Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Hawai'i: Highlights of Kaua'i Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Hawai'i: Highlights of Kaua'i story by: Mike They call Kaua’i “The Garden Isle”, but it’s like no garden you’ve ever seen before. Its mountain peaks trap the rainclouds that roll in off the Pacific, so its peaks and valleys are draped with lush vegetation. Geologically it’s the oldest of the four main islands of Hawai’i, so it’s had plenty of time to develop some spectacular scenery. Mark Twain described Waimea Canyon as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific", while another highlight is the Na Pali Coast, where sheer cliffs rise thousands of feet straight out of the ocean. This coast is only accessible by boat or helicopter, but it’s well worth the effort. Of course, you don’t have to travel so extravagantly to appreciate Kauai’s wonders – hire a bicycle from Kapa’a and cruise the cycle path that follows the coast for several miles. You’ll find your own patch of paradise. KOLOA HERITAGE TRAIL – It covers 14 cultural, historical and geological sites from Old Koloa Town to Poipu. KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE – Visit this 52 foot high lighthouse, built in 1913 as a beacon for travelling ships. Its light was turned off in the 1970s. The view of the rugged northern coastline and the deep-blue Pacific makes this the perfect spot for photos. It’s also the location of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. SPOUTING HORN BLOWHOLE – Located on Kauai’s South Shore, it is quite spectacular and one of the most photographed spots. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube here and releases a huge spout of water during large swells. WAIMEA CANYON – Stretching 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views. There are numerous trails to traverse for beginners and seasoned hikers. NA PALI COAST – The only land access to this enchanted area is via the Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile trail that starts at Kee Beach, crosses five different valleys and ends at secluded Kalalau Beach. FERN GROTTO – Visit the Fern Grotto on Kauai’s East Side. Accessible only by a short boat trip up the Wailua River, the grotto is a natural lava-rock grotto, lush with hanging ferns and tropical foliage, cooled by the mists of a waterfall. There was a time when the Grotto was off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty, but for more than 50 years, riverboats have provided tours of the site. It’s no wonder this unique Kauai setting is such a popular destination for wedding ceremonies. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist How to spend 24 hours in Waikiki Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 6 things that will make you want to go to Hawai`i Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.