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A Week in Kauai

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

Welcome to Kauai! If you're in the market for a Hawaiian Island vacation, you're in for a treat with Kauai.

The north coast of Kauai by helicopter

One of the first things you'll notice as you are flying in are the crystal clear waters and the rugged landscape of the island.

Kauai is a rugged island and large portions of it are only accessible by boat, helicopter, or on foot. There is a lot to do and see on this island so I'd recommend doing your research prior to your travels to get an idea of what you'd like to do.

Ocean waves off of Poipu Beach

A must do on Kauai if you've got the funds is a helicopter ride. Kauai is extremely rugged and a helicopter is the best way to see a lot of the island that you just won't be able to see otherwise. We went with Island Helicopters because they offer a touch down at Jurassic Falls. You'll recognize these falls from the movie Jurassic Park. Helicopter is also the only way to see Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest spots on Earth. You'll see it's sheer cliffs thousands of feet tall and if you go during the rainy season, you'll be treated with dozens of waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Views from a helicopter are also, in my opinion, the most majestic of the NaPali Coast.

A trip to Kauai wouldn't be complete without a snorkeling excursion. There are plenty of places to snorkel around the island. Because of recent flooding and closures, we mostly kept our snorkeling to Lawai Beach on the southern end of the island. The coral reefs weren't much to look at but there were plenty of tropical fish to swim with.

Another worthwhile excursion is a boat trip. There are several boating companies and charters on Kauai. We chose to take an afternoon excursion with Holo Holo Charters. They took us on an afternoon/sunset excursion up the NaPali Coast from Port Allen. The afternoon included views of the local dolphin population jumping alongside our boat and the majestic NaPali Coastline. Nowhere else in the world is comparable to the NaPali Coastline. It is not accessible by vehicle so the only way to enjoy it is by air, sea, or by hiking in on foot.

Lastly, a trip to Kauai wouldn't be complete without a drive up in the Waimea Canyon. Also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is a spectacular place to view distant waterfalls and sheer cliffsides. Visiting in May, it was a perfect time to watch the fog and clouds roll up from the Port Allen end of the island, up through the canyon, and then spilling over past the Kalalau Lookout.

Kauai's natural beauty will always be the best part of visiting the island. There is so much beauty in the landscapes and seascapes. Sitting back and enjoying a drink on the beach is a great way to spend a day.

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