7-Day Adventure in Kauai
HAWAII - Nicole
Aloha and welcome to Kauai. Kauai is Hawaii's fourth largest island and is often referred to as the "Garden Island," which is an apt description. Some regions of Kauai can only be reached by sea or air, revealing breathtaking views. The island offers a variety of outdoor activities in addition to its spectacular scenery.
I recommend staying at Princeville Resort where it is just a few minutes away. If you are staying at The Kauai Inn it will take about 56 minutes to get to Hanalei. If you are staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa it will take about 1hour and 14 minutes.
Polihale Beach is in the South West and the closest hotel would be the Grand Hyatt. Grand Hyatt Kauai will take about 1 hour and 4 minutes, Princeville will take about 1 hour and 54 minutes and lastly Kauai Inn will take 1 hour and 9 minutes.
If you are staying in the Kauai Inn it will take an hour to get to Waimea lookout. Grand Hyatt will take 56 minutes and Princeville will take an hour and 46 minutes. Check your petrol gauge before starting your trek up Highway 550. The round trip is around 36 miles long, with a 4,000-foot elevation gain. From Hanapepe, travel west on Highway 50 toward Waimea. Just past mile marker 23, turn right into Waimea Canyon Drive. The route winds its way through the canyon to Puu o Kila Lookout. Just before mile marker 14, Makaha Ridge Road branches off Waimea Canyon Road and leads to more spectacular lookouts. These two roads lead to numerous lookouts and footpaths. There are many hiking trails at Waimea Canyon. The dirt/gravel Halemanu Road, a semi-steep 4x4 road, leads to several of the trails listed below. Go 1/4 mile back down the road to the Puu Hinahina viewpoint for a nicer trek (and more parking) than heading down Halemanu Road (around MM 13.5). A trail leading to the left may be found near the back of the parking area. Right where the 4x4 vehicles park, this route connects with the Cliff/Canyon trailhead. It's more challenging than the dirt road trek since it starts at a higher height and includes a plunge into a side ravine, but it's far more spectacular; you actually traverse one end of the Waimea Canyon. The trail is roughly a third to half mile long. Make sure to bring a lot of water and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Kauai and the best way would be visiting Na Pali Coast. Between Kee Beach in Haena State Park and Polihale State Park in Mana, the Na Pali Shore extends fifteen miles along Kauai's northwestern coast. The best way to explore the Na Pali is to go on a boat excursion with one of the organizations that offer sightseeing and snorkeling cruises on sailing. There are various tours to enjoy. Not only are activities here but also fresh & local ingredients” from the land and sea and be able to experience the luau and the cultural performances of hula.
If you are staying at Princeville it will take an hour and 16 minutes to get to Hanapepe. If you are staying in the Kauai Inn it will take about 30 minutes and Grand Hyatt will take about 25 minutes.
Spend a whole day exploring Kauai. On your trip to Kauai, make sure to stop in Hanalei Town. Hanalei Town is located on Kauai's north shore, west of Princeville. This delightful tiny town is graced with timeless beauty and is home to everything from historic sites to contemporary art venues. Drowse on the lovely beach in Hanalei Bay while browsing local stores, food trucks, and cafés. Take a tour of the Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro Farm to see portions of the valley that aren't exposed to the public and learn about Hawaiian culture firsthand. Built in 1892, the historic Hanalei Pier has long been a favorite gathering spot for locals who come to fish, swim, and perform music on Hanalei Bay. Oscar Hammerstein II and 20th Century Fox made the pier famous in 1957 when it was featured in the classic film "South Pacific." Kick back, relax, and watch a dazzling sunset over Hanalei Bay after a full day of soaking up Hanalei Town's history and beauty. Step into Kauai's past by visiting the Waioli Mission House. Browse the art galleries in Hanalei for Kauai-made paintings and carvings crafted from unique Hawaiian woods. Hanalei is known for its ukulele concerts, which are hosted in the Hanalei Community Center on a regular basis. The Waioli Mission House is Hanalei’s landmark built in 1937. Abner and Lucy Wilcox, early Christian missionaries, lived at this house around 1837. This National Register of Historic Places-listed Hanalei Town landmark was renovated in 1921 and represents the southern roots of its architect, Reverend William Alexander of Kentucky.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
This is near the Hanalei Town which Princeville will be closer to stay in. For 62 years, this lighthouse on Kilauea Point guided ships traveling between Asia and Hawaii. Several migratory bird species use the cliffs surrounding the site as nesting grounds. You might also see the nene goose! The 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, perched on the northernmost tip of Kauai, was built in 1913 as a light for passing ships. Despite the fact that its light was shut off in the 1970s and replaced with an automatic beacon, it remains one of the island's most popular attractions. The vista of the craggy northern shore and the deep-blue Pacific from this vantage point is ideal for photography. The lighthouse is part of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, which is a seabird refuge. Great frigatebirds, wedge-tailed and Newell's shearwaters, brown and red-footed boobies, and Laysan albatross are among the native bird species that nest or visit the refuge, according to signage. Watch them soar through the skies or get a close look at them in their burrows. Humpback whales can usually be seen from December through May. This picturesque peninsula, which rises 200 feet above sea level, is a must-see on your trip to Kauai's North Shore.
