Kauai Must See

On this small green island, also dubbed the “Garden Island” by many because of its rich vegetation, you will find beautiful scenery and absolute tranquility. It is considerably less crowded compared to the other major islands, which is already noticeable from mid-air if you are coming by the airplane (there is only one airport, in Lihue, second largest town on the island). Around 65 000 people live on this island, and they are very laid-back and positive (how could they not be). Kauai is probably the best for those who are seeking for outdoor adventures, but it also has some authentic local culture to offer.

It is always a good thing to prepare and learn some history of the location you are going to. There is no better way to start your journey then going to the Kauai museum. Museum is an European-style building located right in the center of Lihue. It exhibits most important parts of Kauai’s history and heritage. The museum itself is not too big, but the tourists who had visited it were impressed by the content. The exhibition starts with Captain Cook’s voyage that took him to the island in the late 18th century and involves authentic objects and gadgets used at that time. The museum also includes a gift shop, so that everyone can bring a piece of souvenir of Hawaiian heritage back to their own hometown.

On your way from the museum, make sure you stop by the Kilauea Lighthouse. Even though it isn’t active for more than 40 years, this 17 meter tall lighthouse became great spot for watching beautiful landscape. For bird lovers, this is a great place to observe couple of local species, and if you are lucky enough in the winter, you might even see the whales swimming nearby. It is also possible for a symbolic fee to enter the lighthouse and experience even better view.

Hanakapi’ai beach is one of the best and most beautiful wild beaches and a great choice if you are looking for a place to take postcard pictures from. Since the sea currents here are too hazardous, swimming is not recommended. The scenery is magnificent as well as the sound of the waves, and not too far from there is another picturesque sight of Hanakapi’ai waterfalls combined with volcano rocks. It is recommended that hiking should be done in nice weather.

For hiking and camping prices, see the official website of the Hawaii State Park.

Kalalau Trail, Po’ipu Beach, Kalapaki Beach

Most recently, Kauai is a must location for every traveler, even though it has been in shadow of more renowned islands Maui and Oahu. If you take a quick look, you might just see pure magnificent nature. But if you pay more attention, you will discover possibly the most wonderful island in Hawaii, who has fantastic cuisine, embedded art district, and you may find yourself in a most wonderful remote place in the world.

Most travelers are arriving to Kauai dreaming about hiking in famous Kalalou trail which is located on the Na Pali shoreline. Many of them often are afraid when they figure out that the trail leads more than 10 miles through the steep slopes, dirt roads and creeks. One thing everybody agrees on is that is definitely worth it if you have a day of spare time.

Furthermore, hikers are also united about the advices on what should you do to overcome the hike. Since it is such a demanding and exhausting hike, make sure you bring all the necessities, like water and food. Besides, wear some good durable and solid boots for hiking and comfortable clothes, adjusted to hot weather.

Also bear in mind that if you would like to appreciate the nature environment to the fullest, the hike should take more than a day. You will be enchanted by the gorgeous scenery and hopefully capture some very memorable photos. Hiking is free of charge during the day, but camping is charged usually around twenty dollars per person, but check that on the official site before your trip.

Po’ipu is the most beautiful beach which also makes it the most crowded one. If you are into water sports and activities, you are at the right place, but if you are rather looking for peaceful and quiet place, you should avoid it or go to Kalapaki Beach. However, Po’ipu is less crowded in off season.

Founded on the south side of the shore, Kalapaki is nice and calm beach popular among the residents. It is definitely less crowded and water is good for both surfing and casual swimming, and this beach is good for the surf beginners. You can rent a boat or a kayak on the beach, and there are also some bars to hang out as well.

Waimeia Canyon and Na Pali Coast

One of the things you must check out at the island is Waimeia Canyon sentry where you can enjoy in spectacular view. This is one of those locations where you are recommended to go in sunny days, or at least when it’s not raining (although that can be tough since Kauai is one of the most humid places in the world).

The best part of the day for coming is before noon if you are looking for a perfect photograph. It is a great destination for recreational hikers and tourists, as well as adventurers, but if you are coming by car, keep in mind that the road is quite bumpy. Bring enough food with you if you are going to take this route, since there is no too many options considering buying the things you need up there.

Hiking tours are not too expensive, neither are driving tours, but you should definitely check out the official website for more precise info prior to your trip.

Na Pali is a magnificent shoreline which is located on the northwestern part of island. Although gravelly and unsteady, most people agree this is the best represent of Kauai’s beautiful scenery, which expands up to more than 14 miles. There are several ways of exploring this site, and the most economical one is by foot. If you choose hiking, you should be in a good physical shape, because it could be a serious route for amateur and recreational hikers. Also you can see some wonderful scenery from the car as the road follows the coastline to some point.

You can also pick a bit more expensive, but less physically challenging way, which is taking a boat or a kayak. Even if this isn’t your cup of tea, you can take a helicopter route which is overpriced, but it is the top option if you are into seeing some remote parts of the island. Hiking tours are cheap and camping is not to expensive either. Kayak is available during the summer months, while boat trips and helicopter rides are available during all times. Check out the official websites for more precise information about prices and booking.