Kauai packs a lot of interesting features into a small 33 miles long and 25 miles across island: tropical rain forest, towering cliffs, desert, beaches, etc…. A feast for the eyes. And small adventures all around. Here are a few:
Climbing down and swimming at Wailua Falls – this was not exactly legal, but it sure was fun. Looking at the falls at the top. then climbing down past the guard rail and down the fines to the pool at the bottom. and then swimming in the pond. and also going behind the falls.
Swimming at Queens Bath – another unique feature, in which there is a natural pool replenished by ocean waves.
Taking a catamaran on the Napoli coast – this was awesome. We left from Hanalea bar and were to the cliffs quickly, past Tunnels beach and Kee beach. It was great to see the cliffs from the water, having just done the Hanakapiai fall hike the previous day. We went into sea caves, got great photos, and even kept my lunch (which is always good)
The cliff hike in Waimea canyon – this had everything, including a stroll thru the trees, a hike along a sheer cliff, and a swim in a waterfall (always a favorite).
The Pihea Trail in Waimea canyon – more tempting and panoramic views of Kalalau valley
Riding Bikes along the eastern shore in Kapaa – there is a new 8 mile bike trail.. one can rent bikes inexpensively, and then ride along the shore. very nice. and then Shave Ice afterwards.
Hiking along Shipwreck Beach – but not jumping off.
Walking along Polihale Beach – isolated. dirt roads.