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Surfing Poipu Beach - Kauai, Hawaii

With consistent southern swell action, Poipu Beach is one of the more reliable surf destinations on the island of Kauai. First time surfers can enjoy warm temps and rideable waves, even in the “off”season, thanks to the frequent summer swells. Remember, the sun is super strong in Hawaii, so an arsenal of sunscreen (reef-friendly of course) and UPF clothing will ensure you can be outside as much as possible without burning. Lastly, Hawaii is known for its lush tropical weather, including frequent rain, so be prepared to go with the flow and get used to being wet above the water line.

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Hiking Nā Pali Coast Trail - Kauai, Hawaii

The remote Nā Pali Coast Trail is over 21 miles long and weaves through some of the most stunning tropical landscapes on the planet. You’ll want to get in top shape for this hike as it’s considered advanced (but totally doable!). The rewards include dramatic mountain scenery, seaside caves, isolated beaches, and jaw-dropping rainbows. If you choose to explore this gem, be prepared for inclement weather (possibly every day), slippery terrain, and humid air.

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