Our final day in Kauai was a race against the clock. We had to pack and still wanted to fit in two beaches we hadn’t spent time on yet.
We rose as early as we could (which was still pretty late by most standards) and ate breakfast in the room while we packed our bags. We saved out clothes to change into after the beach and also our clothes and items for the airplane rides back home.
The Westin has a hospitality room which worked perfect for us. We stopped at the front desk on our way out for the day and dropped our luggage. We also scheduled time to use the room for showers and changing after the beach. The hospitality room was as nice as the regular bedrooms. A large bathroom with plenty of towels and hotel toiletries.
We wanted to meet up with my family at Anini Beach by 11am and since all the packing and arranging took longer than anticipated we decided to not get in the water at Ke’e Beach. We did want to get up there for another look at the view during the day.
It was worth the drive and the time. All the parking was packed by the time we made it up there but there was a 20 minute loading spot that we snagged.
The day was perfect. Sunny with a slight breeze and a handful of visitors splashing in the water. There were roosters strolling about making sure order was kept.
And the views were gorgeous!
Since we didn’t get in the water I can’t speak to the quality of the snorkeling there but there were a dozen or so folks out with their gear on. We strolled the beach and stopped to watch the little crabs scurrying to and from the water’s edge trying to get their lunch.
We took in the sights knowing it would be a long time (if ever) we’d be back. It was truly wonderful.
From there we made our way down to Anini beach where the family had already set up camp at a close picnic table. We parked in one of the many parking spots and walked over to get in the water as quickly as possible. Anini had good snorkeling but you have to go out pretty far to get to a lot of fish. Sister was headed back in with Mom as we swam out. They said they saw a sea turtle pretty close to the shore and hung out a while watching it. But by the time we were in the water all the sea life had been shooed out further to sea.
Anini had very calm waters, no big waves, but there was a current so it was harder to float in one spot. You can stand up on the sand pretty far out, which is nice but we were in a hurry to get to the good snorkeling, we didn’t have time to waste.
We only spent an hour in the water so we felt rushed but it was a good time. We saw different fish than we had at other spots and it was great to get one last jump in the ocean before our trip was over.
After swimming back to shore we chatted with the family while we cleaned off our gear and packed up. We decided to head back to our hotel instead of staying for lunch at the picnic table. We had a pretty rushed morning and decided to get back to the hospitality room with enough time to shower and prepare for the trip home without being rushed.
After our showers and changing at the hotel we did our final check out to pick up our bags and away we went, leaving Princeville for the last time. We had been snacking most of the morning so we did one last detour at Kilauea for a stop at the Kilauea Bakery for lunch.
I almost managed to go an entire week without pizza – almost.
Their pizza is great. They sell it by the slice so you can enjoy a treat without having leftovers. Their prices are, well, pricey. But we were on vacation and didn’t really worry about the prices. Their sauce is perfect, a little spicy but not so much that you’d have a bad aftertaste. The crust was heavenly (it is a bakery after all), soft in the center with a crunch crust and just a little sweet. Their toppings were good too – nice stringy cheese and a good quantity of ingredients.
We also picked up some coconut macaroons to take on the road back to the condo where the rest of the family was still vacationing. We were the first to take off that evening with sister following the next morning. The rest of our group headed out over the next two days. Some were headed to other islands to continue their vacations and the rest were headed back to the mainland and the reality waiting for their return.
After returning our rental car we had enough time to hang out with the family for a couple more hours. Not really enough time to go out to eat but enough time to throw together another delicious bbq on the condo grills.
I’ll leave out the boring details of our flights back home but we finally stepped foot in our house around 7am after taking off from Kauai around 7pm … it was a long trip home for us. But we had plenty of memories and a lot of photos to look at to keep the vacation fresh in our minds. The trip will stay with us for a long time to come.