When most of us think of traveling to Hawaii, we often think of lazing on the beach with a cocktail as we relax in the summer sunshine. However, the tiny island of Kauai in the Hawaiian archipelago has a lot more to offer those with a heart of adventure and exploration. Here are some of the best things to do on the island.
Hike to a waterfall
Kauai is one of the wettest islands and as a result, it has some beautiful waterfalls and luscious jungle paths that you can explore. So why not hit one of the islands easier hiking paths and make your way to a waterfall. The waterfalls themselves are quite breathtaking and the hikes through the green scenery can be quite magical. Try hiking to Opaeka Falls where you can see the majestic waterfall as it cascades into a hidden pool. If hiking isn’t your thing you can always drive to the iconic Wailua Falls.
There are many places where you can go snorkeling on the island but Tunnels beach is one of the best. Here snorkelers can explore the outer reef in all its splendor or venture into the tunnels and caves of the inner reef. The horse-shoes shape of the reef allows for protected areas where snorkelers can enjoy the hidden beauty of the reef freely. If you are new to snorkeling then be sure to try out the waters at Lawai beach where there is an assortment of snorkeling tours and lessons.
Commune with Nature at Kilauea Point
Located on the islands north shore, Kilauea point is a wildlife refuge with beautiful views of the ocean, lush green rolling hills, and bustling wildlife. If you are looking to relax and center yourself then this is the spot for you.
The views from the point are breathtaking and the waters below are home to green turtles, Hawaiian Monk seals and depending on the season, humpback whales. With its bustling wildlife, it’s the perfect place to observe the seabirds and sealife and connect with the wildlife on the island.