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Kauai Beaches - Hanama'ulu Beach Park

Hanamaulu Beach is located a short 3 miles north of Lihue and is protected from the ocean by the large Hanamaulu Bay. This bay is very picturesque and in the day served as the backdrop for the film "Donavan's Reef" starring John Wayne. The beach is lined with beautiful Ironwood Trees which provide ample shade from Kauai's often..

Kauai Beaches - Lydgate Beach Park

If you are looking for what is probably the most "family friendly" beach and beach park on Kauai you will find it at Lydgate Beach Park. You can tell that a lot of thought and caring came together at the same time in the construction of this beach area. It is located just a couple miles east of the town of Lihue on a beach that by all..

Kauai Beaches - Nukoli'i Beach Park (this beach is dangerous for swimming)

Any list of comparable items will consist of more favorable and less favorable choices whether it be a list of vacation rentals to stay at or a choice of cheeses to bring to a picnic. A list of all the choices of beaches to visit and enjoy on Kauai would, in our opinion, have the Nukoli'i Beach somewhat near or at the bottom.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #71 - Tubing The Ditch On Kauai

Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers an inner-tubing tour in the mountains of Kauai. This tour is an action pact inner tube tour, with a historical twist.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #73 - Kayaking Wailua River To Secret Falls With Ali'i Kayaks

When we checked in this morning at the Ali'i Kayaks office on the north side of the Wailua River, I knew it was going to be a wonderful day. It was one of those beautiful blue bird winter days with not a breath of wind in the air. After check in, we boarded the Ali'i Kayaks bus to make our way to the boat landing on the southern banks of the river.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #75 - Taking Flight With Wings Over Kauai

Today we did a trip that I think is one of the best values that we have on our entire site. We went on a 70 minute long air tour around the entire island of Kauai in a 6 passenger Airvan. This tour goes for a little over $120 (and it is also offered in a 2 passenger Cessna for the same rate). What you get for the cost is an exceptional value to say the least.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #76 - Smith's Botanical Garden Luau

The activity that is essential to of any classic Hawaii vacation is a Luau. Going and experiencing a little bit of Hawaiian culture is something that every visitor should do when visiting the islands. Some local food, dance and drinks will always lead to an enjoyable evening (for me). On Kauai, we have one of the most classic luaus that can be..

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #78 - Kauai's Bouncing Backcountry Zipline

Ziplines are a phenomenon that is rather new in Hawaii. The first ziplines were created on Kauai, and then they spread throughout the state. The Kauai Backcountry Zipline is located in Hanamaulu, and is one of the originals. Hanamaulu us very conveniently located, close to the airport and the cruise ship harbor. Kauai Backcountry Adventures is the..

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #79 - The Ropes Course Zipline Experience

Every time a new zipline is built in Hawaii it seems like they're always trying to out do all the other courses by having a longer or a faster zipline. The designers of the course at Just Live Ziplines on Kauai decided to outdo their competition with a different criteria. So, they designed the course that is the highest zipline course off the ground.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #82 - Airventures, Aerial Whale Watch

Today we had something happen that was slightly out of the ordinary. We were on an air tour around Kauai with Airventures Air Tours, when out of the depths of the ocean underneath us appeared a pod of massive Humpback Whales. The pilot saw them and made a massive figure eight around them so people on both sides of the plane could see them.

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #84 - Kauai Photo Tours, Drive & Light Hiking Tour

I remember passing by the sign for Kauai Photo Tours in Kapaa when I first came over to Kauai in January and thinking to myself how much I was looking forward to going on that trip. I noticed on the sign it said they had a photo shop in addition to the tour. That was great information to know because the very next day I realized that I had left my..

Travel Blog Articles - All - Travel Blog #99 - Safari Helicopters, Deluxe Waterfall Flight

Today we did one of my favorite activities in the state, a helicopter trip around Kauai. Kauai is one of the most amazing places to do a helicopter ride on the planet. I think one of the reasons is because there is so much that you can see on Kauai from the vantage point of a helicopter that is simply impossible to view any other way.