Monday, January 4, 2016

Unforgettable Late-Summer Kauai Adventures

Summertime is winding down, but there’s plenty of time to have an incredible outdoor adventure here on Kauai. The weather is gorgeous this time of year on the island, and will continue to be through November.
 In fact, many people prefer to visit in the fall, when prices are low and when the weather is gorgeous (70s and 80s). Here are a few awesome adventures to look into next time you’re here on the island.

1. Stand-Up Paddle Tour Hanalei Bay

If you haven’t tried Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) yet, this summer is a perfect time to give it a shot. It’s easier to get the hang of than you might think! Plus, it’s a great way to tour beautiful Hanalei Bay on Kauai, while getting a good workout in.
You might even be able to get an evening tour, to escape the heat of the day and see the bay all lit up with the gorgeous colors of sunset.
Hanalei Surf School offers lessons and tours for all different levels of SUP-ers.

2. Tube the Irrigation System of a Historic Sugar Cane Plantation

If you want to see some of Kauai’s most beautiful scenery, learn about the history of sugar cane cultivation on Kauai, and cool off in a refreshing river adventure, you might want to check out Kauai Backcountry Adventures’ tubing tour.
This is a family-friendly tour, off the beaten track, and a totally unique opportunity. You’ll get to see mountain views, Waialeale Crater, and other incredible scenery. Plus you can check out the tunnels and flumes, engineered and hand-dug in the late 1800s.

3. Cliff Jump and Rope Swing at Kipu Falls

This beautiful stream and freshwater pool offers amazing swimming, adventure, and fun for people of all ages. It’s about a 10 minute drive from downtown Lihue, on the eastern side of the island.
It’s a gorgeous spot to hang out, take a dip, and meet locals and tourists from all over the world.
If you like cliff jumping, there are lots of places to give it a try. Or, you can just watch the locals, who often make 70 foot dives, complete with backflips and other incredible tricks.

4. Hike the First Leg of the Famous Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail is a grueling, 11 mile hike through challenging, dangerous terrain. Lucky for you, the first leg of the trail (about 2.5 miles each way) is a much easier hike, and takes you to gorgeous Hanakapi’ai Beach.
On the way, you’ll also get gorgeous views of the Na Pali coast. All you need are good hiking shoes, plenty of water, a bathing suit, and a towel. And don’t forget a camera to capture the amazing views!

When you arrive, take a cooling rinse in the freshwater stream, which flows straight into the ocean. If you are still feeling adventurous you can hike another 2 miles up valley (4 miles round trip) to Hanakapi’ai Falls- a breath taking waterfall that plunges over 500 feet into the pool below. If you just want to relax then stay on the beach and take time to bask in the sand and take a dip in the Pacific, then head back the way you came. Word of caution-definitely pay close attention to ocean conditions as the Na Pali coastline although gorgeous and pristine is prevalent to strong rip currents and dangerous surf!

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