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“Absolutely worth it!”

Kauai Hiking Adventures
Ranked #6 of 50 Tours in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 2005, we are Kauai's premiere hiking company. Kauai Hiking Adventures offers private, guided hiking tours suitable for all fitness and ability levels. All of our hiking tours are completely private and customized according to your personal preference, physical ability level and the prevailing local weather conditions. Kauai Hiking Adventures acknowledges and respects your unique individuality and takes the time to design a hiking tour that is just right for you.
Reviewed 11 December 2017

My husband and I hired Andrew for a full day and it was the most spectacular day we had on the island! Andrew was very responsive to our inquires, answered all our advance questions promptly and thoroughly, and made sure we knew exactly what we needed to bring for a day of fun. We let him know in advance that we were interested in the Napali area and wanted to get some good vistas. He did not disappoint!! After we met that morning we discussed a few options, decided on how we wanted the day go to, and off we went. Our first hike was simply breathtaking and we never would have found the trailhead, or gone down it, on our own! Andrew was very prepared with safety gear and when it seemed a little slick on the mud he supplied us with chains for our shoes. Made all the difference!! For our second hike we were very glad to have his 4WD vehicle that got us half a mile closer to the trailhead. Again, great hike and he was very knowledgeable about the island, the hikes, and the amazing assortment of vegetation we encountered. An extra benefit was someone else to take pictures of the two of us!! My husband was very skeptical about hiring a guide – he really didn’t think it was necessary – and just went along with me in the planning phase. At the end of the day he was a complete convert and said it was the best thing we spent our money on! Many, many thanks to Andrew and Kauai Hiking Adventures to make our day simply spectacular.

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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We went for a 3 day hiking and camping (1 day backpacking) trip with Andrew. We were going to Kauai for the Thanksgiving weekend and Andrew was available for those days. We are experienced hikers, and have camped before. This was our first time backpacking, so we were happy to try it out for one night only.

Andrew was very flexible about the types of hikes, and a number of days based on our request.

Pros:
1. Andrew was very knowledgeable about the trails, plants, and birds in Hawaii.
2. He took us on the trails we wouldn't have hiked ourselve, like at the top of the Sleeping Giant.
3. He made delicious Thai curry, scrambled eggs, and pasta.
4. He was flexible about the itinerary and adjusted it according to us.
5. He took us to some beautiful spots - e.g., the cave and to see the turtles.
6. He always had young coconuts in his car for refreshing coconut water.

Cons:
1. Would have been great if he brought a sheet or mat to spread the food while cooking/serving it instead of on the bare ground.
2. We ran out of food by day 2 lunch, because on day 3, the food in the icebox in his car had gone bad. We picked up lunch at a grocery store on day 3.
3. Some of the snacks and food packages were already opened (and almost empty) by the time we met him.
4. He doesn't only just work for KHA, he also owns the company. He is also the ONLY full-time guide/employee of the company. So, wherever he could get a network/ signal on the hikes, he would be on his phone - texting and emailing (presumably).
5. On our last day, he was running errands (stopped at the courier to pick up packages) while we were driving to a trail. It didn't impact the hike or delayed us in any way, was just annoying.

Overall, was a good experience. We got to see all sides of Kauai. As this was our first back packing experience, it was particularly interesting.

Thank aj1021n
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We had a great time hiking in a variety of areas tailored to our interests. Andrew really knew what we were up to doing so our time was well spent. Hiking in sun, pouring rain, clouds and sunny all made for a great experience. Using snow micro spikes for hiking in the mud was ingenious.

Thank Cenzor59
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hired Andrew from Kauai Hiking Adventures for a full day of hiking in Waimea Canyon. We had an excellent experience. He drove us all over the canyon. We hiked some trails that were known and some trails that were secret and very special. He drove us places in his lifted 4x4 we would never have gone on our own. He provided hiking poles and 'chains' for our feet on slippery trails. The chains helped my wife feel more confident "like a gecko" gripping the muddy trail. He brought us to a nice location for lunch and provided fresh coconuts that he cut open to sip the refreshing milk. Andrew customized the day according to what we wanted to see and do. We proceeded according to our own pace. Andrew was very knowledgeable about Kauai and concerned about the environment. He was friendly and very personable. He is also a good photographer and offered to take our photo several times - we got some great shots. We highly recommend using Kauai Hiking Adventures. The day spent hiking with Andrew was an excellent value and a good investment to get the most from your vacation.

Thank odysseyMN
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

My husband and I spent the day with Andrew in Waimea Valley. The weather was not great but Andrew was determined to find some great spots for us to hike. The 4 wheel drive was not wasted! He is great company, knowledgeable, and determined to find great hiking trails that are suited to the individual and the weather. Andrew is great company and a great guide.Wonderful day!

Thank supergeo
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