Waimea Canyon – Image courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
Top attractions in Kauai
Kauai offers honeymoon couples a choice of must-see attractions on this scenic island famous for its natural beauty, including:
Waimea Canyon – Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, this scenic, 16km-long, 1.6m-wide canyon offers a choice of several hiking trails through the 755ha Waimea Canyon State Park.
Hike past stunning waterfalls and alongside exposed red-coloured lava flows and blue-green valleys or take a scenic drive along Waimea Canyon Drive to either Puu ka Pele or Puu Hinahina lookouts for stunning panoramas over the 900m-deep canyon. From here it’s a short drive to Kokee State Park. Alternatively, swoop through the canyon in a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view.
Kokee State Park – Discover a new climatic zone in the cloud forest on the edge of Alakai Swamp set atop the Kauai plateau. Fly fish for rainbow trout or hike along a network of 45 trails through Californian redwoods, Australian eucalyptus and a variety of native plants, including mokihana berry, ohia lehua and iliau.
Spot moa (Polynesian jungle fowl), goats and black-tailed deer. To learn more about the 1758ha park, pop into the Kokee Natural History Museum, and for panoramic vistas walk up to Kalalau Lookout.
Kalalau Trail – Walk in the footsteps of ancient Hawaiians along a cliff-side path that in some places is a sheer 300m drop into the sea. This spectacular 35km-long trail winds from Ke’e Beach via Hanakapiai Beach into the Kalalau Valley, with views across to Niihau Island and Lehua Rock and a side trip to the 36m-high cascade at Hanakapiai Falls. Best attempted in the dry season.
Na Pali Cliffs – Walk the Kalalau Trail atop the cliff face or hire a kayak to explore caves and admire the stunning Na Pali coastline.
National Botanical Gardens – Admire the fragrant orchids, towering palm trees and thousands of tropical flowers.
Kamokila Hawaiian – Village Learn about ancient Hawaiian history and see cultural and food demonstrations.
The ‘Green flash’ – Stop and enjoy the sunset; watch out for the ‘green flash’ as the sun suddenly drops into the distant blue waters.