Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2017 - 45
When it comes to
Kauai makes a
BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO
ibiscus blooms along the banks of Kauai's Wailua
River and meadowlarks sing as my wife and
I kayak in dappled sunlight beneath towering
mango trees. As we glide through the water, the
river narrows and overhanging vegetation forms
a canopy, shielding us from the tropical sun. Soon we'll
beach our boats and hike to a hidden waterfall.
This half-day excursion, recommended by travel advisors for outdoor enthusiasts like us, showcases some
of the best of what Kauai has to offer. Home to whitesand beaches with gentle waves on the south shore and
the Bali Hai spires made famous in South Pacific to the
north, the Garden Isle abounds with activities on, in,
and near the water that range from hiking a wilderness
trail along the Pacific to tubing the irrigation canal of
an old sugarcane plantation.
"For such a small island, Kauai has it all - its topography
changes at every turn," says Suzanne Perun, a Virtuoso
travel advisor from Hollywood, Florida. "Expect tranquil
shorelines that are ideal for relaxing, along with superb
snorkeling and diving spots where you can swim with
(green sea turtles) and see monk seals sunning themselves on the beaches."
Your travel advisor can craft a customized Kauai adventure suited to your interests and skill level, but following
are a few worthy ways to get your feet wet.
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