Kauai Initiation Itinerary (8 Days)

This itinerary covered our first visit to Kaua'i. This trip took place during the expensive holiday week between Christmas and New Years. Even though we stayed on just this island for slightly over an entire week, we did switch accommodations twice in that span. This trip also involved a couple of hikes to the Na Pali Coast, which weren't that easy to do, and they each took a lot of time. Although this island was said to be the rainiest of all the Hawaiian Islands, our visit seemed to have coincided with a little bit of a drought, which meant most waterfalls seen on the helicopter rides weren't performing that well. However, it also meant that the weather was good enough to do other rare things like experiencing a chopper landing on the Alaka'i Swamp above the rim of the Wai'ale'ale Crater.

And speaking of helicopter rides, we wound up doing three of them on this trip! It was all due to a screw up over missing Manawaiopuna Falls on the first ride so we managed to get comped for one ride while we forked over money to a competitor to see what we should've seen in the first place while there was still uncertainty over whether we'd get a do-over of that first flight.

Day Overnight Activity
1 Kapa'a, Kaua'i
Aston Islander on the Beach
Travel, Car Rental Pickup
2 Kapa'a, Kaua'i
Aston Islander on the Beach
Other Kaua'i Helicopter Waterfalls, Kipu Falls, Spouting Horn, Ho'opi'i Falls
3 Kapa'a, Kaua'i
Aston Islander on the Beach
Wailua Falls, Opaeka'a Falls, Secret Falls
4 Princeville, Kaua'i
Sea Lodge Condo
Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanakapi'ai Falls
5 Princeville, Kaua'i
Sea Lodge Condo
Hanakoa Falls
6 Princeville, Kaua'i
Sea Lodge Condo
Kalihiwai Falls, Unnamed Twin Falls, Wai'alae Falls, Manawaiopuna Falls, Other Kaua'i Helicopter Waterfalls, Queen's Bath Waterfalls
7 Waimea, Kaua'i
Waimea Plantation Cottages
Waipo'o Falls, Other Kaua'i Helicopter Waterfalls, Manawaiopuna Falls, Wai'alae Falls, Waimea Canyon, Kalalau Lookout
8 Home Pu'u O Kila Lookout, Kalalau Overlook, Car Rental Return, Travel



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