Monday, January 3, 2011

Cruising Kauai: Nawiliwili Harbor

A cruise ship might not be everyone's idea of a great time. But even confirmed independent land lubbers can get a charge out of watching one of the gigantic vessels crank up the engines and make for the open Pacific, with the Hoary Head Ridge rising above Kalapaki Bay as a backdrop.

There are two supreme photo-op spots: Kuki'i Point inside the bay is a small lighthouse reachable from a public path off the golf course behind the Kauai Marriott. At the mouth of the bay is large Ninini Lighthouse, a more private, rugged locale that lies at the end of a dirt road, also not far from the resort (Ritz Carlton plans to build near here). Grab a bottle of wine. The ships normally depart at 5, convenient for sunset lovers. See pages 105 and 107 in Kauai Trailblazer.