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Experience Kaua’i this Summer

June 3, 2014

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One of the most tranquil (and arguably the prettiest) of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is an outdoors-lover’s paradise, with pristine beaches, working farms, and numerous eco-conservation programs in place. On our travels, we chose Kauai for the abundance of hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Kauai’s East Coast is home to the largest urban area, Wailua. Visitors arrive via Lihue Airport, and stay for the beaches of the Coconut Coast (so named for the numerous coconut groves). Surfers swarm to Kealia Beach in this region, and great snorkeling for first-timers can be found.

The North Shore of Kauai is home to Hanalei Forest Reserve (additional reserves are located in the interior of the island) and the town of Kilauea. Quiet and beautiful, the North Shore is dotted by fresh farm stands, shaved ice stations, and hiking trails. Visitors find fewer commercial offerings here, and more wildlife.

The sunnier South Shore is home to Poipu Beach Park, once named ‘America’s Best Beach’. Humpback whales agree: visitors see them here frequently. The west coast of the island commemorates James Cook, who landed in Hawaii at Waimea Bay in 1778. Art loves will want to make the west side their home base, and nature lovers won’t want to miss Waimea Canyon.

Click here to read our full travel guide for Kaua’i!

Safe Travels

Destination Expert Amy Whitley

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