It’s no secret that Hawaii is an absolute paradise. After my recent trip, it is no surprise that so many people visit each year. When it comes to picking an island though, why should you consider Kauai and ditch the commonly visited islands of Oahu and Maui?
Most people go to Hawaii to relax. What’s more relaxing than having less people around? I loved going to the beach or the pool without having to worry about a spot to sit, people being loud and obnoxious, or having to act a certain way because people were around. Plus, less people means better Instagram photos, am I right?
Secret, Secluded Beaches
I don’t know if there is a better feeling than walking down some rickety steps to my own, private beach; and on Kauai, there are plenty of these to go around. From Kauapea Beach, to Hideaways Beach, to many others on North Shore, you will sure be in for a treat.
Easy. Easy. Easy. The airport is tiny, so once you land you could be on a beach within the hour. And when it’s time to leave, don’t worry about getting to the airport so many hours before your flight; instead, enjoy the island views for longer. You don’t have to deal with lines, annoyed customer service people, or a long wait at the rental car place either. Everything is super quick and easy. Plus, there are now direct flights from the mainland to Kauai!
No Horrendous Traffic
Honolulu is known for its traffic. It takes ridiculously long to get anywhere. Once you finally get to your resort, you don’t want to leave and endure the traffic again. So, most people don’t even explore the island. Now, imagine being on Kauai and driving down scenic, back roads to the beach. Imagine the ease and simplicity of an island where the only “traffic” you have to worry about is the 5 car backup to go over a one lane bridge.
There is nothing more annoying than having to censor your fun, but on Kauai, you don’t really need to. Want to enjoy a brewski on the beach? What about a Piña Coloda in the hot tub? Welp, start pourin’ because on Kauai, you can do just that. If you love snorkeling, you can do it wherever you want to. Just bring your own gear and snorkel off whatever beach your heart desires (unless the tide is too high, then you might not want to die).
The locals are amazing. They don’t have to put up with annoying tourists all the time, and they are super chill because of it. So many people were nice enough to give us advice and directions, or just talk with us for fun. You have people owning their small businesses, enjoying the laid back life of the island, and smiling because of it.
Diversity of Land
Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian Island, and its history stands out through the geography. It is called “Garden Isle”, and that is quite fitting. However, it has everything. The lush, colorful forests invite you in. The red earth in the dessert, leaves you in awe. The crystal blue waters, excite and relax you all at once. And all of this can be found on the smallest of the main 4 four islands!
The Nā Pali Coast
If you go to Hawaii for one thing, this would be enough to make Kauai the best island. Honestly, no words, or even photos can do this place justice. Do yourself a favor and hike the Kalalau Trail, then drive up to Kalalau Lookout for sunset and views that will blow your mind.
If you are a sucker for the Grand Canyon, then this place is for you. From some of the lookouts, I even found Waimea more beautiful than the Grand Canyon. The fact that a desert exists on such a small island, surrounded by turquoise water and lush forests, amazes me. The drive through the canyon is fun and there are incredible views all along the way, or even hiking if you’re up for it.
Authentic Hawaiian Culture
Like I mentioned before, this is the oldest island, and they have so much history and authenticity to prove it. Enjoy caves, artifacts, and a *real* luau, not a Disneyland version you would find on a more touristy island.
So, there ya have it. I could definitely give you more reasons, but for now we will stick with the top 10. I can’t wait to go back, and experience more of this perfect, little island!