2017 August 17 to 26
Kauai Paradise: A Hawaii Gay Travel Adventure Tour
From the lush valleys of the Na Pali Coast, to the top of Waimea Canyon, our gay Kauai multi-sport adventure will put you in the water, onto ATV’s, and under waterfalls in a prehistoric jungle. Enjoy ocean-view rooms, exquisite food & hospitality as we explore the “Garden Island” of Hawaii. Read more about developing this tour on our Gay Travel Blog.
Join us on this gay Kauai multi-sport adventure, and let the oxygen-rich air of Kauai stimulate you as you hike the NaPali Coast, famous for its sheer cliffs, rising above crashing breakers. Sail to the forbidden island and peer into its hidden mysteries. Fly above the island in the cab of a helicopter, hovering inside the cone of an extinct volcano.
Breathe deeply as you gaze off the edge of Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Let Kauai speak to your soul: without words, but with the drumbeat of a thousand generations. On Kauai, you’ll hear the waterfalls call to you, as they tell the legends of the Hawaiian people who raised children and hunted in these fertile mountains.
Kauai is a world lost in time, it is truly Hawaii’s island of discovery. From small towns to jungles and secluded beaches, come find out why they call this the “Garden Island.”
Day 1: Welcome to Kauai
Upon arriving at the airport in Lihue, look for a private transfer to our charming seaside hotel. Plan your arrival with plenty of time to join our fun, lively gay group in the lobby of the hotel at 6:00pm for Mai Tais. We’ll take a short walk into the charming town of Kapa’a for our welcome dinner. Tonight we’ll enjoy an Indian feast while getting acquainted and having an orientation about the week’s action-packed itinerary. We’ll take a shopping excursion together to pick up any last-minute items.
Day 2: Leisurely Kayaking and Waterfall Swim
Wear good hiking shoes that can get muddy, and put on a swimsuit, because today we’ll do some kayaking, swimming, and hiking to some hidden waterfalls! We’ll have lunch together and then the afternoon at leisure to explore the tiny town of Kapa’a. We may like to pop in for a sampling of concoctions from Hawaii’s only mead-producer. Locally harvested golden honey is made into a liquor ranging from blonde to amber, but always packing a punch! Dinner tonight will be on our own.
Day 3: Sail and Snorkel Adventure!
We’re up before sunrise this morning for a drive to Port Allen, on the south side of the island. Our journey takes us through the changing scenery on the more arid side of the island, with the vast Pacific Ocean to our left. Watch the sunrise light the gradually changing vista. After checking in for our boat ride, we’ll enjoy breakfast together. We’ll cruise along the Na Pali coast and glimpse the famed Kalalau Valley, pristine beaches, waterfalls, and sea caves. We’ll stop to snorkel, seeing colorful sealife, and perhaps a pod of joyous dolphins leaping with their family. We’ll cross open water and drop anchor offshore of Niihau (the Forbidden Island), and the crescent shaped Lehua island. Lunch will be served aboard the boat.
After returning to port in the early afternoon, we will go for coffee and a tour as we stop at the famous Kauai Coffee Company. We’re on our own for dinner tonight, and we’ll sleep well after a full day of sight-seeing.
Day 4: Beach Day with Fun Options
Today we’ll choose one of Kauai’s lovely beaches and take our beach gear to go hang out! We’ll enjoy a BBQ lunch together and play games, swim, or simply lounge with a good book. This afternoon you can choose from two fun activities (not included in tour cost):
We’ll have dinner independently tonight, will lots of delicious suggestions nearby.
Day 5: Na Pali Hiking
We’ll start our day at sunrise with a quick stop at a local cafe for a latte and breakfast to go. We’ll head north past Hanalei to the trailhead of the Kalalau Trail. This hike is easily one of the most famous in the world, because of its beauty as well as the fascinating history of the region. We will hike a portion of the shade-dappled trail today, a few hours to sunny Hanakapi’ai Beach, where we can stretch our legs and have some snacks, before retracing our steps back to Ke’e Beach and the trail’s beginning. We’ll be free to explore the quaint little town of Hanalei, with time for lunch on our own before regrouping and driving back to our hotel.
On the way home, we’ll stop for a visit to the Kilauea Lighthouse, and still have time to freshen up before dinner together tonight.
