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THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: KAUA‘I Day 3: EXPLORE KAUA‘I 7-DAY ITINERARY BY THE EXPERTS Day 1: Arrive on Kaua‘i and head for the beach There is no better way to readjust your body clock than by getting out into the sunshine (don’t forget sunscreen). With 80km of white-sand beaches surrounding Kaua‘i, there are plenty of great spots for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. Try the closest beach to your hotel or, if you have a rental car, head south to Po’ipü Beach, one of the most popular and safest beaches on the island. To get you into the spirit of your Hawaiian holiday, consider dinner at one of the island lū‘aus (traditional Hawaiian feasts). 18 DISCOVER HAWAI‘I Day 2: Helicopter Tour & Mountain Tubing Adventure Only 10 percent of the island is accessible by road so book a morning helicopter tour to view Kaua‘i’s spectacular natural beauty from the air. In the afternoon, try something you’ve never done before. Sign up for a Mountain Tubing Adventure in Kaua‘i’s backcountry and float on an inner-tube through historic irrigation channels that once fed sugarcane plantations. The gentle-flowing waters and beautiful scenery combine to deliver a relaxing and fun experience. It's a great way to travel! Waimea Canyon & Kōke‘e State Park Today, head out west. In Waimea town, explore the 19th century fort at the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park and then head north to Waimea Canyon, stopping at the spectacular scenic lookouts along the way through this aptly nicknamed ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. Travel another 25km up the road (to an altitude of 980-1300 metres) to Kōke‘e State Park and check in at Kokee Natural History Museum to learn about the many stunning trails taking in native vegetation, native forest birds and scenic cliff-side views. Pick up a couple of trail maps before setting off to explore on foot and, if time allows, stay around for sunset. Day 4: North Shore Take a leisurely drive to the North Shore via a quiet stretch of road stitched together by one-lane bridges. Stop en-route at Kīlauea Lighthouse, a historic landmark that sits on the northernmost peninsula of the island. The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is just around the bend, bringing Kaua‘i’s unique nesting seabirds close to view. Enjoy lunch in the small, peaceful town of Hanalei or pack a picnic and venture out to Hanalei Bay. This picture-perfect setting featured in the famous Hollywood musical 'South Pacific'.
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