My body never quite adjusted to Hawaiian time and I had been waking up early all week, so I decided I might as well catch our last sunrise on the final day. I snuck out onto our lanai and walked a few yards down to the beach and took in the beautiful view.
I swung by the Starbucks in the lobby on the way back to the room and used some coffee and a breakfast sandwich to bribe Nick into coming to the pool with me for a few hours.
|10am = Time for a cocktail|
|No time for golf on this trip!|
|A few guys named Tiger and Phil seemed to have won a few rounds here!|
|Shipwreck's Beach looking back towards the Grand Hyatt|
|Looking for sea turtles from up on the Maha'ulepu Trail|
We loved our time at the Grand Hyatt. It's such an impressive resort in terms of both size and amenities. We felt like we only scratched the surface of what was available at the hotel. Nick and I both agreed that if we ever wanted to come back to Kauai with the kids, we would park ourselves here for the week and just enjoy the pools, beach, restaurants, etc.
Although we were supposed to check out of our room at 11am, we had previously inquired about a day rate since our flight didn't leave until 9pm. The resort made it possible for us to stay in our room until 12:30pm, but someone else was checking in and had requested our specific room (apparently it was one of only a handful of connecting rooms available in the hotel). So, they moved us to a neighboring room for the remainder of the day. We quickly packed up our room at noon and dragged our suitcases down the hall to the new room. We had another adventure planned for the afternoon off the hotel grounds, so we really just needed a place to keep our bags and a locale to grab a shower that afternoon before our flight (I did threaten to shower by the pool before they managed to find us another room!).
That afternoon we had booked a mountain tubing adventure with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. The tubing took place in the former irrigation canals at the Lihue Plantation, which closed in 2000. On our drive down to the canals, we were able to get a quick tour of the interior of the island, including where "Jurassic Park" and "Tropic Thunder" were filmed.
|Overlooking the rainiest place on Earth - over 1000 inches last year!|
We had to hand over our phones for the tubing, so no pictures from the actual adventure. It was a super chill ride down the canals and in/out of four long tunnels (some of them in the pitch black!). Nick used the GoPro to document our ride since we didn't have our phones. We were in the water for about an hour just cruising down the canals. We followed up our tubing with a picnic lunch and then we jetted back to the Hyatt to shower and prep for our long flight back to the mainland.
And with that, our Kauai adventure came to an end. We left Lihue Airport and flew to LAX before catching our connecting flight to Dulles. Just under 24 hours later (and 6 time zones) and we were home with the kids!
Happy 10th anniversary to us! As usual, Nick made an amazing video documenting our travels...