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 where I would love to visit someday. In this post, I am writing about the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai. 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. It’s stunning cliffs and scenery has been featured in major Hollywood films ranging from Jurassic Park to Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
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.
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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
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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
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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 about why you should visit Kauai Island! I really would like to see this island in person some day 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!
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
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