Affectionately known as the Garden Island, Kauai is covered with lush greenery, endless miles of beautiful beaches and spectacular natural wonders. As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai spans over 550 square miles, and offers some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. From the breathtaking Waimea Canyon to the laidback beach towns of Hanalei and Kapaa, Kauai offers the perfect combination of calm nature and exciting adventure.
Enter Kauai’s North Shore, filled with an abundance of tropical plants and greenery, watered regularly by ample rainfall, where you will be transported to paradise. Surf or snorkel in the turquoise waters of Hanalei Bay, or watch people fish from the historic Hanalei Pier. Visit the upscale resort area of Princeville, where you can play golf with magnificent mountains as your backdrop, or visit one of the many small beaches located within Princeville. Made up of quaint little towns, Kauai’s North Shore is a great place to stroll through unique shops, enjoy a meal at any of the local eateries and simply take in the picturesque white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls and beautiful valleys.
Nicknamed the “Coconut Coast,” Kauai’s East Side is filled with palm trees swaying in the wind and coconut trees dotting the striking coastline. From the foods trucks and charming shops of Kapaa to the double-tiered Wailua Falls, the East Side of Kauai offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy life as a local. In the town of Lihue, you will find the main shopping port of Nawiliwili Harbor and Kalapaki Beach town.
To visit Kauai’s South Shore, enter the eucalyptus lined Tree Tunnel on Maluhia Road, into the historic Old Koloa Town and the sunny resort town of Poipu. Spend the day at Poipu Beach Park, once named America’s best beach by the Travel Channel or visit the nearby Spouting Horn, which features a blowhole that releases a spout of water high into the air. Old Koloa Town is full of old-world charm, where old plantation buildings are filled with local gift shops, art galleries and small eateries.
On the West Side of the island, you will find “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” Waimea Canyon. Over 10 miles long and up to 3000 feet high, Waimea Canyon offers scenic canyon overlooks, various hiking trails, and red rock walls. Drive through the mountains to Kokee State Park, where you will find the Kalalau Lookou, which offers a glimpse at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast, one of the most photographed natural wonders of Kauai, only accessible by boat, air or the challenging Kalalua Trail.
Regardless of where you go on the Garden Island, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of this spectacular island. Great for both adventurers and sun-seekers, Kauai offers the best of both worlds all in a laid-back environment showcasing the true aloha spirit.