Port Allen (Nawiliwili), Kauai, Hawaii Cruise Port

For a vacation that combines lush beauty, beaches, and plenty of sunshine, the Hawaii cruise port of Port Allen, Kauai in Hanapepe Bay is a fantastic jumping-off point. Located 20 nautical miles from Nawiliwili (another popular port and beach park), Port Allen is actually the second commercial harbor after Nawiliwili Harbor. Both are important for tourism and military vessels. While Port Allen is primarily busy for dropping off and picking up traffic, it has some nearby neighbors with plenty of activities, such as the adjacent town of Hanapepe. There’s plenty of history here, too: This is where the famous Captain James Cook landed. With multiple opportunities for sailing, snorkeling, shopping, and even taking an archaeological tour of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village, this is a town where plenty of magic is just waiting in the wings. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Port Allen, Kauai, Hawaii:
 
  • There are many catamaran charters here that provide any number of activities. You may begin on a luxury ship and end up in a zodiac raft, exploring sea caves, waterfalls, and secluded beaches. Snorkeling is a popular activity associated with these charters, especially in summer. During the winter, you can hop a charter and go whale watching.
     
  • Chocoholics will swoon over the Kauai Chocolate Company near the harbor. Here you'll find confections you may have only dreamed of (and many that your imagination never even considered). Between papaya creams, mango truffles, and handmade chocolate bars with fresh macadamia nuts, you may never be happy with ordinary candy again.
     
  • For even more shopping (and to find boat charters), hang out at the Port Allen Marina Center. Here is a chance to grab gifts for friends and family, along with checking out the day spa and having a bite to eat and drink.
     
  • If sandy beaches are ho-hum, then the fascinating and colorful Glass Beach will set your pulse to racing. The entire beach is formed from sea glass, mostly created from an old dump nearby. Its discarded glass was smoothed by the ocean over the years to create this otherworldly-looking spot.

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