Discover The Wonders Of The Hawaiian Island Of Kauai
At only 550 square miles,the island of Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. It was formed approximately 6 million years ago and once you visit the island, you may never want to leave.
Hawaii - The Big Island
Any time you choose to visit this quiet island is the perfect time. The weather can be considered ideal no matter what time of the year you visit. Though it gets slightly warmer during the summer months, temperatures typically stay between the 70s and 80s. Even the azure waters are temperate staying around 68 to 80 degrees. Rain falls gently in the evening and the hours of the early morning and they are usually found over the mountainous region of the interior.
Too Much To Do and So Little Time
A single visit to the island of Kauai will not give you the time you need in order to explore all the sites, attractions and beaches. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, fishing both saltwater and fresh, and of course the sport of golf. Horsebackriding treks allow the visitor a unique perspective by utilizing trails that traverse the coast, the valleys and into the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon.
For those that enjoy water sports, windsurfing at Kalapaki Beach and Anini Beach Park are good for the beginner because of the consistency of the wind. Travel to the south and Poipu Beach is another ideal choice. For those that are more advanced in the sport, the North Shore boasts Haena Beach for them to test their skills.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are especially popular amidst the calm waters of the southern coast. Abundant sea creatures can be seen in the clear waters and visibility can be as much as fifty feet. Rent a kayak and troll the shoreline to see Kauai from the sea where she rests.
See the Sites in the Various Regions
The island of Kauai is divided into five distinct regions with the Coconut Coast, Lihue/Kalapaki, the South Shore, the West Side and the North Shore. Each of the regions has something special to offer her visitors.
Visit the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge in Lihue/Kalapaki. This is where The Raiders of the Lost Ark filmed the opening scenes of the daring escape of Indiana Jones. Winding its way through the natural beauty is the Huleia River. Nounou Mountain is referred to as the Sleeping Giant by the locals. It can be found along the Coconut Coast. It appears to be a man lying on his back and legend tells us it is a giant that was constantly eating and that the Wailua villagers tricked by having him eat numerous rocks.
The West Side is where you can take in the vast landscape from the Kalalau Lookout. The view is more than spectacular and will leave you breathless with awe. Visiting the North Shore, see the majestic Kilauea Lighthouse built in 1913 whose beam once shone out to the sea some 90 miles. When you visit the Kilauea Point, you will find yourself at the Hawaiian Islands’ northernmost point. The lighthouse stands proudly at fifty two feet and its beam has been dark since 1976.
The South Shore boasts the Spouting Horn. A lava tube forces the water from the surf to gush high in the air as it makes a hissing noise that once heard is often described as eerie. Legend has it that a lizard goddess named Kaikapu was trapped by a sly fisherman in the tube and when you hear the hissing sound; it is her roar of anger at her entrapment.
These are just a few of the sights and attractions that can be found on the splendid island of Kauai. One visit will never be enough to see all the wonders of her beauty, history and culture, but one can certainly try.
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