Kauai Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf

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This NEW 2012 FIFTH EDITION of the Sprout's top-selling guide is packed with new and updated activities, dozens of fresh photos, a 4-page color insert, and a special Trailblazer Kids section for families headed to Hawaii's "adventure island." Popular among independent and active travelers, Trailblazer guides are known for their user-friendly format, readability, and sharp graphics. You'll find all the mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, coves and lagoons, jungles, rivers, historic landmarks and cultural ...

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Overview

This NEW 2012 FIFTH EDITION of the Sprout's top-selling guide is packed with new and updated activities, dozens of fresh photos, a 4-page color insert, and a special Trailblazer Kids section for families headed to Hawaii's "adventure island." Popular among independent and active travelers, Trailblazer guides are known for their user-friendly format, readability, and sharp graphics. You'll find all the mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, coves and lagoons, jungles, rivers, historic landmarks and cultural sites, coral reefs, ancient ruins, and coastal bluffs-all the places to get wet, muddy, and have fun on Kaua'i. Less energetic visitors will appreciate the book's driving tours, which hit the headliners along with the island's out-of-the-way charms.  

The authors have spent years exploring Kaua'i, and it shows. A Resource Links section gives visitor information and cultural contacts, recommended recreational outfitters, museums and attractions, Hawaiiana shops and hula shows, as well as a! hand-picked list of restaurants and places to stay. Safety precautions and traveling tips are not to be overlooked, and a Best Of section lets you select among activities to suit your mood. 


• 119 hikes and strolls to mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, jungles, coves, reefs, historic landmarks and ancient ruins, swamps, craters, forests, coastal bluffs and tide pools, towns, canyons, waterfalls and river valleys


• 68 beaches, including 22 reachable only by trail - 42 snorkeling pools, both the island favorites and hidden coves


• 61 mountain bike rides along forest, coastal, and countryside trails


•27 kayaking waters: 13 rivers and streams, 14 bays and lagoons


• 36 surfing spots  



• A special Trailblazer Kids section


• 10 maps and 175 photographs including a four-page color insert


• 4 Driving Tours, featuring heiaus, wildlife sanctuaries, cultural and historical sites,tourist attractions and natural wonders


Resource Links to recreational outfitters, stables, golf courses, camping, transportation, accommodations, local-style eats and shops - Appendices of Hawaiian words, place names, movie locations, hula performances, farmer's markets, weather, flora, history 
 
 


Accuracy and organization are Trailblazer Travel Book trademarks. Forty more pages and a host of new photos and trail updates have been added to make this book ready for your action-packed 2010 Kauai vacation.

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Editorial Reviews

Islands Magazine
Recommended guidebook in April 2002 issue. "Best of Kauai: Read it and leap!
Midwest Book Review
An outstanding guide for families and outdoor enthusiasts with an interest in hiking and exploring Kauai. If you're Kauai bound, begin with a thorough perusal of Kauai Trailblazer.
Scuba Guide/About.com
Kauai Trailblazer is a trustworthy and current handbook created for families, outdoor adventure travelers and vacationers on a budget. In the book you will read about hundreds of Hawaiian recreational adventures, which cover the entire island. Kauai Trailblazer is a must have travel guide that will help you discover Kauai and plan your activities for your next Hawaii vacation.
Sunset Magazine
Stash a copy of Kauai Trailblazer in your daypack. It lists dozens of places - some lesser known - to hike, paddle, bike, snorkel and surf. The "Best Of" listings are a quick reference to winner locations and activities.
TripAdvisor
"The best, and most highly ranked guide of its kind. If you like off the beaten path, you want Trailblazer for your trip."
May 2006
Virtual Bookcase
The essential guidebook for visiting Kauai. Contains all the information you will need to enjoy the island: what to bring, where to go, what to do. I explored the whole island and found myself discovering out of the way places that otther guidebooks didn't include. It is very current, clearly written, well indexed with easy to use maps. If you're going to Kauai, you MUST have this book to get the most out of your too short vacation.
Internet Book Watch
Kauai Trailblazer is an outstanding guide for families and outdoor enthusiasts with an interest in hiking and exploring Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands. Featured are "user friendly" descriptions of 199 hikes and strolls to mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, jungles, coves, reefs, historic landmarks, ancient ruins, swamps, craters, forests, coastal bluffs, tide pools, towns, canyons, waterfalls, and river valleys. Details are provided for 68 beach (22 of which are only accessible by trail), 42 snorkeling polls (island favorites and hidden coves), 61 mountain bike rides, 27 kayaking waters (13 rivers and steams, 14 bays and lagoons), and 36 surfing spots. The informative text is enhanced with 10 maps and 130 photographs, resource links, and appendices of Hawaiian words, place names, movie locations, hula performances, farmer's markets, wether, flora, history and philosophy. If you are Kauai bound, begin with a thorough perusal of Kauai Trailblazer!
—Internet Book Watch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978637149
  • Publisher: Diamond Valley Company
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 141,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janine and Jerry Sprout have spent more than 20 years together exploring the trails, beaches, and attractions of the American West. Their guides are handcrafted and trail-tested. Janine is a professional photographer and graphic designer. Jerry is a former newspaper reporter, award-winning athelete and novelist Their skills result in outdoor guides that are beautiful to look at and fun to read.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Adventure style guide

