If you are looking for one of the most beautiful places on earth, I recommend the island Kauai in Hawaii. Kauai, often known as “The Garden Isle” thanks to the tropical rainforest covering most of the surface it is the oldest and fourth largest island of the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is a stunning island with jaw-dropping mountains, tropical rainforests, relaxed vibe and breathtaking beaches. Films recorded in Kauai include King Kong, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and many more. So what is there to do in Kauai? I have been to the island twice, and I plan on making another trip back because I love the island so much. This blog post will provide my main reasons why you should visit Kauai and the top things you should do while there. Let’s get right into it.
Top Things to do Kauai, Hawaii
Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast well known for its towering sea cliffs, valleys, streams, and waterfalls. Without a doubt, it is one of the true wonders of the world which runs for 16 miles. It is the gem of all the gems on the island. Those that have seen it know exactly what I am talking about. The Kalalau Trail is a steep footpath running through the park, between nearby Ke’e Beach and sandy Kalalau Beach. It cuts through 5 valleys, which includes the Hanakoa Valley. However, most of Na Pali is inaccessible due to its peculiar sheer cliffs that drop thousands of feet into the ocean. As a result of its remote location, Na Pali remains one of the most astonishing coastlines in the world. Therefore, I recommend viewing the coastline via sea due to its remote location. I recommend taking a catamaran which operates along the Na Pali Coast for the entire morning as they head upwind and then motor sail back down the coast to Port Allen. It is still a great experience, as the catamaran is large which provides plenty of room to move around on deck. But, they are too large to take their boats into the open ceiling cave, which is a highlight of tours on smaller boats. There are so many tours to choose from, including, a sunset sail, snorkel adventure, day expedition and more. The one I would recommend is the snorkel adventure. I also did the dinner sunset sail and it wasn’t that pleasant as the sea was rough and cool with a sea breeze. During the snorkel adventure tour, I was fortunate to see Dolphins and Turtles. However, this was after we had done our snorkeling.
The company I went with was Captain Andy. Check out some of the images of the Napali Coast below.
Personally, I think the number two thing to do in Kauai is the Waimea Canyon. Waimea Canyon, is also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is just as breathtaking as the Grand Canyon with waterfalls, vibrant colors, lush foliage, and natural marvel. For one of the very best views, make a trip to the canyon’s lookout point and prepare to be blown away. You can view the Canyon at Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI 96796. If you are more adventurous and would like to hike the Canyon, I would recommend Koke’s State Park. You can get a great view of the Canyon here. Visiting the Waimea Canyon is a must.
Helicopter Tour of the Island –Bring all the Best Bits Together
There are many waterfalls on private land, inaccessible, or simply hidden from view by the dense forest in Kauai. However, if you take a helicopter tour, you will see these up close. You will also get a panoramic view of the Na Pali Coast. By exploring this area via air, you can see the entirety of the coastline. When you explore the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by air, many tours will take you inside the deep Canyon to give you a closer look at the red and green landscape. You will also get to see Mount Wai’ale’ale which is said to be one the wettest spots on earth. You can actually hike through the dense jungle to a valley below called the “Blue Hole”, but this hike is extremely dangerous. Fortunately, you can see this hidden spot by helicopter. You can fly into the canyon and get up close and personal with the “weeping walls” which looks like water is flowing from the surrounding rock. If that is not enough, you will also get some great facts about the island from experienced pilots. Check out my own experience of the helicopter tour below.
Company we went with: Safari Helicopters, Kauai
Not only is there so much to see and do but the beaches are amazing. Some might say this is obvious, but it has to be said. Kauai’s beaches are everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a stretch of sea and sand. The water is warm and unclouded which makes it ideal for snorkeling. I highly recommend Tunnels Beach and Poipu Beach.
The Queen’s Bath in Kauai is a pleasant 15-minute (roughly) hike past a waterfall which leads down to a rocky landscape of lava rock. Another 5-minute walk over lava rocks and you will be at the bath. The bath is roughly the size of a large swimming pool with some fish. Water from the waves goes over the lava rocks to refresh the pool. This attraction must be approached with caution. I highly recommend you wear boots with good grip as the hike can be really slippery. Flip flops are definitely a no-go; I learned this from experience. I was wearing flip-flops on the day of the hike and ended up doing the hike in my bare feet as I kept slipping in the flip-flops. It was fine doing it in my bare feet. Do not wear good clothes doing this hike as you will get dirty. The path and rocks down to the Queens Bath are not suitable for those with mobility issues, and you must be quick entering and exiting the pool due to waves coming over the lava rock. Once you make it down the bath, you know the hike was well worth it.
Where to stay in Kauai – The Grand Hyatt Resort
The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort 30 minutes from the airport and recognized as one of the top resorts in the world to stay in. It has open-air walkways opening to courtyards and green gardens which blends very well with nature. You can swim in sparkling pools, dine at award-winning restaurants, chill at their sand-bottomed lagoon pool which has a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and much more. Evening brings the spectacle of the torch lighting and the tradition of lu’au. You will find a little piece of paradise at this luxurious resort in Kauai. You may feel like you don’t want to leave the resort it is that good.
I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog post – Happy traveling ✨