As a travel writer, I'm invited to experience incredible opportunities all the time. And, because I live on Kauai, that can be especially exciting, like when HoloHolo hosted my husband and myself on their 7-hour Ni'ihau + Napali Super Tour.
Given that I can get seasick now and again, I was worried about the length of time that we'd be on the water, but knowing that it'd be an opportunity to see the Forbidden Ni`hau Island (even if only from the water) and to snorkel at the renowned Lehua Crater, I knew I'd figure out a way. (FYI, Bonine and Sea Sick Bands help!).
Ni`ihau is fascinating for numerous reasons: it's known as a place where time stood still, because there are no paved roads, no cars, no stores, no restaurants, no doctors, no police, no fire department, and no indoor plumbing; there are about 170 residents on island who speak a local dialect of Hawaiian; and, features an interesting history of who currently owns the island and why it is known to allow only relatives of those living on island to visit and even then, by rare occurrence.
Because of the remote location of Lehua Crater, it boasts incredible scuba diving, of which we did a little snorkeling. A friend of mine is currently working to maintain the endemic species of birds in Hawaii, so he actually spends quite a bit of time camped out on this volcanic rock, hunting predators, which when I saw the Crater up close, is an incredible venture.
We toured the NaPali (the second largest sea cliffs in the world) on HoloHolo's 65' foot catamaran, which is supposed to be one of the fastest vessels available to tour on island, and we sailed during winter season, which means that whales were migrating from Alaska to warmer climates to birth their calves. If you've never seen whales up close, breaching and swimming, it is a sight to behold.
Food and beverages were served on island, but a big part of the tour was meeting people from around the world and conversing with them as soaked in the sun and got splattered by the sea. Even living on the North Shore, there is nothing like taking in the grandeur of the NaPali the way that you can when you see it from the water. If you don't want to hike the notoriously rugged Kalaulau Trail, another way to approach the beach is by water vessel, and all of it just makes you want to go back for more.