Canyons and Cliffs of Kauai
4-Day Kauai Island Experience – USA
The island of Kauai is the peak of a large volcano that rises from the sea. Luckily it has long been dormant, so its crater is carpeted with green vegetation which seems to have been thrown over it like a pleated tablecloth. Its rugged coastline tumbles down to turquoise water and it’s clear to see why so many films have been set here. Explore the Waimea Canyon by foot or hit the waves and view the Napali Coast from the water as you tear along the rugged shoreline in a zodiac.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- Zodiac boat trip
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Arrive in Kauai, Hawaii and Waimea Canyon
Today you’ll arrive on Kauai, a small, friendly island, where you’ll stay on an estate built in the style of the palm plantations: atmospheric cabins on a vast, green manor. Sit in your armchair on the veranda and you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time. Once you’ve settled in, hop back in the car and head for a hike at Waimea Canyon, where an earthquake once almost tore the island in two and this fertile gorge is the result. The drive alone is worth the journey with every bend offering a new spectacular view: waterfalls cascading down from great heights, green plains, red slopes and in the distance the blue sea.
Out and about in Kauai, Hawaii
Get up early the next morning, as you’ll be heading out on a boat trip along the coast of Napali and it’ll be some wakeup call, as you’ll be going by zodiac and it can go fast! When the boat slows down, you’re able to snorkel from the boat, hopefully seeing dolphins and all other types of sea life. Back on dry land, head to the north of the island to visit the lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, then continue to Ha`ena State Park where there are several caves. You’ll also have time to venture back to the Waimea Canyon and explore the Allerton Gardens at Poipu, an exotic oasis of palm trees, waterfalls and trees with giant roots.
After a final relaxing morning on the veranda, your stay on Kauai comes to an end. You should still have time to make a stop at the Kauai Coffee Plantation during the drive to the airport or drive along the Wailua River and waterfalls—a great place for kayaking, hiking, and snapping some final photos.
Kauai – Helicopter Flight
It can be difficult to fully understand the vastness of the canyon or the power of the waterfalls from the ground so why not view them all from the air. You’ll fly over the Waimea Gorge, go close to the falls filmed for Jurassic Park and skim the rocky coastline of Napali. Many of the places you’ll visit can’t be accessed on land and can therefore only be seen from the air.
£220 - per person
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