Back to nature in beautiful Hawaii
12:00 AEST Fri Nov 18 2011
Back in the Hawaiian Islands, Kate took a 25-minute flight from Oahu to the island of Kauai.
One of the main reasons she went there was because she had heard about its laidback atmosphere.
Kauai has the only navigable rivers in the islands, and the Hanalei River has such a lot to offer. It's a peaceful place to kayak and snorkel while taking in the lush surroundings of Hanalei Bay.
There are beautiful mountains, emerald green water and thick foliage. Hanalei National Wildlife Reserve is a bird sanctuary and there are lots of nesting birds sharing the space with evergreen sea and red-eared sea turtles. Don't be surprised if you see the occasional herd of buffalo!
On either side of the river are amazing hau bushes. They have bright yellow flowers which change colour throughout the day. Yellow in the morning and orange-red by the end of the day. Beautiful!
Kayak Kauai has river safaris with a comfortable paddle up the river and back into the bay for a snorkel. There are brief paddles to give beginners confidence to branch into ocean kayaking. It's suitable for people of all ages and there are lifejackets for infants.
Kate loves early morning paddles when everything is so peaceful, but it's never crowded.
There are spectacular mountain peaks, one nicknamed Puff the Magic Dragon. It is said to have been the inspiration for the Peter, Paul & Mary song way back in the 1960s. The lyrics include the words "in a land called Honah Lee" which is believed to be a distortion of Hanalei!
There are breathtaking views of Makana Mountain which is nicknamed 'Bali Hai'. That is where the Kalalua Trail along the Na Pali Coast begins. The 18-kilometre trail is very strenuous and suitable for the very fit. Kate was happy to lie back in her kayak and just imagine what it would be like to tackle the trail!
The Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Kayak Kauai has three hour Blue Lagoon tours starting at $62 per person. They run year round. Kayak rental starts at $29 for a single and $54 for a double for 24 hours.
Hawaiian Airlines has one-way seat-only flights to Kauai via Honolulu from:
- Sydney $1381
- Melbourne and Brisbane $1621
- Adelaide $1721
- Perth $1881
Valid for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2012. Conditions apply.
Prices correct at November 19, 2011.
For further information
Ph: 1300 669 106
4484 KIuhioo Highway
Kapaa HI 96746
Ph: 808 826 9844
Fax: 808 826 7378
Visa: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine readable passport with at least six months validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. From January 2009 Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at www.cbp.gov/esta.
Electricity: Electric current is 110V to 115v, 60Hz AC. Outlets take two-parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.
Time zone: The United States has nine standard time zones. Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaskan, Hawaii-Aleutian, Samoa and Chamorro. New York is GMT-5 hours.
Currency: The American dollar.
Telephone code: International dialling code is 0011 1.
It is recommended travellers see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there may be specific vaccinations recommended for areas you will be visiting. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au and www.welltogo.com.au.