The majestic island of Kauai - Heaven on Earth
Relax in the island's lush tropical setting and discover the legendary aloha spirit that abounds in this friendly garden island paradise. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to Kauai a tropical paradise hailed as one of the world's 10 most beautiful islands. Where crystal - clear blue water sweeps across white sandy beaches and thick rain forest tree remains untouched.
Of the 4 major Hawaiian islands, Kauai is the smallest and oldest, measuring 25 miles by 35 miles. Nicknamed "The Garden Isle", Kauai 's 549 square miles are covered with stunning scenery. The island has many valleys and mountains which hide amazing waterfalls, crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling and scuba experiences, all surrounded within a 90+ miles of the worlds most beautiful beaches.
Come and discover the magic of this island of natural beauty. Sunbathe or swim around at the sort sandy beaches. Go snorkeling or scuba diving along vast expanses of coral reefs, windsurf or cruise around the many neighboring isles. Jungle trek into the island's interior, in search of cool cascading waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna, go cycling, jogging. The fun is endless.
Nestled in the island of Kauai are guest houses, cottages, oceanfront homes, and mountain cabins are a few kinds of rental homes available on Kauai -- from budget to luxury accommodations in views, sizes, and price ranges. Every visitor has several reasonable choices with rental homes available for as little as $700 a week to $2,000 or more.
Kauai offers two great locations for snorkeling. Na Pali coast, the "jewel of Kauai " on the island's north coast, or venture out to neighboring Ni'ihau, the privately-owned " Forbidden Island ." The island is a diver's paradise. The water is clear to a depth of 100 feet. Gardens of coral ring much of the island and include lace-like sea fans, and the soft corals, and multi-colored coral. Parrotfish and butterfly fish are common, and many of the fish have neon colorings.
On the Na Pali Coast are ancient and rugged cliffs bathed in multi-shades of green. Much of this area is accessible only by foot; however there are options for the traveler who wants to view this extraordinary landscape without having to break a sweat! You can choose to witness the wonders of Na Pali by air (on helicopter) and by sea (several boat tours are available).
Providing unequaled panoramic view of Na Pali, helicopters provide adrenaline and excitement to any thrill seekers as they dart in and out between the cliffs and hover over the sea. Depending upon the length of the tour, you may also descend into the crater of Waialeale (the extinct volcano which formed the island... a very mystical spot where the ali’i, Hawaiian royalty, were buried and also known as one of the two wettest spots on earth, thus the lushness of its foliage); fly through Waimea Canyon (the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", which is just as remarkable as its larger nickname-sake); glide by waterfalls of unsurpassed beauty (including the twin falls from "Fantasy Island" fame); and float over gorgeous Hanalei Bay. There are several helicopter companies from which to select a tour that meets your desires and budget and which will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable highlights of your visit
Random Fact: The innocuous word scuba is actually an acronym (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus),
Having experienced Kauai 's warm, turquoise waters, magnificent mountains and valleys you may never want to return home again.
Two-thirds of the world's humpback whale population, comes to the warm waters of Hawaii each winter to mate. This estimate by scientist means that from December 1st through April, you'll be able to see these magnificent creatures perform their graceful acrobatics on whale watching expeditions. There are two whale-watching tours leaving from Eleele, on Kauai 's south shore. Whale watching expeditions are very popular and tourist flock from all over the world to witness the giant creatures in their natural mating habitat, so book early to avoid disappointment!
The rainforests of the tropics have primitive plants that have remained untouched for million of years and are rarely found elsewhere. Even previously unidentified species of birds, insects and mammals have sprung out to delight scientists and nature lovers. The public can view this nature's masterpiece by taking tours, cruises, and bushwalks. There are a variety of tours available, among them bird watching tours, ecological adventures, and camping trips.
The Garden Isle has many exciting activities for families with children. Go trailing through the lush rainforest on an ATV. Explore the mysterious Kauai and leave the paved roads for an enjoyable trail. Enjoy nature’s wonders as you travel the tree-lined Olokele Ditch before thumping your way into the grassy hills of the historic Makaweli Ranch. Besides enjoy breathtaking views of sugar fields that sweep down to the blue infinity of the Pacific Ocean , you'll discover the amazing Hanapepe Valley, a lush landscape where you'll find even more awesome views.
For those interested in being up, close and personal with the marine culture, but who don’t want to get wet, cruise underwater on a submarine and say hello to all kinds of amazing aqua life.
Extreme sports lovers! Grab a surfboard and go “hang-ten” with the locals at one of the world’s best surfing venues. Or you could simply “hang-loose” at the miles of un-spoilt beaches on the island. Whatever you like, these activities provide great family fun.Adventures, luaus, dinner cruises, tours, snorkeling, transportation, classic lei greetings, cultural events, entertainment- they're waiting for you!