On our last couple of trips, we’ve stayed in the sunny South of Kauai, in the Poipu area, and have discovered a few nice trails for all abilities, which give you the opportunity to explore the neighbourhood, and take in some stunning views of the coastline. So if you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip to Kauai, these are on my “must do” list!
In my previous post about the sunny South shore of Kauai, I talked about my experiences and recommendations for accommodation, dining and shopping (Kauai: South Shore Poipu area accommodation & dining)
If you can tear yourself away from the world class beaches, and delicious eateries, there are plenty of interesting things to see and do around this beautiful and historical area.
Whether you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture (and get a respite from the heat for a while!), wander beautiful gardens, or tick off the stops along a the Heritage Trail, here are a few of my “must dos” while you’re there…
It’s hard to believe a year has flown by since I wrote about visiting the Western side of the beautiful Island of Kauai Summer on Kauai; Waimea town, Canyon & surrounding areas.
With the far North of the island still inaccessible to tourists, due to the severe floods last year, we have enjoyed discovering and experiencing new and varied sides of the lush Garden Island.
On our last two visits, we have stayed on the sunny South of the island, in the Poipu area, which boasts an array of stunning beaches, some great shops and eateries, and, most importantly, the best weather on the island!
Read on for more of my experiences and recommendations for Poipu and beyond!
There are so many activities to choose from on the adventure island of Kauai, in the air, land or water, it can be difficult to decide which to do during your visit!
We have been lucky enough to visit Kauai a few times, and have had the privilege of viewing the island from a helicopter (you can read about that adventure here), from a catamaran at sea, and of course from the many incredible hiking trails around the island. But I had yet to see the island from the viewpoint of the beautiful Wailua River, the largest navigable river on Kauai. So on our most recent trip, after a bit of research, we booked our places, grabbed our paddles, and off we went!
We arrived back from our most recent visit to Hawaii almost two weeks ago. The adjustment from daily average temperatures of 28°C to around.. um.. -4°C has not been fun! But at least it gives me an excuse to stay inside and write about some of the fantastic hikes we did on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai (which is one of our favourite places in the world). You can also read about other recommended hikes in my previous post Hiking Kauai; Top trails on the Garden Isle.
As you may know if you have visited my blog before, I don’t need much excuse to re-visit Hawaii (or in particular, my current favourite of the islands, Kauai)! So after a small amount of deliberation, we decided to take a 2-week summer trip last month for our (slightly belated) honeymoon 😀
Sadly, due to severe flooding and mud slides in the North of Kauai in April this year, the resort where we would normally stay (Hanalei Colony Resort) , was still completely blocked off and unable to accept guests (Still not re-opened as of spring 2019). I wrote about this part of the island in my previous post, In a land called Hanalei
After doing some research on other parts of the island, we settled on the Waimea area, on the West coast of the Island – the town where Captain Cook first set foot on the islands in 1778. exactly 240 years later, another intrepid British explorer arrived (only this time, very jet lagged, in a Jeep from Avis and with many shopping bags from Safeway)..
If Kauai wasn’t known as the Garden Isle, it should be called the Hiking Trail Isle (although this wouldn’t be as catchy). There is a wealth of incredible trails weaving through the landscape, allowing you to appreciate the stunning Island from many different perspectives. Not to mention getting some pretty decent exercise and fresh air to boot!
With so many easily accessible hikes, for all levels of ability, there is no excuse not to put down that iPad, grab your hiking boots, and hit the trail!
In this post I’ll talk about three different hikes which we’ve really enjoyed doing (perhaps “enjoyed” isn’t the right word for my night time trek back on the Kalalau Trail in the rain… but more on that later 😳). Read on for my recommendations..
Aloha! I’ve just updated my previous post to include our most recent helicopter tour over this magical island – this time in the AStar, doors included! This will give you an idea of what to expect from each tour. Doors or no doors – it’s up to you – but don’t miss this incredible experience if you’re visiting Kauai 😀
Coffee & bagels, a picture perfect lighthouse & a secret beach
If you’ve read my previous posts about the stunning “Garden Island” of Kauai, you’ll know that its definitely my favourite of the Hawaiian Islands (so far!), and that I can’t recommend it enough as a magical and idyllic escape.. especially during the winter months.
Continuing my journey around the island, I thought I’d write a bit about one of my favourite ways to spend a morning on the North Shore. What could be better than perfect coffee and bagels, a spot of shopping, clifftop views, then sunbathing on a beautiful secluded beach? You can tell I’m getting excited for my next visit in December!
“We invite you to escape the ordinary; to leave the byways of man and immerse yourself in the wilderness grandeur of the Garden Isle. Only by exploring its natural wonders can you truly capture the meaning of this
Jack and Bev Harter
Everything but the doors! An open helicopter experience with Jack Harter
As I mentioned at the end of my previous Kauai post, In a land called Hanalei, if you are at all uncomfortable with heights, this will be challenging! That would be me!🙋 Put a tarantula on my hand, a snake round my neck, or a torch on my head and send me underground and I’m fine. I also love flying.. but I am not good with heights – especially cliff tops, or huge expanses.
That said, in my opinion, seeing Kauai from the air is a must do in order to fully appreciate this beautiful island.
I’m glad to say I lived to tell the tale of the helicopter with no doors! And here it is…