After a fun first day on Kauai, my husband and I were excited for day 2. Our first stop was Wailua Falls. The parking area is small, but it is a nice quick stop to see the gorgeous waterfalls. There is no hiking required, which is not typical in Hawaii… usually there is, at the very least, a short hike before being able to see a waterfall. It was nice to just to be able to simply drive, park, and walk a few steps to the overlook.
The next stop was Kilohana Plantation. We went on the 40 minute train ride through the plantation grounds. We stopped about halfway through and were able to feed the goats, boars, and chickens that they have on the grounds. Being a huge animal lover, this was the most exciting part for me. 🙂 The train ride has beautiful scenic views of the plantation and the surrounding area. Afterwards, we went to the Koloa Rum Company store, which is also on the plantation. They offer free rum tastings every half hour, which I recommend. The rum is delicious! The plantation also has a mansion with shops and a restaurant.
Our big activity of the day was tubing at Kauai Backcountry Adventures. Kauai Backcountry has the tubing tour and two zipline tours. The tubing tour is about 3 hours long. However, about one hour of it is driving to and from their office to the tubing site, just to keep that in mind when booking. While on the way up the tubing site, you stop at a lookout to view the second highest peak on the island, Mount Wai’ale’ale. This peak is very wet; getting 450 inches of rain per year. Once getting to the tubing site, it wasn’t long before we were in the water and on our way. The tubing takes place in the irrigation system of the former Lihue Plantation. The water may be warmer other times in the year, but in December, it was chilly. But you do not want to say that or you will get splashed- stick with the words “refreshing” or “life-changing”. The tubing adventure has five tunnels you go through that range in length. The water speed is mostly gentle, but there are a few spots where it gets a little rough. There is also a 36 inch drop at one point. After the tubing was over, a small lunch of a sandwich, chips, and a cookie was given at a picnic area beside a small stream. The scenery up in the mountains was beautiful! Our guides were so funny and provided a lot of information about the island. They were happy to answer questions about things to do and where to eat, so take advantage of this!
Advice- Again, make sure you have waterproof shoes. You need to have closed-toed shoes on this tour and since you get wet, you do not want to be wearing your good tennis shoes. Also, make sure you are wearing a bathing suit and bring extra clothes to change into afterwards. You will be much more comfortable.
For dinner, we went to the Bull Shed Restaurant. This was another short drive north from our hotel, about 5 minutes. This restaurant sits right on the beach. We were lucky enough to get a oceanfront table and could see the waves coming on the the beach, even though it was dark out. This restaurant is pricey, but, of course, that isn’t uncommon for beachfront restaurants. My husband and I shared the scallops cooked in mushrooms and parmesan cheese, which were so yummy! I had a Lava Flow from the drink menu, which was a slushy pina colada-tasting drink with a splash of strawberry. For out entrees, I got the grilled shrimp and my husband got the steak and lobster, both were served with rice. Our meals also included the salad bar. I enjoyed my meal, but my husband thought his steak was bland. Knowing that my husband is sometimes picky, I would still recommend this restaurant to those visiting Kauai and staying on the east side.