The Backcountry Days

There is so much to do on Kauai, few people even get the chance to see 10% of the magnificent places this island has to offer. While a lot of use like to spend our vacation time at peace on a beach, for those of us who crave a bit more activity Kauai is the place to be...

For starters, there are tons of Parks. From Kokee State Park and Waimea canyon on the West side to Haena on the North Shore there is a variety of free hiking and walking trails located around the island. Beyond these state parks there are a variety of companies that offer tours into some of the island's backcountry lifestyle. One of the biggest is Kauai Backcountry offering a wide variety of tours on innertubes, quads, ziplines, and other adventures that fit your fancy. 

Outside of the tours, there is a variety of other options that are suitable for non-beach days. If it is raining on Kauai which happens pretty frequently you might consider a Train Ride on one of the original sugar cane plantations on the Island. The tour takes guests through the history of Kauai and its storied agricultural history. This tour is also a bit easier on the knees than some of adventure tours out there. 

Whatever you decide, just remember Kauai's backcountry has boatloads to offer than other tropical beach destinations do not hold a candle to!

Napali Coast

This breathtaking coastline is one of the most unique tropical coastlines in the world. Rising to over 4000 feet in some parts it leads to the highest point on the island. The Napali coast is famous for the sailboats and zodiac tours that frequent the area, but also a number of movies filmed there including the original Jurassic Park film.

Along the Napali a few noted destinations are things every visitor has to check out. First and easily accessible via public roads is Ke'e Beach. It is what is referred to as the "end of the road." At Ke'e visitors can wade in calm waters that are protected by a shallow reef. 

For those that are a bit more adventurous, a trail known as the Hanakapiai Trail heads further along the North Shore. The trail winds for two miles along the rocky cliffs of the Napali before arriving at the aptly named Hanakapiai Beach. From there you can hike an additional two miles inland to see the Hanakapiai falls or extreme adventurers can follow the Kalalau Trail.

The Kalalau trail winds another nine miles up and down the cliffs of the Napali to one of the most secluded valleys on earth. Kalalau has year round residents who camp and live off of the land there, only leaving periodically to get vital resources. You can also take in a view of the Kalalau valley from one of the amazing tours of the Napali like Captain Andy's Boat Tour