    Kauai is beautiful and we saw all we could see in 7 days with the Trailblazer guide. Truly beautiful beaches grace the north shore and we did our share of checking out all the snorkeling from Anini Beach to Ke'e. Really it was paradise there. The only paid tour we took was a Napali Coast sailing outing, all the rest of our sightseeing was free thanks to the hiking and driving directions inside.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Adrenaline

    I gave it five stars right down the row. I like what the Trailblazer team does. Last week they led us on a fabulous journey all over the island of Kauai.

    We appreciate that they explored the place and put all their findings right in this guide. Almost like our own personal guide. There's a nice burst of color in the middle that makes it snap.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    The guide we could count on

    One of the best reasons for bringing this book: it's accurate and new. We relied on it for all our hikes and counted on it for tips to beaches that aren't crammed. Some beauties were out on the Waimea side like Barking Sands and Salt Pond. It's less populated there and less commercial. They steered us to Waimea Canyon for some of the most dramatic cliff trails we've ever been on and the views.....wow!

    Another good reason for buying it is that it's written by authors who specialize in Hawaii and are noncorporate types who have done all the research themselves. It felt like a "for adventures only" book, personized just for us. You get it that they love the place.

    We got our moneysworth tenfold.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    An adventure guide for Kauai

    We consider the Trailblazer series the most well rounded adventure guides for Hawaii. This purchase was our fourth in their line. For organizing our itinerary before we went to Kauai, it was gold. It's all there: what to see, where the best beaches and trails are located, good full page maps with the stops numbered, and locations to surf and snorkel.

    The Trailblazer tops all the other guides with it's accurate driving directions. We always knew what was up ahead by following the milemarkers on the highway which corresponded to the text in the book. There's a wealth of information packed inside and our whole family agrees it was well worth the purchase.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

    Beauty Beauty Everywhere

    This is a get-down, user friendly practical guide. We referred to it everyday. Tons of good information and a straighforward approach to seeing it ALL. Two weeks in paradise, we love Kauai!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Kauai

    The way a guidebook ought to be. We like the layout and all the helpful tips. Our vacation was a blast. Our visit last week took us to two islands. The Oahu Trailblazer was equally as useful and entertaining.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    The Big Picture

    We took into account how much we were spendiing for our week's vacation to Kauai and how much we knew in advance, so the outlay for the purchase of this guide was peanuts. It's a whole encyclopedia, a Wikipedia, a Google-like information resource of everything you need to know about the island. And it's honest and personalized. Hikers you will be happy you own it. Beach nuts, there are some pristine beauties like Polihale and Moloaa and Annini. Follow it. Indispensible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    Beautiful Kauai

    An absolute must for visitors to the Garden Island! A fun and comprehensive guide that reads like a book-not like a sales pitch or snarky review. Nicely designed and organized.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Grab and Go

    Right before our trip I saw this glowing green cover on the bookstore shelf and had to get it. It has a layout like no other, one that makes it so easy to find places that are off the normal tourist radar. We were seeking activities that wouldn't break the bank and ones that we had to work a little harder to get to. That's where this guide paid off. The beaches on the north end of the island were just what we had fantasized finding. The directions inside this book got us there so easily. It's a gem. Very rewarding getaway, go to Kauai! Best thing, we didn't have to sign on to any tours and could be our own guides.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Trusted Co-pilot

    We kind of overdue it on guidebooks, buying a bunch before we leave and then taking a few along with us. This book turned out to be the one we counted on. It has ALL the good stuff, plus lots that simply was not in other guide books. I loved the way it is written (clearly, with just enough background to give depth without overdoing it) and organized. It is loaded with photos. We started calling Kauai Trailblazer "the co-pilot" because whenever we lagged in ideas of what to do, this book was right there to add adventure to our trip. You should definitely add this wonderful book to your pack list when going to Kauai. These guys know their stuff!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Kauai Trailblazer: 5 star rating

    We were on Kauai for our honeymoon. We packed around the Kauai Trailblazer for guidance and depended on it like a compass. It contains good solid and honest information for all kinds of sports, especially HIKES! We stayed on the trails as it advised and never ran into trouble or got lost. There are so many awesome hikes inside this book, we regretted not booking a longer stay.

