The Kauai Island is one of the islands in the popular Hawaiian archipelago and is located around the mid-Pacific. It is famously termed as the “Garden Isle” as a majority of it is covered by tropical rainforests. Kauai is the fourth largest among the Hawaiian group of islands and the 21st on the list of the biggest islands in the U.S.
The Na Pali Coast’s dramatic pinnacles and cliffs have been the backdrop for many well-known Hollywood movies. It is also home to some popular hiking destinations such as the the Nounou Trails and Waimea Canyon.
Explore Kauai by visiting some of its top tourist sights and other beautiful attractions. The historic natural wonders such as the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon cannot be missed during a visit to Kauai. At the same time, there is a lot of excitement in exploring native small towns such as Hanapepe and Hanalei. These are the unique places which make Kauai absolutely unforgettable.
You can taste the authentic Hawaiian cuisine at different restaurants in Kauai including Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill (South Shore) or Merriman’s Poipu. Menus include fresh fish such as ahi, ono, mahimahi, opakapaka and wahoo among several others. Explore fresh island produce at the Sunshine Markets in Kauai.
Gaylord’s (Kilohana) is a beautiful setting for a lunch, dinner or even a Sunday brunch in Kauai. You will find it in the ancient Kilohana Plantation house where diners can sit in the outdoor courtyard with the plantation grounds in sight. Lunch typically consists of tacos made with fresh fish and roasted chicken crepes. At dinner, guests can savor some of the island favorites like Cioppino, Sesame Seared Ono, the Grilled NY Strip or the Hoisin Glazed Spare Ribs. Each Friday and Saturday night, guests are served the in-house specialty, i.e. Kiawe Smoked Prime Rib.
You must also try the popular shaved ice-cream on Kauai Island on Kalapaki beach.
Activities in Kauai
While majority of the attention in Kauai is centered on the rainforests and flourishing gardens, the island also offers an array of scuba and snorkeling spots for tourists to explore. Some brilliant snorkeling beaches on Kauai’s north shore include Haena Beach Park, Anini Beach and Kee Beach. Make sure you make a visit to all of these beaches while at Kauai.
Kauai also offers a range of opportunities for ziplining, You can get a distinct aerial view of the diverse landscapes of the Kauai Island in every ziplining experience. Ziplining courses are available at Kauai Backcountry Adventures, Princeville Ranch Adventures, Just Live and Outfitters Kauai.
You can also see the surfers take on the waves at places like Nawiliwili Harbor (Lihue), Poipu Beach (South Shore) as well as Hanalei Bay and Makua Beach (North Shore). There is plenty of exciting activities to take up on Kauai Island!