Monday, March 26, 2018

A Weekend in Kauai

Hawaii is a dream destination for pretty much every person (not born there, that is) that I've met in life. Despite being born and raised there, I never did much inter-island traveling when I was younger.

Recently, I've been taking advantage of the fact that I'm from such a beautiful place and exploring some of the other islands on my trips home. Previously, I visited Maui. This time around, my family and I took a short (literally a weekend) vacation to the island of Kauai.

So here are some of the things we did on Kauai that I definitely recommend if you go to visit!

1. Get a fresh coconut at a fruit stand

Not only are coconuts totally Insta-worthy (#doitforthegram), but nothing beats fresh coconut water and coconut meat. If I'm being completely honest, I can't stand boxed coconut water. I've been spoiled with the fresh stuff all my life and you need to trust me when I say there IS a difference!

Finding fruit stands in Kauai is fairly easy. You can literally just plug "fruit stand" into your maps app and find one nearby! Just choose a coconut and they'll cut it open for you to drink out of. Just be sure you finish the water before you leave so you can ask them once again to cut open the coconut for you to eat! Eating the coconut is the best part!

2. Nā Pali Coast Tour

If you can stand to be on a boat, definitely look into taking a tour of the Nā Pali Coast. Disclaimer: the tour is a bit pricey (~$150+ per person) but check with the concierge of wherever you're staying to see if they can get you a discounted rate!

The Nā Pali Coast is the side of the island of Kauai that is inaccessible by road. The entire north-west side of the island are basically huge cliffs -- the road cuts off around south-west side of the island and from there you can only see these cliffs by boat or air.

My parents, sister, Brandon and I did the Blue Dolphin boat tour that included a 1 hour stop for snorkeling. The concierge at our time share recommended the morning tour over those later tours. She told us that the mornings are usually calmer rides than later in the afternoon.

Dolphins swimming along side our boat during the Nā Pali Coast tour!

This baby dolphin was being such a ham!

3. Queen's Bath

Unfortunately, we never ended up getting to Queen's Bath because of bad weather BUT it was on our list and highly recommended to us!

We drove out to the trail but decided when we got there not to go through with it because it was raining, making it slippery and dangerous.

The trail's head begins in a residential area near the north side of the island close to the Princeville resorts. There is a small parking lot at the trail head--and by small I mean about 7-ish spots. The trail is short, but wet and steep (especially when rainy) so consider bringing decent shoes.

4. Waimea Canyon

They call Waimea Canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It's located on the west side of the island and is easy enough to get to. The red dirt & rocks of Waimea are what makes it so reminiscent of its Arizona counterpart!

It's a short drive, and wasn't crowded at all when we arrived (late afternoon)! You really just drive up to the top of a mountain, park in a spacious parking lot and take 2 minute (if that) walk to the viewing point. Once we arrived, we really only stayed around 10 minutes for photos and then headed on our way! We were able to fit this in after our morning tour of Nā Pali, and if you go straight there from the boat tours its really close!

It's a little chilly up there, but obviously we were fine in our post-boat attire.

See the tiny waterfall in the back? So pretty!

Have you ever been to Kauai? What did you do while you were there? 

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