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Kaua‘i

They call Kaua‘i the ‘Garden Isle’, but it’s like no garden you’ve ever seen before. Its mountaintops 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 Napali Coast, where sheer cliffs rise thousands of feet straight out of the ocean. This coast is only accessible by hiking, boat or helicopter, but it’s well worth the effort. Of course, you don’t have to travel so extravagantly to appreciate Kaua‘i’s wonders – hire a bicycle from Kapa’a and cruise the cycle path that follows the coast for several kilometres. You’ll find your own patch of paradise.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN KAUA‘I



Napili Coast Kauai NAPALI COAST

Hike the challenging 17km Kalalau Trail, which will guide you along the coast and allow you to take in the emerald green of the forest contrasted by the sapphire sea, and stumble upon ethereal waterfalls. Your finish line is the gorgeous sight of deserted Kalalau Beach.

Waimea Canyon Kauai WAIMEA CANYON
 

This wonder often draws comparisons to the Grand Canyon. Its 22-kilometre-long formation with deep valleys, dramatic cliff faces, jagged rocks and panoramic views that stretch on as far as the eye can see, set you up for a view to remember.

East Kauai EXPLORE THE HISTORY
 

Traverse the Koloa Heritage Trail to get a taste of the island’s culture. Koloa was the site of Hawaii’s first commercial sugar plantation, then there’s Pa‘u a Laka gardens that were established in the 1930s, Hapa Road where Hawaiians have lived since 1200 AD and Kauai’s first church, the Koloa Missionary Church.

Kilauea Lighthouse 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 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.

Fern Grotto Kauai 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.




KAUA‘I ACCOMMODATION



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Aston Islander on the Beach
ASTON ISLANDER ON THE BEACH
★★★

Located oceanfront on the Coconut Coast and set within beautifully landscaped gardens, it is just waiting to offer you a truly relaxing holiday. With a golf course and tennis courts nearby, as well as the Coconut Plantation Marketplace just a short stroll away, you can do as much or as little as you like while you vacation on the ‘Garden Isle’.
Kiahuna Plantation by Outrigger
KIAHUNA PLANTATION RESORT KAUA‘I BY OUTRIGGER
★★★half star
Taking advantage of the sunny side of the island, and set amongst swaying palm trees and plumeria blossoms, this oceanfront condominium resort is an oasis by the sea. Nestled amongst landscaped gardens on the site where the oldest sugar plantation in Hawai‘i once stood, this resort offers a range of accommodation options from beachfront to garden view. If swimming, snorkelling, tennis or golf are on your holiday to-do list then this is the place for you.
Waipouli Beach Resort
WAIPOULI BEACH RESORT & SPA KAUA‘I BY OUTRIGGER
★★★★
On the eastern shore, only a 40 minute drive from Kaua‘i’s famed Bali Hai (or Makana Mountain as it is also known), experience the beauty of this condominium resort with one and two bedroom apartments. With a two-acre heated river pool, waterslides and three sand bottom whirlpool spas, there’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Kaua‘i Village shopping center is just steps away with a Safeway supermarket, so you can stock up on food to cook in your designer kitchen.
Sheraton Kauai Resort
SHERATON KAUA‘I RESORT
★★★★half star

At this fantastic beachfront resort you will experience personal service and the warmth of ‘Aloha’. Every room in the beach and ocean wings face the sea and greet the morning sunrise. For those who prefer quiet beauty, the garden wing rooms overlook acres of vibrant tropical blooms and sparkling waterfalls. Relax, unwind and enjoy delicious fresh food and refreshing specialty drinks at Lavas on Poipu Beach – the Island Spiced Lava Wings are a fantastic choice.



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