Picking the second island to visit on our 2-weeks trips wasn't easy but as soon as I set my foot on this island I knew it was a great choice! I just fell in love with this island immediately. Kauai is known as the garden island and that is for a good reason - it is a natural beauty!
The island is one of the most undeveloped island of Hawaii and has less tourists compared to Oahu, Big Island and Maui. Kauai is covered by lush forests, mountains and white sandy beaches. It most certainly is a tropical dream. The island is also home to the wettest spot on earth - Mount Wai’ale’ale, which receives over 11 500 mm rain every year. This means the island is filled with magnificent waterfalls (which means hiking- yaay!) and also beautiful natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast.
Where to stay?
We chose to stay in Princeville, which is a bit more expensive than other places. It is also more rainy than the east and south part of Kauai but I didn’t regret it at all. The north side of the island is filled with so much beauty and green lush nature so a couple of clouds and a couple of raindrops didn’t bother me. We also found the best beaches to be located on the north shore, along with a less touristy feeling. In Princeville there isn’t really a hotel, most people rent apartments and that is exactly what we did as well. It felt like living in a resort with golf courses but along with local residents. We rented an aparmtent through "Ahh Aloha Kauai Vacation Rentals".
Next to Princeville lies the town of Hanalei. The town offers small shops, art galleries, restaurants and the thing that I loved the most - plenty of great food trucks. Don’t miss the fresh bite wrap with honey syrup ice tea! I got a little bit of a hippe vibe from this town with the relaxed atmosphere and all the surfers. Just below the town lies Hanalei Bay with more than 3 km long sandy beach. It is most recoqnized for its pier at the east side of the bay and its also a great spot for swimming or a nice strol to get sand between your toes.
Highlights in Kauai
The highlights of my visit was undoubtedly the Na Pali Coast. Taking a boat trip along the coast is the perfect way to have a view over the magnificent mountains and the crystal clear water. On the boat trip we snorkeled with sea turtles and spotted plenty of dolphins. Another way to discover the famous coast is to hike it - Kalalau Trail. Kauai is filled with natural beauty so don't miss the natural wonder of Waimea Canyon and the endless white sand beaches.