Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, a nature retreat or simply a relaxing beach vacation, Kauai has something for everyone. The oldest of all the Hawaiian islands, and the fourth largest, Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Isle thanks to its lush, green landscape and abundance of tropical plants. It also boasts a stunning array of natural geological features and more miles of sandy coastline than any of its neighbors. With strict regulations prohibiting any building taller than a coconut tree, Kauai has a quieter, more laid-back feel compared to the other Hawaiian Islands – in short, it’s the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape it all.
Kauai offers warm temperatures throughout the year, but from November to March visitors should be prepared for rain, especially on the North and East sides of the island. Kauai’s small airport, Lihue, is serviced by non-stop flights from the west coast of the United States. The trip from Los Angeles takes around six hours.
Though it might be hard to reach, this rugged, 15-mile stretch of coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai is a must-see for anyone visiting the island. With sheer cliffs covered in dense greenery towering above the ocean, pristine sandy beaches, plunging valleys and waterfalls, Na Pali is an area of immense natural beauty. Since the steep cliffs make this section of the coast inaccessible to vehicles, Na Pali feels wild and untouched, and you’ll feel transported to a tropical paradise. The easiest way to see Na Pali is by boat, but consider taking a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of this stunning landscape.
Vacations are all about sampling local produce, so don’t miss out on a trip to the award-winning Koloa Rum Company in Lihue. Housed inside the Kilohana Plantation, which was originally built for a 1930s sugar baron, you’ll get a taste of old Hawaii, as well as some of the distillery’s delicious rums. Founded in 2009, the Koloa Rum Company set out to incorporate ingredients that are native to the Garden Isle, so expect rums infused with flavors such as coconut, coffee and spices. The Kilohana Plantation is also home to shops and galleries selling everything from food to traditional crafts, as well as a restaurant and lounge where the company’s gold rum is served up in the classic Polynesian cocktail, the Mai Tai.
Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon might be smaller than its more famous counterpart, but it is equally awe-inspiring. Approximately ten miles long and 3,000 feet deep, Waimea (which is Hawaiian for ‘reddish water’) was formed millions of years ago by erosion from the Waimea River, along with massive amounts of rainfall. Two lookout points located just off the main road provide excellent views of the crested buttes, deep gorges and craggy rock formations in the canyon below, but more adventurous travelers should head to nearby Koke’e State Park. The range of trails in the park will suit beginner and experienced hikers alike, and there’s really no better way to explore this dramatic landscape.
Although there’s so much to see and do on Kauai, the island’s idyllic beaches are perhaps the biggest attraction. Whether you want to try your hand at surfing, snorkeling or paddle boarding, or if you prefer to simply relax and soak up the sun, you’ll find a beach on Kauai that is perfect for you and your family. Hanalei Bay, on Kauai’s north shore is probably the island’s most famous beach. This crescent of soft white sand set against a mountainous backdrop feels like a tropical paradise, and while surfers flock here in winter, the water is generally calm throughout the summer, making it perfect for swimmers and paddle boarders. On the south shore of the island, you’ll find Poipu Beach, a popular spot where – if you’re lucky – you might catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. Hawaiian monk seals can commonly be found lounging on the sand, while from December to May it’s not uncommon to see humpback whales spouting further out to sea.
Located on the North Shore of Kauai, Kilauea is probably best known for its lighthouse, which was built in 1913 to help sailors to deliver supplies to the town, but now serves visitors who come to admire the gorgeous views and to see the array of birds that soar above the ocean. Aside from the lighthouse, this small but charming town has lots to offer: the Kong Lung Historic Market Center is made up of buildings that date back to the 1800s, while the numerous independent shops and restaurants appeal to tourists and locals alike. If you’re planning to stay in this beautiful area, be sure to check out our selection ofKilauea vacation rentals . Featuring luxurious accommodation and fabulous terraces with swimming pools, these villas have everything you need for a dream getaway.
With white sandy beaches, palm trees and the glittering waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Garden Isle is just the place for a truly memorable honeymoon. Whether you go for a heavenly hideaway tucked away in Kilauea’s lush greenery or a characterful home on the edge of the stunning Na Pali Coast, our properties will turn your dreamhoneymoon in Kauai into a reality.
What could be better than waking up to the sound of the Pacific Ocean lapping the shore? Or spending the afternoon lounging in the shade listening to the breeze in the palm trees? If this is your idea of heaven then browse ourKauai oceanfront rentals . Accommodating up to 8 guests, these beachfront holidays are ideal for a relaxing family vacation.