Kauai day 2. We really wanted to see the Na Pali coast, which meant either by boat or air. We opted for a doors off Helicopter tour through Jack Harter tours. This was the guy that started the Helicopter tour trend. You will read that you should not do a doors off. I disagree. I felt perfectly safe, and the sights & views of Na Pali are indescribably beautiful. Do this tour!!
We spent the remaining time on Kauai at a pool at a hotel (I mentioned I worked for a hotel chain so this was easy to get for us) but you have to be back on ship by 2 pm, so there is not a lot of time for much else.
You have to be back on board by 2 because PoA does a lovely sail by of Na Pali. It was really quite nice and we saw several rainbows.
Maui - day 2. I really wanted to do snorkeling at Molikini Crater but did not want to go on a 'cattle boat' tour. After some searching, we found the Trilogy. This is a nice Catamaran that will take you out morning or afternoon. Morning is recommended for the best snorkeling, but you have to be at the small boat harbor at 6:30am. This is what we did. And the snorkeling was magnificent. First off, the crew of Trilogy is the most hospitable I have ever encountered. (I work in the industry in a large hotel, so I know what it takes to take care of your guests). Captain Brett, Danielle, Mike & Jacob were all fantastic. Captain Brett keeps it light & funny, but goes over the important rules you need to know before setting sail. Once under sail, the crew starts service which includes juice, coffee or tea, fresh fruit and straight out of the oven cinnamon rolls! Yummy! Once reaching Molikini we had an hour to snorkel. The Catamaran has stairs in the center, it is very easy to get in and out of the water. They have a crew member on a surf board at all times keeping an eye on everyone. Here we saw tons of sea life, including Yellow Tang, Moorish Idols, Angelfish, Trumpet Fish, Trigger fish & more. The hour went by too fast. After we set sail for our next stop, lunch was served. Salad, chicken, rice, rolls - simple but fresh and more than we could possible eat. Next stop, Turtle Town, snorkeling along the 3 fingers of lava. Lots of sea life and yes, I swam right next to a Turtle! Again, the hour passed too quickly. We set sail back to the harbor and dessert of ice cream and chocolate sauce was served. We had a lovely sail back but eventually they had to pull in the main and then the jib because it got so windy. I can not say enough about the wonderful, hospitable crew of the Trilogy. Special shout out to Danielle, who I think had a big part in running the ship (LOL).
After we returned to port, we still had our car, so we took a drive out to Kaanapali where all the big resorts are. It was a whole different side to Maui than what we had seen so far. We both agreed we enjoyed the old Maui of Hana & the snorkeling better.