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Written by Marie Glodt at Travel to Maui.

As a resident of Hawaii I get asked all the time, “where do you go on vacation?” The answer varies depending on the resident but for me I normally enjoy my time relaxing on the beach somewhere here in Hawaii.

Last week I had the privilege to be invited on the Kauai Visitor Bureau Master Specialist Program. This invitation only event is limited to a select few travel professionals from around the United States.


We started our trip by enjoying the beautiful sunset by the pool at the Courtyard Marriott in Kapaa. The nice thing about this property in addition to the great grounds, pool and comfortable clean rooms is the benefit of having a/c. Many properties on the island of Kauai do not have a/c. You will find a/c mostly in the deluxe-luxury accommodations.


I have been to Kauai many times over the years, but this trip was a mixture of business and pleasure. Not only did we scout out great hotels and condos on the island, but we also experienced first hand some the best tours Kauai has to offer.

Our tours ranged from the relaxing river boat tour with the Smith’s Fern Grotto, to the exciting mountain tubing with Kauai and more!


Mountain tubing is really fun for all ages. This ditch and tunnel system once irrigated vast sugar crops and has been unused since sugar was taken out of production in 2000. This water system runs through some of the most beautiful lush and remote land on the island of Kauai. The waters originate near the top of Mount Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots in the world. These ditches were hand-dug by plantation workers over a century ago.


We also went on a fantastic dinner cruise off the Na Pali Coast line. This rugged coast line is an amazing sight of endless shades of green! This trip is not for the folks who get sea sick.

Kauai is full of fun things to do, or just relax and do nothing at all!

Written by Marie Glodt Hawaii Destination Specialist and Kauai Master certified with the Hawaii Visitor Bureau and travel agent at Travel to Maui

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