Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for Kayaking Kauai

This post will be filled with many pictures from one of the best trips we have ever taken. I decided to write about an adventure my husband and I went on  in Kauai, Hawaii! I hope you enjoy reading about and seeing the pictures from this trip and maybe someday Kayak Kauai...

Day four of our trip was set aside to kayak, hike and swim in a beautiful waterfall. This day was the highlight of our trip!  We had a great guide, Jesse who was full of energy and information. Our group consisted of all different ages and they were a fun bunch of people to spend the day with. Everyone pitched in to get ready for the beginning of an awesome adventure!
We kayaked down the Wailua river, the only river in Hawaii. Each couple shared a two person kayak where you stored all your gear.

Jessie was full of interesting information, facts and some tall tales :) But, he kept us entertained and laughing the entire time.

Many movies have been filmed in Kauai and the island is home to quite a few movie stars and athletes. This is where one of the scenes where Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford was shot.

 We kayaked for 2 miles each way. This is where we docked, grabbed our gear and began the 1.5 mile hike to the falls.

We crossed rivers and hiked narrow trails in very slippery mud.

Here we crossed the "sacred" Kings and Queens Royal baths. The people in Kauai believe you can never step in these "sacred' places, so our guide had us walk around it.

We reach the falls and everyone rushes to the water to swim under the 120 ft. water fall. You have to enter the falls backwards or you can't breathe from the pressure of the falls. From first hand experience it REALLY hurts when the falls hit you in the head!

 While we swam,our guide Jessie, prepared lunch for all of us. This is the fresh pineapple he cut up and arranged on ginger leafs.

Then it was time for the 1.5 mile hike back through the rain forest. It did rain on us a few times, making the trails even muddier.
Do you remember in the movie Jurassic Park when the vilousoraptors attack from the jungle while they are walking on a trail? This is the exact trail!
 We also got to stop at the rope swings on the way back! We were all like a bunch of little kids, waiting in line for our turn.

                                Back to our boats for the 2 mile ride back. I hope you        enjoyed reading and sharing our day Kayaking in Kauai!


Damyanti said...

Thanks for taking us there with you.

Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 14 days already!
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Anonymous said...

Hi. Were these photos from when you were there a few years ago, at least it seems it, or more recent. They are great. It makes me want to go back there though neither your aunt nor uncle would kayak!



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