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Top 5 Things To Do in Kauai, Hawaii
Tropical rainforests covers most of the island of Kauai, which is how it earned its nickname. The perfect place to stay #active, hiking and exploring the dramatic backdrops. But probably my favorite thing to do in #Hawaii is take a #helicopter tour, there's just no better way to see the island! #VisittheUSA and this special place for more adventures!
Visiting Kauai, known as "The Garden Isle" is literally like stepping into the set of Jurassic Park. Its amazing rainforests meet the dramatic coastline of the Na'Pali coast and it's hard not to be totally blown away by one of the last seemingly untouched places on earth.
If you are planning to visit Hawaii, plan to visit this island that is a wonderful contrast to Oahu and the beaches of Waikiki. It's laid back, beautiful Hawaii at its best where the people are incredibly friendly and relaxed and would love to welcome you to their piece of paradise. The island is 53km long and 40km wide with a population of 65,000. When you're planning, keep in mind that you can't traverse around the whole island - a massive canyon blocks off the western side of the island so you just turn around and go back the other way.
If you are planning to visit Hawaii, plan to visit this island
Here's my top 5 experiences that you can have whilst on Kauai.
5. Hawaii Movie Tours
For a place as special as Kauai, it's no surprise that it's beauty has been captured time and time again through the lens on countless movies and television locations. Driving anywhere on Kauai to me felt like I was in a movie and I constantly saw flashes of movies I couldn't quite put my finger on through the mountains, rainforest backdrops and dramatic cliffs. Doing a Movie Tour with Roberts Hawaii is a great way to get it all in perspective! Our guide was so knowledgeable, showing us various locations from scenes of well known movies such as Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii, Gilligans Island, Amazing Race and Pirates of the Caribbean.
showing us various locations from scenes of well known movies such as Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii, Gilligans Island, Amazing Race and Pirates of the Caribbean
Movie Tour in Kauai
Scenes and excerpts from different movies are played on screens onboard the comfortable minibuses to enhance your tour experience. Against an amazing backdrop, I learnt heaps about Kauai and had a lot of fun - what's not to love?
4. Smith's Family Garden Luau
A Luau is a celebration of Polynesian culture and Hawaiian Aloha, or love and compassion. Experiencing a traditional luau is so much more than a show - if I'm honest, I expected it to feel touristy and perhaps a touch cheesy. It totally wasn't! Hawaiians have a way of making you feel included, like their family, and it's clear that they want everyone to feel genuinely embraced by their culture. It's a really lovely feeling and there's no better way to experience this feeling than by heading along to a Luau on Kauai - the Smith's Family Garden Luau is a traditional, family style celebration with delicious food including sweet and sour Mahimahi, Kolua Pork, and Teriyaki Beef as well as Hawaiian cocktails and great music.
Hawaiians have a way of making you feel included, like their family
You will learn the history of Polynesian culture through a very talented group of locals performing everything from Hawaiian hula to Samoan fire knife dancing and Tahitian drums. It's a wonderful evening with a great setting that's hard not to enjoy.
3. Hanalei Beach
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Kauai, be sure to include a visit to Hanalei Beach on your journey. It's a long, flat, sandy beach that's safe to swim in since there's being no major swell and the dramatic mountain and rainforest background tells you that you are indeed somewhere special. Hanalei Beach is located behind Hanalei town, a throwback town to old Hawaii with traditional stores and some great local shopping. After you hit the town for some shopping, kick back on the beach, have a swim and a snorkel in one of the prettiest little bays.
2. Waimea Canyon
Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is so impressive. At over 16km long and almost a kilometre deep, it carves an impressive gouge in the forest landscape, giving way to eroded red soil and rock covered in green moss for as far as you can see.
Waimea Canyon Tour
Haleakala Sunrise Tour in Maui
Waimea was formed through the collapsing of a volcano that created the island of Kauai and heavy rainfall on the island eroded the rock to form a river that runs through the centre of the canyon. Roberts Hawaii run an excellent tour taking in Koloa Town, Waimea, the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park and the Rim of Waimea Canyon. It's a great way to learn some of the history of this amazing region and find out the best viewing sports from a local who knows it best.
1. See Jurassic Falls and the Na'Pali Coast by Helicopter
Starting out with a highly entertaining briefing, the team at Safari Helicopters let you know you are in good hands right away and have you laughing from the get go. We flew in a 7 seater customised ASTAR 350 B2-7 helicopter and we were lucky enough to be blessed with a pretty windy day - this can make things interesting! After taking off from the base, the scenery within 2 minutes is green forest for as far as you can see. The pilot chats with everyone through the intercom, pointing out different spots to look at including movie scenes from Jurassic Park. We did a fly over and around Jurassic Falls - a cascading stream of white in the middle of a sea of forest green which is so remote and beautiful.
fly over and around Jurassic Falls - a cascading stream of white in the middle of a sea of forest green which is so remote and beautiful
After the Falls, head out to the dramatic cliffs of the Na'Pali Coast.
Deluxe Helicopter Waterfall Safari in Kauai
These are unlike anything I've ever seen before and so distinctive with their finger like ridges along kilometres of coastline. The rusty orange colour of the rocks with the dark green forest at the top, beaches and ocean at the bottom is the most unique landscape.
Many films include shots from along this coast including Pirates of the Carribean - their beaches are set on Na'Pali. If there is one thing you do while on Kauai, make sure it's this because you'll not see scenery like this anywhere else in the world!