7 Things to Discover in Kauai

Ishwari Pamu Jun 3, 2019
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Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, has lush greenery, steep mountains and hills, cascading waterfalls, colorful little towns, botanical gardens and the most laid-back vibe. Also known as Hawaii’s Garden Isle, it is a timeless beauty and a natural wonder.

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Grand Canyon of the Pacific

A deep gorge stretching 14 miles long and more than 3,600 feet deep, Waimea Canyon sits on the southwestern side of Kauai.

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If you want to burn a few calories and see rugged crags, bare ridges and buttes up close, take a one of many trails to hike around the Waimea Canyon State Park.

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Hanalei Bay

Hanalei bay, the largest bay in the Kauai, is composed of three beaches – Hanalei, Black Pot and Waioli.

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Take a helicopter tour of the bay and the valley, it is more than worth the journey. You can also visit the Hanalei Pier and play a round of golf at the Princeville Makai Golf Club overlooking the bay while you are here.

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Hanakapiai Falls

Approximately 300 feet high, the Hanakapiai waterfall is located in the Napali island. It is about a 2 mile hike from the Hanakapiai beach if you feel so inclined.

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Napali Coast

An oh-so-majestic series of cliffs, cascading waterfalls, streams and valleys, this iconic place stretches for 17 miles along the northwestern shore of Kauai.

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You can get here on foot, via water or air but not via car. Take the cruise tour and relax with cocktails or beer or wine while enjoying the spectacular site.

Kilauea Lighthouse

Built in 1913, this historic site is in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
The lighthouse, which was operational until 1976, has a Fresnel lens which could reach upto 22 miles out to sea back in the day. You can make a pit stop here for insta-worthy pictures.

Nightlife

Though Kauai is not quite known for its nightlife, there are things you can do that’ll keep you busy well past sundown. As the stars illuminate the night sky, live music, dancing and cocktails take over the South shore of Kauai. You can also hit Duke’s Barefoot Bar to enjoy live Hawaiian music and a full bar.

Culture

It’s the spirit of aloha that makes the natives here one of the most delightful and friendly people. It’ll be quite unfortunate if you leave Kauai without going to a luau where you can experience the rich Kauai culture, taste the local dishes like kalua pork with rice and poi, and dance to the sound of live music.
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