The Island of Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands which means that it has some very impressive beaches. Kauai has a vibe different from the other islands. On the Big Island I want to get out, hike, explore new places, drive for hours, etc. On Oahu I want to see the history including Pearl Harbor, the lighthouses, Diamondhead, etc. On Kauai I want to just relax, hit the beaches, and snorkel. Kauai is the garden island. As we drove around I saw many interesting looking trees that I called “Dr Seuss Trees.” I was later told that Dr Seuss lived on Kauai (I have been trying to verify this). Here are some of my favorite places on Kauai.
Waimea Canyon, Kauai: (Waimea Canyon) This is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii with its deep canyons and brightly colored rock formations. If you take a helicopter tour of the canyon you will see many waterfalls and many impressive canyons.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Kauai: (full article) This is smaller lighthouse on a peninsula that rises sharply from the ocean. You get some very coastal views and the area is a sanctuary for the Nini and other birds. The road to the lighthouse has a spot that offers spectacular sunset views. In the summer you will see people waiting for the sunset.
Tunnels Beach: is in the Ha’ena State Park about 10 miles west of Princeville. This is a crazy good beach for snorkeling. Here we watched sea turtles my favorite was watching a school of bright blue trumpet fish. These fish look a bit like knitting needles with mouths and fins. Lots of coral and fish and it was just delightful.
Ziplining in Kauai was one of coolest things that I have ever done. I thought I might have a problem with heights whilst zipping over a canyon but there was no problem at all. At Princeville Ranch Adventures they had a package that included lunch and stop at a swimming hole nestled in the canyons. The outfitters were fantastic, the views were spectacular, and the adrenaline rush was intense. The cost is pretty high but this is one trip that is worth it. You get from the office to the ziplines in an open troop carrier and the outfitters are very meticulous and extremely safety conscious. This was just a way fun experience.
Places I Have Yet to See
These are places that I read about but have yet to see. I am hoping to see these on my next visit to Kauai.
- Kauapea Beach is one of the longest beaches on the island and it is located at the base of a cliff that is accessible via a narrow path.
- Kalihiwai Beach: No details on this one other than it is reported to be a spectacular beach.