Often, we watch movies and think, “Wow, isn’t that beautiful! A shame it’s all CGI.” We look at Skull Island and Jurassic Park and wish that maybe they were actual holiday destinations (minus the dinosaurs, of course). As it turns out, they are – those films, along with roughly seventy others, have used the incredible landscapes of Hawaii’s Kauai island as their setting, which means that you can visit and experience some of the most visually-stunning scenery in the world. From the breathtaking beauty of Nā Pali to the rugged grandeur of Waimea Canyon, a Kauai holiday is one that will stay in your memory long after you’ve returned home.
Hiking is one of Kauai’s big draws. Year-round warm weather means you’ll never have a problem with accessing trails or being caught out in a blizzard, but it is worth remembering that the island’s rainy season is between November and March. The Kalalau Trail is one of the most famous, and traverses the Nā Pali Coast Park, while Awaawapuhi Nualolo Trail snakes through the narrow ravines of Kokee State Park. The Sleeping Giant Trail is an inland hike that culminates with panoramic views of the east coast, while the Kukui Trail takes you deep into the heart of the beautiful Waimea Canyon.
There’s also plenty of more physical activities to keep you and your family engaged. Various sailing and cruise operations will take you around Kauai’s mountainous coastline, while snorkelling and scuba diving tours let you experience the magic of marine life. Adrenaline chasers should consider zip-lining or 4X4 trails, while subterranean tubing takes you deep beneath the island’s massive mountains. For something truly unique, consider chartering a helicopter flight, or, alternatively, relax and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau show.
Make sure you visit Kauai’s beautiful natural attractions – most can be explored via hiking, driving or boating. Waimea Canyon State Park encompasses both the canyon itself and the surrounding highlands, while Nā Pali Coast State Park sweeps along the island’s north shore. The Wailua Falls plunge almost 140 feet, and are easily accessible by car, while Menehune Fishpond Alekoko is a picturesque lake that looks particularly gorgeous at dawn and dusk. The Maniniholo Cave, Hanapepe Swinging Bridge and lovely Maliuhi Road tree tunnel are also all great choices.
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