"The Garden Island" Kauai by kyoub

Kauai Travel Guide: 980 reviews and 2,612 photos


Kauai is the oldest and the most northerly of the main chain of Hawaiian islands.
They got it right when they nicknamed it the Garden Island.
Its unrivaled tropical lushness has lured Hollywood here for several motion pictures.
Kauai consists of miles of beaches, rain forest, desert, mountains,and plains.
The first thing that you will notice as you leave the airport though is the green craggy mountains in the background.

North Shore

Kauai has more miles of beach per coastline than any other island.
The north shore is where lushness takes on a whole new meaning.
Every shade of green and blue that you can think of exists here. You will see mountain valleys, rolling pastures, ancient toro fields, white-sand beaches one right after the other.

Birders delight

There are three wildlife refuges on the island.
Hanalei Valley wildlife Refuge provides a favorable habitat for endangered wildfowl.
Kilauea Point National Wldlife Refuge is a nesting ground for the red-tailed Tropicbird, white-tailed Tropicbird, Great Frigatebird, and the Albatross.
Kawaiele Sand Mine Bird Sanctary
is for water birds.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery
  • Cons:Having to leave
  • In a nutshell:A beautiful island
  • Last visit to Kauai: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Very lovely photographs Kay! I so want to visit this beautiful place. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful adventure.!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Kay, you have had many enjoyable trips to Hawaii and this one did not disappoint! That's a great variety of restaurants & Thai is one of my favourites! Too bad my 3 visits to Hawaii have been on trans-Pacific trips so could not propery explore it.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Been there twice and never saw anything you post - so, must return again one day. superb photos. Grazie, Carol <(•¿•)>

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:13 AM

    What beautiful scenery! I would love to make it to Hawaii one day

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    This really IS a tropical paradise-- the beaches look absolutely gorgeous; the waterfalls amazing! I imagine it was difficult to say 'goodbye' to this beautiful island...

  • Apr 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Thank you for your information. We will use it.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 8:07 PM

    Hi Kay, We are going to Kauai in 10 days so I am taking notes from your gr8 tips. You're photos are beautiful, can't wait to see it again in person.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 7:33 AM

    Beautiful pictures. It looks like paradise! I like especially 'Opaeka'a Falls and North Shore Beaches.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 6:34 AM

    I've been thinking alot about going back to Hawaii and maybe Kauai this time. Thanks for the tips!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2006 at 1:26 PM

    This sure looks like paradise, Kay. How fortunate to lease the house. It looks devine. The beaches on Kauai look just wonderful. Everyone says its the most beautiful of the islands and the most real. Great tips.


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