There's possibly no place in Hawaii that
offers a more varied array of outdoor activities than Kauai's North
Shore, and local operator Princeville Ranch Adventures offers a
range of unique adventure tours.
The 2,500 acres
of the Princeville Ranch, an active cattle ranch adjacent to the
Princeville at Hanalei resort development, serve as a playground
for tours that include hiking, kayaking and zip-lining.
I was on time for
the 7:30 a.m. rendezvous at PRA's office, conveniently located
outside the entrance to the Princeville Resort and easily
accessible by car or the Princeville Resort shuttle.
I joined eight
other clients -- tours include a maximum of 12 people -- on the
Jungle Valley Adventure, priced at $135. The 4.5-hour activity is a
mix of hiking (short and easy), kayaking (calm waters and simple)
and zip-lining (scary for me, exhilarating for others), followed by
a swim in a waterfall-fed pool. Lunch was included.
and personable guides escorted our group, assuring safety and
facilitating transfers to kayaks and zip lines.
"This was the
best thing we've done on Kauai," one enthused participant later
told me after she crossed an 80-foot-deep gorge on a 400-foot-long
The rest of her
group of four, all in their 60s, agreed. "It doesn't feel like
you're free-falling. It's more like a comfortable glide over the
addicted to the adrenalin rush of zip-lining, PRA offers the Zip
& Dip, also priced at $135, with eight zip lines, pool swim and
lunch. The 3.5-hour Express Zip, at $115, skips the lunch and
inclined to keep their feet on the ground, the Kalihiwai Waterfall
Hike ($129) provides a scenic option.
All tours are
commissionable to travel agents. Call (808) 826-7669 or visit www.adventureskauai.com.
To contact reporter Allan Seiden, send e-mail to [email protected].