Hawaii (Kauai)

Last Updated : 28 April 2022
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Short description: The Hawaiian islands are made of seven inhabited islands. Kauai sits on the western end of all the Hawaiian islands, around 150 km northwest of Honolulu. It is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is also known as the “The Garden Isle”.
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At-A-Glance

Kauai was an hour’s flight away from Honolulu, we landed at night to settle into our Airbnb and stocked up on groceries to last the next 5 days! We looked forward to breathtaking hikes from the dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast, to Waimea Canyon also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific; from the accessible Wailua’s Falls to the inaccessible Weeping Walls these trails are ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world!

Main Highlights

Queen’s bath

A muddy trail leads down a hill, past a mini waterfall, to the “beach” made of igneous rock. Queen’s bath is a tide pool and you can wade in it when waves lower than 4 ft high, but watch out for the huge surfs that come fast and furious!

Wailua and Opaeka’a Falls

The most accessible major waterfalls (literally by the road!)

Waimea Canyon

Dubbed The Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this is a canyon nearly 1000m deep and it’s lush with greenery! We even spotted a few mountain goats balancing precariously along the several look outs on Highway 550

Mount Waialeale and Weeping Walls

Mount Waialeale is one of the wettest spot on earth, receiving 450 inches of annual rain. This creates the Weeping Walls water that “cries” out of the walls of the incredibly lush mountain. This was a full day hike, extremely challen ging with water crossing and rock climbing. We took help from a professional guide but still unable to complete the trail… unfinished busines s t o return to!

Na Pali Coast

The Kalalau Trail weaves through one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, the Na Pali coast. We attempted the first se cti on of this trail to Hanakapi’ai beach where we played cautiously with strong surf and rip currents! The full trail is 22 miles (return) and requires overnight camping… another unfinished business for an excuse to re visit Kauai!

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