See Kauai (a tour of the island)

See Kauai (a tour of the island)

Aloha Friends!

Welcome to the sandy (and sometimes rainy) island of Kauai.

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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.

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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. 

 Meet Long John Silver 

Meet Long John Silver 

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!

 Why did the chicken cross the road? To get a better view of course! 

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get a better view of course! 

Oh well! Since you’re up bright and early, let’s go get some breakfast!

 No need to avo-cardio after this healthy meal!

No need to avo-cardio after this healthy meal!

Luke and I really enjoy having breakfast and we found some places that really hit the spot!

 SO many choices

SO many choices

They were: 

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?)

 Say "yes" to coconut and maple covered blueberry and banana pancakes 

Say "yes" to coconut and maple covered blueberry and banana pancakes 

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.

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If you’re lucky you may see some wild hogs..

 We were really lucky :o

We were really lucky :o

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! 

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There are hundreds of hiking trails on Kauai with every level of difficulty.

 Note: hiking in flip-flops will increase the difficulty level

Note: hiking in flip-flops will increase the difficulty level

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!

 Looking

Looking

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! 

 Luke and I

Luke and I

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! 

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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. 

 #noregrets 

#noregrets 

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, 

 Searching 

Searching 

and you're searching for something to do.. 

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Then there are definitely some sights you'll have to go see!

 Bring along your sunglasses! 

Bring along your sunglasses! 

#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. 

 The locals tell a legend and say that this coastline was once guarded by a giant lizard. Everyone was afraid of the lizard because it would eat  anyone  who tried to fish or swim in the area! One day a young boy decided to swim in the area and the lizard attacked! The boy swam under a lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The lizard followed but got stuck in the lava tube. The locals say that to this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see it's breath spraying from the hole.

The locals tell a legend and say that this coastline was once guarded by a giant lizard. Everyone was afraid of the lizard because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area! One day a young boy decided to swim in the area and the lizard attacked! The boy swam under a lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The lizard followed but got stuck in the lava tube. The locals say that to this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see it's breath spraying from the hole.

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!

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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. 

 The cliff in this picture is about 40 feet high. Kudos go to Josh and Savannah for being brave hearts and taking the leap into the sea!

The cliff in this picture is about 40 feet high. Kudos go to Josh and Savannah for being brave hearts and taking the leap into the sea!

#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. 

 Written below is code for: Zoë will use anything as a reason to get some more Shave Ice ;)

Written below is code for: Zoë will use anything as a reason to get some more Shave Ice ;)

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!

 Mauhahahah if you're in our car then you don't even have a choice. We're stopping! 

Mauhahahah if you're in our car then you don't even have a choice. We're stopping! 

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!

 The flying flamingo 

The flying flamingo 

Jumping on to the next item on the to-do list in Kauai.. it's photo time!

 Someone is excited for pictures (not Josh) ;)

Someone is excited for pictures (not Josh) ;)

 One of my favourites!

One of my favourites!

 Then to throw you for a loop, I'm inserting this picture of this lovely Hibiscus flower. Before I post another photo of us :)

Then to throw you for a loop, I'm inserting this picture of this lovely Hibiscus flower. Before I post another photo of us :)

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. 

 This post just wouldn't be complete without another photo of us ;)

This post just wouldn't be complete without another photo of us ;)

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! 

 Kauai might not be everyone's perfect vacation destination, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time there!

Kauai might not be everyone's perfect vacation destination, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time there!

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)! 

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So add it to your bucket list today..

 and fly there tomorrow!

and fly there tomorrow!

Mahalo for reading all the way to the end :) 

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Bye Bye!

Zoë

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