In October, Matt and I spent a little over a week on Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii. It was absolutely stunning and breath-taking. We loved every minute of our trip and we were able to see and do TONS on the island. Today I want to share some of our favorite adventures and the best things to do on Kauai.
1. See Kauai from a Helicopter
This HAD to be my first suggestion as our helicopter tour was the best part of our whole trip. In a short time you see the whole island while hearing about the rich history and culture. The tour we chose was Island Helicopters Kauai and I would highly recommend this company. They were professional and helpful throughout the process. The main reason we chose Island Helicopters is because they are the ONLY company on the island who has the rights to land at Manawaiopuna Falls. These falls are more commonly known as “Jurassic Falls” because of their featured role in the movie Jurassic Park.
2. Visit Waimea Canyon
Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, I promise Waimea Canyon will not disappoint. You are no longer surrounded by the lush, green scenery of Kauai. Rather, you feel like you are in the desert; surrounded by red rock and sand, I really thought I was in Sedona, AZ. The views are spectacular and the drive is just as gorgeous.
3. Explore the South Shore
Be sure to visit the Spouting Horn on the south shore. This is one of Hawaii’s most famous blowholes. Kukui`ula Village shopping center offers excellent shops, galleries, and restaurants; all outdoors. This was a beautiful spot to grab lunch or dinner. I loved Josselin’s Tapas Bar, it was the best meal we had on the island! They even have table-side sangria.
4. Take a Drive Along Kauai’s North Shore
The amount of beauty and sights to see is unimaginable on the North Shore! We probably only explored half of what there was to see, but had a wonderful time doing it. Again you are treated to a gorgeous drive with plenty of lookout points, beaches, and shops along the way. One of our favorite spots (because it was far less travelled than some of the more popular destinations) was a small hike to Queen’s Bath. The hike was easy; although the ground was wet and at some points muddy.
5. Kilohana Plantation
We spent the morning exploring the Kilohana Plantation. If I am being completely honest, my favorite part was the Koloa Rum tasting room. We were able to taste 5 different types of rum and even had a mai tai (yes, yes, I did say MORNING but hey we were on vacation!). There were shops and restaurants to explore not to mention the main attraction, a plantation to eexplore. The best way to see the plantation is to hop on the Kauai Plantation Railway.
Does this make you want to visit Kauai? (I’m sure it does, it’s Hawaii after all!) It makes me want to go back. If you are planning a trip, I hope you find this post of the best things to do on Kauai helpful. Happy travels!