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Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: Fraggle Rock and Laem Tien thumbnail

Koh Tao has a reputation for being a dive and party island. And while both those things are true — and Koh Tao does them proud — there is so much more to this little baby island than that. We’ve got plenty to landlubbers busy during the day: a trapeze school, Muay Thai gyms, a Thai…

Hiking Kauai’s Kalalau Trail thumbnail

Somehow, Hawaii had brought out the hiker in me. I think in Kauai I finally realized why my childhood in Upstate New York never inspired the hobby to take hold: there is simply nowhere in the Northeast United States that looks like the Kalalau Trail. The full Kalalau Trail is eleven miles one way along the…

Hiking Iao Valley’s Secret Trail thumbnail

Deep in the heart of a Jurassic Park-like jungle, you will find the 2,250 foot ‘Iao Needle, famous for gracing postcards all over Maui. On Mondays, you will also find a roaming pack of Banana Bungalow travelers enjoying their free hiking tour to the valley. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out for me to join the…

Twelve Miles of Triumph: Hiking Haleakala thumbnail

When I saw that my time at the Banana Bungalow would include a Saturday, the day of their famous Haleakala hiking trip, I briefly considered changing my dates. Yes, it’s true, I’ve become somewhat of a hiker lately, but this was another beast entirely. And while obviously the free tours aren’t mandatory, there’s no way I…

Five Fantastic Hikes in Oahu thumbnail

I’ve said it before, and in all likelihood I’ll say it many more times — one of my favorite things about Hawaii is that life is lived outdoors. Sure, I slept in a room with four walls and roof (most nights!) but my days were spent surfing, diving, ATV-riding — and hiking. I never considered myself…