If you’re looking for a destination to escape the winter chill, you will find warm, tropical weather year-round on Kauai. With temperatures hovering in the 70s and 80s even throughout the winter months, outdoor opportunities abound on the Garden Isle. Pack your swimsuit and prepare for a warm getaway, filled with exciting activities and whale watching in Kauai!
Book a Whale Watching in Kauai Excursion
Head to Kauai during winter along with the humpback whales, who migrate from Alaska to the island’s warm waters from December through April. While you can sometimes spot whales spouting in the distance from the shoreline, a boat tour will get you up close and personal with these gentle giants. A tour with Capt. Andy’s allows you to search for dolphins and whales while also viewing the magnificent Na Pali coastline. Choose a classic sail aboard a 55’ catamaran or a more adventurous experience aboard a 24′ rigid hull raft. All of the vessels are equipped with hydrophones, allow you the unique experiences of listening to whales “songs.” Cruise alongside humpback whales (peak sightings are January through March) and Hawaiian spinner dolphins as they breach and play alongside your boat. Book your whale watching in Kauai excursion online at www.napali.com or contact Capt. Andy’s for more information at (808) 335-6833 or [email protected]
Enjoy the Seasonal Waves
Winter brings dramatic waves to the north and west shores of the island, often reaching 20 feet or more. While experienced surfers flock to these coasts to take advantage of the swell, onlookers can simply enjoy the beauty of nature at its rawest. Watching the large waves from a safe spot on the beach can be quite awe-inspiring. At the same time, winter on Kauai brings serenity to the beaches on the island’s south shore. Enjoy the renowned Poipu Beach and its tranquil swimming and snorkeling areas throughout the winter months, where you can swim alongside parrotfish, butterflyfish, and green sea turtles in their natural environment.
Hit the Trails
Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke’e State Park, accessed from the island’s west coast, contain a network of trails with dramatic views that are a haven for any hiker or nature lover. With trails ranging from easy to difficult, there is something for everyone to enjoy. While hiking is available year-round on Kauai, winter months provide the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the cooler mountain weather on what can otherwise be extremely hot, dry conditions. For trails with epic viewpoints of the Na Pali coastline, try the Nualolo or Awaawapuhi routes.