Parents Getaways : Kauai Adventures

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Kauai is definitely an adventure Island. You have the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, tall mountains, beautiful trails, and warm beaches. The Island is so rugged, they can’t even build a road to go around it. There is something for everyone because everyone thinks of adventure differently : sunset dinner cruise of the Na Palin Coast,  a zipline night adventure, fresh-water bass fishing trips, snorkel trips, Hawaii movie tours, surfing lessons, Waimea Canyon bicycle downhill adventure, and much more to choose from.


For our air adventure we chose Wings Over Kauai:

Every time we go to Hawaii we like to get the best view of the island. The reason for this is because there is nothing like seeing a place from above. You get to see things you most likely would not because either it would take you a long time to get there or it is not accessible. We were able to see Kipu Kai, Jurassic Park falls, Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast, Wai’ ale’ ale crater, Hanalei Bay, and Hanalei Valley waterfalls in 65-70 minutes. There are many different helicopter or airplane tours to choose from in Kauai. We chose Wings Over Kauai and so glad we did because they accominated our tight schedule and gave us our very own private tour of the island. There is no better way of seeing the island then sitting right next to the pilot. I totally felt like I was a copilot.




Our Hiking adventure in Grand Canyon of the Pacific:

Did you know that 90% of Kauai is inaccessible by road? You must go hiking if you really want to experience Kauai up close. There are so many different hiking trails to choose from. A great way to experience  best kept secret trails is by asking the locals what trail they would recommend. We were able to hike an unmarked trail and enjoyed breathtaking views. This was one of the most adventurous trail, I almost felt as if you are hiking Angels Landing at Zion National Park but you get amazing views of the ocean and the Na Pali Coast. This was definitely one of the best advice we ever got from locals. We were the only tourists on this trail, except for the two individuals we came across who were with a professional local photographer. As you walk down the trail, many helicopters will be circling from up above enjoying the view  which you are able to experience up close.You will see canyon goats hanging off the side of the canyon, it is amazing how they do it without falling. These animals live in some of the inaccessible parts of the canyon.



For our equestrian adventure we chose Silver Ranch Falls:


Who wouldn’t like an adventure that involves a ride through Kauai’s wilderness, a swim in the refreshing mountain pool, and a Hawaiian-style lunch while taking all the beautiful scenery in? Horse back riding will make you feel free and as if you are back in time and are the first explorer on this Island. You will be riding through 300 acres of Hawaiian wilderness and 80 acres of tropical garden. They also have over 150 different species of palm trees. They offer different riding tours, for beginners to advanced riders.




For our Wauila River adventure we chose to Kayak to Fern Grotto:

As soon as you step out of your car you will feel as if you went back in time and you are a Native Hawaiian who used to travel hull canoes down the Wauila River. You can rent kayaks from the Kamokila Village. Enjoy the Wailua River by paddling your way down to Fern Grotto. This cave is covered with fern. Majority of the people visit Fern Grotto by boat tours. We chose to be a little more adventurous and decided to rent kayaks. We were not restricted to any time frame. We could enjoy the river and the fern grotto for as long as we wanted.




 For our other water adventure we chose Mountain Tubing Adventures


Are you ready to experience a cool, steady pace ride though the dark tunnels that are lightened by your headlamp?  This adventure has everyone smile because it offers you a thrilling wet experience. You won’t even complain about the refreshing water because you will be having too much fun on this wet roller coaster ride. These tunnels were man made and were not made for people to enjoy. In 1870 this water was used to water the oldest sugar plantation in Hawaii, but now you get to use it for tubing. This tubing experience can not be found anywhere else but in Kauai. After all the fun you will be able to enjoy a tasty lunch because if your anything like me, spending time in water always makes me hungry. They provide you with helmets. headlamps, gloves, tubes, and lunch.



12 Responses

  1. Hi Irina 🙂
    Wow, beautiful pictures and how fun! Looks like you had a blast! What an awesome getaway for parents 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your adventures!

  2. I have gone to Hawaii once and that was all it took. I have wanted to go back since. I want to go back this year but we will see. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

  3. This looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit Kauai. It looks like you had some great adventures. The pictures are beautiful.

  4. Ummm, WOW!

    That is some beautiful scenery. You must have had a wonderful time. From the pics, it sure looks like it.

    It’s been so long since I’ve gone horseback riding (if you count the horse only walking as riding). This was over 30 years ago too. This makes me want to revisit that idea.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome adventure.

  5. Thanks for taking us with you. Its been a long time since I was in Hawaii.

  6. Andrea Keenan

    uhmmm…I want to go now!!! This holiday looks amazing! Now to convince the husband 😉

  7. Absolutely gorgeous photos! What a blessing for you and your love to get away and be refreshed by God’s beauty and the hospitality of the islands. One of my sweet friends is from Hawaii and she carries a lot of the island beauty around with her in her attitude and her personality. Were you amazed by all the beautiful flowers? I can hardly imagine the way the air must have been perfumed by the blooms all over. Your pictures make me want to visit Hawaii! 🙂

  8. Awe man! You just gave me the bug to go back to Hawaii. I was only there once, in Oahu, with the hubby for our ten-year anniversary. We want to go back so bad, I love the islands. Reading about all your activities made me almost sick with the desire to go back. Thanks for sharing!

  9. You have chosen the best place for a trip. Mountain Tubing Adventures seems interesting as I have seen in your pictures. I will make a plan to go there.

    ~Dr. Diana

  10. I am so jealous of your parents getaway. I told my hubby that all I want for my birthday/anniversary this year is for just the 2 of us to getaway and for him to surprise me with where we are going. Can’t wait to find out where we are going!!

  11. Hi Irina,

    Your trip sounds like fun. I went to Grand Canyons, Arizona during last Christmas and it was freezing out there. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and this post about your trip.
    Have a great week ahead!

  12. It looks like you guys had so much fun! The tunnel adventure looked so cool.

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