By: Beach Bum Carey
Even if you’ve never flown across the Pacific, you’ve probably visited Kauai many times! Countless blockbusters have been filmed on the Garden Isle; from Elvis’ Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, King Kong, Tropic Thunder, The Descendants, Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific and Pirates of the Caribbean.
In October, I had the opportunity to visit this majestic isle and take in its beauty firsthand. Honestly, the movies don’t do it justice! No visit to the Isles of Aloha would be complete without spending a few days on Kauai. This island is the furthest north of the eight main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago and just a hop, skip and a jump away from Oahu, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island, easily accessible via Hawaiian Airlines.
Kauai is lush with beautiful rainforests, the famous Fern Grotto, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” – Waimea Canyon, and the Napali Coast (which you will probably recognize from many movies!). The landscapes are truly breathtaking; photos and movies capture a bit of it, but to truly appreciate the majestic scenery, you simply must visit! The island offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, but you can also enjoy a round of golf at 10 renowned courses, or for something a little less challenging, experience one of the most unique mini golf courses anywhere! This island is also home to a coffee plantation where you can sample Kona coffee’s more affordable and every-bit-as-tasty cousin Kauai Coffee. If you prefer to indulge in a stronger beverage, head on over to the Historic Kilohana Plantation where you can take a train ride through tropical fruit fields and participate in rum tasting at Koloa Rum Co.
After a long day of sightseeing (I do recommend a rental car for that!), you will certainly want to rest your head on a comfy pillow. Kauai has a variety of hotels to choose from. Some of my favorites include the St. Regis Princeville for its view that cannot be beat & impeccable 5 star service, the Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach for its casual, comfortable accommodations, beachfront location and proximity to shopping & dining, and the Sheraton Kaua’i Resort in the Poipu area for its gorgeous beach and recently renovated, spacious accommodations.
Get in touch with your favorite Beach Bum when YOU are ready to experience the Garden Isle! We are here to make sure you have an exquisite experience in paradise!