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First Kauai Vacation


7 Activities You Must Do On Your First Kauai Vacation

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and many believe it’s the most beautiful.

Once you explore the wilderness of the Koke’e State Park and set your eyes on the unreal Na Pali Coast, you may be tempted to stay here.

Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon, a relaxed trip with close friends, or a family getaway, there are a few Kauai vacation activities that you absolutely must try.

If it’s your first time on the island, here are the top 7.

1. Helicopter Tours and Airplane Tours

Kauai’s nature is meant to be explored and one of the most exciting ways to do that is with a helicopter tour. These Kauai tours offer you a bird’s-eye view of the scenery and many give you tours of the entire island.

Wings Over Kauai’s Grand Deluxe Flight, for example, takes you on a plane ride that lasts more than an hour and explores some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, from Waimea Canyon to the Na Pali Coast.

2. Waimea Canyon

Once you’ve taken a tour of the island from the skies, it’s time to get up close and personal with this unreal and beautiful landscape.

One of your first stops should be Waimea Canyon, which is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” This canyon is 10 miles long, 2 miles wide, and more than a half mile deep.

There are a number of viewpoints that can be reached from the roads circumventing the canyon, and when you’re finished you can drive to the next destination…

3. Koke’e State Park

Koke’e State Park is just north of Waimea Canyon. This park offers over 4,000 acres of untouched tropical wilderness. And since the park offers over 45 trails, the hiking fanatic could easily spend an entire day – or an entire vacation – here.

The Canyon Trail, for instance, is a great hike that lasts only 2 or 3 hours, but offers stunning views of the Waipo’o Falls.

4. Wailua River

Wailua River is Hawaii’s only navigable river, and should definitely be explored while you’re on the island. Kayak tours can take anywhere from half a day to an entire day.

When you take a tour of the river, you’ll be able to paddle down this calm jungle stream, hike to waterfalls, and learn about the history and legends of this part of the island.

5. Kipu Ranch

Kipu Ranch is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.

This 3,000-acre ranch is still a working cattle ranch, which offers tours of the property in conjunction with a local company. There are no public roads leading to the property, so ATV tours are the only way to access them.

Make sure to bring your camera, because you’ll see plenty of wildlife in between majestic views of mountains, rolling pastures, and river valleys.

6. Na Pali Coast

This coastline offers a surreal landscape that consists mostly of cliffs that can rise up to 4,000 feet in the air. Their unique formation is caused by a massive island collapse ages ago. In the years since then, natural erosion turned it into the unique formations we see today.

The best way to really appreciate this natural wonder is from the ocean. Dinner cruises and sea kayaking tours are two of the most popular options for many vacationers.

7. The Beaches

Beaches, of course, are why most people visit Hawaii. And Kauai has some of the most breathtaking ones you’ll ever see.

From the picturesque North Shore beaches to the scenic South Shore historic sites, you should definitely explore and visit each of the coasts during your stay.

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