Experiencing the Best of the Garden Isle, Hawaii

This is a guest post submitted by Leslie, a travel enthusiast living in beautiful Hawaii. Surprisingly, we have never made the trip to Hawaii, even though it’s only a short flight from Vancouver. But we plan to change that in June because Hawaii is one of our summer travel destinations.

Kalalau Valley

Experiencing the Best of Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Isle

After several days of uninterrupted relaxation, a change of pace can be nice. While many choose to limit themselves to one island during their Hawaiian stay, island hopping is a spectacular way to take in all that this dynamic Pacific chain has to offer.

Tucked away to the north is the Garden Isle — the island of Kauai. A quiet and serene mass of beautiful forests, fields, and beaches detached from the hustle and bustle of other Hawaii islands.

Secret Kauai Bay

With its never-ending stretches of lush, green landscapes, Kauai provides visitors with an opportunity to bask in the pleasure of peace and quiet.

For those hoping to spend a day away from their Oahu hotels, here are a few suggestions for making the most of your trip to Kauai.

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast State Park

It’s the image that is synonymous with Hawaiian beauty; the towering peaks of Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai’s north shore are enough to make anybody gasp. For an afternoon of hiking and sight-seeing, there may be no better area throughout Hawaii to do so.

Some of the trails are quite long, but promise spectacular views at many junctions, including the famous Hanakapi’ai Falls. Proper preparations must be made to ensure that a good time is had by all (hiking shoes, water bottles). However, if you decide that you’d like to take all of it in at once, helicopter tours and private aircraft tours of the cliffs and inland forests are very popular.

Kauai's Kalapaki Bay at Sunset

Kalapaki Beach

After you’ve have had your fill of glistening beach by the Kauai Beach Resort, we’d be remiss to not include this stunning stretch of shore on the Southeastern side of the island.

Whether you’re there to watch the locals charge the surf, go for a dip yourself, or just relax beneath the line of coconut trees, there is no shortage of bliss to be had here. If you’ve brought your sticks, this area also has several sets of links to choose from!

Waimea Canyon, West Coast, Kauai

Waimea Canyon

This area, known also as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is one of the pearls of Hawaii. Visiting this stunning place is an absolute must for Kauai. There are plenty of hiking trails at Waimea Canyon State Park, ranging from short and sweet to the longer, more strenuous excursions.

Regardless of your hiking preferences, looking into the depths at one of nature’s true miracles is an activity that can’t be missed.

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Wailua River Valley

For a trip into Hollywood lore, take a boat trip up the Wailua River Valley. Complete with waterfalls, forests that run right up to the water, and ridges that form a truly spectacular view, this valley was used for the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark. The river is serene and peaceful, allowing for you and your group to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water.


Author bio: This guest post was written by Leslie. Obsessed with new adventures in new places, great food and good company, she describes herself as a simple girl from a big city looking to assert her imaginative vision against the creatures of the common place, in hopes of finding something extraordinary in the process.

Photo credits: click on the image to find the photographer on Flickr. All images were under Creative Commons license at the time this post was published.


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