Like I have mentioned in my other blog posts, there are so many things to do within the islands of Hawaii. Since the first time I have stepped foot on the three islands that I have been too (Kauai, Maui, and Oahu) I have discovered that Kauai is the most enjoyable. This secret paradise is seemingly tucked away, holding secrets deep within. The most often traveled to destinations such as O'ahu and Maui, have a lot to offer as well. What about the more secret, locked away island?
This is exactly what I mean by secret:
While each place in the world has its pros and cons, the pros certainly outweigh the cons in Hawaii. Hawaii is such a unique place with unique land features, climate, and aura. I am so elated that I have had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii.
I've always thought of Hawaii as a secret garden. The classic fairy tale, with the key ready to open the door to the garden. There is so much to discover on Hawaii. This is what makes the islands so unique. Each and every turn brings new opportunities that opens new doors to new secret gardens. From the stunning views to the fun in the sun activities. While the pros outweigh the cons of all the islands of Hawaii, there are certainly more hidden gems on the island of Kauai.
1. Fern Grotto
I did mention about the fern grotto in previous posts. I would say that this is one of those must see, rarely talked about locations. It is quite hard to even explain how amazing this sight is. A huge cliff coated in lush, tropical ferns. That is where it gets the word fern in its name. The walk is beautiful in itself, however the actual grotto is beautifully pieced together. The first time that I saw this sight I was in total awe. From the Hawaiian torch ginger, small trailing waterfall, to the fungi growing on the ground. I have been to many places in Hawaii, but this is one that tops it all.
2. Polihale State Park
I have yet to mention this one of a kind beach on my blog. I decided that this beach deserves a very special mention. It marks the beginning of the NaPali coast. The NaPali coast is a tall, rugged, mountainous coast line that outlines the North side of the island. This beach was unbelievable. Part of the first few mountains are able to be seen from this hidden, yet tucked away beach. The waves create an eerie mist as they beat against the shore. It creates an interesting experience. This beach is great for taking breathtaking photographs.
3. Makauwahi Cave Reserve
While this was a short walk, it was certainly worth it. There are tortoises along another trail that people can walk by and see. On the trail up to the cave it is a very short walk, unpaved, easy trail. They actually allow people to walk into the cave. It's quite a neat experience if you as me. I enjoyed the cave tour that they offered, which lasted between 10 and 15 minutes. This is for sure a hidden gem.
4. Glass Sand Beach
This beach is for sure an eye captivating one. This beach is not for swimming, however it provides a beautiful location for photography. While visiting and watching sunsets, one can see the glass in the sand shimmer and sparkle as it catches the sun. This beach is a must see for those who are adventure seekers, sunset chasers, and photographers. The rocks around the beach creates small tide pools that collect small creatures. Nature enthusiasts can also benefit from this spectacular beach.
5. Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple
A must have, rarely known, tropical fruit is the sugarloaf pineapple. Kauai is one of the only spots on the planet where this pineapple is available. It has a creamy, white flesh with a soft core. The core does not need to be cut out, instead of tossing the core it can be eaten. The acidity is very low compared to that of yellow pineapple. These are certainly worth every penny.
"E mahalo kakou I ka mea loa’a."
These are five of my favorite 'hidden gems' on the island of Kauai. By far, this has been my favorite island to travel to. Kauai just has something different, something nice. It is gorgeous and worth more than any money spent on the trip. There is so much more than what I have listed here to do on the island. Each place has a unique aura about it, but Kauai is just amazing. There are absolutely no words to describe it.