See Kauai (a tour of the island)
Welcome to the sandy (and sometimes rainy) island of Kauai.
The oldest Hawaiian island and often referred to as "the Garden Isle" because of its lush and beautiful vegetation (thank you rain!).
This island is home to the largest coffee plantation in the United States, Kauai Coffee.
Speaking of coffee, you're going to need that "cup of joe" after being woken up by an "ol’ fashion alarm clock" ...who lives right outside your window.
No, the chicken didn't fly the coop, he was blown over and we can thank hurricanes Iwa and Iniki for this morning novelty!
Because their only predators are dogs, since the 1900's the chickens have continued to repopulate (repopulate, repopulate and repopulate) the island and can be found literally everywhere.
Unfortunately for us, Mr. Rooster thinks it's time to wake up at 3am, 4am, 5am, 6am and so on and so forth!
Oh well! Since you’re up bright and early, let’s go get some breakfast!
Luke and I really enjoy having breakfast and we found some places that really hit the spot!
Olympic Cafe -I challenge you to finish your plate, the portion sizes are VERY generous
Java Kai- just go for the food, not the coffee
Small Town Coffee Company- this is where to get your coffee
and last (but not least) Kilauea Bakery- For fresh bagels and tasty smoothies (need I say more?)
Oops! In my excitement about going for breakfast, I almost forgot to mention some other types of wildlife you can expect to see on the island.
If you’re lucky you may see some wild hogs..
Or if you’re “four clover kind of lucky” you might find a "pretty" gecko in your bathroom!
You can also expect to see lots and lots of birds.
We found that the best way to observe the wildlife is to take a hike!
There are hundreds of hiking trails on Kauai with every level of difficulty.
So let's get moving! It's time to work off some of that delicious breakfast.
At the end of each hike you can expect to be rewarded with a stunning view.
Whew! It’s time to take a rest and soak in the beauty (and hopefully some sunshine).
The view is always worth it!
If hiking just isn't your "thing" and you're looking for something else to do..
Then you could go biking instead,
you could even try kayaking
or you could go diving!
Because why wouldn't you want to see Kauai from a fish's perspective?
No matter what activity you choose to do... there one thing you should always do afterward.
It's time to order the most refreshing treat on the island!
It tastes way better then this...
and melts in your mouth, unlike this ^^
It is always and I repeat always a good idea. It is (insert drumroll) Shave Ice. It's what dreams are made of and you won't regret it.
Afterwards you can go splash around in the ocean or play in the sand!
But if you're still feeling a bit adventurous and cliff diving just isn't for you,
and you're searching for something to do..
Then there are definitely some sights you'll have to go see!
#1 is Waimea Canyon
It is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is a large canyon (surprise!), approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 ft deep! It's a must see sight if you're in Kauai.
Next on this list is the Spouting Horn. The sea goes into a lava tube here and every few seconds it releases huge spray of water with a roar. Some of the sprays we saw were at least 30-40 ft high!
Third on this "sights to see" list is the Tree Tunnel. A mile long stretch of fragrant Eucalyptus Robusta trees, that are about 150 years old.
#4 is another pretty sight to view on this island, Shipwreck Beach. The beach is named after an old wooden shipwreck that was here for a number of years before being completely destroyed in a hurricane.
So I'm guessing that after seeing all those sights, you're probably in need of a (large) refreshment. I think it's time for a Shave Ice stop!
Because why not? Like I've said, it's always a good idea!
Or maybe drinking from a coconut is more to your liking. Either way, enjoy!
Jumping on to the next item on the to-do list in Kauai.. it's photo time!
Whoa! Take a look at this beautiful flower... This Hibiscus is one of the "27 canoe plants" that Polynesian sea voyagers first brought to the island.
Another item on your to-do list in Kauai should be to check out all the little shops in Kapa'a and the Coconut Marketplace.. 2 of our favourite stops for food and mementos. Be sure to check them out!
Although I could spend all day talking about different things to do and see on this island... The only advice I can honestly give you is to go experience Kauai for yourself. There is nothing like firsthand experience (and no two experiences will ever be the same)!
So add it to your bucket list today..
Mahalo for reading all the way to the end :)
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