One of the things that we don’t do often enough when we travel is to check on sites like Groupon for deals related to activities that we’re already interested. I guess it’s a good thing that my mom was looking out for us, otherwise we wouldn’t have found out about Skyline Eco-Adventures and gotten an amazing deal for our ziplining adventure!
Located in Poipu, Skyline Eco-Adventures offers two different course options for your ziplining adventure, a 5 line or an 8 line course. The 5 line course costs $98.95/person while the 8 line course costs $125.96/person, and the Groupon that Chris and I used was the 8 line course for $99/person. Basically we got 3 extra ziplines for free!
Overall we couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Skyline Eco-Adventures. Chris and I have been ziplining before in Jamaica on a cruise, and while it was fun, our time in Kauai absolutely blew it out of the water. Not only did I think that the courses were a lot better, but I can’t say enough positive things about the guides. They told us a lot about the history of the island of Kauai, but they also told us some cool pop culture things, like how Jurassic World was filmed near where we were ziplining. We had such a blast on our ziplining adventure, and I know that you will too, if you’re looking for some adventure during your Hawaiian vacation!
Know Before You Go
Wear a hat and close toed shoes and comfy clothes- You could get seriously injured if you wear sandals, and you’re going to be strapped into harnesses in order to zipline, so you definitely want to be in athletic clothes and closed toed shoes!
Don’t forget the sunscreen- You’ll be flying over the trees, not standing in the shade underneath them, and the last thing you want is to be fried before you make it to the beach!
Be prepared to hike- As you’ve guessed, in order to actually zipline, you need to first start at a high point. In order to get to a high point, you will have to do some walking, but just think about how amazing it will feel to have the wind whipping through your hair as your ziplining back down!
Bring your own GoPro- Skyline Eco-Adventures allows you to rent a GoPro so you can remember your fun, but you can bring your own and save some money!
Arrive early- You have to sign a couple of waivers, get weighed in, and fitted with all of your equipment, so make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early. You don’t want to miss your bus to the ziplines!
Bring a phone, but maybe not your nice camera- They provide a small pouch that you can store small items in, but remember that you’re going to be going on a zipline which means things get jostled around. I wouldn’t recommend bringing your nice camera. You can get some pretty awesome pictures with your phone or a point and shoot camera instead.
Don’t be afraid to take a leap- I know that ziplining can be scary, but I promise that it’s a ton of fun, and totally worth every little bit that you might be scared! Don’t be afraid to run and take a leap off the platform for lthe adventure of a lifetime!
Check out their website- Skyline Eco-Adventures has quite a few requirements on their website and you want to make sure that you fit all of the requirements before booking your trip. There are certain age, height, weight, and other requirements that must be met in order for you to go ziplining!
Overall, you will not be disappointed by choosing to zipline with Skyline Eco-Adventures during your stay on Kauai. With great guides and a great course, you’re sure to have an amazing adventure! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!
Have you ever been ziplining before? Are you going to add it to your list when you visit Kauai?
After a short little hiatus from talking about Hawaii, I’m back to talk all about our time on Kauai. While our time on Maui was very short, just 2 days and 3 nights, our time on Kauai was set to be a lot longer.
We booked an earlier morning flight from Maui to Kauai via Hawaiian airlines (only about $100/person) and arrived on Kauai, picked up our luggage and car, and were ready to eat lunch and start exploring the island. That first day on Kauai we really didn’t have much planned, except to relax by the pool for a bit and to get to know the island. The next day though, we hit the ground running!
One of the things that I had to see when we were on our trip to Kauai was Waimea Canyon. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” this 14 mile long, 1 mile wide, and 3,600 feet deep canyon stretches across the western end of the island of Kauai. While the Hawaiian islands are known for the lush greens and blues of the forests and ocean, Waimea Canyon is dominated by reds and oranges and some greens from the red dirt that is known to dominate the area.
When you drive up to Waimea Canyon, the main road will take you to the main lookout point that will offer breathtaking views of the canyon below. Really take the time to take in the amazing view of this beautiful part of the island.
Before this trip, the only lovers lock bridge that I knew about was the Lovers’ Lock Bridge in Paris. Apparently there’s also one on Kauai at Waimea Canyon. If we had known, I’m sure that Chris and I would have brought one with us in order to attach to this beautiful lookout point.
While we didn’t have a ton of time before we had to run to our next activity, Waimea Canyon does offer a lot of hiking for all different types of hikers, from easy to intense activity. We decided to try and hike a trail before we had to leave, but unfortunately we had to turn back before we could get very far.
