Kauai, man. It was everything I had hoped it would be - easily one of the most extraordinarily beautiful places I've been yet. Although I only spent three full days on the island, I felt like I squeezed in the right amount of exploring. Here are my three most memorable from Kauai...
1. acai bowls
Wherever you are in Hawaii, no matter what island, make sure to do some research on the best local spots to experience this sweet, fruity deliciousness. My first objective after hopping off the plane at the Lihue Airport was to find a breakfast place that makes a mean AB, and oh man did I score. If you're ever on the island, stop by the Hippie Cafe / Caffe Coco and get a bowl - you will not be disappointed. This adorable little restaurant and cafe has a really special, homey atmosphere and is the perfect spot to post up to do some reading and writing - which is exactly what I did. Although they are a vegan spot, you definitely don't have to be a vegan to appreciate the great food - I'm the essentially the exact opposite of vegan and I loved it.
2. waimea canyon state park
Whether you spend some time hiking in this beauty of a state park or you simply drive to the view points for just that - the views - make sure you stop here. According to Google, the Waimea Canyon is considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. There are tons of great trails to explore, so I'd say carve out a full day for adventures.
3. na pali coast
Before I even knew where or what Kauai is, I had already fallen in love with the Na Pali coast. I had a seen a picture on Instagram, of course, and instantly added it to the bucket list. This couldn't have been more than six months ago - it's crazy how things fall into place, isn't it? I digress... I decided to see Na Pali by boat, but you can also go by kayak, helicopter, or by hiking - but no driving! I decided to go the touristy route and booked a day trip with Holo Holo Charters. We were lucky enough to see whales, dophins, manta rays, and even sea turtles, all while soaking in the beauty of the NPC. It was a pretty special.
Despite being a small island, there's a seemingly endless amount of things to do on Kauai. I went in knowing I wouldn't have enough time to see it all, so I picked the top few things I wanted to do and made it happen. The only thing I wish I would have been able to do while on the island was make the 11 mile hike to Kalalau Beach. I guess I'll just have to come back!
Friends who have been to Kauai, what are your most memorable from the island?
Stay tuned for a very belated post on my time in Honolulu and around Oahu, and my Maui adventure. Coming soon! Cheers.