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Hiking in Tropical Paradise: Adventure Travel in Luxurious Escape Islands

June 14, 2016
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We decided to make a roundup of the greatest hikes in some of the world's most gorgeous islands and archipelagos, but at Adventure Compass we understand that not many people even barely consider great hiking areas when they think of tropical island paradises. So if your partners prefer to lie on a beach and you want to go hiking on your next adventure travel, there's no need to compromise. Simply take a look at these trekking areas on paradise islands from the Caribbean to the Pacific.

Hiking in French Polynesia

Polynesia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, pristine waters and Gauguin's pictures, however in the background, you will always catch a peek at astonishing mountains towering above the dreamland resorts.

Expect to have the mountains all to yourself as French Polynesia lures mostly honeymooners. If you're in Tahiti, you may need to try a climb Orohena and Aorai, the second highest summit on the island. It is said to be the greatest climb in French Polynesia, boasting some of the finest views in the world. The hike up here may take you through breathtaking views and rainforest scenery of the shore from the top.

A difficult hike up to the ridge of Mt. Mouaroa and Mt. Tohiea on Mo'orea island on the Three Coconut Trees, Pass is another picturesque option, and also the Poumaka Course on Hakahau which goes round Mt. Poumaka. This hike offers views over the basaltic columns set prominently against the skyline. Bora could be heaven incarnate, but for the extremely healthy, you may go and hike the island's iconic peaks of Mt. Ohue and Mt. Pahia. It is a challenging hike with demanding scrambles and some dangerous sections, but the views will pay off. Do bear in mind there's a high risk of becoming injured or lost on the way, so attempt to try this adventure trip as a group.

Hiking in Hawaii

Hawaii is home to some of the most wonderful hikes in the world of the world.  Kauai has some amazing hikes, like the Pipiwai Trail around the Waimoku Falls. Adrenaline junkies may want to take a look at the Olomana Hike with lots of views and lots of challenges. This includes some average mountain climbing, so it is an excellent one for something more ambitious. For bonus points, try to get the three peaks up. Another hike that is challenging is Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail, which rises to 1, 800 legs before reaching the Ko'olau Ridge. It is unconscionable with fantastic views. Locals advocate running back again and to the top, perhaps only for the hardcore. For something different, you may need to attempt Alaka'i Swamp Trail and the Pihea on Kauai. That is the oldest island of the group, and contains an unusual climate and geography, where this hike will get all of it - from cliffs, swamps and a stunning shoreline, this hike has everything.

 Hiking in Madagascar

Madagascar could be a destination not quite on the adventure seeker’s bucket list, but it is a location where exceptional nature, extraterrestrial landscape and unique flora and fauna make it among the hidden heavens of the world. You may also appreciate multi day trekking throughout the isle, with rainforest walks and incredible mountain scene. Then head around to Masoala Peninsula, if it is lemurs you are after. This area is home to 10 species of lemurs in Madagascar, as well as numerous birds and plant species specific to the place.

Find Bemaraha National Park, for a demanding, but rewarding hike across UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, with limestone peaks called tsingy leaving memorable impression. It is possible to visit various paths which lead to this natural wonder, but it is best to camp for a night to make the most of it. And last, but not least, the Andringitra Mountains are an established sighting and a well-known biological hotspot and trekking destination.

Hiking in the Caribbean

The Caribbean may all be about taking it easy, not worrying and be happy-ing, but there are lots of trails and summits to explore. Gros Piton in St. Lucia isn't only a dramatic hike, but also a World Heritage Site worth exploring. Many try to climb it but only one in five climbers makes it to the top. The sights over St. Lucia and nearby Martinique are irresistible.

Nevis Peak on Nevis Island is a classic former volcano carpeted in green with a little peak of clouds near the top. Rise to its summit is a 3, 232ft challenge, and certainly not for those predisposed towards vertigo. This can be a rough one for mountain climbers and experienced hikers.

Hiking in the Azores

Concealed in the center of the Atlantic, the Azores islands are a mysterious archipelago located at the most western side of Europe. These Portuguese isles are sanctuaries of magnificent mountains and natural beauty.  The majority of the routes in the Azores are foot paths, so they ideal for hike fans, particularly since majority of the trails are carefully restored. Pico Island is undoubtedly the hottest for hikers, although each isle has its own character and exceptional attractiveness.

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