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Hawai‘i for active relaxers

Inspire March16

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.


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