the ship for free.
We have been here several times and chose not to do a shore excursion. Just went into town and took three bus trips that looped around different parts of Maui and saw the city that way. Our time was our own and we enjoyed it. There are many ways to get into town on ones own and just roam.
We took the evening shore excursion up to the crater to see the sunset, which was all very interesting. We were literally in the clouds at over 10,000 feet.
We tendered into Kona, which usually puts you right into a charming area, minus all the shipping and dock sites. We wandered around the international market and shopping areas there, which there are many - all easy walking distance. Also, there are several beach areas great for sunning and swimming just right there where you get off the tender. As far as I was concerned one didn't have to go any farther.
Pros: Just about everything!!
Cons: I really don't have anything to complain about
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