Winter vacation in Hawaii, but this time in Kauai rather than the Big Island. I brought 1.5 books, two DVD sets and four back issues of Vanity Fair. After one travel day and one complete day, I have finished a book and two magazines.
Landing in Kauai was different in that it was pouring rain. Still pouring when we picked up bags. Still pouring when I picked up the car and argued with the rental company about whether I could do an effective pre-rental damage inspection. Still pouring when I drove the poorly lit and marginally marked highway to the hotel.
This is why I choose to stay close to the airport.
Of course, by the time checked in, I was wiped out and went straight to sleep. Woke up around 4am and went down to find some papaya around 6:15. View from my table:
For my first day, I needed a massage (seriously, my shoulders have been in pain for weeks) and reservations for a tour. I found both for deals which I will recount later.
The hotel has free wi-fi – which was not working last night – but I am paying $14 per day for parking which I find incredibly uncool. It is located in a campus-y place with other hotels and shops and long-term rentals. The room is small, and the balcony is tiny but it has a mini-fridge and a nice view:
And I took this yesterday morning while walking over to the shopping center:
So you can see that it is pretty, but there isn’t much of a beach on this part of the island. I do not find that to be a problem.
There aren’t all that many people here, which made it easy to book things. But even more annoying when people were talking on their cell phones by the pool.
Can I please add, “Poolside at an island resort” to the list of Totally Unacceptable Places to Talk on Your Cell Phone?
Oh, and Things I Forgot:
- Beach bag. I thought I was covered, but I need something bigger and waterproof to take on a four-hour boat cruise.
- Hat. Seriously, I forgot my awesome New Orleans hat. This mistake is getting expensive.