Happy New Year! May your 2017 be filled with love, laughter, happiness and many wonderful adventures! Now that you’ve celebrated, drank, ate and drank some more, it’s time to bust out that calendar and start scheduling some adventures-because you know if you don’t plan them now, 2018 will be here knocking at your door! To help get you motivated, here are some pictures of a trip we took to Kauai last year over the holidays. Even though it was during the island’s rainy season, that didn’t dampen our spirits! The island was breathtaking with lush, green mountains, magnificent waterfalls and more cock than we’ve ever seen. No joke. There are roosters everywhere and they run the joint!
Here are 5 things we recommend doing if you visit Kauai:
1. Rent a Jeep: Because you just should. It’s a fun way to get around the island and adventure seek.
2. Stay at the Koa Kea Hotel: This hotel is amazing. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Right when you get there, throw on your swimsuit and make your way to the poolside bar and order a Frozen Coconut Mojito. We bet you can’t stop at one! They’re soooo good and will get you in the island spirit. Then sit back and soak up the sun, the ocean view and the cool breeze. There isn’t a beach right in front of the hotel, but if you wander around the corner you will find some sand to sink your toes in. One of our favorite things about the layout of the hotel was being able to sit on the balcony at night watching the sunset and then leaving the slider open so you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing. If you feel like you want to learn to hang ten, the hotel also offers surf lessons.
3. Hike the Na Pali Coast: This is an absolute must. This is one of the most stunning trails we have ever climbed. There will be numerous signs at the beginning of the trail warning you how dangerous it is (seriously never seen so many warning signs) but don’t let ‘em get to you–keep on trekkin’ and you’ll be glad you did! Be sure to wear shoes that can grip mud and rock well because it does get a little tricky at times. Due to the rain, the Hanakapiai River was too high for them to allow us to cross so we weren’t able to make it to the Hanakapiai Falls, but the views of the coast along the way were well worth it. On your way back to the hotel, stop off at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and look at the lighthouse. Another stunning view that looks like it’s right out of a postcard.
4. Kauai ATV: Fun! Fun! Fun! As their site says, “Do Something Dirty,” and you will get extremely dirty! This tour is amazing for adventurous types. We did the Waterfall Tour in the Mudbug (2 seater). It’s a four-hour tour led by hilarious tour guides who take you through a tunnel, the location where Jurassic Park was shot, an old military bunker, and lots of muddy trails were you can navigate though puddles and feel like a kid getting filthy dirty again. You stop at a waterfall for lunch where you can jump off the rocks into the water, a great way to cool off and try and get some of the mud off. But good luck, you will be finding mud in your ears for a few days after. We recommend wearing a swimsuit and then renting the clothes they offer you because if you wear your own clothes, count on having to throw them away afterwards. We’re sad we didn’t get great pictures of this, but go to their site and check it out. Promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
5. Waimea Canyon: We ran out of time and didn’t get to explore this one but the pictures look incredible! So go and tell us about it!
Alright, get bookin’ a trip!