Get Inspired / USA / Hawaii Hawai‘i for active relaxers Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Hawaii Hawai‘i for active relaxers story by: Anna Sarjeant Chapter one. Page four. Six characters in and the only certainty is this, you’re bored. Horizontal holiday lounging isn’t really your bag; sleepy, sandy, sun-soaked or otherwise. Regardless of best-selling books, tableside mojitos or shameless people-watching, you’re a different breed of relaxer, you’re an active relaxer. Introducing Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i’s ‘Garden Isle’. The fourth largest in the archipelago and geologically the oldest. It’s shrouded in dense jungle, defined by water - whether that’s rivers, waterfalls or mist – and boasts a plethora of movie accolades, Jurassic Park included. If there’s one place you want to go to get active, it’s Kaua‘i. Early mornings (as if there are any other kind) start with a brisk Kaua‘i coffee before commandeering a kayak and setting off along the Wailua River. Book with one of the local adventure companies and you’ll benefit from an expert-led tour, sights of interest and a history lesson. As Hawaii’s largest tropical river, the Wailua is flanked by dense foliage and lush mountainside; the distinctive smell of balmy downpour heavy in the air. Undisputedly breath taking, it’s also acoustically astounding, with animal chatter, birdsong and insect chants resonating throughout. An hour’s paddling should work up your adventurous appetite for a muddy jungle trek. Navigate a track through low-lying branches and water crossings, lush green ferns and narrow mantle walkways. You’ll be rewarded with Kauai‘s not so best-kept secret; Secret Falls. Plunge into the surrounding lagoon and cool-off beneath its haze. By this point you’ll have endured four hours of physical exertion, but don’t fret, it doesn’t end there, you still have to kayak back to base. Hawaii’s the dream destination for sun, sea and serenity. And for some, it’s just as satisfying for sun, sea and sweaty excursions. > READ THE ENTIRE MARCH 2016 EDITION OF INSPIRE HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Escape to the deep Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.