Kauai is so beautiful you’ll think your senses are broken. But why else would it be nicknamed the Garden Isle? Go there for sheer wonder, adventure and of course down time. Canyons, beaches, rivers and parks are the tip of the iceberg. Kauai deserves to be explored.
Things to Do in Kauai
Kee Beach: You’ll come for the golden sunsets. But the breathtaking views will convince you to stay. This beach couldn’t be more picturesque. That said, the waters can be dangerous, even for strong swimmers.
Wailua Falls: Who doesn’t love a beautiful waterfall? Answer: Literally no one. And that’s exactly why Wailua Falls is a must-see. This nearly 200 feet high waterfall does not fall short (pun intended).
Lawai International Center: The Lawai International Center is over 100 years old. It’s also one of the oldest Buddhist temple sites in America. Locally, it’s known as a place of healing. And both locals and foreigners are welcome.
Kauai’s Hindu Monastery: Also known as Kauai Aadheenam, this Hindu Monastery is profoundly spiritual. Furthermore, the complex stands in arguably the most beautiful place in Hawaii.
Salt Pond Beach Park: Possibly the best aquatic activity spot on Kauai. Surf, snorkel, scuba dive, go fish and loads more. Make sure to double-check the sea and beach conditions. Stay safe out there.
Molokai is easily the most laid back major Hawaiian Island. The majority of the locals there are descendants of Native Hawaiians. Their spirit is self-sustaining, proud and friendly. The people of Molokai are so warm-natured, the island is known as the Friendly Isle. Go there to experience the true heritage of Hawaii.
Travel hack: Smile and be friendly with locals. They give the best tips on navigating the local landscape.
Things to Do in Molokai
Papohaku Beach: This is one of Hawaii’s best white sand beaches. It stretches for nearly 5 miles and is as wide as a football field is long. The views are impeccable. And far off in the distance, you’ll see iconic Diamond Head.
Halawa Valley: See the Hawaii the first Polynesians loved nearly 3000 years ago.
The vistas here will take your breath away. Hidden places of worship are scattered all over. Hike terrific trails. You’ll stare up at giant waterfalls too.
Moaula & Hipuapua Falls: Speaking of waterfalls, Moaula and Hipuapua are two of the best. These twin falls are your reward for trekking through the Halawa Valley. Take in all the sights along the way. Keep in mind; you must be accompanied by a local guide.
Kalaupapa Overlook: Nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, experience the Kalaupapa Overlook. It’s a few miles away from the quiet town of the same name. Last but not least, the Kalaupapa Historical National Park is in the same region. You’ll rarely experience anything else like it.
Of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, Lanai is the smallest. But it has mass appeal to visitors. Lanai has two faces. The first is natural, rough and filled with adventure. Its second side features lavish resorts, and of course golf. Regardless of your preference, Lanai is a Hawaiian treasure.
Things to Do in Lanai
Keahiakawelo | Garden of the Gods: Like Chile’s Death Valley, the Garden of the Gods isn’t your typical garden. It’s filled with rock towers, spires, and other natural formations. Some of the most beautiful red and purple sunsets can be seen from there. You have to see it to believe it.
Lanai Culture & Heritage Center: Hawaii has no shortage of natural wonders. Dial it down a notch at the Lanai Culture & Heritage Center. Like Lanai, the museum is small. But it contains big hints about the island’s curious history. Learn how and why Lanai earned the nickname Pineapple Island. What have you got to lose?
Lanai’s Cat Sanctuary: Canada, Greece, Thailand, Costa Rica and other countries have dog sanctuaries. Lanai has a cat sanctuary. It’s paradise for cat lovers. The sanctuary is run by volunteers. They rely on donations to keep their doors open. Stop by for a furry and unique experience.
Kanepuu Preserve: It’s nearly 600 acres large. Kanepuu Preserve is where almost 50 different types of Hawaiian plants can be found. The best part? These plants are exclusive to Hawaii. It also houses the largest remaining dry land region in Hawaii. And it’s legally protected. A visit to this preserve is special, even among other Hawaiian islands.
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