In this post, I am writing about why you should visit Kauai Island in Hawaii. I have mentioned several times on my blog that I love travelling! As well as writing about places which I have visited, I also occasionally like to cover places or destinations that I would love to visit someday. When my parents visited Hawaii a few years ago I remember them telling us how fantastic it was. So since then, I have put it on my list of places to visit. This is definitely a place where I’d love to go to, so if you read on you will see my 10 great reasons why Kauai is a must-visit destination.
The oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, Kauai has an area of 562.3 square miles making it the fourth largest of the islands. Lying 105 miles (169 km) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of OʻahuIt, Kauai is also known as the “Garden Isle” which is due to the tropical rainforest which covers much of its surface. Its stunning cliffs and scenery has been featured in major Hollywood films ranging from Jurassic Park to Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
10 Reasons to Visit Kauai Island
After a lot of research, I have shortlisted 10 reasons why I’d love to see this beautiful island. See my list below:
Dramatic cliffs, breathtaking vistas and solitary beaches make Kauai island the perfect hiking destination. Furthermore, most of Kauai island is inaccessible by road, which makes hiking a great way to witness the beauty of this place in person.
On the West Side, Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park offer some great hiking trails. The most famous hike on Kauai is the 11-mile Kalalau trail which runs along the Na Pali Coast from Kee Beach.
2. LUXURY RETREATS
As well as enjoying the natural wonders of Kauai island, it’s a great place for visitors to relax and enjoy some manmade luxury! There are plenty of Kauai beach rentals where you can enjoy your stay in luxury.
Image Source from Flickr
Kauai island is known for some of its amazing beaches, including Tunnels Beach, Polihale State Park and Poipu Beach.
Hawaii’s shores can be dangerous, so you should always check the weather forecasts and ocean conditions before heading out.
4. HAWAIIAN CHARM
The island only has a population of around 70,000, which gives it a more relaxed, sleepy feel. Despite this small-town charm it still accommodates large numbers of tourists every year.
Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands and as such gives it a lot of history, especially from a geological perspective. One place to visit is Makauwahi Cave, a large sinkhole which has lots of fossils and artefacts. Within the cave, excavators have found the bones of different animals as well as the pollen of plants which have since become extinct. You can also find evidence of past floods, hurricanes and tsunamis. This sounds really interesting!
6. WAIMEA CANYON
Image Source from Flickr
This canyon is known as the “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Waimea Canyon is a natural spectacle which really does live up to its nickname. It has colourful dips and peaks with beautiful waterfalls and lush vegetation. It is recommended to visit the canyon’s lookout point which offers a view that is not to be missed.
6. HANALEI BAY
Image Source from Flickr
Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north of the island. The town of Hanalei is actually at the centre of the bay. The Bay itself consists of almost two miles of beach and is surrounded by mountains. The bay is the perfect beach for kids and as such, is popular with families.
7. NA PALI COAST
The Na Pali Coast is one of Kauai’s most well-known sights. The dramatic cliffs full of colour with amazing views of the ocean make this a must-see on Kauai. There are no excuses for missing it either – if you don’t want to hike the coast, you can take a helicopter tour!
In the northwest of Kauai Island, lies the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park. It’s known for its sea cliffs, narrow valleys, waterfalls and streams. Running through the park is a steep footpath called the Kalalau Trail. It lies between Ke’e Beach and Kalalau Beach and takes in five valleys, including Hanakoa Valley, where you will find native plants and old agricultural terraces.
On Kuauau island, be sure to visit the Kauai Coffee Company where you can find out about the coffee-growing process, tour the grounds and, of course, sample the local brew! As you may know, I’m a big coffee lover so this is definitely something for me!
Nobody does relaxation quite like Hawaiians and for all its excitement, if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, then Kauai island is the perfect place too. From lounging by the pool to enjoying a quiet beach it’s a great place to unwind, recharge and spend some quality time.
I really hope you have enjoyed my list of why you should visit Kauai Island! I really would like to see this island in person someday and get to see and do some of the things I have written about above. I am sure we would make some lovely memories if we were to go!
If you like this post, you might also like my latest post “10 Most Stunning Natural Wonders in Alaska” for more travel inspiration.
Have you been to Kauai Island? If so, what places did you visit? Can you recommend any other reasons why this place shouldn’t be missed?
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post
Love you all ❤️
Lydia C. Lee says
I recognise both that pool and that beach!! Kauai is beautiful. The Na’pali coast is specatular, and I loved the canyon. I also loved the chickens everywhere. There’s also the spouting horn to see too. (But make sure you go to Big Island too – My husband loved Kauai but I ADORED Big Island.) #KCACOLS
This Scribbler Mum says
Looks beautiful. Never been to Kauai. Haven’t been to many beaches but I have been to Boracay in the Philippines and it’s beautiful too. #kcacols
My parents went to Boracay and they loved it too! 🙂
Tracy Albiero says
This is perfect timing. I will be going to Hawaii summer of 2019. We are looking forward to it. The pictures are amazing. Makes me excited to visit! #KCACOLS
How exciting is that! Hope you have a great trip! 🙂 x
Nicola | Mummy to Dex says
Hawaii looks so amazing, I’d love to visit one day! #KCACOLS
I know! Me too! 🙂 x
Beth Owen says
This sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I’ve not heard of the place before if I am honest but very interested about looking up more about it. #KCACOLS
Five in the hive says
I would absolutely love to go here. It looks breathtaking. Just need a lottery win now! #KCACOLS
Gorgeous place right! 🙂
Julie Downes says
I’ve never been to Hawaii but the beaches look stunning. It’s somewhere I’d definitely consider visiting in the future. #KCACOLS
Carol Cameleon says
Who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii? Like you highlight here France, the beautiful scenery, the beaches, the sunshine! Not sure we’d be able to do it on a weekend break though! Thanks for hosting #kcacols
One of the places I’ve always wanted to go!!!!!!!! Thank you for letting me pay a virtual visit on this very cold day
looks awesome. My wife has been bugging me to go to hawaii for years but i’m not sure my back would survive the flight #kcacols
Sarah | Digital Motherhood says
Yes please! Hawaii is one of those places we always say we’ll go when we win the lottery!! #KCACOLS
Becky @ Educating roversi says
You had me at Hawaii! I didn’t need 10 reasons! ha ha! #KCACOLS
Red Rachel says
Hawaii is my ultimate dream destination! Hopefully one day I’ll make it there. Your pictures are stunning, it looks AMAZING! Great post!
Red Rachel says
Hawaii is my ultimate dream destination! Hopefully one day I’ll make it there. Your pictures are stunning, it looks AMAZING! Great post! #KCACOLS
Acorn Books says
I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii and this list makes me want to go even more! Just need to start saving… #KCACOLS
I know! Me too! 🙂 x
Looks beautiful! Hawaii is definitely on my list of places I would love to visit 🙂 #KCACOLS
Oh man, I would love to visit it Hawaii someday. It looks absolutely stunning. #kcacols
Malin - sensational learning with Penguin says
Oh my goodness, that place certainly looks amazing!
At the moment I’m lucky if I can afford a local bus fare, but if I come into some money later on, I wouldn’t mind spending some on going to a place that beautiful x #KCACOLS
I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii it sounds like such a fantastic place to go! #KCACOLS
Lisa Pomerantz says
That looks absolutely stunning! Amazing! I would love to go! #KCACOLS xoxo
Me too! 🙂
Nigel Soper says
Looks wonderful but for us it too far and too expensive – so we will have to really on excellent articles such as this one.