Kauai, which was formed by the ancient and now extinct Waialeale and Kawaikini volcanoes, is one of the most revered stops on Hawaii holidays. Captain James Cook, or Captain Cook as he's more famously known as, visited Kauai in the later 1700s when it was still an independent empire. Kauai joined the Kingdom of Hawaii more than two decades later, officially becoming Kauai Hawaii. Sugar plantations became the first major agricultural developments on the island and many of the old plantation homes have been renovated into magnificent Kauai vacation rentals.
Kauai presents four shores brimming with an abundance of natural wonders. Kauai travel along the West Shore presents a number of attractions and things to do. Protected by Mount Wai'ale, the western region is well known for some of the driest weather on one of the wettest islands of the world. It's also the least developed of all the shorelines. The long, golden sand beach stretches for almost 20 miles at Waimea all the way to Polihale.
Beaches on Kauai
The biggest inland draw on the west of Kauai Hawaii is Waimea Canyon but the real star of the west is the beginning of the famous Na Pali Coast. The canyon and coast can be visited through a Kauai Hawaii vacation package which usually includes trips to other major attractions on the west such as Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park, Kokee Natural History Museum, the Kalalau Trail and the sleepy town of Hanapepe.
The North Shore is by far the most visited and is well-known for its lush, tropical beauty. It's considered one of the most beautiful locations of all the Hawaiian Islands. Rainfall in the north is slightly higher than that of the other shores which is what supports the natural beauty and offers some of the most stunning sightseeing opportunities in Kauai. Princeville is the biggest community development home to a myriad of Kauai golf courses, homes and Kauai resorts.
During Kauai travel along the North Shore attractions include Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse, Ke'e Beach State Park and the Napali Coast and State Park. Though it seems as though there are fewer attractions in the north it's because the entire stretch of North Shore is the attraction. It's is one of the best places for a Kauai Hawaii vacation package if you're enamored with natural beauty but it's also one of the more expensive. By pairing up amenities a package may be the best option creating more savings.
Beaches on Kauai
The East Shore of Kauai is known as The Coconut Coast and is one of the most popular coastlines frequented by tourists. There are an abundance of exceptional Kauai beaches to choose from during Kauai travel here such as excellent shopping opportunities, plenty of great restaurants and fantastic choices in vacation rentals. The 19th century plantation town of Kappa is now a major shopping and business hub and is a great day trip idea.
One of the biggest attractions in the east is Wailua Falls and the Fern Grotto where you can take a boat trip or kayak up the river to the Wailua Falls Bridge and the grotto. A Kauai Hawaii vacation package can be found from many of the hotels in the east where amenities such as rental car transportation, accommodations, Kauai tours and more can be blended together for a fun holiday with plenty of discounts.
Kauai diving along the south coast presents some of the best off shore dive sites on the island. The south also features some of the best weather on all of Kauai, perfect for enjoying the many beautiful southern beaches. The Nawilili harbor and the Lihue Airport are both found in the south where most begin their Kauai travel itineraries. The south has the largest wealth of accommodations from Kauai luxury hotels to bed and breakfasts. It's another excellent spot to seek out a Kauai Hawaii vacation package to fit your needs.
Though nicknamed The Garden Isle, the moniker fails to do Kauai Hawaii due justice. Canopies of bright green foliage draped over bamboo forests, majestic mountains flanked by sandy caramel beaches, kaleidoscopic coral reefs and sheer ocean bluffs offer an unsurpassed scale of sightseeing and rare natural wonder. Life on Kauai is simple and locals aim on keeping it that way. The lack of any major development on Kauai adheres to the plan on keeping the island as Mother Nature intended it.