As compared to the Big Island, Maui or Oahu, Kauai is much smaller and less populated. For this reason it is seen as the favorite destination for many tourists visiting Hawaii. Visitors on Kauai vacation come to explore the natural wonders and beaches of the island. Taking into consideration the fact that the tourist development reached the island several decades ago, Kauai cannot boast mega-resorts and skyscrapers, which can be found on other islands in the Hawaiian chain. However, there are currently a great number of tourists, who prefer Kauai vacation as the best way to enjoy beautiful landscapes. Due to Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, there are no roads, circling the island. This is the most important difference between Kauai and other Hawaiian islands. Whether you plan a fun tour for the whole family or a romantic escape for two, a Kauai vacation provides a wide variety of activities designed to satisfy each taste in particular. Visitors have the chance to view the historic sights and magnificent heritage in addition to the sites of modern Hawaii.
Divided into five regions, Kauai has something in each of its parts to offer to the visitors. While visiting the North Shore, you'll enjoy the Na Pali Coast with its cliffs rising 4,000 feet above the ocean; the beaches of the oldest settlement Hanalei Bay and the spectacular wildlife refuge of Kilauea. The West Side of Kauai offers visitors the most amazing scenery of all the Hawaiian Islands. You'll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Waimea Canyon, and make a stop at Polihale Heiau, connected to some ancient religious tradition. The alluring beaches of the South Shore are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling with Poipu Beach being rated among the world's top beaches. The Kalapaki Region is attractive for golfers. You'll also find here the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, offering stunning scenery and the island's native birds and animals. After exploring the variety of the island while on Kauai vacation, one may enjoy water sports, regarded as the most plentiful activities here. The island is perfect for scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing and snorkeling.
The popular destinations of the Kauai vacation include Old Koloa town, Wailua Falls, Kilauea Point Lighthouse and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Among the historical and cultural attractions are Captain Cook's Monument on the West Side, the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the South Shore, Keahua Forestry Arboretum on the Coconut Coast and Waioli Mission House in the North. Festivals are abundant here, occurring all-the-year-round.
One of the major tourist destinations on the Big Island of Hawaii is Kailua-Kona, commonly referred to as Kona. Tourists on Kona vacation are attracted by the best snorkeling beaches of Hawaii, as well as a number of historical sites. The town provides the best accommodations for its visitors, including the four-star Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort, Kona Bay Hotel, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and more.