If you are looking for some of the best tropical climate hiking in the world, look no further. The inspiration for countless books, Kaua‘i offers some of the most diverse scenery and hiking in Kaua’i to be found. Trek along the spectacular Nā Pali Coast, descend the depths of Waimea Canyon, or take a leisurely day Kaua’i hike through one of the areas many natural area reserves. No matter your experience level, Kaua‘i hiking trails have something just for you.
Kaua‘i Hiking Trails
There countless hiking trails on Kaua‘i, from easy half-day hikes to grueling multi-day treks. The Māhā‘ulepū Heritage Trail in Po‘ipū is an easy, two-mile coastal trek stretching from Keoneloa Bay to scenic Kawailoa Bay, and features fascinating ancient Hawaiian archaeological sites. Or, trek 1,200 feet up through tropical forest to the chest of the mythical Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) between Līhu‘e and Kapa‘a for unmatched panoramic views. For the more adventurous, Waimea Canyon offers numerous amazing Kaua’i hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult. The Nā Pali Coast Trail is in a class all its own.
Hiking the Nā Pali Coast
Nā Pali hikes start at the Ke‘e Beach trailhead; all are moderate to difficult. Trek the stunning coast two miles to beautiful Hanākapī‘ai Beach. From there you can make your way up another two miles up the valley and swim at towering Hanakapi‘ai Falls. Or continue on the famous Kalalau Trail to Kalalau Beach (11 miles). The Kalalau Trail is strenuous and challenging for even the most seasoned trekkers. Permits are required for Kalalau, and the only way back is to hike out the same way you came.
Kaua‘i Hiking Tours
Providing the best, most personalized hiking tours on Kaua‘i, Eric Rohlffs of Hike Kaua‘i With Me is your guy. Eric is one of the few guides who will take you to Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale crater, the wettest spot on Earth, where you can experience multitudes of 5,000-foot waterfalls. Kaua‘i Hiking Adventures has several treks taking you off the beaten path, and their friendly guides will share their knowledge of Kaua‘i’s plants, culture, and history. Kaua‘i Hiking Tours also offers driving and cultural tours in addition to hiking.
Pull Your Boots On!
Experience Kaua‘i’s unmatched scenery on a leisurely day hike, or blaze the sheer cliffs of Nā Pali to camp at Kalalau Beach. Whatever you pleasure, contact our vacation experts at ILoveHawaii.com to put your boots to the trail.