Kauai - what to do on the "Garden Isle"

Kauai is the oldest of all the Hawaiian Islands, and because of its untouched appearance, many say it is the most beautiful.

This is where Captain Cook first landed, and discovered the lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls, the spectacular "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," and the great hidden valley of Kalalau.

A visit to Kauai gives you the chance to experience places found nowhere else on earth, such as Waimea Canyon, the Wailua River and Fern Grotto, the secluded beaches of Hanalei Bay, and the delightful dining and shopping of the Coconut Plantation.

"The Garden Isle" has been the backdrop for many movies, including Lumahai Beach where Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right out of her hair.

Hike rugged trails, see a "surfer's paradise," and explore Hanalei's famous Bali Hai cliffs. The garden island is full of romance and history.

Here are a few of the organized activities you can do on Kauai:

  • Wailua River Kayak Tour
  • Hanalei Valley Tour
  • Luau Halau at Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
  • Kauai Sea Tours
  • Smith's Tropical Paradise
  • Wailua River / Fern Grotto Tour with Boat Fare
  • Waimea Canyon Tour with Wailua River
  • Waimea Canyon Tour
  • Helicopter Tours

Highlights of Kauai

The "Garden Island" offers magnificent scenery and lush vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, the spectacular Waimea Canyon, the great "hidden" valley of Kalalau, colorful tropical plants and flowers. Landmarks: Hanalei Bay, Wailua River, Nawiliwili Bay, Poipu Beach.

1. Napali Coast
2. Waimea Canyon
3. Kilauea Lighthouse
4. Fern Grotto
5. Menehune Fishpond
6. Poipu Beach Park


Poipu is Kauai's most popular tourist area for good reason: it is sunny most of the year.

Kauai is a Hawaiian island of seven micro climates ranging from dry desert to tropical rain forest. Poipu has a semi-arid tropical climate. The near-by Haupu Mountain range blocks most prevailing showers. The average annual rainfall in Poipu is 34 inches. By comparison, Miami receives 55 inches. In the winter, daytime temperatures in Poipu range from the mid 70's to the lower 80's. Nighttime temperatures are in the low to mid 60's. In the summer, daytime temperatures go as high as the upper 80's, and during the night, down into the low 70's. When showers make it into the Poipu area, they are usually brief.

For comfort wear natural fiber clothing such as cotton which is most comfortable in the tropics. You should also pack a sweater or jacket and long pants to take on trips up into the mountains, where the air, at 4,000 feet, is cooler.

Most of the Poipu area hotels have air conditioning. Many other types of accommodations do not, but are equipped with ceiling fans and louvered windows. Prevailing trade winds provide a natural cooling effect most of the time.


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