Polihale State Park
Polihale Beach is the state's longest expanse of sand. Polihale Beach and State Park is accessible through an unpaved ancient cane haul route near the end of Highway 50. The nearest The white sand beach and sand dunes stretch for seventeen miles, providing unlimited beachcombing and shelling opportunities. Polihale Beach is located towards the end of the Na Pali Coast and the Mana Plains. Featuring 100-foot sand dunes, desert cacti, and stunning sunsets over the Forbidden Island of Niihau, this is a remarkable expanse of wildness. You may walk down a truly magnificent stretch of sand, view the back side of the Na Pali cliffs, and camp beneath a blanket of stars. The rutted dirt road going into the park requires four-wheel drive, and most rental car companies do not allow their vehicles to enter Polihale State Park. It takes an eternity to get there if you don't have a robust car. Great for fishing, watching sunset and cruising the beach. The beginning of the Napali Coast is marked by this beach, which is the last on the west side. If you plan on spending any time at Polihale Beach, bring an umbrella and plenty of water because it is scorching and the shade is far from the water's edge.
Waimea Canyon Lookout/ Hike
Full day to explore the massive and extravagant views of the valleys. On Kauai's west side, Waimea Canyon is known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." The Waimea Canyon Lookout, which is 14 miles long, 1 mile broad, and more than 3,600 feet deep, offers panoramic views of towering buttes, rocky crags, and deep valley gorges. The expansive inland views stretch for miles. Waimea Canyon, in Waimea, Hawaii, is known as the "Pacific Grand Canyon." After American explorer John Wesley Powell arrived on the island of Kauai in 1869, the title, which was wrongly attributed to literalist Mark Twain, became popular. The Waimea River made its way through the region's lava and basalt structures to create Waimea Canyon. The core volcano that rested on the canyon's floor fell 10 million years ago, allowing the canyon to form. The official Waimea Canyon lookout (just past Mile Marker 10 on Hwy. 550); the Puu Ka Pele lookout (a smaller lookout near mile marker 13 on Hwy. 550); and the Puu Hinahina Lookout (between mile markers 13-14 on Hwy. 550) are the three "official" lookout spots from which you can view the Waimea Canyon.
Kauai Doors Off Adventure Tour (Lihue)
Napali Coast Sunset Cruise (Port Allen)
Ultimate Na Pali Snorkel Tour (Kikiaola Harbor)
Luau Kalamaku and Dinner Show (Kilohana Plantation)
Kauai Doors off Adventure Tour is 55 minutes long which highlights the Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast, Waialeale Crater and more. The tour is located in Ahukini Road, Lihue, it is closer to the Lihue Airport. You must bring your Kauai Activities E-voucher number, light Jacket, camera and use darker clothing colors for photos and no loose clothes. There's nothing quite like a sunset cruise down the Napali Coast, and there's no better way to experience it than on the 65-foot power catamaran Holo Holo. As you drive around the Napali Coast, notice how the hues of the shoreline change. The 3 1/2-hour Napali Coast Sunset Tour departs at Port Allen and travels north toward the magnificent Na Pali Coast, with distant vistas of the island of Niihau. This tour has many options for pupus and also has alcohol beverages. . Ultimate Na Pali Snorkel tour; along the Napali shore, this is the ultimate experience. Amazing sea caves, flowing waterfalls, deserted verdant valleys, kilometers of white sand beaches, and azure ocean water await you. This tour takes about 5 hours that also includes deli lunch with soft drinks and snorkeling equipment. The Kauai Luau Kalamaku is a Luau spectacle not to be missed while on vacation in Kauai. For this “once-in-a-lifetime genuine experience,” graceful Hula dancers, Fire Dancers, Poi Ball twirlers, traditional Knife Dancing, sumptuous buffet of foods, and colorful storytellers come together. The Kauai Luau Kalamaku combines a contemporary theater experience with traditional Hawaiian flare. This is one luau entertainment on Kauai that you'll want to see more than once. The surrounding gardens, train trip, and shops provide an extra treat to this evening entertainment for the family, which is held on the grounds of the Kilohana Plantation Estate. In Hawaiian, Kalamaku means "blazing torch." This is a 3 ½ hours luau and it is buffet style.
You have a whole day to explore Kauai at your leisure. Hanapepe Town, located on the south shore west of Koloa, was formerly one of Kauai's most populous towns. West Side Hanapepe was also one of Kauai's busiest towns from World War I through the early 1950s, with G.I.s and sailors stationed there for training. Relax as you stroll through the shops and restaurants, admiring the original architecture, which is typically unaltered. The town's old structures are so genuine that it was utilized as a set for films like "The Thornbirds" and "Flight of the Intruder," and even as a basis for Disney's "Lilo and Stitch." But now, more than anywhere else on Kauai, those plantation-style structures are home to beautiful boutiques, local restaurants, and art galleries. Also try a walk across the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge if you're looking for a little adventure!
Mountain bike rides, all-terrain vehicle excursions, and zipline adventures are all available to adventurers. Picnics, waterfall swims, and breathtaking seaside panoramas may all be had while horseback riding through woods, canyons, and mountains.