    The way the book is laid out is spectacular with cross sections of maps for orientation. Photos are on practically every page. There are resources with all the necessary telephone numbers and addresses. It was entertaining and a perfect vacation companion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Kauai Up Front

    Our friends in Kauai recommended this guide. It won us over with it's honesty and true portrayal of the island. The authors live there and cover every speck of turf. We had a wild and wonderful vacation for two weeks. Contains more detail than all the others and is also better written. Note: not just a hiking book. All the watersports are in it too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

    This guide has it ALL

    Two weeks vacation. Used our green guide to sheperd the way. So many cool beaches. Dipped into beautiful grottos and hit the highs on the famous Kalalau Trail. Found pretty little Anahola Beach and snorkeled all afternoon. Our time there was stupendous thanks to these amazing authors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Best Outdoor Activity Guidebook to Kauai

    There are four activity guidebooks in this wonderful series: Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer (there is also a great planning guide to all the islands called No Worries Hawaii). I have been reviewing guidebooks for many years (and, in fact, wrote several well-received guides to travel guides in the pre-Internet era) and I can say without reservation that these four books are the best available for Hawaii. The authors, Jerry and Janine Sprout, have been roaming the Hawaiian islands for decades and taking a lot of useful notes and beautiful photos along the way. All of this translates into a wonderful, informative read (I've read them all cover to cover) even if you're only an armchair traveler dreaming of a vacation in the land of aloha. You¿ll learn a lot about these magical, magnificent places in addition to the activities that best meet your needs. No matter which island you pick, each book is similarly organized and equally well done. And the black-and-white photos are a joy. (If you're not sure where you're headed, their planning guide, No Worries Hawaii, can help you decide which island to head for and what part of that island makes the most sense). Important tip: Be sure to read the ¿How to Use This Book¿ section to learn how to get the most out these great resource books. And don¿t miss the ¿Best Of¿ section, which is divided into lots of useful categories from waterfall walks, big views, and sunset beaches to town strolls, gardens, and perfect places with little walking¿there is something here for everyone. There are also good maps to orient you. Driving and parking directions are excellent¿no small trick in a place where the only sign to tell you you¿ve arrived may be a small mile marker along the highway. You¿ll definitely want to learn two new, directional words, which are very helpful in a land surrounded by water: makai¿meaning ¿toward the ocean,¿ and mauka¿meaning ¿inland or toward the mountains.¿ Read carefully, follow along and the Sprouts will get you to some places few tourists ever go. Each walk or hike provides parking instructions, round-trip distances, elevation gained, and other practical information. Hiking/walking directions are also very well done. In general, you won¿t need a topographical map, but for more serious hikes some folks may feel more comfortable with one. Other activities at each location, such as surfing, biking, snorkeling, are carefully described as well. Practical information on every possible subject includes great driving tours, the best stuff for kids, climate, important resource numbers, and cryptic but very well chosen lists of the best food and lodging choices in each area. Whatever all-purpose guide you choose, don¿t visit the islands without the appropriate Trailblazer guide in hand. It will make all the difference.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Highly recommend for outdoor guide

    This is the one our friends recommended. We spent three weeks on Kauai and a day didn't go by that it wasn't picked up and used. It made our days full and we ended up not spending on any package tours. The money we saved allowed us to eat out more. So many discoveries are inside that we would have never found on our own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    Second visit to Kauai. We made up for lost time and really got to know all the beaches and gorgeous trails. This book has perfect directions and plenty of photos to illustrate. Stay more than 7 days if you can, the days went by fast. The book covers all of the island. There was something worth seeing every day and our gas expenses were minimal since the book is organized geographically. When we were in the Poipu area we found many places to hike, swim and snorkel and walk close to the hotel. We rented kayaks and paddled close to shore. The Trailblazer detailed short driving tours for sightseeing. Everything we needed to know, maps included, were inside. Enriched our vacation!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A reviewer

    We bought the Trailblazer after reading their No Worries Hawaii guidebook. First hand advice from authors who trek all the islands paid off. Rate 5 stars for detail. You will need their driving directions. Gas prices were high but we were able to economize since they give you over ten things to do in one general area. Hertz had the best deal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Rainbow world

    We dug into the pages a week before leaving Eugene. This is a really good guide and we're glad we had it to show us around. It was our first visit and we found the hiking environment on Kauai unbelievably magical. Liked all the photos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    Just back

    We genuinely loved Kauai. We're considering moving there just because of the warm climate and lazy laid back charm. The Kauai Trailblazer was a godsend, exactly what we needed to tool around. It's very organized and took us behind the scenes, on trails and rivers that made us feel very far away from civilization. We didn't have to buy a map, they're all inside. A great escape. This guide filled in all the blanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Go with the pros

    My husband recently had knee surgery so we didn't use the hiking section and concentrated on the watersport listings, the ones we could drive to. Kealia Beach, Poipu Beach, Anini Beach and Barking Sands Beach were at the top of our list. The directions and maps and four driving tours that covered the whole island were indispensible. This book totally immersed us in Kauai's tropical wonderland - super vacation.

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