beautiful tropical scenery, great beaches, and plenty of snorkeling but fewer
activities and sightseeing spots than Oahu, Maui, or the Big Island.
It's the place to enjoy some of the activities found on Oahu and Maui and still have plenty
of time to "do nothing."
Poipu Beach: This is one of the widest and best swimming beaches in
Hawaii and it also has good snorkeling. It's an excellent beach for
families. There are life guards on duty year-round and the park has showers,
restrooms and picnic tables. Relax, enjoy the day, and go out for dinner that
Spouting Horn: A waterspout that shoots up through an ancient
lava tube. Just west of Poipu on Highway 52.
Waimea Canyon: Check the weather for fog before
going or you may not be able to see anything. You can view the
canyon from the road or hike down into it if
you're into that sort of thing. Or, you can get a bird's eye view from the numerous
helicopter rides available.
Kokee State Park
is further north and there are several overlooks with superb views of the
north shore. It is 4,000 feet above sea level with a network
of hiking trails for nature buffs where you can really see remote areas.
Wailua Falls: You may recognize these from the
opening sequence of the old Fantasy Island television series.
Fern Grotto: A boat ride up the Wailua river to a fern-fronted
natural cave under a gentle cascade
Haena: There are many fabulous beaches in this
area, a few of which are listed below.
Lumahai Beach: best known from the movie South Pacific and one of
the most photographed on the island.
|Tunnels Beach has sunbathing and snorkeling
Haena Beach with golden sand, coconut palms,
and jagged seaside cliffs which is probably why the movie South Pacific used the spot to
represent Bali Hai.
Tunnels Beach: Excellent snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing,
but parking is almost nonexistent.
Kee Beach is literally at the end of the road and is great for swimming and snorkeling. The
cliffs of the Na Pali Coast begin just beyond this point.
Na Pali Coast: Take a boat cruise or helicopter tour of this
spectacular coast which is the most famous area of Kauai. You will see perpendicular
cliffs showing the effects of erosion, and numerous waterfalls. Don't miss
it. The boat cruises leave from Port Allen; helicopter tours from Lihue