See Hawaii's wild side

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Kayaking in Hawaii with Canyon Calling (Photo: Canyon Calling)
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Provider: Canyon Calling, Adventures for Women
Price: from $2,395

A veteran in the women's travel market, having celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, Canyon Calling was the first women's tour company to offer multi-sport adventure trips. "Our trips are all multi-activity—hiking, sea kayaking, horse riding, whitewater rafting," says founder Cheryl Fleet. "Many of our customers have commented that they really appreciate enjoying the scenery from so many different perspectives."

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No experience is necessary and only a moderate fitness level is required for Canyon Calling's trips, which range from multi-week international trips to places like New Zealand to shorter stateside outings. "We assume that participants only have the time and money to see a country or region once, so we do it well," says Fleet of Canyon Calling's action-packed itineraries.

One good example of this concept is the company's weeklong Hawaiian Islands itinerary, which takes you way beyond beach combing. You'll try out some of the best adventures available on the islands of Kauai and the Big Island, including swimming with sea turtles, hiking the Na Pali Coast, visiting lava flows, and kayaking with dolphins.

"Kauai offers more shades of green than one can imagine and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world," says Fleet. "The ocean views on the Na Pali coast hike are stunning and often we see whales breaching from the trail. The Big Island is dramatic—black-sand beaches, flowing lava, and lush tropical vegetation."

The details

The Hawaii trip departs January 19, 2008, and includes all accommodations and meals, intraisland flights, land and sea transport, activities and entrance fees, and guides. Participants must provide their own airfare to Hawaii. Open-jaw flights from Los Angeles to Kauai (the trip start point) and then Kona (the trip end point) back to Los Angeles start at $393 including taxes and fees on American.

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