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    Visit Waimea Canyon

    by CDM7 Written Jan 24, 2014

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    Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet deep.The drive up is on a twisty mountainous road and took more than an hour from where our ship was docked.Once at the lookout point you are at the mercy of the weather.While we were there it was mostly cloudy with only the occasional glimpse of the sun and visibility fair to poor.Advisable that you take a coat as the temperature drops considerably when you are at the lookout.Toilets are available,and there is also a guy selling drinks,pineapple chunks and other treats.Pleased that we did this trip but it would have been much better with good visibility.

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    Kauai's Hindu Monastery

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    I am not Hindu, but once I arrived there I felt inspired to worship. They could tell I was a newbie and one lady there did help me by telling me what to do next. As far as going just as a tourist, it is worth seeing just for that too. Beautiful scenery, great place for people that love photography. They do have wraps once you walk in incase you are not dressed appropriately. Be aware of hours before you go, because until worshipping is done, tourists aren't allowed past the gates leading to the monastery.

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    Must see

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    This is beautiful, but be warned it is a very long drive with no place to get food or drink for hours. I got nauseous and lightheaded and even driving down quickly to try to get something, it took over an hour from the top.
    Be careful if you go hiking near the top because like I said I was lightheaded even though it isn't that high in elevation compared to mountains on the other islands. The air IS thin up there and you are up in the clouds.

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    Allerton Gardens

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

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    It is very expensive. Check into the website more if you are a Hawaii resident because there are certain days you can get in free or deeply discounted.
    It is gorgeous and you get to taste a lot of the plants there. It is an easy walk around the garden and there is an appropriate number of people on the tour. So, you get lots of opportunity to talk with the tour guide and ask questions.
    There is no food there, but about a mile down the road you can get some good food at the little shopping center.

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    Lydgate State Park

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

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    The playground here is huge and I took a lot of pictures of it due to all the detail in the design. Plus, it is a great beach for families to play at. There is also picnic tables and bathrooms, so you really could stay all day. You do need to bring food and drink.

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    Hike, backpack, camp, and make leis in Kauai

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Clean, well made gear including tents, trekking backpacks and hiking poles make all inclusive trips enjoyable and keep you traveling light! Book a luxury camping trip or an ultimate challenge backpacking tour with Nature Walk Kauai. Hike, backpack, camp, and surf with Nature Walk Kauai, the travelers guide to outdoor activities on Kauai.

    Also available are surfing lessons for our ocean enthusiasts with up to date surfing boards made specifically for beginner and intermediate surfers. An interactive Hawaiian cultural experience is waiting for you where you will make gorgeous flower leis, learn an enchanting hula, story telling and Hawaiian music, all summed up with a fantastic Hawaiian food demonstration with a local kumu, Hawaiian arts teacher!

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    Thrilling Zipline Tours with a bird's eye view!

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Kauai is home to a variety of ziplining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island's landscapes. Ziplining is thrilling and fun. You are strapped securely into the harness but you do fly up to 34 miles per hour, pretty fast to zoom through the air!

    Princeville Ranch Adventures (North Shore)
    Princeville Ranch Adventures offers exclusive zipline, horseback riding, kayaking and hiking tours on Kauai’s spectacular north shore. On the popular Zip N’ Dip, you’ll fly like a bird across interior valleys – 9 times! -- and cross a suspension bridge spanning a waterfall.
    info@princevilleranch.com
    www.princevilleranch.com,

    Kauai Backcountry Adventures
    adventure@kauaibackcountry.com
    www.kauaibackcountry.com

    Reservation Info
    Phone:(808) 245-2506
    Fax:(808) 245-2520
    Toll Free:(888) 270-0555

    With exclusive access to over 17,000 acres ofold plantations lands, Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers one-of-a-kind experiences. Traverse a lush mountainside on one of seven exciting ziplines. Soar down into the tropical valley below and enjoy a dip in a mountain swimming hole and delicious picnic. On the Mountain Tubing Adventure you float down the plantation irrigation system on gently flowing water, through canals, flumes and five tunnels hand-dug by plantation workers circa 1870. A swim and picnic await you at the end of this special tour.

    and Just Live (Lihue)
    Just Live, Inc.
    3-1001 Kaumuali'i Hwy
    Lihue, HI 96766
    info@justlive.org
    www.justlive.org

    Reservation Info
    Phone:(808) 482-1295
    Fax:1.808.441.9950

    Four different zipline tour options are offered. Enjoy up to 7 zipline runs combined with exciting canopy bridge walks. Soar 60 – 80 feet above the ground in 200 foot tall Norfolk Pine trees as you fly over mango, eucalyptus, bamboo, native plant and bird life. Ecology narratives are included in every tour. Magnificent mountain and forest views. Also included in their wide range of services are Rock Wall Climbing, Rappelling, Monster Swing and a Ropes Challenge Course.

