Hawaii. So many Islands. So little time. The problem with planning a trip to paradise is choosing which island to visit, as each island is beautiful and inviting in it’s own way. Sure, asking others who’ve made the trip which island they prefer might help you narrow things down. But know this. Any vacationer who tells you that his or her favorite island is anything other than Kauai has probably never been there. And so, assuming you can only visit one island, and with all due respect to Maui, Oahu, the Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai, here’s a list of 5 reasons to fly to Kauai.
1. Breathtaking Beaches:
Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. And when it comes to just the right combination of sun, water, sand, and surroundings, the breathtaking beaches on Kauai have it all.
Hanalei Bay Beach
Rimmed by a crescent of sugar white sand, Hanalei Bay is one of the most spectacular beach settings in all Hawaii, let alone the world. Gradually descend the sloping sands into the blue Pacific, and then look behind you and marvel at majestic mountains bursting with waterfalls and lush green vegetation. Bordered on the east and west by exotic tropical rivers, Hanalei Bay offers almost endless water recreation possibilities for all family members, from beginning swimmers to seasoned surfers.
Ke’e Beach Park
If your idea of an island getaway is all about relaxing in gentle tropical waters and watching a spectacular sunset accompanied by the legendary green flash Ke’e Beach Park is the place you’ve been searching for. Tucked into a lush tropical setting, the reef at Ke’e beach boasts crystal clear waters, all the better for snorkelers to view the many varieties of colorful tropical fish.
Located on Kauai’s south shore, Poipu is Kauai’s most family friendly beach. Stretching 1,000 feet long by 50 feet wide, Poipu Beach offers plenty of sand for sunbathers, beach strollers and sand castle connoisseurs. A calm pool-like area protected by a breakwater of boulders is the perfect place for children and parents to play swim and snorkel. Beyond the breakwater the sand gently slopes into the open ocean. Surfers and body boarders are attracted to Poipu year-round by ideal wave conditions.
2. Sensational Scenery:
With an array of tropical wonders—lush jungles, beautiful beaches, towering mountains and spectacular waterfalls—it’s no wonder that Kauai’s spectacular scenery attracts locals, visitors, and Hollywood film crews alike. (Remember Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jurassic Park?) Another spectacular attraction found on Kauai is Waimea Canyon, a natural wonder that Mark Twain called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Measuring 1 mile wide, over 3,600 feet deep and spanning some 10 miles, Waimea canyon boasts views for which the terms “awe-inspiring” and “awesome” were created.
3. Awesome Accommodations:
There’s that word “awesome” again. And it aptly applies to many of the great places you’ll find to stay when you visit Kauai. From full-on resorts like the Grand Hyatt, Kauai Coast, Sheraton and Hannalei Bay Resort, to any number of Kauai vacation rentals, you’re sure to find just the right place to make your stay in paradise pleasurable, memorable and affordable.
4. Fantastic food:
Not long ago Kauaiwas not exactly the go-too island for great food. But all that has changed. Now there are so many great places to eat you’ll have a hard time deciding where to start. For light, healthy eating, Kauai’s many farmers markets and roadside stands offer fresh and delicious tropical produce. For more formal fare it’s hard to beat Rum Fire at the Sheraton, Koa Kea Resort’s RedSalt, not to forget or local favorites like the Shrimp Station oin Waimea. And if you get to Kappa you might want to give a little place called Monica’s Taqueria a try. Nachos anyone?
5. Amazing Activities:
Just about any recreation you can imagine is available on Kauai. Snorkeling, swimming, surfing, boating, hiking, kayaking, sunbathing, shopping, the list goes on and on. And when it comes to great golfing, on a recent top 10 list of best golf courses in Hawaii, three of those courses are found on Kauai. So pack your bags so you can pack it all in. Aloha!
About the Author:
Vincent Stokes is a Portland native and world traveler. He also is a freelance writer for Summit Pacific. If visiting Kauai is a dream of yours, Summit Pacific can hook you up with one of their Kauai vacation home rentals. You can connect with Vincent on G+ or twitter (@TravelingGlobal).