Kauai is a diverse place to explore the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Surrounded by water and overflowing with lush terrain, it is easy to find plenty see and do in the area. Here are 10 not-to-miss attractions that you will want to put on your agenda for this special trip.
One and Two -- Golf and Biking
With the ocean as your backdrop, golf in Kauai is a one-of-a-kind activity. Kauai offers several courses to make it worth your while, even if you haven't played in a while. Pua Kea is built on a former sugar plantation and was rated as a top nine-hole course by Sports Illustrated. It since has been expanded to 18 holes. The views here are worth the trip. Bike rentals are also a great choice for land recreation. Explore the island for less money, and acclimate yourself to the area to help determine what sites you want to see.
Three -- Beaches
Of course the top 10 would not be complete without talking about the beaches. There are nine guarded beaches on the island, but depending on what you are looking for, it is hard to say which is a better choice for you. These beaches are suitable for families and singles, but there are many more on the island: Poipu Beach, Maha'ulepu, Salt Pond, Lydgate Beach, Kalapaki Beach, Kee Beach, Makua Beach, Lumahai Beach and Kauapea Beach. Many beaches have grotto areas and waterfalls that can provide for a romantic getaway.
Four and Five -- Watersports and Scuba Diving
Surrounded by water, Kauai offers diverse water activities.Whether you plan to go windsurfing, kayaking or kitesurfing, the Pacific Ocean offers you a unique adventure. If scuba diving is your thing, you won't want to miss out on the marine life offered on the island. Tours are offered, and snorkeling and scuba lessons can lessen the fear of actually scuba diving.
Six and Seven -- Hiking and Horseback Riding
If you want to explore the island, hiking or horseback riding might be for you. Hiking offers a great way to explore the island on foot. There are several trails in the area including Kukui Trail, Kalalua and many others. Grab a detailed map and explore. Horseback riding offers a different view of the area and trail guides to allow you more piece of mind when exploring. Many companies offer ocean bluff tours, which offer breathtaking views of the Pacific.
Eight and Nine -- Fishing and Camping
If you are interested in fishing in the ocean waters, you can go sports fishing or deep-sea fishing for giant marlin. A camper can go to a state park with a permit and be allowed to spend several days in the area to enjoy nature.
Ten -- Sights
There is so much to see in Kauai. Whether you just take in the local culture or go to a luau, you're sure to find something unique to do. Botantical gardens, museums and caves abound. Visit the Kauai tourism website for a detailed list of all the sites.