About this listing
We will provide all the camping equipment and direct you to "physical locations" at Kalalau Valley. You will be staying at approved State locations in Kalalau Valley. When you arrive we will provide you with helpful information for your adventure.
With the high prices airlines charge for checked baggage, renting your camping gear and staying at one of our approved state or county locations makes better sense! One camping set that we offer contains top quality camping gear for only $20 a day.
There are special locations that you can lease from the state in advance if you wish, so that when you arrive you will the security knowing that you are staying at a physical location on the Kalalau Trail
PLEASE REMEMBER THERE ARE EXTRA CHARGES FOR BATTERIES AND PROPANE
Tent "non waterproof"
Gerber Bear Grylls Knife, Serrated Edge
chlorine pills (please specify if needed)
fishing gear (please specify if needed)
We also have connections to with very affordable rental cars.
NEED A PLACE TO STAY FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT AND DON'T HAVE A CAR...NO PROBLEM? You can stay at one of our rooms in Kapaa, then we will shuttle you to the trailhead. Hot showers and washer and dryers are also available if needed.
You can also store your personal items with us for safety for free
We will meet in Anahola in advance to talk about equipment details and location where you will be camping!
Interaction with Guests
While there are many beautiful location on Kauai to camp, the goal of this company is to direct people specifically to locations along the Kalalau hiking trail. It is not recommended for you to go to these locations unless you have a minimum of two available days. Camping at these campgrounds are "physical locations" approved by the state. Kalalau Valley is unlike any place on earth, and it is this companies opinion that it is far superior to any other location on Kauai. Hiking to the Kalalau Valley will require some level of skill and endurance.
We are providing all the specific items needed and directing you to physical locations operated by the the State of Hawaii for the adventure of your lifetime
You will be provided with all the necessary camping equipment and directed to physical location in Kalalau in which to set up the equipment.
It is not advised that you stay at any location of your choosing, but only stay at the physical locations that you have obtained the necessary permits for like the Kalalau camp ground.
The campground in Kalalau is at the end of a 11 mile hike so please be mentality and physically prepared for this adventure.
We have shuttle services from the airport to our homes and approved local camp grounds, for a small fee.. We also have cheap rental cars for our guests
Other Things to Note
Also ask about the Kalalau Beach parties, happening the first and third Saturday in June and July all food and drinks will be provided for free.
Equipment shown in pictures might be different than what can be provided on the day of rental.
Please also remember for those who rent our gear, we also provide free storage for your baggage and personal items while you are camping!
If you rent for only one night! You will be reserving a smaller scaled down version of this package for your safety. Also if you have a group larger than two people please make an additional reservation via airbnb. Please contact us for more information
The only rule is that you stay at the physical location that is listed on this adventure package. Airbnb requires that all listing be associated with a physical address. This package is designed for one place only, that is the approved STATE LOCATION called Kalalau Wilderness Park
It is also recommend that you do research on the Kalalau trail before you make a booking, so that you are aware of specific requirements by the state for all visitors to this location. And are prepared for weather related issues. We are available to assist you in anyway possible to prepared for this wonderful experience
Also PLEASE RESPECT NATIVE HAWAIIAN LOCATIONS AND SITES!
We rented gear from Dave for hiking the Kalalau trail, camping 2 nights. Dave was readily accessible via phone and email before we arrived and is super easy going. Gave clear instructions on where to meet and talked us through our planned backpacking trip. He even had a map he'd drawn showing the hidden spots to explore and tips for a better experience off the grid.
Gear was fine - basic 2 person tent (we opted for the bulkier, heavier rainproof tent which was unnecessary), a tarp (extra item and bulk we didn't need), 2 blankets (ample in the warm climate), 2 sleeping pads, walking poles (really helpful on the trail), upgraded to the jet boil (compact & great for fast water boiling for freeze dried meals), and 2 great packs to hold all. If you anticipate wanting extra/upgraded gear, bring cash. Not the newest equipment (don't touch the poles!), but it didn't fail us and we had a great trail and camp. Best was Dave's personal tips on where to go and explore. I think we'd take less gear next time for a lighter carry, but this was our first time and certainly longest hike (11 miles) with heavy packs.
What else? The trail is extraordinary, the views incredible, the variety of terrain, including the Martian-like red earth (which WILL get everywhere), and the infamous Crawler's Ledge (which is all about watching your footing and a thrill). Word of warning: this is not glamping. No stores at the other end. No fresh water (plenty of pools and waterfalls to filet, though). But a physical and mental test with a magnificent reward at the other end. A highly recommended once in a lifetime (or if you're lucky, you'll return) experience! Oh - and Dave even threw in a little guided tour to the turtle caves and blue room on our return as a thank you.
This experience was amazing. Elijah, who works with Dave, was great! Our adventure started with a ride to the airport, and Elijah keeping our unnecessary things for the hike. The rental equipment was quality.
If you are thinking about hiking the Kalalau trail. A few things. This trail is NO JOKE. Crawlers ledge is extremely dangerous and quite scary. We are grateful we made it through alive! Be prepared for after mile 7ish, cause it gets really hard. If you need to camp halfway in, there are a number of nice sites by mile 6. Be sure to be well rested for the dangerous cliff edges. If you are even a little weary/tired, rest for the night and take the second half the next day. Many people do the trail in 1 day, but many people also do the trail in 2. If you don't want to (ie cant) make it back, you can always hitch a ride, for a cost, from the folks on the beach. This is not a legitimate business, but we thought it was well worth the price.
If going on this hike, be well prepared. I would not do it again, though I would definitely catch a boat ride to Kalalau. If you are making the treck, rentals from Dave are an excellent option. Be sure to either rent or bring your own water filtration system to fill water bottles. You will need a lot of water, and a life straw alone will not do.
Our experience was great. Dave is full of knowledge that was very beneficial for us on our hike. All our gear was top notch and the experience was as well. Saves a great guy to deal with and extremely helpful. We would definitely recommend him to any future hikers in Kauai. Mahola Dave!
Dave gave me pretty good camping gears and was able to adapt it to what I specifically needed for my trip. Some people like to travel light, or have full comfort and he had everything for both cases.
The tips he gave where very usefull, especially when you are new to the island and you don't have much time to spend on it.
I would definitely recommend Dave to my friends visiting Kauai.
Dave is all you need for camping, he has all the equipment. I’ve just explained him my plans in Kauai and together with him we’ve scheduled the whole week. He is quite responsive and very flexible for pick up times, extremely helpful for any kind of questions; you will feel like meeting a friend that you already know. I’d strongly recommend!
Dave was awesome. He has all the equipment that you could possibly need to have a great time hiking to and camping in Kalalau. Just like other reviewers said, he gave us tips and a map with a secret campsite and other things to check out, as well as answered all the questions I had about the hike when we met him to pick up our gear. He genuinely cared about making sure we had a great experience and was very friendly. We would rent camp gear from him again or even try staying with him if we go back to Kauai.
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About the Host, Dave
I live on Kauai with my family and I love to explore the hidden locations here on Kauai. The rivers waterfalls and caves are spectacular. Please allow me to direct you to all of the beautiful spots on Kauai. This island is like paradise on Earth and the best way to see it is camping out in nature.