Our plans originally were to try and hike the Iliau Nature Trail or the Kukui Trail. The Iliau Nature Trail we probably would have been able to finish, but I don’t think that we were in the right place to start. Anyways, the Iliau Nature Trail is a shorter distance that takes you along the Western edge of Waimea Canyon, while the Kukui Trail will take you all the way down to the canyon floor. I really wish that we had more time for hiking because both of these hikes would have been spectacular! Just don’t forget to bring lots of water with you if you plan on hiking Waimea Canyon, it can get pretty hot and humid on the Hawaiian islands.
Waimea Canyon- Know Before You Go:
It will take you a while to drive out there: One of the things that you will quickly learn about the island of Kauai is that it takes a while to get anywhere and that the island is very spread out. The two most popular places to stay on the island of Kauai is Poipu Beach on the southern side of the island and Princeville on the northern side. So you combine the fact that Kauai is so spread out and the fact that it’s mountainous, you quickly learn that most of the roads go around the island instead of going through it. This means that even though Waimea Canyon looks relatively close to where you’re staying in Princeville, you actually will probably spend over an hour getting there because you can’t drive through the Na’Pali Coast area. So just be prepared that it might take you a while to get to Waimea Canyon to start off with.
Plan to spend at least a half day at Waimea Canyon, especially if you’re hiking: When you combine the long time that it takes to get to Waimea Canyon and what you can expect to do while you’re there, I would budget at least a half day for your trip to Waimea Canyon, maybe even more if you plan on going on a strenuous hike. We spent a couple of hours there and I felt rushed because we had afternoon activities that we had to get to. I wish that we’d had a full half day to devote to Waimea Canyon so that we could have done a proper hike.
If you’re planning to hike, pack lots of water: I hope that this goes without saying, but plan accordingly on your trip, and plan to bring lots of water with you if you’re going hiking. I’m from Houston where we practically swim to work because it’s so humid, and I still thought that Hawaii was extremely humid. The problem with humidity is that you sweat and sweat and don’t realize how quickly you’re becoming dehydrated, so especially if you’re going hiking I would plan on bringing plenty of water in order to stay hydrated.
And there you have it, my tips and tricks for making your trip to Waimea Canyon extremely special! The Grand Canyon of The Pacific is an extraordinary part of the island of Kauai and definitely not something to be missed during your trip to Kauai! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!
Have you ever visited Kauai and Waimea Canyon? Have I convinced you that you need a visit?
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For our 5th wedding anniversary, Chris and I decided that a trip to Hawaii would be the perfect getaway for us. Before I get into what all we actually did during our trip, I thought that I’d break down our Hawaiian Itinerary so you could see exactly how to spend 9 days exploring Maui and Kauai.
After we had decided that Hawaii was where we would be jetting off to, we needed to decide which island or islands we wanted to visit in 9 days. I had been to The Big Island and Maui before and thought that the activities that we did on Maui would be something that Chris and I would have a blast doing again together. So Maui was definitely on the itinerary. My parents had also just gotten back Kauai and could not stop talking about how amazing it was, so the decision to add Kauai as a destination was very easy. We did look into whether or not we could add a quick stop on Oahu, but unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time with only 9 days. So Maui and Kauai was our final decision!
Day 1- Arrival
Hawaii is a long way from most places in the continental United States, even from California it’s about 2500 miles, so be prepared for a long flight to get there no matter where you’re flying from. We spent a good chunk of our first vacation day flying from Houston to Maui, but it was totally worth it! We had a layover in LA before landing in Maui around 5:30 that afternoon.
Once we had grabbed our bags, taxied over to our hotel, and checked in, we were very exhausted and hungry too! We quickly freshened up before heading to grab dinner before heading to bed. When we walked out of our room we were greeted with the most beautiful sunset, and we knew that we were going to have the time of our life!
Tip: Unfortunately, you will spend at least two days of your trip traveling, but it’s all worth it to have an amazing trip. Don’t plan on doing much your first day, just check in and spend some time relaxing at your hotel. You’re in paradise so you should enjoy it!
Day 2- Haleakala
Because Hawaii is so far away from the continental United States, there’s also a very large time difference as well, (Hawaii is 4 hours later than Central time). Because you will probably still be on mainland time for the first day that you’re in Hawaii, I suggest waking up early for the sunrise on Haleakala on your very first day in Maui. It won’t even be that bad to wake up early because you’ll be waking up naturally at that point in time.
