There are a lot of islands on our planet that try to claim they are the most beautiful, but that honor can only fall on one. Kauai is without a doubt high on that list, and once you come visit and see for yourself, you realize that it’s definitely the most beautiful island on Earth. It has jungles, waterfalls, sandy beaches, mountains, rivers, and plenty more.
But, if you don’t believe us, then just check out some of these places!
These waterfalls are located in Wailua River State Park on the eastern side of the island. The water drops an impressive 151 feet, and the width of the falls is about 40 feet. Opeakaa Falls are great to go see because they’re visible from the road, so they’re not extremely difficult to get a view of. Usually, you’ll get a view of two separate falls, but it turns into a single big one after heavy rainstorms.
However, please don’t go swimming in the pool below the falls because it isn’t safe.
Wailua Falls is another extremely impressive waterfall to check out. This one has a drop of about 173 feet and has a big pool that it goes into. Unlike Opaekaa Falls, you are able to swim beneath this one – just beware of strong currents (and don’t jump off of the top).
If it seems a little familiar in your mind, it’s because Wailua Falls was shown in the opening sequence of the 1970’s TV show Fantasy Island.
This place is often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and that’s because it’s just as impressive as the massive canyon in Arizona. It’s a great spot to go hiking since it stretches more than 10 miles and has a depth of about 3,500 hundred feet. The canyon is made up of a red color, and the name is the Hawaiian term for “reddish water” as a reference to that.
It looks great in photographs, but this is one of those places where you can never truly appreciate its beauty without looking at it with your own eyes.
Alakai Swamp Trail
This trail goes through the Alakai Wilderness Preserve, and it’s often called a swamp, but it’s actually not one in the technical sense. However, it does have a series of bogs in it, and it’s located near the wettest place on Earth, so most people don’t argue with the name.
The trail itself stretches for about 3.5 miles, and it gives you the opportunity to walk across boardwalks through what is often a very misty area. It alternates between being a dense rainforest and having views of an open valley. It’s a great little adventure for hikers of all levels, and you’re likely to spot a lot of Hawaiian birds flying around.
Spouting Horn Blowhole
Spouting Horn is an incredible natural feature on the southern coast of the island. The area is made of up rocks that were lava before they met the sea and were hardened into stone, and the water has carved quite a few openings among them. However, this hole is one of the most unique because it allows for the water to rocket to the sky in a steady stream when a wave hits it just right.
If you’re lucky, you may see some whales off in the ocean doing the same thing with their blowholes.
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Na Pali Coast
The Na Pali Coast State Park is one of the most epic places that you’ll ever lay eyes on. It’s more than 6,000 acres of jungles, cliffs, and pure beauty. It’s inaccessible to cars, but you can hike through it or reach certain areas with a canoe. But if you truly want to have an experience that you’ll never forget, you should take a helicopter tour of the area. The highest cliffs are about 4,000 feet above the ocean below, and you can only appreciate the scale of it all if you see it from the air.
Under the Sea
While it’s easy to get caught up in all of these amazing places, you shouldn’t forget that Kauai is actually an island. It’s surrounded on all sides by the Pacific Ocean, and the water is full of all the wonders of the sea. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and there’s a whole new world to discover beneath the waves.
That’s Not All!
These different sights are just a small sample of the amazing beauty you’ll find in Kauai. Plus, they don’t even begin to cover the amazing food you’ll eat, the lovely smells of the plants, or the happy smiles of the locals.
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