Thursday, January 5th
Thursday was a relaxing day for us. While we were split up for part of the morning, we did chill for the rest of the day and decided to take it easy after several long and tiring days.
The day started in the early AM when we had our free shoot with the GHK photo staff. We had the most wonderful woman as our photographer. So warm, funny and charming; we really enjoyed her and could tell how she brought out the best in us for the shoot. She was telling us how they only recently decided to move - as a family of five - to Kauai to fulfill their dream and change up their year long routine. Very cool and impressive to just pick up and leave.
To cut to the chase, she is absolutely awesome and fun to be around. She took some stunning pictures of us during Sunrise and I can only recommend her. I won't go into too much detail but she was so awesome that when it came to reviewing the pictures and going through what we liked and wanted considering their astronomic prices, she cut us a deal we couldn't refuse. I have since told her that Ill happily fwd her contact info to people staying at the GHK and in the area and pitch her for personal sessions instead. She will still take you to the same spots and give you the time needed but it will be at a much better price then going through the GHK. PM me for details as Id love to give her business on the Poipu side of the island. [Disclaimer: Choose Sunrise as opposed to Sunset. A) Your window to get good shots is significantly better in the morning with the lighting. The Sun WILL come out. B) You are fighting with way less people in regards to beach real estate and good photo shooting spots. C) It is early in the morning and doesn't mess with the rest of your day]
After that was done it was time to split up for the morning. A few weeks earlier - knowing that I wanted to do Zip-lining while there - I found a good deal on Groupon for an 8-line Tour via Skyline Eco Adventures. It cost me $109.50 + 8% Ebates at the time to make for a pretty good deal that I snagged up. As you all know by now, that was not going to be something my wife was really into, so I headed out around 9am for my 10am tour.
I was so proud of myself with my selfie stick, GoPro and Head strap and not having to go for their "rentals" like everyone else there who only had their cellphones on them!
After getting equipped and into the Van we drove about 15 minutes to the off-road facility that is used by them for all their different lines they have. It actually was my first time zip-lining and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a variety of lines from short to long with different views and ways to jump off that turned it into a lot of fun. Also, the instructor looked at me for quite some time before he was like "Did you do Jack Harter in the last few days?" And after saying yes, he was like "I thought I remembered saving someones GoPro Pre-Departure that looked just like you"
While I can't comment as to them being the best on Kauai and them not offering speciality Zip-lining like Superman or backwards, I did find them very good value for the price, very friendly and attentive and still lots of fun.
Once I got back to the hotel we decided to pack our bags and head over to Poipu Beach for some snorkeling and relaxing at the beach. Once we had parked at Poipu and were ready to hit up the beach, from the corner of my eye I noticed this place everyone was flocking to: "Brennecke's Beach Broiler"
Sounding like a fun place we decided to hit them up first before heading to the beach. Sure enough, their samplers didn't disappoint and an hour later we were off to the beach.
It was then time to head over to Nukumoi's Surf Rental to get my snorkeling gear for the afternoon and a quick $6 later I had fins and a mask.Mandatory Six-Pack Show-Off
Then it was time to hit the water together with 40,000 other people.
As I kind of figured, Poipu - while it has snorkeling - really does not have anything great to offer and is always crowded due to its kid-friendly nature and its proximity to the resorts. The real gem when it comes to snorkeling on Kauai hands down is Anini Beach. To all those going, check it out. It is heaven.
After some diving and exploring it was time to hit up the local soccer game. I probably brought the average age of the group up to 10
We then returned to the hotel, got ourselves some Southern Fried Chicken for dinner (One portion will be enough for two. Trust me.) and fell asleep to some HGTV. Well I did. My wife is obsessed with anything and everything that channel has to offer. How? Beats me. The next day was very fun as we spent it in its entirety in the North..