Discover Kauai

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This article was first published by QP Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine

There are many beautiful places to visit in Hawaii, but if you’re looking for a more authentic, natural scenery of the islands you might want to visit the pristine island of Kauai. There are many interesting things to discover in Kauai! It’s the perfect combination of tropical rainforests, emerald valleys, dramatic cliffs, and relaxing beaches.

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Nicknamed “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is the least populated and commercially developed of all the Hawaiian Islands—a real slice of paradise! It’s not even so off the beaten path; you can easily get a connecting flight from Honolulu, or even a direct flight right from the continental U.S. into Lihue Airport.

When to Go to Kauai

The best time to visit Kauai is anytime between April and June. The weather is nice, and the hotel and airfare rates are lower. Though December through March is actually Kauai’s rainy season, that doesn’t seem to keep people away, and that’s when rooms and tickets are the priciest. Summertime may also see high prices because of vacationing families, but prices fall slightly in the fall, while the temperature starts to dip into the low 80s—though it starts to rain a little more.

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6 Things to Discover in Kauai

There are a number of fun things to do on Kauai, whether you like to hit up the beach, take a hike, swing a golf club, or enjoy some unique foods. Here are just a few…

1. Na Pali Coast

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If you want to feel what it was like for the first settlers to arrive in Kauai, you won’t want to miss Na Pali Coast State Park. It’s inaccessible to vehicles, so you’ll have to hike, helicopter, or kayak your way in. If you’re looking for a less-adventurous entry into this scenic tropical wonderland, you can take a boat tour from Port Allen or Hanalei. Despite its modern-day inaccessibility, Na Pali was actually the first place ancient Polynesians landed when they arrived—and you may recognize it as the coastline of the island from the Jurassic Park movies.

2. Kalalau Hiking Trail

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One of the things to discover in Kauai is the Kalalau Trail. If you are up for the adventure, you could walk along the Kalalau Trail into Na Pali, which has been called one of the most epicly stunning—and dangerous—trails in the world. It offers incredible views of jungle valleys and waterfalls, and ends at the beautifully secluded Kalalau Beach. You can camp on the beach, or at the halfway mark of the 11-mile trail (Hanakoa Valley), but either place requires a camping permit. If you’re a strong hiker, you may be able to do the 22-mile round trip in one day, but most people will need at least two days for the journey.

3. Waimea Canyon

This incredible 10-mile canyon has been called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. The canyon was formed by the erosion of the Waimea River and the epic collapse of the volcano that formed Kauai—resulting in the dramatic landscape of a 3,000-foot deep fissure. Green jungle foliage dots the red soil of the canyon’s walls, creating a memorably vista you can take in from the numerous hiking trails, or from the comfort of a lookout just off State Road 550. There are two small hotels and a handful of shops and restaurants in the nearby town of Waimea if you need to break for lunch or dinner.

4. Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach is a small strand of golden sand, fronted by park space and the sprawling resort of the Grand Hyatt. It’s a great place to walk or sunbathe. There’s also a shoreline trail that winds off one way to a horse ranch, and another direction into the town of Poipu. Swimming is not always recommended because the waters have strong currents, and no lifeguard is on duty—but experienced surfers and boogie boarders will have fun. In case you’re curious, the name comes from an old shipwreck that has long since faded into the blue of Keoneloa Bay.

5. Poipu Beach

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Poipu Beach has been named one of the 10 Best Beaches in Hawaii by the Travel Channel, and it’s easy to see why. The beach is formed from a pair of sand crescents, creating awesome spaces for snorkeling, swimming, wading, surfing, and boogie-boarding—just about something for everyone; there is also a lifeguard on duty, making this beach a more comfortable bet for families. Adjacent to the beach is Poipu Beach Park, offering green spaces for eating, walking, and sports. Across the street there is a restaurant and surf shop, and the Marriott is nearby—along with a handful of other small hotels.

6. Golf

If you like to play golf, Kauai won’t disappoint you. Most of the courses are clustered around Poipu on the southern part of the island, Hanalei on the North, and Lihue on the Western shore. Wailua and Poipu Bay are right on the water, so if ocean scenery is something you like as a putting backdrop, you’ll want to check these courses out. Another interesting course is inland: Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course. Once a sugar plantation, it now features 9-holes, a Japanese Garden, and lava sculptures. If family golf is part of your trip, there’s Kauai Miniature Golf and Botanical Gardens—with a chocolate factory next door.

What to Eat

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The Hawaiian Islands are home to a cultural blend of American, Asian, and Polynesian influences, and that definitely shows up in the food. Pineapples and macadamia nuts are two Hawaiin staples, so whether you’re getting a smoothie, iced coffee, or French toast, anything on the menu with those flavors is a unique taste of Kauai. Other Hawaiian favorites include Poke, which is a diced salad of raw fish, and Poi, a sort of pudding made from taro roots.

Shaved ice is also a popular island treat, and it’s great on a hot day—especially when it comes with toppings…so check out the clever menu at The Fresh Shave. If you’re able to take a drink with the sunset, there are a number of unique Hawaiian specialties like the Blue Hawaii

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Kauai is an incredible place to visit, especially if you want a more relaxing tropical vacation. Considering the number of five-star resorts on the island, you also won’t have to sacrifice any luxury to obtain a natural view of Hawaii with a lot more aloha. From swimming to golfing to dining on exotic fare, there are so many things to discover in Kauai. This island paradise has something for every traveler—and you can get there directly from the mainland. 

Have you ever visited Kauai? What were your favorites things to do in Kauai?
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4 Comments

  1. Christina Gould September 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    What beautiful photos! I’d love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing!

  2. jeanette h sheets September 10, 2019 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    what a beautiful place

  3. Ashley Blegen September 11, 2019 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I hope I can travel as much as you do one day! So many beautiful places!

  4. Susan Smith September 30, 2019 at 10:58 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place! We are hoping to go to Hawaii on our 35th wedding anniversary,

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