Kauai Journals

6 Days, 7 Nights

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A May 2002 trip to Kauai by gosusan

Inter-Island Helicopters Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: With its lush and spectacular beauty, Kaua'i has been the setting for many adventure movies, among them Indiana Jones, Jurrasic Park, 6 days/7 nights. While no pirates or dinosaurs chased us, we had an action-packed active week here, worthy of a film with Harrison Ford.

6 Days, 7 Nights

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Overview

Hanalei Farmers Market Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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While visitors can approach Kaua'i from a lounge-at-the-hotel-pool-and-drink-Mai-Tais perspective, the island's rugged beauty and adventure possibilities inspire a more active vacation. And you can always drink those Mai-Tais after your excursion. 1) Take a helicopter tour of the island, as soon as possible. It will help you scout out areas you wish to investigate further and see natural wonders otherwise off limits. 2) Rent snorkel gear and go swim with the fish and perhaps even the occasional sea turtle. 3) Rent a kayak and paddle up the Wailau river, then take the hike into Secret Falls. You'll be humming the tune from Indiana Jones the whole time. 4) Hike t...Read More

Plantation Guest House

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Hotel

Plantation Guest House Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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We knew we wanted to stay on the North Shore, but we wished to avoid the cost and hoity-toityness of the places in Princeville. This bed and breakfast with 4 guest rooms is about a mile west of Hanalei. The beach is literally across the road, and every room has a sweeping view of Hanalei Bay. Inside, the suite was comfortable, with kitchenette area, large bathroom, TV and plenty of space. We had a lanai with a small table and chairs. Breakfast was served between 8:30-9:00, and the menu varied by day. It was tasty enough to hang around for if you weren't either planning on sleeping in late or getting an early start, but I would recommend keeping a stock of fruit and muffins in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2002

Plantation Guest House
Mile Marker 4
Kauai, Hawaii
(808) 826-6111

Kayak Wailua

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Attraction | "Kayaking down the Wailau River to Secret Falls"

Kayak Wailua Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Kaua'i is the only Hawaiian island to have navigable rivers, and most of them beg to be explored by paddlers. We took a half-day kayak trip along Wailau River. We arrived at the launch site before 8am, as the rental company suggested that would be better to start early in the morning. Alas, they only rented sit-on-top kayaks. It didn't really matter, as the paddling was not at all technical, with smooth waters and little current. A few minutes after the launch any sign of civilization disappeared, and it was just us, alone admist the bird calls. The vegetation along the river was incredibly lush, with flowering plants overhanging the water. I felt like I was venturing in unchartere...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2002

Kayak Wailua
159 Wailua Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822-3388

Kalalau Trail

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Attraction | "The Kalalau Trail"

Kalalau Trail Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Few hikers can come to Kaua'i and not be tempted by the Big Kahuna of all treks, the Kalalau Trail. Cut into the Na Pali coastline by the ancient inhabitants, this hike will reward you with breathtaking views of spectacular sea cliffs and waterfalls. Park at Ke'e beach and take plenty of water. The trail along the 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai is pretty easy. The beach here is beautiful but dangerous. People have been known to be swept out to sea and drown, even when just wading along the shore. I admit we took our chances and went in up to our knees. While many turn back at this point, we decided to take the side trail up to the Hanakapi'ai falls. This 2 mile jaunt was much more diffic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2002

Kalalau Trail
At The End Of The Kalalau Trail
Kauai, Hawaii

North Shore Divers

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Attraction | "North Shore Snorkeling"

North Shore Divers Photo, Koloa, Hawaii
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Kaua'i has several beaches where the coral formations and calm surf make for excellent snorkelling conditions. We snorkeled at both Ke'e and Tunnels and took a disposable underwater camera along for the swim. The variety and number of fish and other creatures was amazing. The aquatic parade included several types of Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (trigger fish), yellow butterfly fish, unicorn fish, Christmas Wrass, an even the head of a Zebra eel. We swam near several sea turtles. I would recommend getting up and going in as early as possible- you can find parking, you will have the fish to yourselves, and the waters are often the calmest in the morning, allowing for better visibility and a...Read More

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North Shore Divers
P.O. Box 853
Koloa, Hawaii 96756
(808) 828 1223

Inter-Island Helicopters

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Attraction | "Inter-Island Helicoptor Tour"

Inter-Island Helicopters Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The Na Pali Coast and much of the interior of Kaua'i are inaccessible by ground vehicles. And many of the really scenic parts of the island are only visible by air. So a helicopter tour of the island is worthwhile. You'll see jagged seacliffs, spectacular waterfalls and follow twisting canyons as well as fly into Mount Wai'ale'ale's crater- a box canyon with waterfalls cascading down the 3000 foot sides. Flying in any helicopter is an adventure for most people. But this heli tour is even more exciting than the others, for several reasons: 1) Inter-Island is the only company to use the Hughes 500. It seats 4 passengers, rather than the 6 passengers that A-Star and Jet models carry,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Inter-Island Helicopters
Hwy 50
Kauai, Hawaii

More pictures from the Helicopter Tour

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The Wettest Place on Earth Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Here are some more pictures from our tour with Inter-Island Helicopters. Please see here for contact information and general description. Bear in mind that our photos hardly do justice to the full views (and overall experience) of the trip. Especially hard is capturing the majesty of the Wai'ale'ale crater, since it's perpetually preciptiating, and the photos don't give you a full sense of scale. Suffice it to say that those walls are over 2000 feet high. Also, on some of the shots you'll notice a slight red frame on one side. That's the door frame. Now imagine being that high up...Read More

More pictures from snorkelling

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Underwater desegregation Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Once again I could not limit myself to 4 pictures so here are some additional shots from our snorkeling excursions in Kaua'i. For information on rentals and general advice, see: here.

While trying to get pictures of sea life can be frustrating, and the shots are never as spectacular as the real experience, I would recommend picking up a disposable underwater camera. For $8 bucks plus developing costs, you can feel like Jacques Cousteau.