Snapshot: Kauai, “The Garden Isle”

Written on July 13, 2023

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When travelers daydream about Hawaii, the island that usually most captures this vision is stunning Kauai, also known as The Garden Isle. With its lush green landscapes, scenic coastlines, jagged cliffs, and tropical rainforests with cascading waterfalls, the oldest Hawaiian island truly feels like paradise.

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Who Should Visit

While Kauai caters to all travelers, those who enjoy outdoor activities will feel most at home on this island. People who want a less touristy vibe (no high-rise resorts here!), appreciate time spent immersed in nature, enjoy the peace of a rural setting, and want an island that buzzes with local charm and flavor will fall in love with Kauai.

Best Time to Travel

Hawaii is a year-round destination, and Kauai’s temperature averages between 69-84 degrees. Shoulder season travel can help save with cost, but visiting anytime between April and September will offer up the best weather. May is a beautiful month without heavy summer tourism, and September feels similar.

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Amazing Experiences

Sail the Na Pali Coast: Only 10% of Kauai is accessible by car, so the best way to experience the island’s unrivaled beauty is by air or sea. Sailing the Na Pali Coast (part of the Na Pali State Wilderness Park,) is the perfect way to experience the waterfalls, coastal caves, jagged mountain peaks, and natural arches of its 16 miles of undeveloped coastline.

Drive the Waimea Canyon: Check the weather before departing so you can avoid this scenic drive on a cloudy day, pack a picnic, load up the car, and embark on one of the most stunning drives you’ll ever take.

Kayak the Wailua River: Combine kayaking and hiking for a fully immersive sightseeing tour to learn about the history of Hawaii from a knowledgeable guide while lazily paddling the Wailua River. A moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls provides the wow moment perfect for your memories and your social media feed.

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How to Travel

Our team will work with you to create a package for your trip to Kauai (and any other island you’d like to visit while in Hawaii!) that includes airfare, a rental car, and your accommodations. We can assist with booking excursions too!


For Further Reading

Kauai Island Guide

Hanalei Travel Guide

4 Must Visit Natural Wonders in Maui

Bucket List Destination: Hawaii

Fiction Books Set in Hawaii