7 nights/ 8 days

From the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast to the vast chasms of the Waimea Canyon, Kauai enchants the senses like no other destination. Known as the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is the oldest and the fourth largest of the main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. It is the northernmost Hawaiian island boasting jaw-dropping views, lush, jagged coastlines, and stunning beaches. Among this diverse landscape, you will find everything from caves to waterfalls, from steep canyons to river valleys, and an endless list of things to do and to discover. And among this diverse geography, the micro-ecosystems you can find at least 145 endangered species of plants, and a dozen endangered exotic birds, some of which exist nowhere else but on Kauai. Unwind and let the oxygen-rich air of Kauai’s Wailua River invigorate your spirit as you kayak to a cascading waterfall. Breathe deeply at the edge of the time-swept Waimea Canyon as it speaks to you without words. Take to Kauai’s historic waterways in a mountain tube and discover a whole new way to access the island’s tropical interior.

  • Kayak the Wailua River as it weaves by gorgeous waterfalls and lush jungle landscapes.
  • Hike the trails of Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
  • Go tubing in the historic irrigation system of the former Lihue Plantation, a water system that runs through some of the most beautiful and remote land on the island.
  • Harness up and zoom down a mountainside via seven ziplines crossing valleys and gulley’s as you make your way to the valley floor below.
  • Explore the Napali Coast in a Zodiac Boat, exploring hidden sea caves and waterfalls while witnessing marine life such as spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, flying fish, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, monk seals, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and numerous varieties of sea birds.
  • Enjoy snorkeling the marvelous Nualolo Kai reef with an array of tropical reef fish.
  • Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Luau at the historic Kilohana Estate plantation.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Lihue to Lihue
TRIP LEADER(S) Stacey
PLACES VISITED Kaumaulai’I State Park, Kokee and Waimea State Park, Hali’I Falls, Wailua Falls, Napali Coast, Lihue Sugar Plantation, Kilauea Lighthouse, Queen’s Bath, Hanalei
ACTIVITIES Kayaking, Tubing, Ziplining, Hiking, Snorkeling, Boating
GROUP SIZE Min. 6 Max. 12 people
TRAVEL STYLE Comfort
PHYSICAL RATING Easy to Moderate
INCLUDED
7 nights condo vacation rental All meals indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
Van transportation for all included activities & airport transfers Wailua River Kayaking Tour (5 hours)
Hiking in Waimea Canyon (self-guided) Mountain Tubing Adventure
Entrance at Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge Zipline & Waterfall Adventure
Zodiac Boat & Snorkeling Adventure Tradional Hawaiian Luau Dinner
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to/from Lihue Airport (LIH) Beverages & Meals not specified
Optional Activities Gratuities for your local guides
Personal Expenses Travel Insurance
Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
1

Lihue

Welcome to Kauai! Today is arrival day and there are no planned activities, so you are free to arrive in Lihue at any time. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your trip leader and taken to our condos, located on the island’s East Side, sometimes referred to as the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow in its resort areas. Amongst the clusters of coconut trees, you’ll find historic places, amazing beaches and memorable attractions. The nearby town of Kapa’a is also a great place for shopping and offers a variety of fun shops and eateries.

INCLUDED:
–Airport transfer

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2

Kaumaulai’I State Park

This morning after breakfast, we’ll head to the launch area at Kaumaulai’I State Park for a five-hour kayaking adventure. Our guide will take us paddling on the Wailua River and we’ll hike to a remote bridal-veil waterfall. The Wailua River became the center of activity for early Hawaiians and is known as one of Hawaii’s two most sacred places. At night, it is said that one can still hear ancient drums thunder in concert with the nearby surf. The trail leading to the sacred waterfall is a beautiful “greenhouse” where flowers, brooks and ferns abound. Be sure to keep a look out for herons or coots.

The paddle upstream to the trail head is about 45 minutes. The short walk/ hike to the Secret Falls is about 35 minutes. Our guides will share their extensive knowledge of history, legends, and interesting stories about the Wailua River Valley. They can also identify for you all the flora and fauna that you encounter along the way. The king’s pool at the base of the falls is a great place to swim and cool off. Few places in the world are better for enjoying a picnic lunch after a refreshing swim (not included).

Afterwards, we’ll visit Opaekaa Falls, one of the island’s most accessible waterfalls, located about 2 miles up Kuamoo Raod. Opaekaa means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream. Walk uphill from the Opaekaa lookout and across the road for another great view of the Wailua River valley and interior plains beyond.

Upon our return, you’ll have the rest of the day free to go shopping in the town of Kapa’a or just relax on the beach or at the swimming pool.

INCLUDED:
— 10am-3pm Guided Wailua River Tour
— Visit Opaekaa Falls

Estimated travel time: 10 min driving each way
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3

Kokee and Waimea State Park

Today, we’ll head to Kokee and Waimea State Park, two of the premier parks on the island of Kauai. Waimea Canyon is described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Although not as big or as old as its Arizona cousin, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder in Hawaii. Stretching 14-miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles.

