Beyond beautiful. Filled with tons of opportunities for adventure. It might be just a little more humid than you’re used to. Hawaii—and more specifically Kauai—has always been my frequent travel destination.
It's one of the more quiet islands, making everything a little more enjoyable. The beaches aren’t as crowded and the hiking trails don’t require waking up at 5am to beat the rush. Oh, and how could I forget to mention that the scariest predators on the island are—wait for it—roosters. That’s right. No snakes. Nothing.
Kauai's Na Pali Coast takes the spotlight with over 6,000 acres of state park that you can only get to by helicopter, boat, or by foot via the Kalalau trail. From the Spouting Horn on the southern shore to the 173-foot drops at Wailua Falls, this island has become one of my favorite places on earth.
With every inch of the island being absolutely breathtaking, here's a list of some spots you won't want to miss:
The Spouting Horn in Koloa is a black lava rock wonderland with crashing waves to make for the most epic action shot.
Hanalei Bay is a wonderful spot for swimming and taking in the epic scenery. Jumping off the pier is a must.
Waimea Canyon is the tropical version of the Grand Canyon. This area of the island can be really cloudy with bad visibility so check the weather before you go.
Queen's Bath is great for sunsets and a little dip in a tide pool made for a queen. This short hike requires lots of walking on lava rock, right by the ocean with huge waves, so check the tides before you go.
The Na Pali Coast is one of the most incredible spots I've ever seen. Go by boat for endless breathtaking ocean views and a chance to see dolphins. The Kalalau hiking trail and helicopter tours are other great ways to see this stunning area.
Wailua River is a great place to kayak and see some of the more notable waterfalls on the island. Kayak and hike to Secret Falls or stop off at Wailua Falls via Maalo Rd.
Besides seeing beautiful scenery, you might just run into a film crew. This beautiful island has been the dramatic backdrop for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, King Kong, and Soul Surfer.
If you’re planning to travel to this epic island anytime soon, here’s a video I made back in 2016 to get you excited for your upcoming trip: