12.04.2011 - 12.04.2011 28 °C
We spent the better part of the day getting to Kauai today (pronounced the same as Hawaii but with a K). First impressions of the island is that it is similar to the others but in all honesty we haven't travelled out of Lihue (pronounced Lihoo-ay), the main town, so haven't really been able to see much of the place. Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle" and is supposed to be really beautiful on the northern and western sides of the island. Some famous movies have been made on this island-- Jurassic Park being the most famous, also Raiders of the Lost Arc, Tropic Thunder etc so I'm sure when we get over the other side it will live up to its name.
Conductor suggested that we stay at a member of the "Affordable Travel Club"'s home so we are staying with a lady named Joan who is kindly letting us stay for next to nothing for the next few days. The ATC is for over 40s only so I guess this is the only time I'll be staying in one of these styles for quite awhile. So far really worth while. Joan is lovely and obviously the saving on accom helps the wallet! Definitely worth it for all of those other keen beans who want to travel on a budget (and obviously are a bit older than yours truly)- get Conductor to fill you in on how to go about joining.
The thing we have most noticed in our short time here on Kauai is chickens. No kidding, Kauai has a feral chicken problem. Everywhere you go you find feral roosters and hens with baby chooks!! I've never seen its like! There are no predators for chooks here on the island and apparently no-one has the heart to eradicate them so Kauai has a feral chook problem! What I find even funnier is that one of the radio stations here is called Rooster Country! (country music channel) I mean.. seriously..
Not much else to report as we really haven't done much today except travel to the island. It isn't actually that far but you have to fly via Honolulu and by the time you lay over etc etc it took til after lunch, then we had to find Joan's house and have a hot tub, before we knew it was dinner time!
Off tomorrow to use our snorkelling gear again and start finding some of the apparent picture perfect beaches (apparently there is one on the island that has been rated the second best beach in the world.. not sure what is #1 but my guess would be Whitehaven?)
See you all tomorrow.
(No photos today as we haven't had the time to take any or seen anything noteworthy yet)