Honeymoon in Kauai Hawaii
The north shore of Kauai features some dramatic and beautiful mountain scenery along with a variety of hidden beaches. The area also has an incredible selection of shopping and dining available for visitors. While the winter months will mean more rain for the northern part of the island, it’s still one of the most popular places on the island. Hanalei Bay is a popular location for water activities and has perhaps what are the best beaches in all of Hawaii along her crescent shores.
Kauai Island is farther north and west than the other major Hawaiian Islands. It has dramatic craggy mountains, luxuriant valleys and many breezy beaches that have mostly managed to dodge excessive development. Yes, Kauai has many hotels, resort complexes and some of the state’s best golf courses, but they’re centralized in small pockets on the east, north and south sides of the island.
The landscape has also been protected by height restrictions—keeping buildings from towering over the coconut trees—and the interior of the island remains predominantly rural. As a result, it’s the natural scenery that elicits the “Wows!” on Kauai.
Serious hikers should set aside an extra day or two just to hike Kauai’s marvelous nature trails. Outdoor enthusiasts will also find challenging golf, whale-watching (December-early May) and boat trips along the spectacular Na Pali Coast. This island is well-suited to travelers who enjoy nature—the scenery and abundance of outdoor activities are the highlight here; shopping and nightlife are relatively limited.
MUST SEE OR DO
Hanalei Valley Lookout and its view of the north shore landscape; Hanapepe Valley Lookout; Kee Beach; the cliffs on Na Pali Coast.
The Beach House Restaurant in Poipu for great Pacific Rim innovations and fabulous ocean views; the creative and tasty tapas menu at Bar Acuda in Hanalei; Gaylord’s Restaurant for island-sourced dining by torchlight.
Live music and drinks at Trees Lounge in Kapaa; local sounds and dancing at the Bamboo Bar and Cafe in Poipu.
The Koloa Heritage Trail through south-side points of interest; a self-guided tour of the native plants at scenic Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the north shore; farm animals, fruit trees and gardens at the Kilohana Estate.