Next we visit Kauai. Called the “Island of Discovery”, this is a lush, tropical island. It is recorded as Hawaii’s oldest island and it has the old rainforests to prove it. Cascading waterfalls are abundant. One of the features of this island is part of the island is inaccessible by land, except by avid hikers. Not to worry, however. Helicopter tours will take you on a breathtaking trip along the Napali coast. Rugged rock formations, cascading cliffs and waterfalls cascading to the river or ocean below.
With all this green and lush foliage, this is the island to take a horseback ride. Trails will take you through these lush forests, to waterfalls, and verdant green pastures. Your guide will tell you about the paniolo, or cowboys that once rode just where you are riding today. You can also explore on an ATV, Age requirements and restrictions abound, so be careful and mindful. You can tube down mountain streams, or zipline along some of the best ziplines in the world, or both if you like. Biking in Waimea Canyon is fast becoming a most popular pastime on the island. Panoramic views of this 3500 foot deep canyon abound as you feel the wind in your helmet and hair. You can visit Kaui Plantation Estate and ride the Plantation Railway. You will learn about early plantations and about Rum at the Koloa Rum Factory, the island’s only Rum Factory..
Of course this island has many beaches. There are great resorts located on some of the best beaches on the islands.; Every imaginable watersport is available including parasailing and water skiing. You can divide the island into South Shore Lihue, North Shore Princeville, West Side Waimea, and East Side Coconut Grove. My personal preference is the Princeville, North Shore area. Temperatures are identical to State average temperatures., as are the water temperatures. This Island population is just over 60,000, with 90 miles of coastline.
Check back next week for Part 4 of Hawaii.