By: Mandy Stephenson
Whether you’re considering Hawaii as a possible location for a destination wedding or are simply looking for a great honeymoon spot, its important to consider which island is right for you. For this post we’re focusing Kauai, a beautiful island with lots of charm.
The most northern island in the chain, Kauai is home to some of the most lush vegetation and natural beauty you can find. With great canyons, amazing beaches and plenty of trails and rivers to navigate, there is lots to do for the outdoorsy couple. However, the amount of rainfall this island receives makes it less desirable for those who are primarily interested in sunbathing.
Off the beaten path a bit, Kauai is great if you want to find an island that has a lot of the amenities of the larger islands without all of the tourists. If you can’t afford to stay at one of the nicer resorts, make sure you go to the St. Regis Princeville Resort for a day to take in one of the most scenic spots on the island.
- Eat where locals eat and visit the beaches they prefer.
- Talk to the concierge to get their suggestions and find out about local shows or events.
- Make sure you visit The Olympic Cafe for this amazing Taco Salad, and believe it or not, it tasted better than it looks.
Sprouting Horn in Poipu: One of the most widely photographed spots on the island’s south shore. Whenever large swells roll in a huge spout of water blasts out of a lava tube creating a hissing sound. With lots of parking and easy access, this scenic spot is definitely worth a trip.
The Waimea Canyon. At ten miles long, this amazing natural feature is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Take a guided tour by water or by land and explore this beautiful area.
The Wailua River. Kauai’s only navigable river, this spot is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and swimming. Take a guided tour or rent the equipment you need and go on a private adventure for two, there are plenty of routes to take that lead to hiking trails or hidden waterfalls.
Hanalei Town. Only a few minutes west of Princeville this spot is a great place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family, explore local boutiques and dine at some great local restaurants. Be sure to visit the famous pier where the 1957 film South Pacific was filmed.
Na Pali Coast. 15 miles of rugged coastline, this beautiful area is great to visit by boat, rafting or on a long but incredible hike. Due to the remote nature of Na Pali, this area boasts some of the islands best snorkeling, with hundreds of fish species and sea turtles.