Friday was our second day in Kauai and unfortunately we only had half a day to enjoy the island because we had to be back on the ship by 1:30 p.m.
We had booked a tubing trip with Kauai Back Country Adventures. We were supposed to be at their offices at 8:30 a.m. and we had to take a taxi to get there. As luck would have it, there was another couple from the cruise going to the same place and so we were able to share a cab which helped with the expense.
We arrived at Kauai Back Country Adventures and checked in for our 9:00 a.m. tubing trip. I think there were around 20 total people on our trip. The actual tubing lasted about hour for two miles through what was once a flume used on a sugar cane plantation. About 70% of the tubing was through tunnels so we had to wear helmets with headlamps on them.
It took about an hour to get to the “put-in” spot and then another hour on the water which was loads of fun. The only person to fall completely in the water on our trip was my dad. He was attempting to sit on the edge of his tube and it didn’t work out too well. Thankfully he didn’t lose his glasses or hurt himself.
Once the tubing was over, we were provided sandwiches, chips and cookies for lunch which took place by a swimming hole. I did not venture into the swimming hole because quite honestly it didn’t look too sanitary. When lunch was over, we packed up all our things and headed back to the offices. We called the same taxi from the morning and he picked us up and took us back to the ship.
After we returned to the ship, we cleaned ourselves up and then joined the captain at the front of the ship for a toast as we pulled out of port in Kauai. This was for Norwegian Cruise Lines Latitudes members of which my dad is one. So, we watched the ship leave port and stayed on the bow until we got kicked off.
The rest of the evening was spent watching movies, watching scenery along the coastline, and otherwise keeping ourselves occupied as we made our way to Honolulu. We will dock early Saturday morning and will have to be off the ship by 9:00 a.m. at which point we will be renting a car and spending the day on the North Shore of Oahu before returning to the airport and making our way back to the mainland.