5 Reasons why you should travel to the Hawaiian Island Kauai

Hawaiian Island Kauai

Hawaiian Island Kauai, lovely named the Garden Island, is one of the prettiest Islands in the World. The law “no building is taller than a coconut tree” has protected the island environment. Kauai is magical. The deep green color will take your breath away. You can discover an epic landscape. Here are my 5 reasons why you should travel to the Hawaiian Island Kauai:

1. Hiking and it’s outdoor activities:

If you love hiking, you’ll love it. There are world-class hiking trails around the Island. The prettiest hiking trail of the pacific coast is located here. It’s the Kalalau Trail, the Napali Coast Trail. It’s just amazing. You’ll walk through the Hawaiian rainforest, on cliff sides to incredible beaches and waterfalls. And most of the time you’d be able to see the sea. I think it’s better to show you some photos of this trail than write about it. So feel free to skip this article and go directly to the photos.

2. Hawaii’s best Beaches and the sunsets:

True, no Hawaiian experience is complete without its beaches. You’ll love it. As you can see in the pictures above it’s possible to walk to lonely beaches. Imagine what you can do there. 🙂 My favorite beach was the Hanalei Bay because this was the first time I stood on a surfing board. It’s a good place to learn surfing because the waves are slow and easy. The following pictures in the photo album will show you some of my favorite beaches on Kauai.

3. Scenic Drive

While you are driving around the island you’ll stop every few meters because of the stunning landscape. From Hanalei Valley to the lookout of the fantastic Kalalau Valley you’ll think that you never want to leave this place. The following pictures will show you some of the landscape to expect on Kauai.

4. Camping

It’s possible to sleep on camp grounds close to the beaches. The camp grounds are organized by the state parks and you’ll have to get permits for it. The prices are cheap compared to the high hotel prizes on the Hawaiian Islands. Have a look on the Hawaii State Park Website: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/camping-lodging/kauai/ . Even if you’re on a small budget you can go to the camp sites. The State Park Officials will inspect the tents if they have a permit in the early morning at around 5:30A.M. When you don’t have a permit, be sure that you’ll leave with your tent BEFORE 5:30A.M. Anyway you’ll have to get up early for the beautiful Hawaiian Days. If camping is not your thing, you still can go to big hotels anyway.

5. Kauai by air

It is a small island compared to the others of the Hawaiian Islands though it has some of the greatest geography on our planet. But over 90% of this jaw dropping island can only be seen by a helicopter because it’s not possible to see it by foot. And so you can have a once in a lifetime experience by doing a helicopter flight over the island.

Flights to Hawaii you can find everywhere. Ask me if you need any help. I’m happy to help you.

If you want to see more Hawaiian Islands, than check out the blog post about Big Island. Here are our Kauai Trip Photos:

Big Island, Hawaii

Udo Jürgens sings in one of his famous songs “Ich war noch niemals in New York, ich war noch niemals auf Hawaii” and that is what you have to change. Hawaii is still one of our most favorites places on earth. And this time, when I’m looking back to my travels, I’ve seen a lot of islands. Hawaii is one of them which I can’t forget. Hawaii for me is not only an island; it has his own life spirit. It’s one of the magic places, where the world seems to slow down. A happy place where you can find tranquility and freedom. Yes, it is true, it’s not a secret anymore but the isolation in the Pacific Ocean makes this place special. It’s quite expensive to travel to Hawaii, especially for us as European budget travelers, but I think this helps to keep the spirit alive. Then when you are in Hawaii, you can still travel with a small budget. 

It was not our plan to go to Hawaii(ok true, after two weeks on the road we didn’t have plans anymore), but in Seattle, some people told us that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world and that we have to see this place. The next day we flew to Hawaii from Seattle. At first, we flew to Honolulu and afterward to Kona, Big Island. Alone the arrival at the airport was an experience itself. You leave the airplane and you’re standing right next to palms, beautiful flowers and the speakers were playing Hawaiian music. Sandra had to nip me because I questioned myself if I’m still alive. We left the airport and hitchhiked to the next city for a delicious American pancake breakfast. We didn’t have any plans and so the next 10 days we hitchhiked through the whole island, it was fantastic. The people were unbelievable friendly and peaceful. They picked us up, invited us to their home and showed us this amazing island. We slept on some beaches, did some amazing Couchsurfing and stayed in homes from people where we met as we hitchhiked. And everywhere was this peaceful tranquility.

One of our most memorable experiences in a lifetime was the lava flow in the sea. It’s about 30 miles from Hilo (ask the people where the lava is and about the safety) and you can walk directly along the beach and old cold lava to the red hot lava flow. Go to the beginning of the evening and you’re there when the sun comes down. It’s amazing. You can stand directly in front of a lava flow and feel the unbelievable heat. Please be very careful and wear good hiking shoes, because the ground can be very hot as well. Some people wore sport shoes and the shoes melt almost away. And NEVER forget your headlight, because you have to walk back in dark and on the dark ground. Without a headlight, you can’t see where you walk. And please be careful you have to check the wind direction as well. Ask the locals. This adventure’s totally worth it. I will never forget this to stand right before a lava flow.

After 10 days on this beautiful island, we flew to Kauai, the garden island, Hawaii, but this is another story. We still remember this unbelievable friendly and peaceful people on Big Island and say thank you to everyone. One day we will come back to this peaceful and beautiful place.

When to go: It doesn’t matter. It’s a year-round destination.

What to do: Experience the Hawaiian life, its beaches, the amazing people and don’t forget the lava flow and it’s Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park.

Where to sleep as a Budget traveler: Camping on isolated Beaches with your tent, couch surfing

Where to sleep if you’re not on a budget: Take a look on the Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast.

How to come around: Hitchhiking and there is a bus around the island as well.

Flights: Use the flight apps that you love. You’ll find the cheapest flights if you chose at “depart” à “whole year” and at “return” à “whole year”. At “from” you can use the whole country like “Germany” or “United States”. And then click search and you can choose the cheapest flights on the date choices.