Kauai: Waimea Canyon & The NaPali Coast
February 10 - 15, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Tour cost includes permits, lodging, van shuttle, guides, maps and most meals.
Timberline van shuttle is included from and to Lihue.
Not Included: Airline Service to Lihue Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Rain forests, waterfalls, deep canyons not to be believed, and a wilderness shoreline without equal– Kauai is a hiker’s fantasy. Kauai is the oldest geologically of the Hawaiian chain and the first to be visited by Captain James Cook. Located on Kauai is Mt. Waialeale, dubbed the wettest spot on earth, and the only place where the unique iliau plant is found.
In the course of this program we’ll visit Kokee State Park and hike magnificent Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We’ll hike to several of the island’s fabled waterfalls, explore the wild NaPali Coast and experience the magic of Hanalei.
We’ll assemble in Lihue mid-morning of Day 1 and head directly to Poipu Beach, a no-nonsense approach to quality beach time from the “get-go”. We’ll walk the coastline of Poipu along the Shiprock Beach Trail and climb a promontory for an incredible panoramic view of the cinder cones and lava tubes that extend into the ocean as evidence of Kauai’s most recent volcanic activity. Later that afternoon, we’re headed to our accommodations in the village of Waimea.
Magnificent Waimea Canyon is our plan for Day 2, along the Kukui Trail. The route drops 2,000 feet to the canyon floor for a lunch spot like no other. The hike back up gives us a new perspective on the unique flora of the area. Day 3 is a spectacular hike to the cliff’s edge on the southern NaPali Coast. From the ridge that forms Koke’e State Park, we take the Awa’awapuhi Trail west to the edge of the world. The incredibly steep ribs that fan out to the ocean look like flying buttresses, and in the deep blue waters below you can spot sail boats and sometimes whales.
Day 4, we’ll head across the island beyond Hanalei to enjoy a kayak afternoon in Wailua River State Park. We’ll spend the afternoon kayaking on the Wailua River, the only navigable river on the island, which flows from Mt . Waialeale. In the afternoon we continue our drive counter clockwise around the island, through Princeville township. Our destination is the elegant Hanalei Colony Resort, located on the northern end of the island, and closest to the magnificent NaPali Coast.
Day 5, We’ll hike the remarkable Kalalua Trail. This the only route along the NaPali coast, and it takes us up over ribs that shoot into the ocean, and back to sea level where a hidden beach is found – accessible only by foot. For the energetic, another 2 miles inland up the Hanakapi’ai Stream brings you to a stunning waterfall. We return via the same trail. Day 6 we make our way back around to the east side of the island for a final hike on the Sleeping Giant. Many legends exist about how the giant came to rest in this place, but we are happy that his chin and nose provides us with some last sweeping views of Kauai’s mountains and coastline. Our tour concludes back in Lihue where you can return stateside, or stay and enjoy the island life for a few more days!
|Day 1||Group assembles; van shuttle to Poipu Beach; Poipu Beach Coastline Trail||4|
|Day 2||Waimea Canyon - Kukui Trail||6|
|Day 3||Nualolo-Awaawapui Trail||6.5|
|Day 4||Relocate to the Na Pali Coast, Kayak on the Wailua River|
|Day 5||Hike Kee Beach - Kalalau Trail- Hanakapiai Beach - Hanakapiai Falls||9|
|Day 6||Hike The Sleeping Giant||4|
Total Distance: 29.5 miles
- Hanalei Colony Resort