A Hawaii Vacation on Kauai

May 18, 2008 by  
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The northernmost inhabited island of Hawaii is Kauai, the “Garden Island.” Nestled between spectacular waterfalls, stunning cliffs, and mist-shrouded mountains, some of the most rare and beautiful species on Earth call this small island home. While the more famous hot spots of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, and Kona draw more visitors, Kauai boasts unspoiled tropical rain forests, quiet soft sand beaches, and a well-preserved heritage of Polynesian culture. This is the best way to experience the intriguingly foreign and comfortably familiar at once, and to explore a tropical paradise virtually untouched by time.

Kauai experiences the mildest of tropical weather, keeping a pleasant and stable temperature throughout the year, and offers the most diverse geography in the archipelago. From an arid desert to tropical rain, cool forested elevations and warm sandy beaches, Kauai has something new to explore around every corner. Under the waves, Kauai is one of the top scuba diving locations in the islands. Whales, dolphins, tropical fish, and sea life of all kinds gather here, swimming in the wild rather than in captive shows.

Don’t let the quiet, untouched setting fool you; Kauai has pockets of shopping, activities, tours, and helicopter rides that compete with the best Oahu has to offer. There are a full range of accommodations available as well, including hotel resorts, private villas, vacation rental condos, and bed & breakfasts. Rental cars or tours can take you to the island’s sight-seeing destination.

A wide range of activities can keep you busy throughout your vacation. There are over a dozen golf courses that cater to every budget and taste, some of which offer spectacular views of the ocean and terrain. Helicopter tours can show you the hidden, inaccessible parts of the island. Scuba divers can find beautiful sites at almost any depth, and can arrange for night dives, cave dives, and tours; you can also earn your license if you’re a first-time diver. For the adventurous angler, charter a boat for some deep-sea fishing. Land-bound visitors can enjoy horseback riding, camping, surfing, whale watching, and a host of other adventures.

If relaxation is your Hawaiian goal, there are abundant offerings for spas, yoga, pilates, and massage. The traditional Hawaiian massage style, Lomi Lomi, incorporates long, slow strokes and a gentle rocking motion that will lull you into a heavenly sleep; the practitioners must receive more training than anywhere else in the United States, and practice their art in the most beautiful settings. It’s an experience not to be missed.

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