This South Pacific beauty will always deserve consideration on any bucket list! The Hawaiian Island of Kauai offers some of the most spectacular and thrill-seeking hiking in all of North America, with the historic Kalalau Trail topping most trekkers’ lists. Prepare for a visual feast of spectacular sights–green pinnacles on black lava cliffs in the foreground and the exotic coloured seas in the back.

Itinerary Highlights

This is a day trip that covers part of the trail, which offers breathtaking views down to the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean below. You can choose a moderately difficult trail, a four-mile round-trip to Hanakapiai Beach, or make it a bit more strenuous and tackle an eight-mile (round-trip) journey that leads you to the base of Hanakapiai Valley and its 400-foot waterfall.

Visit the historic Kalalau Trail and then up Hanakapiai Valley, where you can experience and learn of Na Pali’s geological history, the fascinating history Kauai’s native plants and animals as well as the island’s culture. The earliest known settlers in places like Hanakapiaia Valley were here some 800 years ago. But as resources dwindled, they abandoned the place. The evidence of their settlement can be seen in archaeological sites, which you witness as you hike two miles up and pass the Hanakapiaia Valley.

Booking Info

Kauai Nature Tours

Phone: 888.233.8365

Length/Departs: 1 day / Jan-Dec

Accommodation: n/a

Price: $150 USD

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Other Notes: A minimum group of four people is required. You can join another group, but confirmation of the day’s hike is dependent on whether enough people signed up for the day.

To learn more about this trip or to book it now, click here.

This trip is part of our 2017 Global Travel Guide, 81 trips hand-picked by the editors at Outpost. You can buy the issue here

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