Kauai is known as the Garden Island and encompasses roughly 550 miles of dramatic sea cliffs, waterfalls, canyons, plunging ravines, beaches and bays.
Really, how can one place have it all??
My top 10 things to do in Kauai:
1. Stay in West Kauai or in the Northern Kauai to mingle more with the locals and experience the real slow pace life of Kauai’ans. We stayed in the Northeastern side, near Kilauea, in a beautiful beautiful Bed & Breakfast Inn called Palmwood Inn. The owner was a retired Investment Banker from L.A and her sense of style, the house and her hospitality was beyond our expectations. Reading some of her Japanese Architecture book collection, I started to admire the house even more and got to know that all her furniture was made using Palmwood – the most socially responsible decision – made by Pacific Green Furnitures
Eco-luxury at its best! The house was perched on a hill with 5 acres of lush garden setting with beautiful mountain views. Highlights of the house were the hot tub and the outdoor shower, tiki bar and the grill. And I wont forget the yummy breakfast Eddie made us in the morning. Palmwood was definitely the highlight of our trip.
Cannot tell you more about how much we loved the serene mountains and very blue waters, watch Dolphins swim by, snorkelling with the sea turtles and get drenched in the waterfalls. Our catamaran was so beautiful and we were sailing with young couples, all of them in their late 20s or early 30s, no kids or oldies!! FTW!
During the months of December through April, we could have enjoyed the sights of the Humpback whales but during this season they are off to Alaska.
The coast runs from North to West and the historians believe this rugged yet beautiful coastline was the first area of Kauai to be settled by the ancient Hawaiians. The Polihale beach is a must in this area. Access to this beach is through a dirt road and a 4 x 4 will get you there comfortably. Another beach thats literally the end of the road is the Ke’e beach. For more adventure, you can try camping in these beaches as they have restrooms and showers in the area.
Kayak the most beautiful coastline under the 80 foot waterfall and zip through the sea caves.
4. Visit the Grand Canyon of the Pacific – Waimea Canyons
Also the best spot for stargazing is known to be above the Waimea Canyon.
5. Live like a local
Our dinner menu: Seared fresh Ahi and a filet mignon with some grilled vegetables.
6. Try the fruit stands and/or farmers market for fresh tropical fruits
7. Nap on a beach
Taking an afternoon nap on a shaded beach on the soft sands of Kauai is just pure divine. We kayaked the Hanalei Valley that joined the Hanalei Bay, which was perfect for napping since the shore is tree lined with enough shade.
The spouting horn blowhole in the south Kauai blows 60 feet high of water making it an absolute pretty photog.
We went to BarAcuda, recommended by Palmwood, it was absolutely delish!!! They serve spanish tapas with Hawaiian influence. Their NorthShore Honey comb with Feta is to die for…
10. Wailua Falls
You can hike or kayak the Wailua river to end at the Wailua Falls. Wailua, also means “Spirit” and is said to be largest freshwater river in the islands.
Tip: All the tours are closed on Sundays to let the locals enjoy their island, so plan accordingly.
Bonus Tip: Rent a convertible to be with nature and to stargaze without interruptions.
Mahalo for reading.