For the adventure lovers out there, definitely take this opportunity to bike down Haleakala after you view the spectacular sunrise! There are a lot of tours out there that will guide you down the mountain, or you can opt to go by yourself. Ashley from My Wanderlusty Life has a great guide for biking down the mountain by yourself. If you’re not the an adventure lover, there are also tour groups to drive you up to the top for the sunrise and then back down, or you can rent a car and drive up yourself.
Since you’ll be up at the crack of dawn, definitely make sure to spend the rest of the day napping and relaxing by the pool cocktail in hand. There won’t be a more beautiful view, I’m sure!
Day 3- Road to Hana
The Road To Hana is probably the most treacherous road in the United States, but it’s also filled with some of the most beautiful sites as well! Which is why it definitely needs to be on your Maui itinerary. Because there are many blind and hairpin turns, I suggest booking a tour for the Road to Hana. It’s an all day event, will take you completely around the island, and well worth the time and money!
Day 4- Arrival
Island hopping can get very time consuming, but with all the different things to do between all of the different islands and relatively cheap flights through Hawaiian Air, it can totally be worth it. On our fourth day, we woke up bright and early in Maui, packed our bags and headed to the airport to head to Kauai. Less than an hour flight later, we had landed in beautiful Kauai, and were headed to grab a quick lunch.
Rather than spending your time exploring the islands on your travel days, use that time to relax and get to know your resort. Besides adventuring around Hawaii, I’m sure that you’re also looking to relax on your vacation as well, so make sure to take the time to relax as much as possible!
Day 5- Waimea Canyon & Zip lining
The Grand Canyon of The Pacific as it’s referred to by the Hawaiians, Waimea Canyon is not to be missed during your trip to Kauai. Wake up early one morning and drive to the canyon on your first day on the island. Not only will you get the chance to see this beautiful part of the island, you can also use this opportunity to get to know the island as well. You can spend a few hours exploring the canyon or hiking and then head out for some lunch before your afternoon activities!
Kauai definitely has a wide range of activities that you can do on the island, and if you can handle heights, one thing that you do not want to miss is the chance to zip line on this island. It’s a huge rush to sail over the trees on the island, and you also have the opportunity to see some of the beauty of the island itself.
Day 6- Helicopter Ride & Luau
The Na’Pali Coast in Kauai is arguably one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. The mountains that define the coast are extremely treacherous though, which is why there are no roads through the Na’Pali Coast, and also means that you can only see the Na’Pali Coast by foot, by sea, or by air. When in Kauai, do not miss the opportunity to view this beautiful coast from the air by taking a helicopter ride around the island. You will not only learn about the history of the island, but you’ll also get to see some beautiful places on the island that aren’t even accessible by foot!
Spend the rest of the day exploring the island, and then end it by attending a traditional Luau. Yes it might be a very touristy thing to do, but it’ll also give you the opportunity to try some traditional Hawaiian food and to check out some amazing dancers hula! Plus it’ll give you the opportunity to get “lei’d”!
Day 7- Kayaking
Kauai is an island, so one thing you do not want to miss is the opportunity to explore some of the island by boat. Kayaking is a great way to get out and explore the island while also getting a little bit of a workout in as well. Most of the kayaks are tandem, so just be prepared for maybe some arguing if you haven’t kayaked in a tandem before.
Most of the excursions will last until the mid afternoon, so spend the rest of your relaxing by the pool at your resort. After your kayak adventure, you’re definitely going to need it!
Day 8- Pool Day & Sunset Cruise
The past few days of your Hawaiian vacation have been extremely busy and full of lots of adventure, so spend your last full day of your trip relaxing by the pool or the beach at your resort. If you’re worried about not being able to relax, the resorts on the island offer lots of activities right outside of your hotel room, including snorkeling, boogie boarding, and surfing.
The Na’Pali Coast was beautiful by air, but you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Coast by sea as well, and there isn’t a better time than at sunset! Instead of going out to dinner on your last night, go on a sunset cruise to the Na’Pali Coast. Have your eyes peeled on your cruise though, you never know when you might see some dolphins, sea turtles, or even some whales!
Day 9- Departure
Your last day of your vacation can sometimes be stressful with trying to pack up and make it back to the airport, but if your flight is a little later in the day, try waking up a little early to either relax by the pool for a bit or to explore the island a little bit more. You definitely won’t regret soaking up your last little bit of paradise before heading back home!
And there you have it, a 9 day itinerary for exploring Maui and Kauai! I did a lot of research before our trip, and I really feel like this itinerary gives you the opportunity to see both of the islands, lots of chances for adventures, plus some time for relaxing as well. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!
Have you visited Maui or Kauai? Is there anything else that you would add to this itinerary?