Hiking Kauai; Top trails on the Garden Isle

If Kauai wasn’t known as the Garden Isle, it should be called the Hiking Trail Isle (although this wouldn’t be as catchy).  There is a wealth of incredible trails weaving through the landscape, allowing you to appreciate the stunning Island from many different perspectives.  Not to mention getting some pretty decent exercise and fresh air to boot!

With so many easily accessible hikes, for all levels of ability, there is no excuse not to put down that iPad, grab your hiking boots, and hit the trail!

In this post I’ll talk about three different hikes which we’ve really enjoyed doing (perhaps “enjoyed” isn’t the right word for my night time trek back on the Kalalau Trail in the rain… but more on that later 😳).  Read on for my recommendations..

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January 2018: Update on Jack Harter Helicopter tours, Kauai, Hawaii

Aloha! I’ve just updated my previous post to include our most recent helicopter tour over this magical island – this time in the AStar, doors included!  This will give you an idea of what to expect from each tour.  Doors or no doors – it’s up to you – but don’t miss this incredible experience if you’re visiting Kauai 😀

Come fly with me! Magical Kauai from the air (doors optional)

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A perfect morning in Kilauea, Kauai

Coffee & bagels, a picture perfect lighthouse & a secret beach

Aloha!

If you’ve read my previous posts about the stunning “Garden Island” of Kauai, you’ll know that its definitely my favourite of the Hawaiian Islands (so far!), and that I can’t recommend it enough as a magical and idyllic escape.. especially during the winter months.

Continuing my journey around the island,  I thought I’d write a bit about one of my favourite ways to spend a morning on the North Shore.  What could be better than perfect coffee and bagels, a spot of shopping, clifftop views, then sunbathing on a beautiful secluded beach?  You can tell I’m getting excited for my next visit in December!

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Come fly with me! Magical Kauai from the air (doors optional)

“We invite you to escape the ordinary; to leave the byways of man and immerse yourself in the wilderness grandeur of the Garden Isle. Only by exploring its natural wonders can you truly capture the meaning of this
glorious island.”

Jack and Bev Harter

Everything but the doors! An open helicopter experience with Jack Harter

As I mentioned at the end of my previous Kauai post, In a land called Hanalei, if you are at all uncomfortable with heights, this will be challenging!  That would be me!🙋 Put a tarantula on my hand, a snake round my neck, or a torch on my head and send me underground and I’m fine.  I also love flying.. but I am not good with heights – especially cliff tops, or huge expanses.

That said, in my opinion, seeing Kauai from the air is a must do in order to fully appreciate this beautiful island.

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Trying to look relaxed at the beautiful Waimea Canyon  – glad that fence is there!

I’m glad to say I lived to tell the tale of the helicopter with no doors!  And here it is…

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In a land called Hanalei

I’m really excited to be writing this post.  Kauai is perhaps the most beautiful, serene, untamed and magical place in the world. A land of stunning (often deserted) beaches, wild surf, lush forests and hidden waterfalls.  Of rolling hills and fiery sunsets and untamed wilderness.  I can’t imagine anyone visiting Kauai and not wanting to just stay there forever.  You have to go if at all possible.  End of post.

Of course I’m going to write more.. but I can’t do this island (or Hawaii) justice in one post.. so this will be my first intro to Kauai and Hanalei, including where to stay, getting there and practical tips to ensure you enjoy the island as much as I do.

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