    All operate zipline courses which is a good idea to take. All zipline companies will have similar requirements and restrictions. For tour-specific information contact the zipline company directly.

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    Bicycle down Waimea Canyon!

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Bicycling down Waimea Canyon is a something you should not miss! Spectacular scenery in Hawaii's colorful "Mini-Grand Canyon." Gorgeous foliage you can see at your own pace on bicycles, and it's all downhill so no stress! Transportation provided.

    At Outfitters Kauai also take Wailua and Hidden Valley Falls river kayak adventures. Kipu Falls Zipline Safari. Napali and Poipu sea kayak tours. Island wide from convenient Poipu location. (South Shore of Kauai)

    Outfitters Kauai
    2827 Poipu Rd at Poipu Plaza
    Poipu Beach, HI 96756
    info@outfitterskauai.com
    www.outfitterskauai.com/

    Reservation Info
    Phone:(808) 742-9667
    Fax:(808) 742-8842
    Toll Free:(888) 742-9887

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    Water Tours

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Kauai Sea Tours
    For special Savings reserve online. Na Pali Kauai catamaran snorkel sunset dinner cruises. Beach landing raft adventures, see dolphins daily and whale watch in season.
    4353 Waialo Rd, Suite 2B-3B, Eleele, HI‎
    1 (888) 436 9370

    Kauai Bound is a locally owned snorkel, golf, underwater camera, and beach rental and retail shop located in Lihue at Anchor Cove Shopping Center. We carry quality dry snorkels with silicone masks, new Wilson golf sets, underwater cameras, and more! Available daily or weekly rentals for very reasonable prices.
    3366 Waapa Rd Suite 508 - Anchor Cove, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
    (808) 320-3779

    Smith's Motor Boat Service
    Destination:The Fern Grotto. Historical cruise on the Wailua River is a journey into the Royal past. Boat captains share history and legends in this sacred valley. The family of entertainers share songs of Hawaii. Family Business since 1946.
    Wailua Marina
    Kapaa, HI 96746
    (808) 821-6892
    smithskauai.com/fern_grotto.html

    Blue Dolphin Charters, Ltd.
    Napali and Poipu sightseeing tours with scuba option and snorkling stops on am tours. Guaranteed dolphin sightings tours.
    4353 Waialo Rd, Eleele, HI 96705
    (808) 335-5553

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    Rugged beauty

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 3, 2013

    Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is impressive enough. Extra lure is its remoteness. There is no road traversing it and the only means of transport are boats, helicopters and “bare” feet. The last option allows for a more direct experience while the others might overwhelm with scope. Trekking the whole distance across the coast between the two points of road access is possible but difficult, requiring more than a day of foot work. A taste of this mountaineering soufflé is available; two-kilometer walk from Ke’e beach to Hanakapi’ai beach (plus the distance to wherever your vehicle is parked, it could be another kilometer away). It certainly provides you with a serious work-out program, going up and down hills (very Nepalese feature) complemented with phenomenal views and a dip in salty or fresh water in the end. This last bit is highly recommended for overheated bodies that have avoided lugging bottles of water over the hills.

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    Wailua Falls

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 2, 2013

    Waimea falls is an easy trip from Lihue. Armed with a rental vehicle one can reach it within 10 min and spend another half an hour or so ogling at it. The inconvenience is that the lookout point is only one and at the top of the falls so it becomes difficult to grasp the might of the water flow and bathing is rendered impossible. Even if there are trails leading to the base they are deemed dangerous, hence not officially sanctioned. Nevertheless, the scenery consists of classic tropical lushness with mad greenery cascading down a huge bowl. The natural beauty has attracted other kind of worshipper – the tourist salesman. In a tightly controlled tourism industry with emphasis on law and order for the sake of sustainability the small guys have been pushed around and this location is no exception. Nasty prohibiting signs warn against peddling – yeah, if it were a whole sale operation with busloads unleashing a stampede it would have been worthy of a shopping mall right there. Despite the uncertainties ushering a careful behavior, locals still manage to quietly promote and demonstrate their skills spurred by environment and tradition. One can admire and acquire baskets lavishly gilded with creatures and devices made solely of palm leaves. Some of them are so convincing that they exchange hands in moments!

