We had the pleasure of visiting Kauai just over a week ago. We weren’t too sure what to expect, as we hadn’t done a huge amount of research prior to leaving, which is quite unusual for us. However, we were really looking for the opportunity to soak in this majestic island.
Kauai is known as The Garden State, and one look at these photos you can understand why. The air is fresh, and the scenery is spectacular. In fact, Kauai receives the highest amount of rainfall on the whole planet. And we were lucky enough to not get stuck in it!
Unlike, the other islands, Kauai is significantly less populated than the other Hawaiian islands, so it’s relatively untouched. Hence its charm. Originally, we had planned to do a number of hikes around the island. Although we discovered that all the hikes were incredibly muddy and treacherous, and we were nowhere near prepared for it. However, we did attempt as many walks as possible on paths that didn’t resemble a waterfall!
We opted to stay in a hotel on the South East side, which was located in close proximity to Wailua and Kapaa, where a lot of the cafes and shops are situated. But after going up north and seeing the beaches, I’d actually recommend staying up there. It’s busier, but the beaches are stunning.
It’s also wise to hire a car so you can easily get around and discover all the hidden gems. We were able to see most of the island in two and half days (minus the long hikes).
From a food perspective, we struggled to find meals that weren’t out of a hotel restaurant. When on holidays in tropical locations like this one, we like to eat on the casual side. However, we did find a good-old Mexican joint, Monico’s Taqueria. The margaritas were fantastic! And we ate avocado and egg on toast every morning at Java Kai. The coffee wasn’t too bad as well!
- If you plan on hiking, bring appropriate hiking shoes that are suitable for muddy terrains. The Kalalau Trail is one of the most well-known.
- Be prepared to spend a lot on breakfast and coffee, unless you opt for cheaper supermarket options.
- Map out where you want to visit prior to arriving, as there aren’t many signs!
- Book a helicopter ride. We didn’t this time, but we most definitely would so next time. The ride takes you through Waimea Canyon and along the Na Pali Coastline – where you can witness all the sites where Jurassic Park was filmed.
- Visit Ke’e Beach on the Na Pali coast whilst watching the sunset. Absolutely stunning.
- Visit Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The sites are pretty spectacular, although you don’t need to allow for more than half a day for this.
- Relax and enjoy the culture by walking through the little towns.
Overall, this island was absolutely stunning. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a destination that’s a bit off the beaten path.
Katrina – Leather & Soie xx