When film directors scout out spectacular island vistas for location
shoots, Kauai is often at the top of the list. In fact, some of the
most memorable scenes in Hollywood history have been filmed here - from
South Pacific to the Stephen Spielberg classics Raiders of the Lost Ark
and Jurassic Park.
The island's attractions are many - gorgeous beaches, majestic
waterfalls, cliffs towering over the sea. Quite literally, Kauai can
take your breath away.
Known as the "Garden Island" for its lush tropical rainforests and
sugarcane fields, Kauai offers something for everyone: hiking,
swimming, snorkeling, shopping, fine dining, and much more. Life moves
a little more slowly here than on Oahu and Maui, but you can be sure
it's never, never dull.
Kauai has been voted the friendliest place in the United States. It
might well be the most beautiful, too. After you've met a few of your
new friends here, you can stroll miles of uncrowded beaches. Hunt
rainbows in breathtaking Waimea Canyon.
emerald mountains and lush valleys with more shades of green than you
may have thought possible. Enjoy wonderful restaurants; unique shops,
championship golf, and a zillion water sports, and much more. Or just
relax by the pool.
Don't forget to ask about my great rates on air, inter-island air and car rentals for all the islands.
Points of interest:
- Fern Grotto: Guided boat tours up the Wailua River lets you witness the
tropical splendor of Kauai, truly the Garden Isle.
- Kalalau: Elevation 4,000 feet. See the splendors of the Na Pali
Coastline. Hike the trails of Kokee. Enjoy a picnic or a wide variety of outdoor
activities at Kokee Park.
- Kilauea Bird Sanctuary & Lighthouse: Discover a refuge for nesting
seabirds near a lighthouse on an isolated Oceanside cliff.
- Spouting Horn: High tides cause waves to pressure through lava tubes
bursting into spectacular fountains of salt spray and foam. Home of a great flea market. Great buys.
- Waimea Canyon: Kauai's answer to the Grand Canyon - experience its
breathtaking magnificence and jewel-tone colors.
- Kauai Movie Locations: Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii, Bali Hai, King Kong,
BEACHES - here are no fewer than 50 miles of beaches.
Anini Beach County Park
On the north shore of the island, is Kauai's safest beach for swimming and windsurfing. Sitting on a blue lagoon at the foot of
majestic cliffs, it is also one of the island's most beautiful beaches.
Haena Beach Park
Just minutes from Tunnels Beach, this golden sand beach offers excellent swimming and great snorkeling with its vast amount of
tropical fish. During the winter, waves can be large and dangerous.
A picture-perfect, gold sand beach. Protected by a coral reef, this beach is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During the
winter, the waters can get rough.
Wide, golden sand beach, Hanalei Bay is excellent for swimming year-round, especially in summer, when Hanalei Bay becomes a
big, placid lake.
Where the road ends on the North Shore, you'll find this great little reddish-gold beach almost too beautiful to be real.
Poipu Beach Park
On the south shore, Poipu Beach Park offers two beaches, divided by a sandbar. On the left, a perfect sandy-bottom beach for
children; on the right, also known as Brennecke's Beach, an open bay perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, and surfers.
WHERE TO SHOP -
Centrally located on east Kauai, the Coconut Marketplace has a unique plantation-style ambiance,
offering over 70 specialty shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre complex over 64,000 square feet
of shopping area.
Kukui Grove Shopping Center
Kauai's only regional mall located in Lihue where you'll find major department stores as well as
specialty gift shops, numerous dining options, and a 4-plex theatre complex. Entertainment is
also available at the Center Stage.
This shopping mall located in the town of Kapaa offers a mixture of boutiques, gift shops, art
galleries and restaurants that appeal to both local residents and visitors of Kauai.
Princeville Shopping Center
Located at the entrance of Princeville Resort, the Princeville Shopping Center is a
plantation-style shopping center offering a collection of 37 shops and three restaurants.
Poipu Shopping Village, offering a variety of shops, restaurants and retail stores you'll enjoy.
A great place to find gifts, art, clothing or groceries.
Top Five Things To Do on Your First Trip to Kauai:
5. Get serenaded by Hawaiian musicians under the Fern
4. See the view from Waimea
Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
3. Visit the Kilauea
Lighthouse and bring a camera to capture the views.
2. Go to the Spouting
Horn and watch the ocean spray up to 50 feet in the air.
1. Enjoy the
humbling scenery from various points along the Napali