The Garden Isle - Hawaii's Island of Kauai
by Roy Witman © 2008
Each of the Hawaiian Islands has its own distinct
personality. Hawaii (The Big Island) is well known for
outlandish adventure and a dramatic nightlife. Oahu
is more family friendly and is draped in history. Then
there is Kauai, the “Garden Isle.” No other description
could be more appropriate.
If nature is your best friend, you'll adore Kauai.
Largely undeveloped, this 552-square mile canvas
displays vast canyons, the only navigatable river in all
the Islands, jagged black cliffs, lush green forests,
azure-blue seas and much, much more! And this is
her calling card. Kauai invites you and your family to
enjoy a truly distinctive adventure in what romantics
are sure to call “God's country.”
According to the Hawaii's Official Tourism Site,
“Majestic Manawaiopuna Falls was shot in Jurassic
Park. The tranquil Wailua River was used in Blue
Hawaii. The Anahola Mountains were the backdrop for
Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In total, over 60 films have
been shot on Kauai because of its rare beauty and
Explore the Napali Coast
Truly a state of gorgeous contradiction, the Napali
Coast delivers a little bit of everything. Rocky
mountains, plant-covered hills, plummeting waterfalls,
narrow valleys and the mighty Pacific Ocean crashing
onto the white-sand beaches.
Hikers will literally have a field day exploring this
area of Kauai. But even non-hikers will love the
amazing scenery as they are escorted by professional
guides via helicopter, kayak or Zodiac boats.
Discover Waimea Canyon
Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,”
Waimea Canyon is literally breathtaking. Early in the
morning, as the sun rises to its peak, the various
shades of sunlight dance across the magnificent
surface of this canyon to produce a lightshow of
vibrant blues, deep mauves, rich golds and jet blacks.
There's simply no better way to start your morning!
Trails for cars as well as those for novice and
seasoned hikers are available to give you a firsthand
encounter with this regal wonder.
Play at Poipu Beach
The Travel Channel isn't the only one who thinks
Poipu Beach deserves an “America's Best Beach”
award. Visitors from all across the country as well as
local wildlife agree! Grab a snorkel set and head off to
uncover one of Poipu's coves filled with many different
varieties of tropical fish.
A chance meeting with large, green sea turtles or
monk seals is highly possible when swimming or
sunbathing at Poipu Beach. Native to the area, they
don't mind sharing their favorite turf, if you don't.
Whether you choose a rugged hiking adventure, a
thrilling ride down a tropical zip line or a leisurely day
at the beach, Kauai will gladly accommodate. It's a
fabulous place with a slower pace for the entire family
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