Kauai is lush, tropical and wild with cascading waterfalls and towering green mountains. Aptly nicknamed the Garden Isle, Kauai is the Hawaiian vacation destination treasured for its lush tropical greenery and sparkling sand beaches. Visitors to the island revel in its postcard-perfect beauty, as well as Kauai's diversity of activities, shopping and dining. Beautiful Kauai luxury home rentals are available as the perfect jumping off point!
Formed some six million years ago, the Island encompasses roughly 550 square miles and is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands. To visit Kauai, 20 minutes by air from Honolulu, is to submerge yourself in the quiet majesty of the island's lush tropical setting and extraordinary natural heritage. Come, discover the legendary Aloha spirit in this friendly Garden Island paradise. From the spectacular views at Waimea Canyon to the verdant vistas along the Napali Coast. Kauai will take your breath away. Experience Kauai first hand in a private beachfront rental home.
More and more people are coming to Kauai because they are attracted to its natural beauty and laid back atmosphere. Visitors are also drawn to Kauai for its gorgeous tropical rainforest, some of which can only be accessed by helicopter. These aerial tours take you into the heart of the Island and offer spectacular scenic views that will remain with you long after your vacation. A luxury Kauai vacation is beckoning ...
Appropriately dubbed the 'Coconut Coast,' Kauai's East Side is a mystical region filled with history and culture. The landscape is dotted with stands of coconut trees and it is here that the coconut grove comes to life. Wailua, a sacred and significant place, is accented by Wailua River and old world charm. Take advantage of all its offerings -- the Wailua River State Park, Fern Grotto, Wailua Falls, and other gems. Opaekaa Falls, an unforgettable photo op, has scenic peaks of the Makaleha Mountains in the background and a restored Hawaiian village on the riverbanks. A favorite mythical sight is the Sleeping Giant, a product of Mt. Nounou behind Wailua -- indulge in the fable it will be revealed to you.
The golden sand beaches of the Coconut Coast are its biggest draw, with Anahola as its northernmost beach. Another beach just a few miles down the road is Donkey Beach, where whale-watching is popular. Rooting on surfers at Kealia Beach is a popular activity among locals and visitors alike. Another activity on the Coconut Coast is Lydgate Park and its two lava rock enclosed ocean pools. They are a calm respite for kids, families, and first-time snorkelers.
Be sure to find time for a leisurely stroll through the quaint Kapaa Town with its funky and fine items, including some great Hawaiian craft pieces, Aloha-print shirts, jewelry and artistic objects.
Kauai's dramatic North Shore is a mesmerizing myriad of rugged mountains, sparkling waterfalls, lush green fields, blissful beaches, alluring coastlines, and spectacular sea cliffs. It is amazing how much, for the pleasure of all your senses, is available in just one area of Kauai.
Play a round of golf on a premier course on Kauai's North Shore. Keep traveling toward incredible Lumahai Beach, which served as the setting for filming "South Pacific". Hanalei is nearby to Princeville and it reveals the grandeur of valleys and mountains and highlights its charming sisters, Wainiha and Haena, blending perfectly with their colorful shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Kee Beach is ideal for snorkeling. Limahuli Gardens with its tropical plants and ocean views, wet and dry caves is enchanting. Overlooking Kauai's magnificent Na Pali Coast you'll be enthralled by its 17-mile stretch of coastline and 4,000-foot cliffs, accented with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and mysterious sea caves.
The sunny side of Kauai if you had to pick one, is the Poipu area, filled with opportunities to luxuriate in the warmth of the South Shore. You'll participate in a multitude of activities that all seem to have a special touch of luminosity. Poipu, the beautiful resort area, Old Koloa Town, rich with plantation history, and Kalaheo, Kauai's "upcountry hamlet," make up the main areas of the South Shore. Numerous beaches, oceanfront resorts, a quaint village area, upscale shopping district, and the wonders of nature (still prevalent throughout Kauai) are some of the rewards you'll enjoy when on the South Shore.
Scenic rocky coastlines, walking trails, waterfalls, and amazing golden-sand beaches make it difficult to determine which activity to choose first. Kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, bodysurfing, and swimming are among the activities all ages can enjoy. One of the nation's top 18 golf courses is Poipu Bay Golf Course, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf since 1994. Koloa Landing, an inlet of lava rocks where the river and sea meet, is great for snorkeling and good for turtle spotting. Poipu's incredible beaches include Shipwreck's Beach, Mahaulepu (which consists of three breath-taking beaches), Brennecke's Beach, Poipu Beach and Park, Lawai Beach, and Palama Beach. Other notable landmarks include Baby Beach, PK's surf spot, Koloa Landing, Keiki Cove, and Lawai Kai Bay. Snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing, snuba, windsurfing, scuba, and other fun activities are ideal at any of the various South Shore beaches.
Allerton Garden, Prince Kuhio Park (birthplace of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, the "People's Prince," who opened the beaches of Waikiki to the public in 1918), McBryde Garden, Spouting Horn, and a coffee plantation's visitor center and museum are all significant spots to visit and tour on Kauai's South Shore.
This area is a wonderland of diversity, with excellent beaches for swimming and snorkeling, and a wealth of historical and scenic sites. This also is where you'll find the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the only garden of its kind to be chartered by Congress. Also, be sure to visit Spouting Horn, whose natural lava tube formations create one of Kauai's more spectacular locations.
West Kauai is a remarkable blend of spectacular natural wonders and Hawaiian cultural landmarks. Awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon is just the beginning. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by author Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon is one of Kauai's natural wonders with ravines eroded by water, wind and rain. Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific measuring 10 miles long, 2 miles wide and over 3,500 feet deep. Like the Grand Canyon, the lines along the canyon's walls indicate the different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over millions of years. Yellow ginger, eucalyptus trees, Kauai's own mokihana berries, and other vegetation abound right up to the 3,500 foot elevation. Kokee State Park and the Kokee Natural History Museum offer the key to appreciation of the culture and outdoors necessary to enhance your Waimea experience. Waimea offers history and as much adventure as you'd like.
Also in Waimea is the Captain Cook Monument, where British Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778. Go west and see rainbow hues enhanced to an intensity that is almost unreal. Here, on Kauai's West Side, you will discover Hanapepe Town's country charm, the grand gorge that is Waimea Canyon, hiking amidst rare plants and endangered birds, the rich history ranging from Captain Cook's landing to Kekeha's sugar mills to the remains of a Russian fort named after a czarina, and the longest stretch of beach in Hawaii.
A trip to Hanapepe Town means historic storefronts with artist studios, the Hanapepe Valley Overlook that reveals the classic beauty of a Hawaiian valley, blooming colors, and a swinging foot bridge. Hawaii's longest stretch of golden beach is also a sunbather's paradise. Surrounded by etched cliffs, blue sky, and crashing waves, you could spend a whole day just basking in the beauty.
Polihale State Park is the reward that lies at the end of a short bumpy, rugged journey, but well worth the trip. Polihale State Park is the sacred Polihale heiau from which the Hawaiians believed the souls of the dead departed the island into the setting sun. From lush rain forest to a sunny stretch of white sand beach, West Kauai has something for everyone.