Hawaii Island Hopping: Pride of America Cruise Review by jluiz
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Hawaii Island Hopping
Maui - drove the road to Hana by ourselves, having had a guided tour previously. Very nice to travel at our own More pace and stop when we wanted to this time. Several great parks along the way, including Waianapanapa, Koki, and Ohe’o, as well as several stops on the south side of the island. We would not have done this by ourselves if we had not done this before - you think you are lost driving on these windy one-lane roads at times. There is parking overnight for rental cars by the port if needed. Drove to the Haleakala sunrise (amazing) and then to Lahaina for lunch on day 2.
Hilo - drove to Waipi’o Valley. Walked down into the valley (make a right at the bottom of the hill) and strolled along the beach. The view from the beach into the valley is absolutely stunning. The walk back up the hill (not really a trail, but a paved uphill road) was extremely strenuous – definitely be prepared for the walk, rent a 4X4, or take a tour. We had time to make a quick stop at Akaka Falls on the way back to the ship as well. We had previously taken a volcanoes/Rainbow Falls tour and were much happier with our itinerary this time.
Kona - took the lifeboat shuttle to port and just casually walked around town.
Kauai - drove up to Na Pali coast and hiked to Hanakapi’ai Beach/Falls. The 2-mi hike to the beach is OK as it winds along the coast (there is a nice view about a quarter mile in for a quick view of the coast), but the 2-mi hike from the beach to the falls was at times muddy, steep/rocky, and wet (we had to cross the thigh-high stream several times). There are pink markers along the way when the trail becomes confusing. The falls are worth the hike, and the hike itself is half the fun (about 6.5 hours total time with stops for snacks/photos along the way and a dip in the falls), but definitely wear sturdy shoes, bring/find a walking stick, and bring enough food/water. On the second day we drove up to Kalalau lookout and Waimea Canyon for some nice views. The ship does sail by the Na Pali coast when it leaves Kauai, for some pictures of the coastline from a distance. Less