WARNING THIS POST IS A LONG PHOTO BOMB OF HAWAII WHICH MAY MAKE YOU WISH YOU WERE ON VACATION INSTEAD OF WORK… typing it brought back the vacation blues for me….
Thursday was FULL of so much I don’t even know where to start, looking at the photo’s I can’t believe how much we did that day. For starters I hit the Marriott gym in the morning, my body told me it needed to run…
After that we stopped by a cafe across the from the hotel called Splash Cafe, I got a pineapple sunrise smoothie with a scoop of protein powder (probably my favorite breakfast of the whole trip) and Paul got a breakfast burrito.
Kauai Coffee Tour
Our first planned stop was the Kauai Coffee Tour at 10am, and I have to say although I remember about 20% of what I learned on it… it was one of my favorite things that we did on the whole trip. The tour was FREE and took only about 30 minutes. Plus at the end you get unlimited free samples, JACKPOT! I could write a whole post on just that tour, but since I’m doing ALL of Thursday I’ll just highlight a few of my favorite parts.
Did you know that coffee beans come in the form of these little cherries? I never thought about it before. The biggest thought I gave to coffee was its caffeine content. Apparently the harvesters drive over the trees knocking all the berries off without harming the tree.
Do you know what a Peaberry is? I didn’t, now we both know (although to be honest I forgot until I re-read this sign on the picture.)
Have you ever seen a coffee bean after drying, before its roasted?
Unlimited samples left with a good feeling coffee buz to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with!
Two things about the company I loved:
1. They currently have no insect predators and are therefore the only place left in the world that doesn’t use pesticides on their coffee trees.
2. All coffee produced by them comes from their single farm on Kauai.
I am definitely considering buying into their coffee club when I run out of what I bought when I was there.
Waimea Canyon Lookout
With our coffee buzz on we headed out to the Waimea Canyon Lookout, which was about an hour of twisty/windy roads up a mountain… but the motion sickness was all worth it. Check out the view, like the Grand Canyon but greener!
After snapping about a million photo’s we headed back down and bought some coconut caramel taffies and taro chips from the stand, delicious! (Favorite snacks of the trip by far!)
Sprouting Horn & the Poipu Beach
Want to see something cool? When the tide comes in, water blows through this opening and makes a spouting horn. This was also a good place to see giant sea turtles, but they were rather camera shy.
When we had done all the sight seeing we could do we headed down to the beach to do some snorkeling, which was fun and slightly scary. We stayed at the beach for sunset.
It was beautiful and I had a lot of fun taking a million pictures with the camera. This is surprisingly one of my favorites.
For dinner we went to Savage Shrimp which used to be a food truck but they got so popular they ended up getting a restaurant inside the complex they had their food truck parked in front of for so many years (thanks to Yelp for this find.)
I told everyone about this place, but I also warned them. There were cats sneaking in and out of the kitchen the whole time we waited for our food. I’m usually a freak about these things, but I really LOVE shrimp so I pretended it was normal. Worth it.
Coconut Shrimp Appetizer
Grasshopper Scampi (yes I paid 2.00 extra dollars for them to peel my shrimp for me #wuss)
They surprised us with homemade banana bread for dessert, SWAEET!!!
Somehow, I don’t know how, I managed to get Thursday of the Honeymoon all in one post! Lets be real shall we? I wasn’t paid by any of the companies mentioned in this post, all opinions are my own.
On a side note Paul sent this article to me today and I was cracking up laughing:
6 Reasons Why Leaving Hawaii Will Ruin Your Life (www.huffingtonpost.com)