Choose from one of these Eastside Wailua Journeys - Home and playground of Kauai's RoyaltyWe know the trails like the back of our hand. :)
Most Popular Kuilau Ridge Trail Hike and Forest Pool Swim
People's favorite and our most popular tour. The rewards are great, the views magnificent and there's a chance to get to play and swim in a wonderful forest pool. The Kuilau Ridge trail is an uphill hike on a gradual slope and then back down on the return. In one mile, we ascend 1,000 feet as we hike on a wide forest trail with lush green valleys below. Beauty is everywhere, wind whistles and birds sing in the 100 foot tall eucalyptus trees. It's a nature lovers and photographers favorite. At the plateau vista, there's a sheltered picnic table to enjoy your snacks and relax. Here, sweeping vistas of Mount Waialeale, Makaleha mountains, and lush green valleys abound.
After the hike, we can cool off from our hike with a refreshing Forest Pool swim or dip. It's the end of a wonderful Kauai nature adventure. If you'd prefer, you can stroll and tour the beautiful and peaceful Keahua Aboretum. We recommend you bring a picnic lunch for a relaxing picnic here after the tour.
2.5 to 3.5 hours
Keahua Arboretum Tour
A delightful sightseeing or easy hiking tour at the picturesque Keahua Arboretum fronting the Keahua stream.
Deep in the rainforest there are flat gravel pathways and sheltered picnic tables that provide places to relax and enjoy a picnic snack or lunch you have brought. Your guide will show you cinnamon trees, passion fruit vines (Jamaican lilikoi), papyrus, and the often photographed Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. Hear stories of the Royalty that lived and played here. This is a scene straight from Jurassic Park movie. Your guide will bring out the toy dinosaurs for some photo fun. This peaceful place is excellent for walking or short easy hiking.
2 hours Level Easy
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Belly of The Sleeping Giant Hike
A fern-filled jungle hike with a gradual but steady elevation gain of just 400 feet. Native ferns, Hala trees, hau bush and strawberry gauva trees abound. At the scenic lookout and covered rest spot, enjoy sweeping views of Mount Waialeale, Upper Wailua homesteads, Haupa peak ( another giant in a Kauai legend Kilohana Crater, and more. Like all our tours, you decide when you want to turn around. The jungle trail has muddy sections, and mosquitos so bring along mosquito repellant.
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Kuilau Ridge and Molalepe Trail Hike
We hike the Kuilau Ridge Trailtothe plateau but after our rest and snack, we head on. We continue along multiple ridges, with deep vine covered valleys and drop offs on either side of the trail. With more uphill climbs of 150 feet, we reach a wood bridge under over a tiny stream, lined with yellow gingers. This is the Molalepe trail. We enter a magical forest of moss, towering ferns and giant paper eucalyptus trees. Makaleha mountain comes in view with its lush green valley below and the sacred and threatened Ohia Lehua trees. There are muddy sections as this is a hike through a rainforest.
4-5 hours Level Moderate -Strenuous
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Sleeping Giant Mountain Hike
Up and up we hike 1000 feet with the furthest destination to the "chin" of The Sleeping Giant. It's a heart and lungs work out and the hardest trail we lead. About 20 minutes from the trailhead, we enter the quiet and majestic grove of Cook Pines that tower 150 feet above our heads. One section requires we scamper up with both hands to climb up a 4 foot boulder. Along the way, your guide will tell stories of the importance of this mountain to the Hawaiians and its legends. We reach the sheltered picnic area at the plateau of the state trail. Here we celebrate our accomplishment and enjoy the sweeping 360 degree ocean and mountain views: Kalalea mountain ( King Kong Peak), Mount Waieleele and beyond.
4 hours Level Strenuous
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Add-On : Forest Pool Swim
After a tour, it's time to play in a tropical rain forest pool along the Keahua stream. This beautiful stream flows through the Keahua Arboretum deep inland in Wailua. The refreshing stream has many pools to play in, and your guide will lead you to the one most suited for your group. We will bring along water floats, and toy dinosaurs as this is a scene right out of Jurassic Park. Sheltered picnic tables dot the landscape to relax and take in the fresh scent of the trees and flowers.
It’s a wet and wonderful Kauai experience that may be a highlight of your time here.
Unique Kauai Activity Tours
Full day Customized Tour
( Most Popular) This is a full day tour that can be any level of activity. At the start, your guide will listen to what you wish to do, and will design the day's tour. A popular activity is a stop at a road side fruit stand with the best apple bananas. When its lunch time, you'll follow the guides vehicle through the lush Wailua countryside dotted with horses and cows back to the coast. Kapaa town offers many good lunch spots. After lunch, it's another forest trail, forest pool dip, or sightseeing. It's your day, your adventure.