Our lovely island of Kauai has been nicknamed “The Garden Isle” due to the stretching tropical jungle that covers most of the island and is arguably one of the most scenic islands in Hawaii. When you’re here you’re likely to find natural beauty everywhere you turn, but for some truly special spots, check out the list of some of the best Kauai scenic spots we’ve compiled below! From old lighthouses to roaring waterfalls, you’ll be treated to magnificent sights that you’ve never seen before!
See the Spectacular Wailua Falls
These falls are also known as Kauai‘s Twin Falls, as two tiers of the waterfall separate and flow down side by side. Once featured in the opening scene of the television show Fantasy Island, this amazing waterfall is unique in that you don’t have to hike to get there, and the parking lot is basically right above the falls! When the sun comes out, you can often spy a rainbow illuminating the mist coming off the base of the falls. It’s not recommended to hike to the base, but if you’re set on doing it, make sure you are wearing the proper footwear and adhering to the posted safety guides, as the trail can get muddy slippery from the falls. Start your journey in the town of Lihue and follow Maalo Road north uphill for a few miles to reach Wailua Falls at the end of the roadway.
Explore the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge
At the northmost tip of Kauai you’ll find the Kilauea Lighthouse and surrounding Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. This beautiful, towering lighthouse was built in 1913, and was given a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The area offers unbeatable, panoramic views of the Pacific, and an opportunity to observe an abundance of wildlife, such as the red-footed booby or the Laysan albatross. The sheer ocean cliffs and green grassy slopes provide a stunning backdrop for photos or can be enjoyed in silent bliss. You can find the refuge and lighthouse at 3580 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754, about 25 miles from Lihue.
Marvel at the Eruption of the Spouting Horn
This unique natural wonder is blowhole and is formed by powerful waves channeling into a natural lava tube, which forces a spray of water from beneath the rocks up through the opening—sometimes as high as 50 feet into the air! This park can be found on Kauai’s south shore and is conveniently accessed by a parking lot that overlooks the Poipu coastline—during whale watching season, you might even spy a humpback or two out in the water! To locate the Spouting Horn, drive to Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI
Beauty can be just outside your front door when you stay with us at one of our luxury rental properties, and our friendly staff can provide tips on what is best to see in whichever area of the island you stay! Contact us and we’ll help you start planning your escape to paradise today!