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Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail

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Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail

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Kauai Adventure Bundle: 4 Epic Audio Driving Tours

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Shaka Guide is an audio tour app that gives you the benefits of a guided tour with the freedom to explore on your own terms. This Kauai Adventure Tour Bundle comes with four socially-distanced audio driving tours: <br><br>• Waimea and Na Pali Tour (6-8 hour tour)<br>• Wailua Valley and Waterfalls Tour (6-8 hour tour)<br>• Poipu and Koloa Tour (4-6 hours hour tour)<br>• North Shore Kauai Tour (6-8 hour tour)<br><br>The app uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn navigation to historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches and scenic hikes with stories about the places you’re visiting and music to entertain you along the way. <br><br>All Shaka Guide Tours...<br>• Never expire - take them multiple times or buy in advance<br>• Work 100% offline - no data or wifi necessary<br>• Let you take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you<br><br>*Please use the link in your confirmation email to download the app*
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robert c wrote a review Dec. 2020
Sunnyvale, California3,311 contributions2,031 helpful votes
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One of the most picturesque hiking trails on Kauai, with views of ocean, cliffs, limestone caves, sinkholes, horse stables, and expansive beaches. We drive along Poipu road, passing the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa, making a right turn just before the big concrete sign of the Poipu Bay Golf course. Best to start early in the day before the temperatures heat up. Even on December 12, 2019 , temperatures hit 81 degrees by 11am, peaking at 83 degrees by 3pm. Carry water and wear a hat to protect from the tropical sun. Parked in the free Shipwreck beach parking lot, which can fill in a hurry. Later arrivals parked alongside the road in the mud leading to the parking lot. Use the bathroom facilities, as no bathrooms nor water alongside the trail. However, once we came here before 8am, and the bathrooms were closed. We dressed in running shoes, as the first half mile is sand, and you don't want those causing blisters in your sandals or flip flops. Walked along the edge of Shipwreck beach, and then up a rocky hillside, climbing upwards boulder to boulder. Over the top of the hill of limestone, and an awesome sight of waves crashing against the stone cliffs below, on this southeastern coastal corner of Kauai. Trail goes alongside the ocean, in and out of forests of Kiwae, with fantastic limestone rock formations in view right at the ocean' edge. Arches of rock, and pinnacles rising right out of the sea. Not advisable to hike on the sandy areas right on the cliffsides, as they might crumble. Sandy dunes replace the rock path, and then red clay. Inlets everywhere along the jagged coast line, where during calmer times you can see sea turtles or Hawaiian monk seals resting on the sands of the inlets. In the background the red-brown Makawehi Bluffs. We pass a pond and then the golf course itself. One time saw a dude on a mountain bike, just waiting to be cited by a ranger. Hikers are warned by signs to stay on the very edge of the golf course. Safety fences separate you from the very edge of the cliffs. At the end of the golf course is an area of tall grasses, where you can see where you've hiked. Go over the hill, and come down, passing CJM country horse stables. Pass by the Makauwahi sinkhole and cave, now open 10am-4pm daily for tours. Reach Mahaulepu or Gillin's beach about 75 minutes after starting. Rugged and remote area, but there is Gillin's beach house right on the beach. On our way back, one can cut through the forests away from the limestone hill formation, but don't get lost, like we did and reach a dead end before doubling back. Three hours after starting, we return to the now full parking lot and open restrooms. Long line of women at the women's restroom, and no line at the men's restroom. I was stopped by two women, as their lady companion had to go so badly, she's using the guy's bathroom. At least they didn't have multiple unisex bathrooms like they do in Yosemite NP, as I would have had to wait my turn in line with all the ladies ahead of me!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Johnny_A916q wrote a review Nov. 2020
Hurricane, Utah116 contributions21 helpful votes
I’d recommend this for any age group or active lifestyle. Easy to wake along the beautiful east coast of island. Unbelievable views around every corner.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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heatseekerVancouver wrote a review Mar. 2020
North Vancouver, Canada10 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a must do hike which is fairly easy and loaded with lots of views and sites.you go along the coast from Shipwreck Beach and can go along the golf course to a featured cave, tortoise sanctuary, and beaches that are beautiful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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CaliTutu wrote a review Mar. 2020
5 contributions4 helpful votes
Do this at least once every year. With CORVID-19 we were looking for "safe distance" activities and this fit the bill. Beautiful and free!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Aimee E wrote a review Mar. 2020
Frisco, Texas174 contributions31 helpful votes
Pretty easy trial with quite a few incredible views from up high and visits back to the water down below. Parking near the Grand Hyatt is available and we hiked all the way down to Shipwreck Beach. Took lots of photos and spent some time just enjoying the views. Some steep drop offs so if traveling with smaller kids you’ll need to be in high alert or have them in a carrier. No stroller would survive this hike.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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