Holidays to Kauai

The island of Kauai has an incredibly variety of natural scenery which ranges from Hawaiian white sand beaches to volcanic cliffs, and to the stunning Waimea Canyon. Kauai is miles away from the glitz and glamour which is Honolulu, and many of those on holidays to Kauai come here simply for the stunning natural beauty.

Nonetheless it is the beach activities that are the biggest draw for those on holidays in Kauai. The island has almost 70 fantastic sandy beaches, with the south shore beaches the best places for swimming. Snorkelling and scuba diving is best done on the east side of Kauai, where those on Kauai holidays will find some of the most breathtaking spots on earth.

That said, anyone on holidays to Kauai that does not pay attention to the other natural wonders of the island will definitely be missing out. By far the most exceptional location on Kauai is the Waimea Canyon. Also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” this is a canyon that is 1,000 metres deep in places, 3.2 km wide and that runs a length of 16 km. In places Waimea Canyon resembles the Grand Canyon, but its distinctive shades of green truly set it apart.

Weather buffs would be interested to know that the Waialeale Crater is the spot in the world that receives the most annual rainfall, recording an average of 1,168 cm of rain every year. The result is breathtaking waterfalls that are best viewed by helicopter. Also of interest to nature lovers is the Alakai Wilderness Preserve which is a wonderful area of untouched pure natural beauty and features many rare plant and animal species.

Kauai has a number of large settlements but, with a total population of only around 63,000 people, none of these approach the glitziness found elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. Kapa’a is on the east side of the island, and contains a number of affordable and mid-priced resort hotels. The town has a fair degree of commercial activity, having a number of strip malls along the highway.

Lihu’e is the civic and commercial centre of Kauai and is located on the southeast side of the island. It has the largest shopping mall on the island as well as the main airport, county offices and the Kauai Museum. The Kauai Museum is definitely worth a stop, with plenty of exhibits focussing on the history, geography and the people of Kauai.

For most people on holidays to Kauai it is Po’ipu that is the major destination town. This side of the island is where you will find sea turtles, whales, monk sales, trade winds and palm trees as well as some of the most spectacular sunsets on earth. Po’ipu hosts the fancier hotels including facilities by Marriott, Grand Hyatt and Coastline Cottages.


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