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Kauai Wailua River Kayak-Mud Hike-Secret Falls-HD 4K

We started by loading the kayak on top of the car and driving to the public access launch point. The Wailua river is wide where it meets the ocean with a weak current so paddling upriver presents no problem. A little ways up, it narrows down, and is quiet and very beautiful. You may leave your kayak and hop up at any spot that appeals to you along the way, but you should take the hike to the Secret Falls. If you just paddle up the river, you can’t miss the wide area on the right-hand bank where you can pull up your kayak and find the trail.

The hike was fun, but not easy: up, up, up, through mud, mud, and more mud. Besides the mud, we caught a few brief rain showers as well. Still, it was worth every bit of the trouble. For the first time ever, I was standing under a 100-foot waterfall. The water was pounding onto my head and back like a barrage of paintballs. This is the Secret Falls on Kauai Island in Hawaii.

High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot using a Gopro Hero3+ Black in the highest 4K setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this youtube Setting/Quality).

Other Hawaii 4K videos can be found here:
Unforgettable Swim With Spinner Dolphins http://youtu.be/903obA7RSKg
Amazing Giant Mantas Glide & Somersault
http://youtu.be/g5pO7vUaT5U
detail of Water Pounding From A 100-foot Waterfall
http://youtu.be/bzCFEZMvi8Y

Water pounding from a 100-foot waterfall

For the first time in my life, I was under a 100-foot waterfall. The water was pounding onto my head and back like a barrage of paintballs. This is the Secret Falls on Kauai Island in Hawaii.

It was fun. But getting to the falls was a tough hike:
up, up, up muddy paths along the river. All along, there was mud, mud, and more mud. Of course not just mud, we caught a few brief rain showers as well, but Secret Falls is worth every bit of the trouble.

The hiking trail can be reached by kayak only. In the next video, we will be showing kayaking in the beautiful Wailua River.

High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot using a Gopro Hero3+ Black in the highest 4K setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this youtube Setting/Quality).

Other Hawaii 4K videos can be found here:
Unforgettable Swim With Spinner Dolphins http://youtu.be/903obA7RSKg
Amazing Giant Mantas Glide & Somersault
http://youtu.be/g5pO7vUaT5U

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D Rated & Unforgettable : Swim With Spinner Dolphins

A swim with dolphins is often described it as an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. This was a wonderful encounter with the spinner dolphins at the Kua Bay the Big Island of Hawaii. First we got to one of their many resting areas where they will spend the day.

This is usually the time when the dolphins are the most playful, leaping and spinning as they go, and many fantastic displays may be witnessed and photographed.

Spinner dolphins are so named because of their acrobatic behavior. They commonly leap high out of the water and spin, rotating many times. Your best chance of swimming with dolphins in Hawaii without chasing them around on a boat is to spend time in areas where they are known to reside. When dolphins “sleep,” they actually have one eye open and one eye closed, resting one half of their brain at a time.

We also learned that these dolphins have sex for fun, that they mate all year round at any time and not just to reproduce during a mating season. Still, what are the odds of viewing this event with only one hour in the water with dolphins? Maybe we were lucky, or maybe you are not observant (we only realized it after we got home), we caught it on camera.

High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot using a Gopro Hero3+ Black in the highest 4K setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this youtube Setting/Quality).

Experience Of A Lifetime: Amazing Giant Mantas Glide & Somersault Within Inches

This was an incredible encounter with the Kona Manta Rays at the Keahole Bay (near the Kona Airport), on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the very few locations you can swim with manta rays. The Kona Coast is the best place to spot manta rays in Hawaii, and the manta ray night swimming is unlike anything you will find on any other island. At night, spotlights are used to attract plankton which in turn attracts the mantas that feed off the plankton. Our tour took off an hour or so before sunset from Honokohau Harbor just north of Kailua-Kona. As night fell, with the help of these lights and attracted by the plankton in the water, we were treated to an amazing show as giant mantas glide and somersault in mesmerizing patterns. The mantas swam within inches of us, always managing to avoid contact at the last second. Getting this close to these ethereal mantas is truly an unforgettable experience.

Much like a fingerprint is unique to each human, manta rays have distinguishing black and white markings on their underside that are used to identify them. These gentle giants can grow up to 20 feet in length and weigh up to 3000 pound; their giant mouths are very intimidating, but these extraordinary sea creatures have no teeth and no tail stingers, making this the safest large animal encounter in the world.
This video is shot from a Gopro Hero3+ in the highest 4K setting.