The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai’s dramatic interior. The road continues into the mountains and ends at Kokee State Park. Inside these adjacent parks exist some of the most stunning trails in all of Hawaii, and the diversity of the trails is unmatched. We’ll decide on which trail to do as a group once everyone is booked.

INCLUDED:
— Full Day Hiking at Kokee and Waimea State Park (self-guided)

Estimated travel time: 1 hour driving each way
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4

Hali’I Falls/ Wailua Falls (L)

Today, we’ll escape to the backcountry and enjoy the natural splendor of Hali’I Falls! We’ll experience an exhilarating world class zipline and travel deep into the islands interior to an enchanting and secluded waterfall. After climbing aboard our adventure vehicle, we’ll travel deep into the heart of Kauai through private plantation lands that have never before been open to the public.

Harness up and zoom down a mountainside via seven ziplines crossing valleys and gully’s as you make your way to the valley floor below. End your five-hour zip adventure with a short nature walk to Hali’I Falls where you can feast on a delicious picnic, take a refreshing swim or just soak in the magnificent beauty. The Hali’I Falls is a multitiered waterfall that is accessible only by hiking through bamboo forests, deep marsh and former sugarcane pastures. The falls feeding this pool are named Hali’i, which means “to spread out,” and the cascading water does just that, creating the ultimate swimming experience.

Before heading back, we’ll make a photo stop at Wailua Falls, a 140-foot waterfall that appears on many postcards, and was used as the opening scene for the 1970’s television series, “Fantasy Island.” The Wailua Falls are easily accessible and easy to photograph with no hiking involved.

INCLUDED:
— 9:30am to 3pm Waterfall Zipline Adventure (Includes snacks, lunch, and cold beverages)
— Visit Wailua Falls

Estimated travel time: 15 min driving each way
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5

Free Day

Today is a free day at your leisure. For those still looking for more adventure, you’ll have the option of joining others on one of the following activities:

Optional: Kauai UTV Tour – 2 to 4 per vehicle (11:30am to 4:00pm) $186/ person
For a fun filled day, this 4-hour waterfall tour is the adventure for you. This is a swimming tour, so be sure to pack your towels and swim gear. Hop into the Huleia River via Indiana Jones rope swing and splash into a tropical spring fed waterfall. Dine in paradise at a waterfall while enjoying a delicious deli-style sandwich buffet. Enjoy historic Kipu Ranch, its cattle, abundant wildlife, beautiful views, lush tropical landscape, and various movie locations. Helmets, goggles, and bandanas, as well as drinks, snacks, and a picnic lunch are included.

Optional: Guided Hike of Na Pali Coast Kalalau Trail (8am to 6pm) $150/ person
Na Pali displays Kauai’s most spectacular coast. This excursion traverses the first two miles of rugged, historic Kalalau Trail then another two miles interior up Hanakapiai Valley to the base of its majestic 400-foot waterfall. Prepare for a visual feast of soaring, jungly-green pinnacles rising from black lava cliffs, all backdropped by sapphire, teal or turquoise areas, depending on the mood of the North Pacific. This is Na Pali (“The Cliffs”), the crowning coast of Kauai. Sea cliffs composed of thousands of five-million-year-old lava flows rise as much as 4,000 feet and extend 13-miles along one of the world’s most precipitous coastlines. As your knowledgeable guide leads you safely along the historic Kalalau Trail and then up Hanakapiai Valley, you will learn of Na Pali’s geological origins, the stories of Kauai’s native plants and animals, and of its cultural past. Coastal valleys, such as Hanakapiai, were settled by the island’s earliest human occupants over 800 years ago and then abandoned as resources dwindled The two-mile hike up Hanakapiai Valley passes much of the evidence of that occupation – numerous archaeological sites. This moderately difficult to strenuous out and back trail adventure ranges from a moderate four-mile (round-trip) option to Hanakapiai Beach, to an eight mile (round-trip) excursion that includes Hanakapiai Valley to the very base of its 400-foot waterfall. (Includes transportation to the trailhead)

Note: For those looking to hike the Kalalau Trail, please be aware that this is at your own risk. The Kalalau Trail is one of the most beautiful hikes on the planet. Hiking along the Napali Coast is awe inspiring, but not everyone should hike the trail. You must be in good shape and you must be willing to obey all rules and warnings. The Kalalau Trail has been called one of the most dangerous trails in America as well as one of the most dangerous trails on Earth. The fact is the streams along the trail can swell up to very dangerous levels with little or no warning. Ricks can fall from the cliffs above, hitting hikers and campers. The trail has sheer cliffs and narrow, often slippery trails, and strong riptides have claimed many lives at Hanakapi’ai. One of the rainiest spots in the world is just a few miles away. It rains between 330-360 days each year on Mount Waialeale totaling an average of 450 inches of rain each year. There are no emergency services along the way and there is no cell phone coverage to use to call for help. Everyone who hikes this trail should understand these hazards. Everyone should be capable of making smart decisions to minimize these risks along the trail.

