Now the moment that I have been putting off and some of you have been waiting for, here are the “must see” places that I visited and I recommend anyone should visit while in the island of Kauai.
Before I start I should note that these locations are not in close proximity to one another. I highly recommend renting a car to travel the whole island at your leisure.
- Waimea Canyon- I highly recommend doing the hike. Although it is exhausting and many people don’t make it to the water fall since the trails can be slippery, it is sooo worth it. Just remember that it might be very difficult to walk the trails depending on the season (monsoon was upon when I went, and the terrain was ok.) The trail is doable, just pack good hiking shoes, water, and some snacks.
2. Spouting Horn- Ok, this area is very touristy, but you have to experience everything in Kauai right? It is said that depending on the tides, the water can spout up to 50 feet in the air. I wasn’t able to see the huge spouting since the tides were pretty calm when I visited (as you will see below in the photo.) There is also some little shops next to the area where if interested, you can get souvenirs ranging from earrings to Hawaiian candles.
3. Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge: Lighthouse- The views from this destination are a treat in themselves. There is a light house, which they do give tours for, that overlooks the ocean. It is also a good area for bird watching (if any of you are into that.) For anyone 16 and older, there is a $10 fee, but you get a chance to possibly see dolphins, and Hawaiian monk seals.
4. Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau/ Any Luau- The reason why I feel as though going to a luau would be a great investment (while in Hawaii) is because you get to learn a lot about the Native Hawaiian culture and customs. The narrator was amazing and very friendly, he gave a lot of backstories and explained things such as traditional dress and food in detail. By the end of the night I was satisfied with the amazing food and had a more in depth understanding of the culture, which I hardly knew anything about. Going to a luau reminded me that I wasn’t in Hawaii only to see the beautiful destinations it has to offer, but also to appreciate the culture that comes with it.
5. Kauai Coffee Company Plantation- For all of you coffee lovers out there, this one is for you. The Kauai Coffee Co. offers not only free tours, but before the tours they also have free coffee samples and yes, there is more than 5 different types of coffee you get to sample. The tours are very informative and I got to learn about the hard work and dedication to get the bean from the plant to being ready to be sold. After the tour they sell so many coffee related products such as coffee butter, coffee ice-cream, to coffee flavored chocolate bars. I would probably put this destination at the top of my list since coffee is my favorite thing and it makes for a good souvenir to bring home.
All in all there are many different places in Kauai everyone should visit, but in the end everyone wants something different from their experience. These are my suggestions, and if any of you go to Kauai please let me know where you visited and your favorite destinations, so I can have a different list of places to go next time I visit.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain
Thanks for reading and see you in the next post!😁