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    Filing up the belly

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 1, 2013

    Diet reflects culture everywhere and Hawaii is no exception to the rule with a very vivid example on offer. It is a public knowledge that the archipelago has been coveted by many different countries but eventually became part of the USA. In the process of settling the islands though, a population of mostly Asian origins has been established firmly on the islands. One dominant group is the Japanese. So, naturally comes the fusion of something very Japanese like sushi with something very American - spam. Some might think it is WWII nostalgia wrapped in seaweed but in reality it is called MUSUBI SPAM. All jokes aside it is delicious. Washed down with a bottle of beer it becomes sublime. And while munching on it one can think of the price/satisfaction ratio and realise that the person who invented this masterpiece of food is a genius.

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    Doors-off or doors-on

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 1, 2013

    Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and scenery of the island. Another aspect to consider is whether the helicopter has its doors attached or they have been removed for an extra bit of thrill, and this extra bit counts big no matter how insignificant it might seem on the ground. On a more sober note, one will notice that any of the two possible versions have their advantages and disadvantages. Doors off is great for photography in the sense that there is no glass that reflects the passengers in the cabin. On the other hand the wind is so fierce that it is difficult to keep the camera steady and hence the lower quality of pictures. Probably the compromise is to do them both if pocket money is not an issue. The smaller helicopters of the Robinson make are more likely to provide you with personalised flight since there are only three seats and the price per person is the same whether 2 or 3 people have boarded. The pilot would hover in one spot then turn around to provide people sitting on opposite sides with the same views. One large bonus is good weather but considering the nature of Kauai it is not realistic to expect perfect sunny days often. After all there is a reason why one of the valleys just off the Na Pali coast has the infamy of being the wettest spot on Earth. The myriad of waterfalls one sees when in the air have to flow from somewhere and it is not the blue skies that they come from. Moreover, if the clouds that usually hang around the mountain tops decide to go away, it is not done on their own will. Powerful ocean winds scatter them to the four corners of the Ocean and as a result the particular doors-off experience might be elevated to a tornado 5 category. Most likely, that is why one is expected to sign a “prenuptial” agreement with the company so he has waved all responsibility for his equipment blown away into the abyss.

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    Russian Fort

    by Assenczo Written Aug 31, 2013

    The Russian fort is conveniently located on the way to the Waimea canyon. Flanking the river that stems out of the exuberant gorge, the fort has fared better than its twin across the river albeit not much better. What is left is mostly a silhouette of a defensive structure where one can deduce the original shape of the walls with their zigzag battlements. There are no buildings inside or outside the perimeter and the walls themselves are more reminiscent of a heap of rubble (not ruble) with irregular shape, than a wall. The place is difficult to miss due to well-placed signs and effort has been made to make a visit more worthwhile with information board flared up with some Cyrillic Alphabet thrown in.

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    Little Grand Canyon

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 31, 2013

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    Kauai has a canyon that might evoke images of the “real” thing in the Southwest. Well, it does not quite compete with the renowned relative but it is certainly impressive. There are two approaches to the canyon with two different effects on the viewer. The more promoted one (off Kekaha, Koke’e Road 550) is leading you through the backyard till it is not possible anymore and suddenly reveals the natural wonder in its full splendour. The second approach (off Waimea, Waimea Canyon Road 550) is not advertised at the place where it turns off from the main highway, so people usually miss it, but this road offers more gradual exposure to the phenomenon through direct contact from the very beginning where the vast coastal plain slowly but surely narrows to achieve the twisted meanderings at higher elevation. Conveniently, the road passes just meters away from the ravine and on many occasions there are parking spots for easy access to the lookouts. If one needs a more “in-the-buxom” kind of feeling, there are hiking trails that take the avid explorers on a journey through the different “sleeves” and add extra angles and prospective to the incredible scenery. The asphalt road finishes on a “high note” quite literally with the Na Pali coast at your feet where magically the reddish tones have switched to green ones.

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