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If you want to strike out on your own, there are many beautiful hiking trails on Kauai.
Kalalau Trail The most famous is the 11 mile Kalalau Trail that begins where the road ends at Ke'e Beach. Although a permit is required to do the entire hike, you can hike two miles into Hanakapi'ai Beach and an additional two miles up to Hanakapi'ai Falls. Although the first two miles are easy to moderate in difficulty, the second two miles to the falls are much more challenging. Hiking boots are recommended.
Koke'e State Park Koke'e State Park has 50 miles of hiking trails for all levels of hiking. Your best bet is to drive up to the Lodge and purchase a trail map for less than two dollars. Trails are well marked and graded for difficulty.
Rainforest Tour and Hike This half day adventure combines a four wheel drive van tour with a three mile round trip hike. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Hawaii from experienced guides in a breathtaking natural environment. The trail is not difficult but between the bumpy roads and the walking, this tour is not recommended for people with neck or back problems, people prone to motion sickness or people who are not at least moderately fit.
This tour is operated in the Wailua Forest Management Area, under a permit issued by the Na Ala Hele Trail Access Program of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. A portion of the price of the tour is paid to Na Ala Hele for the maintenance and improvement of trails on Kauai.
Wailua River Kayak and Waterfall Hike This adventure is described more fully under River Kayaking. It includes a two mile round trip guided hike to a 130' waterfall with a pool at the bottom. You can sit on some big basalt boulders at the bottom of the pool and have a delicious picnic lunch, and then hike back down to your ruddered tandem open cockpit kayaks for the return trip home.
Waterfall Excursion Hike This approximately four hour trek begins by hiking to the ranch lookout point where a breathtaking 360º view awaits you. Lush mountains, crystal blue ocean—this lookout offers one of the most spectacular views of the entire North Shore. Trekking onward, a short hike through pasturelands leads you into a lush, tropical paradise. Learn about the native and introduced plants as you descend to a beautiful cascading 100 foot waterfall. Here you swim, take pictures under the falls, relax and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Jungle Waterfall Hike/Kayak Adventure This is the North Shore's only guided kayak trip to a waterfall and lasts approximately four hours. Total kayaking time is approximately one hour (round trip), and the total hiking time is approximately an hour and a half. You'll also spend an hour swimming, enjoying a delicious picnic lunch, floating on inner tubes under the waterfall, or just sitting peacefully taking it all in. Ages six & over are welcome (however, exceptions are made for active children under 6). This is an extremely popular tour so advance reservations are highly recommended.
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