is a tropical island paradise in the Hawaiian Island
chain. The island is lush with vegetation and has been well
maintained, having contemporary civic services like water,
waste, transportation, ecological reservation areas etc.
During my stay in Kauai there was precious little threat of
calamity occurring, although it is in an active volcanic
region the island of Kauai has not seen an eruption in
5.5 million years.
My travel agent suggested renting a car on this island
given the transit system is less well developed than most
metropolitan areas. Travelling around the island is really
an exceptional experience, and I would definitely second
this suggestion to anyone making it a holiday destination.
The island exuded an aura of peaceful paradise throughout
my stay there, and if asked I just might say this is probably
the closest to paradise I have ever come in this life. The
sun is warm in December not hot, even though the temperature
may be listed close to 30 degrees you may not even realize it.
Throughout the day clouds frequent the north and east sides
of the island where most people live. These clouds bring a
which if you are lucky to experience, is most
likely warm to touch.
I decided to take a friend with me on my vacations, because
normal travel services reduce the costs to have more than
one person on the trip. The person I took on this trip
demanded that we take a helicopter ride around the island.
Initially I argued against it, because the cost of a
helicopter ride is so very expensive, however I soon
realized that taking a helicopter trip on this island would
be simply unforgettable. Luckily the weather on this day
was exceptional and there were so many unique sites to see,
it was well worth the price of admission. To top this off the
helicopter group provided a full movie of the entire trip
for a very low price.
Our First stop was a waterfall where Jurassic Park was
filmed, we then flew over Waimea Canyon which looks pretty
much the same as the Grand Canyon. After this we flew to the
west side of the island and around the jagged Napali mountain
coast. We discovered this is one of the only areas of the
island specifically unaccessible by road, however the sharp
inclines are amazing, green, and spotted with many waterfalls.
On the way back we flew over Hanalei Bay, to the highest
mountain and rainiest area on the island. Then down to the
plains areas of the east side of the island, ending with a
great fly over of the Fantasy Island waterfall called,
With a rent-a-car you can see many of the amazing sites of
Kauai up close, and avoid the expensive cost of a tour
company. Polihale Beach is at the west end of the island,
and the only way to get there is to drive. Some people
like to drive right onto the beach, and given it is such
a vast area that is largely undeveloped, it appears to be
a well sanctioned thing to do (provided you can also make
it off the beach). You can also travel along a road over top
to the various lookouts over the canyon, and lookouts that
point westward over the Napali Coast peaks.
Perhaps the most surprising thing I saw in Kauai were the
tents on a beach near
This semi circle beach/water area allows tents and visitors
to get much closer to an outdoors Hawaiian experience. After
snorkelling on this beach it rained, and several rainbows
appeared. The beauty of this place was surreal, and everyone
we met seemed to know how true it is.
Fun 4 Free
Snorkelling should be a major part of anyone's trip to Hawaii.
There are a few simple things that if you remember when booking
a trip will help you have instant fun, right from the door
of your hotel room. Always make sure to book a hotel that is
really close to a sheltered beach. A sheltered beach will have
wall around a section of ocean close to shore that prevent any
large agressive fish from entering it. This protection will also
bring closer to you the smaller fish that seek the protection of
shallow waters. Early in the morning of any trip to a tropical
island, take your snorkel and mask for a swim to see the fishes.
It will give you so much energy to see the new fishes living
underwater that you won't be able to stop all day. It is energy
like this that pushed me to go so many places on the island.
On one such day I drove to the north side of the Island to Hanalei
Bay to surf. On another day we went to the very end of the northern
road to Hanakapiai Falls.
The hiking trail to these falls is called Kalalau. The trail goes
along the coast for a few kilometers and then after crossing a
larger stream, heads south into the island for roughly the same
distance, up to the waterfall. It is quite likely that the trail
will be slippery and wet with red mud, but the trip to the falls is so worth it.
Along the way we managed to find a wild orange tree bursting with
fruit. At the falls the water is so cold and pure, and the falling
water really hits you from above. When we returned to the trailhead,
Ke'e Beach beach served as an excellent place to shower off, or go
for a nice salt water dip.