Discover Kauai, the oldest, wettest, greenest island in the Hawaiian chain. About six million years ago a volcano erupted beneath the Pacific ocean creating the island of Kauai. The highest point on Kauai Mt. Wai’ale’ale is the wettest spot on earth with an average rainfall of 435 inches per year. This amount of rain creates thousands of waterfalls that over 6 million years have eroded most of the island creating the beautiful sights such as the Na’Pali coast and Waimea Canyon.
Kauai is the most lush island in the chain, often compared to Tahiti or Bora Bora. You can get a "taste" of Kauai on a one day fly/drive, but I suggest at least three days to see some of Kauai’s breathtaking sites. You will want to see the fifteen mile stretch of rugged, jagged coastline known as the Na’Pali Coast. Take in the grandeur of Waimea Canyon, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Drive sixteen miles further to a new climate zone as you enter the lush rainforest at Koke’e State Park. This park is full of hiking trails with magnificent views. (see hiking in Kauai page)
Take a trip up the Wailua river with the Smith family to see the world famous Fern Grotto. Short on time, five minutes from Lihue is Wailua falls, a gorgeous easily accessible 80 foot waterfall. Visit the site of the famous Coco Palms Hotel, which was totally destroyed by hurricane Iniki on 09/11/1992. You can still visit the majestic coconut groves.
You could not discover Kauai without visiting sunny Poipu Beach on the south shore or mystical Hanalei Bay on the north shore, with majestic cliffs laced with hundreds of waterfalls as a backdrop. It is very easy to see why films like King Kong and Jurassic Park were filmed on Kauai. The lush greenery and jagged mountain cliffs will transport you back in time to a beautiful, peaceful tropical paradise.
Learn more about all of the treasures of Kauai on Kauai attractions link in the right column. Also check out hiking in Kauai for awesome “once in a lifetime” hikes.
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