If you want to go hiking in a real outdoor wonderful, then you should come to Kauai and experience one of our many beautiful hiking trails. We have great paths all over the island from the bike paths near Lihue to the Hanakapiai trails in Haena. But if you want something truly different, how about a swamp?

This might sound weird, but the Alakai Swamp Trail is a fun and free excursion for Kauai tourists. With a moderate difficulty level, this is definitely a hike that you shouldn’t try as a novice, but it’s easy enough for most trail hikers. Ranging for three and a half miles one-way, this trail will lead you across the swamp, giving you a first hand view of the wildlife and plant life of a swamp area. (Don’t worry; I’m not talking an up-close-and-personal encounter with rats here.)

The swamp is part of the Kauai rainforest, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. As such, there is a lot to see on this trek to Kilohana. The trail varies from a dirt path to planks through the bogs, so you’ll have to watch your step and stick to the trail markers. There is no sense getting lost or wet in this slippery and muddy place.

There are no restrooms in this wet wonderland, so you’ll have to hold it if you want to hike it. There are also no drinking fountains, so any water you want needs to be brought in bottles. Everything else you need to know is basic common sense.

So, if you are thinking that a swamp hike sounds like fun, you’re right. The word swamp often scares people away, but it is only here that you will experience some of the most amazing views and sights in Kauai. Just remember to bring appropriate footwear, sun block, water, and a first aid kit (just in case). You can also bring a few snacks, but don’t trash our trails. Keep it all in your backpack and save our rainforests.

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