1. Grab a friend. Someone adventurous, spontaneous, and crazy enough to chase every sunrise and sunset with you.
2. Camp spontaneously and pack only necessities.
There are an abundance of public restrooms so finding showers, drinking water, and toilettes are not difficult. Although it’s a good idea to have a permit for camping, it’s not necessary. There were a few times where we picked the nearest beach and set up camp there. Be forewarned, the nights can be cold at times.
3. Hike religiously.
Kauai offers some of the best trails that I have ever experienced. Try to explore one, if possible, two trails per day. The views, nature, and scenery are worth it.
4. Set an alarm to watch the stars.
I’ve star gazed several times in the past, but this was the first time I’ve ever seen the stars sparkle.
Polihale State Park.
5. Waterfall chasing is a must.
I was disappointed to find that the North Shore is still under repair after experiencing heavy rain last year. This means that some of the best trails and waterfalls are not accessible at this time. However, there are many other hidden gems throughout the island.
6. Strategize your adventures.
Amongst all of the go go go, don’t be afraid to relax. Set aside some time to watch surfers at the beach, swim in the ocean, or enjoy a stroll through a botanical garden. Plan for downtime or risk exhausting yourself. That is something I probably should have managed a little better.
Polihale State Park.
7. Splurge on what you love.
For me, experiences are something I rarely say no to. Experiences and Açaí bowls. The island is bountied with those. Helicopter tours, boat tours, local restaurants, and much more. It all depends on what experiences you seek.
8. Appreciate the natural wonders.
Kauai is truly a remarkable place and honestly, it doesn’t even feel real most of the time.
9. Be prepared to lose your mind a little bit— in the best way possible.
You absolutely will not regret planning an adventurous week. Fatigue might hit you like a wall by day seven, but it is completely worth it.
10. Embrace every experience.
Appreciate the good and learn from the bad. As with everywhere in the world, not every person you meet, hike you try, or restaurant you eat at will be exceptional. Sometimes things happen, pieces break, people are rude, or the weather just isn’t that great.
However, if you can overlook one or two possible bumps in the road then I guarantee you the trip of a lifetime. Kauai is one of the most amazing, beautiful, spiritual, and captivating places that I have ever seen. Open your eyes to the limitless possibilities and you will not be disappointed.
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