Day 6: Food Trucks and Allerton Garden
Let’s take a few hours off this morning and enjoy island living. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Early risers may enjoy celebrating the sunrise with a hula performance. Some guests may like to rent a bicycle and take a pleasant ride along the paved path that hugs 8 miles of coastline. Just after noon we will depart for the cute historic town of Koloa, where we’ll have a choice of several local food trucks or restaurants to choose from for a casual lunch.
Our group will re-convene and head south to tour Allerton Gardens, an exquisitely tended botanical garden with an interesting gay history. Our walk will take a few hours, through exotic tropical foliage, an impressive collection of statues, and among the soothing sounds of water fountains and birdsong. Be sure to also check out the spouting horn and gift shop.
Dinner will be at beautiful Allerton Garden and will be followed up by sunset on the beach.
Day 7: Wailua Hike and Sunset Zipline!
Enjoy breakfast in our beautiful hotel prior to our departure to Wailua. This morning’s hike will take us to the famous Wailua Waterfall, used in the opening credits of “Fantasy Island”. The 173-foot waterfall feeds into the Wailua River and is one of the most beautiful sites on the island.
After the hike we will return to the hotel and journey into the town of Kapa’a for lunch on our own. Tonight we have an early dinner in town together on our way up to the ziplines. We’ll gear up with harnesses, helmets, and flashlights to fly through the trees on this exciting zipline course. Choose to ride in an upright “seated” position, or in the “superhero” harness, which allows headfirst flight. A perfect way to end our day!
Day 8: Red dirt of Waimea Canyon and Hiking Tour
This morning we depart early for breakfast and then head out for a visit to Waimea Canyon, a sight so different from the Na Pali Coast that it’s hard to believe you’re still on the same island. A stark contrast to the lush, verdant cliffs of the island’s northeast side, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is all red and ochre rocks and dirt, with patches of greenery and sunbaked earth. We’ll take a hike through this spectacular landscape.
Afterward, we enjoy a casual lunch at one of the many small restaurants or stands serving traditional Hawaiian foods. You will have some free time this afternoon, and some folks will surely enjoy a surfing lesson in Poipu!
Day 9: Waterfalls with ATV Tour!
We encourage a late breakfast/brunch today with additional free time for beach time and shopping.
In the late morning we will depart our hotel and head for the hills to Koloa for both lunch at a local restaurant and our final activity of the tour: an ATV tour of Kauai’s back-country! We’ll drive up to a waterfall and take a swim.
Heading back to the hotel quickly shower and freshen up, because tonight we’ll have our farewell dinner at a sumptuous beachfront restaurant featuring farm-to-table delicacies and fresh-caught seafood.
Day 10: Mahalo and Warmest of Aloha
Thank you so much for traveling with us! Today we’ll say farewell to lovely Kauai. We hope your trip home is safe and comfortable, and that your memories of your Hawaii gay travel adventure are filled with laughter and beauty.
Price includes: Group transportation for all destinations on Kauai; 9 nights accommodation at an oceanfront hotel; high-speed internet at hotel; breakfast each day, 6 special dinners and 4 lunches; entrance fees for sightseeing and activities; transfers to/from airport and hotel; all hotel service charges, government taxes, and porterage; gratuities at included meals. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Transportation to and from Kauai; 3 dinners and 4 lunches; personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1200 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
$245 Hour-long helicopter flight over the bays, canyons, waterfalls, and fields of Kauai (please reserve in advance)
“This trip was a good balance of the active and esthetic. Kauai is a very unique location; if you need to get out of the box, this is the place to do it !” Ed Pulice, Norwalk, CT
“Kauai is an amazing place unique on this planet for its incredible geography and lush green scenery. It should be on everyone’s to do list.” David Lotufo, Centerfield, MA
“What can I say? Kauai is the most beautiful place on earth. A Garden of Eden. I created this tour so I could tackle one of the most important destinations on my personal bucket list. After visiting the island for research, nothing could stop me from sharing this gorgeous natural wonder that is the island of Kauai.” – Zachary Moses, HE Travel Tour Designer, Key West, FL
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Kapa’a, Kauai, Hawaii, USA. Travelers should fly into the Lihue Airport (LIH).
Kauai, Hawaii is home to rich and diverse wildlife, exciting water-sports, gorgeous ocean vistas, and one of the friendliest communities in America. Our adventure offers snorkeling, boating, half-day hikes, an optional helicopter ride, an off road ATV experience, and more. Expect to be thrilled by adrenaline rushes, and to find yourself happily tired at the end of each day.
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