Hawaii is easily one of the most beautiful areas in America. Six main islands make up the state. My latest adventure was Kauai, which is the fourth-largest of these islands.
Kauai is known as the Garden Isle because of its lush tropical rainforest. You’ve likely seen the Napali Coast’s dramatic cliffs in many movies and images.
- 1 Lounge at Poipu Beach
- 2 Napali Coast: Sail and snorkel
- 3 Hike Waimea Canyon
- 4 Fly Helicopter
- 5 Take a stroll through McBryde Botanical Gardens
- 6 Take a Haku class
Are you ready for a tropical getaway? These are the top things you can do in Kauai.
Lounge at Poipu Beach
It was easy to see why Travel Channel named Poipu Beach Park America’s Best Beach. Three crescent-shaped, white-sand beaches make up the area. It can be crowded at weekends but it offers everything you need for a fun day at the coast.
Poipu Beach offers many spots to swim, snorkel, or simply relax in the sun.
This spot is ideal for both serious and beginner surfers. There are many rental options and a surf school nearby.
Do not miss the Spouting Horn blowhole, no matter what you do. Please be aware of the warning signs.
Napali Coast: Sail and snorkel
Napali, which means “cliffs” in the local language, is the name of the Napali Coast. The Napali Coast can be seen best from the water, with its stunning cliffs rising 3,500 feet above sea level.
Holo Holo Charters took me on a day at sea along the Napali Coast. It is state-of-the-art and can hold up to 45 people. This makes it feel extremely spacious. Holo Holo Charters provided food and guided us to the best snorkeling spots.
Hike Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific is a 10 mile long canyon that reaches as low as 3,600 feet. A dot of waterfalls and frequent rainbows make the canyon’s rich, earthy colors even more stunning.
You can hike through Waimea Canyon to enjoy stunning views, or you could head over the Puu Ka Pele and Puu Hinahina lookout points. It’s a great adventure in any way!
The view from the water was amazing, but there’s nothing quite like looking up at Kauai from the air. Island Helicopters was my partner and I had some amazing photo opportunities. I recommend that you get off the ground wherever you are in Hawaii.
It was a long-held dream to fly over the Napali Coast. A helicopter is the best way to see Kauai’s stunning coastline, lush rainforest and dramatic cliffs.
This was my favorite thing to do on Kauai.
Take a stroll through McBryde Botanical Gardens
This beautiful tropical botanical garden is ideal for learning about the local flora and enjoying the natural beauty. It’s much more than a beautiful spot. McBryde Gardens is part of a national network which fights for the conservation of thousands of threatened and endangered species of flora throughout the tropical world.
McBryde Gardens is worth the visit, regardless of whether you’re a green thumb or a total novice. Make sure you bring bug spray.
Take a Haku class
Forget traditional Hawaiianlei. I loved the haku lei workshop at Kealia Farm Market. Elvrine Chow, a local woman, taught the workshop. My lei po’o was made by her.
I learned from her the art of braiding flowers using raffia, coconut palm leaves and raffia.
The entire haku lei workshop was an amazing way to get in touch with the local culture. It was also a lot more memorable than buying a lei at the airport. If you do make it to Kauai, be sure to visit Elvrine at Heavenly Hakus Kauai.