We also recommend renting bikes to ride the Kapa’a bike path. The Kapa’a Bike Path is a good way to explore Kauai’s east side and the town of Kapa’a. Rentals are available from Coconut Coasters ($18 to $36 for a tandem bike, for half day rental). There are 7-8 miles of bike path connecting Lydgate State Park to Wailua Beach Park and south Kapa’a to Kealia Beach.

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6

Napali Coast

The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.

This morning we’ll explore this coast on a Zodiac Raft, for an unforgettable Napali Coast experience exploring sea caves, snorkeling, and dolphin watching. The reef at Nualolo Kai is one of the best snorkeling locations to visit on Kauai. You can expect to see lots of fish and very healthy coral. Nualolo Kai, on the Napali Coast, is only accessible by boat.

INCLUDED:
—12pm to 4pm Napali Coast Zodiac Boat Tour (Includes light snacks and beverages)

Estimated travel time: 1 hour driving each way
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7

Lihue Sugar Plantation/ Kilauea Lighthouse/ Queen’s Bath/ Hanalei

This morning, we’ll take to Kauai’s historic waterways in a mountain tube and discover a whole new way to access the island’s tropical interior.

Over a century ago, laborers hired by the Lihue Sugar Plantation hand built the Hanamaulu ditch system. This series of canals and tunnels was designed to bring water from the waterfalls and streams of Mt. Waialeale to provide irrigation for the large sugar cane fields in and around Lihue. Although the Lihue Sugar Plantation has since closed, these amazing waterways are still here and have adopted a new life as one of the most unique water adventures in Kauai. The gentle flow of water offers a fun and relaxing ride through mountainside flumes and tunnels that emerge to stunning views of beautiful and remote locations.

After traversing the former Lihue Plantation deep into Kauai’s pristine emerald green interior in a four-wheel-drive adventure vehicle, we’ll arrive at our launch site. Grab a tube, don a headlamp, and jump in the gently flowing waters. We’ll witness Kauai’s spectacular, historical engineering feats as we float down the open canals, through several amazing tunnels and flumes engineered and hand dug circa 1870. Enjoy the wander and magic of each tunnel, lit by headlamps. At the end of our adventure, we’ll be guided to an enchanted picnic area where we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and a cool dip in a natural swimming hole.

This afternoon, we’ll head to the North side of the island, first visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge. Here, the ocean cliffs and tall grassy slopes of a dormant volcano provide a protective breeding ground for many Hawaiian seabirds. It is also one of the few locations where you can observe the Red-Footed Booby, Laysan Albatross, and the Wedge-Tailed Shearwater, amongst other Kauai wildlife, in their natural habitat. The coastal front also provides a safe haven for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Green Sea Turtle, and the Humpback Whale.

We’ll then continue to the farmer’s market in the quaint town of Hanalei and then make a stop at the Queen’s Bath, one of Princeville’s favorite attractions. A pleasant 10-minute hike past a waterfall leads down a rocky landscape of lava rock. Another 5-minute trek over rocks leads to the bath. Roughly the size of a large swimming pool, the Queen’s Bath is a natural tide pool with some fish. Water spills over the lava rocks to refresh the pool. If surf conditions are less than 4ft high, we’ll go for a swim before making our return back to the condo.

This evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Luau at the historic Kilohana Estate plantation, dating back to 1896. Today, the 16,000 square-foot Kauai mansion has been lovingly restored to its former 1930’s beauty and style and now houses specialty shops, art galleries, and Gaylord’s, a beautiful restaurant with breathtaking courtyard seating. Come early and stroll the Plantation’s tropical grounds as you enjoy the late afternoon sun or walk through the demonstration and view the crafter’s beautiful creations that are all “Made on Kauai.” Then, sit back and prepare for a spectacular Hawaiian Kauai luau show filled with hula, fire dancers, and a story that is sure to touch your heart.

INCLUDED:
—9am to 12pm Backcountry Tubing Adventure (includes lunch)
—Visit North Shore – Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife refuge, Hanalei, and Queen’s Bath
—5pm to 8:30pm Luau Kalamaku (includes open bar, arts & crafts demonstrations & Hawaiian games, Imu Ceremony, buffet dinner, traditional hula main show, and photo session with cast)

Estimated Travel time: 45 minutes to the North Shore/ 20 minutes to Luau
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8

Departure

Today is departure day and there are no planned activities on this day. If you have time, you can tick-off any last minute shopping you might like to do before your departure.

INCLUDED:
—Airport transfer

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  • Aug 30-Sept 6 $2295 (single supplement $1100)

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