Planning a trip to Hawaii. Can you imagine…..
Gentle trades, swaying palm trees, turquoise warm blue ocean, colorful sunsets, endless white sand beaches, staggering mountains, lush green valleys, and waterfalls, and beautiful people. Discover Kauai’s dazzling scenery. Hollywood uses it as a standard backdrop for tropical paradise. The perfect place to relax your soul. No high-rise hotels or nightlife on the least developed of Hawaii’s touristed islands, but you’ll be too enamored with its valleys and beaches to care. A low-key attitude, lovely Kauai vacation rentals, and perfect sand at Hanalei, Haena, and Poipu beaches make Kauai a favorite for honeymooners.
On our last trip to Kauai we stayed at Kauai vacation rentals in Poipu where we saw an endangered monk seal resting on the beach, hiked the shoreline from Mahaleapu to Poipu Beach Park, drove the rutted roads to Polihale’s fa isolated 17-mile strand, and journeyed to the Na Pali Coast . Yet, I’d been entranced by the mysterious
North Shore and the glorious Princeville Resort with it’s enviable position on the bluffs overlooking famed Hanalei Bay. The North Coast has a reputation of being all wet, which is reasonable considering the area rests down-mountain from Mt. Waialeale , the wettest spot on earth. Here, some 500 inches of rainfall annually provide the excessive moisture that handily feeds Kauai’s famous waterfalls and waterways, which are also the only navigable rivers in the state. But the trade-off of this soggy gamble is the exquisite reward of decompressing alongside some the world’s most remarkable scenery and beaches. Although Kauai greeted us initially with moody, misty, eerie vistas, the days that followed offered extraordinarily high surf and brilliant sunshine. Rain or shine, we spent four days exploring every road, beach, attraction and waterfall from Na Pali to Wailua.