During a day in port off the Golden Princess in Kauai, Hawaii we walked over to nearby Kalapaki Beach for some sunshine and swimming. We’d been on board the ship for five days sailing from Los Angeles and it was time for some on shore action. . We would have liked to ride over to our favorite Poipu Beach, but there was too little time in port to go that far.
The vessel was docked in the port in Nawillwilli, a tiny town filled with shops, restaurants, and bars such as Mariachi’s offering half-priced happy hour drinks. Passengers and crew took good advantage of port time swarming the stores, bars and restaurant.
We parked ourselves at Mariachi’s and ordered the happy hour margarita, which was made by friendly barkeep, Hector, with primo tequila and cost us just $5 a pop. Laptop under arm, we signed on to the free WiFi and posted photos of the amiable barkeep on my Facebook page for our friends to see and envy.
The year-old bar/restaurant was quite a find. We sampled a few appetizers and they were all good and very reasonably-priced. It was too bad the ship was sailing at 6 or we would have stayed for dinner. The margies on a warm Hawaiian day really hit the spot along with the chips and salsa.
There were shuttles at the ship to take passengers to various spending spots and of course taxis for those wishing to venture future out on this verdant, tropical island. Some passengers were hoping for a nearby Walmart like the one in Hilo where 1900 of them got off the Golden Princess and into a free bus that took them to the mega store. It was so humorous that one of the onboard comics used it in his act, wondering why that many people would take a luxury cruise to Hawaii and go to Walmart. He pointed to an audience member and asked, “Why?” She answered, “We don’t one where we live and we wanted to shop.”
Whatever floats your boat.