Friday, January 22, 2010

Zip 'N' Dip Princeville

To be honest, some of the guided "adventures" in Hawaii aren't worth the money, especially on Kauai where there are plenty of wildlands and beaches for the independent traveler to explore for free—by foot and flipper, by paddle and pedal. One notable exception is Princeville Ranch Adventures, set on 2,500-acres of green upslopes on the north shore. The Carswell family, stewards of this natural treasure for many generations, gives visitors a chance to zip across valleys harnessed (safely) to a cable and then take a dip in private stream pools set below a waterfall. The $145 tour includes a delicious picnic lunch and the moderate hike between the 9 ziplines is just over one mile. You can also see the place by horseback. The ranch hires guides who know what they're talking about and will give even repeat visitors new insight. For details or reservations, check out their website and for additional hiking trail ideas on the north shore consult the new Kauai Trailblazer.