The Best Things To Do On Kauai
The best things to do on Kauai while on vacation is a popular theme and has been written about in more vacation guide books, pamphlets and rack cards than I care to ponder. Peppered with adjectives that would make a high school creative writing teacher beam. Writers’ tossing words salad-like, such as, “Herculean ocean waves” or “sugary sandy beaches”. In an attempt to paint a picture with words that has left me imagining something Salvador Dali would attempt if contracted to paint the pier in Hanalei.
Some people create lists or will take my list and be quite obsessive about checking off sites or great local attractions that they visited. This troubles me about lists, did they really experience what they were visiting? That’s not what this list is about, friends. It’s designed for the visitor who will contemplate their surroundings and breathe and imagine. This is more the Hawaiian way.
We believe options are good, and with our Kauai Vacation Rentals it has been our philosophy for the past 17 years. Our list is presented here as a guide, be flexible, and modify the list for the ‘best fit’ for you and your family. Travel is ultimately about you, and your definition of the ‘best’, and that is only formed through experiences. We encourage you to add a little twist to our list. That is what makes travel special and personal. It’s all good.
Napali Coast Boat Tour
Cruising the Napali Coast offers an opportunity to see the rugged coastline of Kauai that is not passable in a vehicle. From the comfort of a large catamaran you will be able to see Hawaiian sea turtles, spinner dolphins and snorkel in areas that few will ever experience.
Visit a Majestic Waterfall
While Kauai has many difficult to reach waterfalls, fortunately there are many that can be gotten to by vehicle, and some that require only a thirty minute hike along a defined trail head. Like the waterfall pictured here. Park at Kee Beach and take the Hanakapiai trail head.
Visit Allerton’s at the National Tropical Botanic Garden
Want to see what your tropical houseplant really should look like? Visit the NTBG to experience the flora of Kauai Hawaii. Plan your visit, check up to 6 weeks prior to your arrival for special events while you will be here. On full moons in the summer they present, ‘The Gardens under the Full Moon’ tours. The paths are well lit and your guides are knowledgeable volunteers that really love what they are doing and are willing to share.
Visit Poipu Beach Park
Consistently rated in the “Top 10″ beaches in the world Poipu Beach is popular with visitor and local alike. The County of Kauai stations a lifeguard here too. Great park facilities that include pavilions, well maintained rest rooms, showers, and a jungle gym for the children.
Go Take A Hike
Hiking on Kauai is a great thing to do. From choosing the rugged 11 mile Kalalau Trail or something much less strenuous like the Mahaulepu Trail. Simply put if you wish to see our world famous scenery you need to get out of your vehicle. The good news is that some of the most breathtaking vistas are only minutes from where you parked the car.
Go To A Luau
Great food is presented, yes even poi, but not to worry, your Mom won’t make you eat it like she did those Lima beans. What you will want to eat is the great local fish that will be laid out in front of you. Don’t stop there, usually you will have the chance to experience cuisine from some of the cultures that came to Kauai Hawaii and stayed. Dishes like Lumpia from the Philippines, a slender delicately fried or fresh pastry dough filled with chicken or beef and shredded cabbage. Don’t forget the hot sauce.
The entertainment is always superb with island singers and dancers telling the legends of how the first people came to the Island of Kauai.
Yes Bob, your Aunt Jenny was correct the beaches are beautiful here on Kauai, they are white and soft and great for people watching. With over 50 miles of white and black sand beaches it has the most of any island in the chain. I will list more great beaches in the weeks ahead. Each week we will update our series of: Great Things To Do In Kauai, with a more focused look at sections of our Island.
Please remember that some of the attractions on the list will require some advanced planning because they may only be available at certain times of the year, on a full moon for instance, or have limited seating. We typically advise our vacation rental guests at Turtle Cove Suites to begin checking select websites about 2 months prior to their arrival for the best in island activities. Listed here are additional sites of interest that will help in planning:
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
The Garden Island Newspaper
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Photos of Hawaiian dancer and Hanakapiai Falls by Ken Posney. www.kenposney.com
All other photos by Joe Sylvester