Picking the next spot to take a vacation is always a challenge. That is, only for people who haven’t considered going to Kauai.
There are many reasons that more than a million people travel across vast oceans every year just to visit the incredible island, and they couldn’t possibly all be listed in one article. But, just to give a sample, here are 10 reasons why Kauai should be your next vacation destination.
The island is known for its beauty, but that isn’t limited to beaches. If you’re an outdoorsy, adventurous type, there is plenty of incredible terrain to trek around on. One of the most popular spots is the Nā Pali Coast State Park, which is more than 6,000 acres of rugged, beautiful land. It even has some cliffs along the ocean which go up to 4,000 feet above the water. Let’s just say it’s not for anyone afraid of heights.
If you’d like a change from being in the ocean spray, then head on over to Waimea Canyon State Park. Its nickname is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and it has 10 miles of scenery that is arguably more amazing than the original Grand Canyon.
Best Beach on Kauai
Picking the best beach out of all that Kauai has to offer is as challenging as picking your favorite child. It really can’t be done. But, there are a few highlights, and your interests can guide you to the place you’ll enjoy the most.
If you’ve brought your board and are ready to ride the waves, make sure you’re honest with yourself about your surfing skill level. There are some crazy spots for advanced surfers, and there are much more mellow areas for beginners. A good spot all-around spot is Hanalei Bay on the North Shore, because it has a little bit for everyone.
Anahola Beach Park is a great spot for snorkelers because it has a reef that protects it from the waves. However, it’s best to check the current conditions on your visit to see which water will be the clearest to catch some glimpses of the world beneath the sea.
If fishing is your thing, then check out Kekaha Beach. The water is sandy and murky, so this helps trade snorkelers for fish. Once you combine that with the out-of-the-way location, it’s one of the more solitary beaches on the island, so it really allows for some peace and quiet.
But you haven’t had the full experience until you’ve tested all the beaches, so prepare to do some exploring!
All of the Food!
The amount of visitors heading to Kauai every year has made sure that there are plenty of top-notch restaurants. So you won’t be disappointed if you’re ready for some gourmet meals.
On the other hand, many will tell you that a true experience of Hawaiian food is cheap and tasty. There are tons of smaller local eateries that are cooking up delicious dishes, and the portions sizes guarantee that you won’t go hungry! There’s plenty of grilled meat, raw tuna, and rice with every meal. And if getting full is your main goal, just ask around for the nearest place that serves a plate lunch.
And the Luaus
Once your stomach is full, you’ll realize that eating is only half of the true cultural experience. If you want to get the whole package, then don’t miss a luau. This practice dates back to 1819 when King Kamehameha II got rid of the law forbidding men and women from eating together, and he threw a big party to celebrate. Now these are full of food, music, and hula dancing.
Plenty of Extreme Experiences
We’ve already mentioned the popularity of surfing in Kauai, but it doesn’t stop there with the extreme experiences. You can go ziplining through the jungle, mountain biking down crazy inclines, zipping around on ATVs, and many other things. There is no shortage of adrenaline on this island.
Or Slow Things Down and Relax
If you’re not an adrenaline junky, or just want to slow your heart rate, there are plenty of other things to do. Aside from soaking in the nature at the beaches and parks, you could take a whale watching trip, visit a spa, play some golf, or catch a concert. The possibilities are endless.
The Hawaiian Islands are home to a ton of different animal species, and they’re often referred to as the capital of the world for endangered birds. Kauai really does its part by having numerous wildlife refuges, but you don’t even have to travel to them to get your dose of nature. You’ll see birds and lizards while hiking, fish and turtles while snorkeling, and plenty of other critters throughout your trip.
Plenty of Cultural Traditions
Luaus are amazing, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg that is Hawaiian culture. The islands have had a long history, and many different groups have been forced to mix together. Through all the highs and lows this caused, there’s a unique mix of languages, culinary traditions, and a fascinating mythology. Everything on the island has a story, and someone will be willing to share it with you.
Kauai is deep in the Pacific, but it has some fantastic weather. The amount of rainfall changes in the different parts of the island, but the temperature rarely gets much higher or lower than the 70s (Fahrenheit). If you’re not from a hot climate, then Kauai is guaranteed to have much more enjoyable weather than in the winter than you do.
So there’s no excuse not to come visit. We’ll see you soon!