As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai offers a variety of things to do . . . many focusing on the unique geography of the island. There are landmarks created by Mother Nature and those made popular by man. There are historic tales and spiritual hikes. Above all, there is an abundance of choices making choosing what to do the hardest decision on the island.
The best place to take in the island is often on the beach. From pure white sands to tree-lined beaches, Kauai is surrounded by beautiful water and vibrant sea life. There are rentals available for boards, scuba gear, snorkeling equipment and kayaks. Poipu Beach is a popular spot for the clear water and bright sun. You can find surf lessons right on the beach or head out on your own into sheltered, shallow water. Kee Beach is a great snorkeling destination during summer months and during calm seas, and the view is beautifully immense. Kauai’s Na Pali Coast rises above the lagoon and there are colorful fish and a large coral reef. If you are looking for a little more adventure, hike the Kalalau Trail located next to Kee Beach.
For more adventure on the water visit Kauai Sea Tours to schedule a snorkeling trip to remote beaches (Kauai Sea Tours has a State Parks Special Use Permit allowing them access to some beaches others can’t visit) or try whale watching or a sunset tour of the Na Pali Coast.
Hawaii’s Garden Isle is known for high peaks and low valleys created by wind, waves and sun. The ever-changing area portrays the Na Pali coast and Waimea Canyon (Grand Canyon of the Pacific) along with wonderful beaches and sparkling waterfalls. Hiking along one of Kauai’s many trails brings a sense of relaxation and spiritualism as the history of Kauai comes up around every corner. For more information on hiking, camping and safety visit Hawaii State Parks.
No visit to Kauai is complete without a luau. The Smith’s Garden Luau focuses on a cultural feast serving Kalua pig roasted in the earthen oven, ono mahimahi and chicken adobo. The Smith family works hard to make everyone feel like family and is known for pulling people from dinner to the stage. The luau ends after an amazing presentation of Hawaiian history, music and culture with songs and dances.