I'm trying to plan a trip where we'll be close to lots of amazing, moderate to strenuous hiking AND we have a non-hiker with us. The non-hiker has serious knee issues and he loves snorkeling and he can drive. We're going to be in Kauai for 1 week in early Feb. None of us has ever been to Kauai, and one thrilled Australian is ready to experience his life-long dream of Hawaii.
I'm thinking I'd like to get accommodation in Hanapepe or Waimea so the hiking team can easily launch for hikes from there.
Is it best to stick to the south for the snorkeler's sake?
Also, I prefer not to hike with lots of other people on the trails. Should I be considering other parts of the island for hiking/snorkeling? I am wondering if it is wall-to-wall tourists in the Kokee/Waimea Canyon trails. Maybe I'd be happier not going to those frequently written about areas...
We would be open to relocating (staying 3 days here, then 3 days there) once during the week.
Thanks for any input. Sorry if this post is 'all over the place'. :^)