Kauai: Private Jungle and Rainbow Eucalyptus Hike
Explore the jungles of eastern Kauai and the Kuilau Ridge Trail on a private guided hike. Discover exotic flora and enjoy panoramic waterfalls and mountain range views.
- Enjoy a private guided hike of the Kuilau RidgeTrail in eastern Kauai
- HIke among a diverse array of jungle trees, plant, and bird species
- Walk amongst the towering 150 feet tall eucalyptus trees
- Admire the impressive 151-foot Opaeka’a Falls waterfall
- See Mount Kawi and the mountains of Kahili, Wai’ale’ale, and Makaleha
DescriptionJoin a private guided hike of Kuilau RidgeTrail to get a complete jungle experience while you learn about the history and culture that gave birth to the pristine land on eastern Kauai. Take in all the exotic flora including rainbow eucalyptus, and albizia trees, along with panoramic views jungles, waterfalls, and mountain range. Walk the same path that the ancient Hawaiians used to build their communities. The word kuilau (koo-E-lau) means “to string together leaves or grass.” Plant fibers were used for everything from thatching roofs (pili grass huts) to making large sails for ocean voyaging canoes (from the hala three-leaf). After a quick stop at the impressive and beloved ‘O’paeka’a Falls, the hike will begin as a gentle climb up a trail that is lined with impressive Sydney blue gum trees (Eucalyptus saligna). Growing over 150 feet tall the eucalyptus in this area can tower over the massive albizia trees. You may feel yourself shrink as you hike through. As you make your way higher, views of several mountain ranges begin to emerge, including the Kahili Mountain to the south, Wai’ale’ale Mountain and Mount Kawi to the west and the Makaleha Mountains to the north. On overcast days, you’ll still be rewarded with dense, green views of the gulches that dominate the area; their abundant native and introduced plant species offer much to discover. These plants include wild orchids, ‘ohi’a lehua blossoms, gala, and the la’i or ti plant (a popular material for making hula skirts, among many other uses). Back at the arboretum, you will take a short stroll through the famous “rainbow eucalyptus” trees (Eucalyptus deglupta). If time permits, you will have the option of taking a quick dip in a cool mountain stream and/or walking up a small hill to once again see the cloud-covered Wai’ale’ale Summit, known as 'The wettest place on earth' (averaging over 450 inches of rainfall annually).
IncludesPrivate guide Food and drinks Tips
- People taking this tour must be able to walk on unpaved, uneven, and possibly muddy terrain.
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