Landing at Nawiliwili on Kauai opens the door to a remarkable island, filled with natural beauty that takes many different forms. Hawaii’s ‘garden isle’ is a selection box of landscapes, ranging from lush green forest to red, arid canyon – with enchanting waterfalls aplenty, and the kind of relaxed, tropical beaches that you won’t ever want to leave.
Sightseeing in Nawiliwili
There’s something for everyone on Kauai when it comes to attractions, whether you want to take a tour of the old sugar plantations, explore the island’s wild side on a guided hike, take a zipline adventure high over the rainforest or go snorkeling in the big deep blue. And the adventure doesn’t stop there:
Your time ashore may give you the chance to visit this charming restored lighthouse, dating from the early twentieth century, which stands watch over the northernmost part of the islands. Surrounding this windy point on the island is some strikingly beautiful coastland, a fantastic place to watch the local birds, seals and whales. The area is often a favourite attraction with visitors to the island, combining incredible views with the natural beauty and wildlife of the surrounding national parkland.
This spectacular stretch of beach is a true slice of paradise, and makes for essential viewing during your time on Kauai. Feel the warm sand between your toes as you take in some magnificent views of the island’s forested peaks and turquoise sea. Watch the waves tumble onto the shore, and truly unwind. Not far from the beach you’ll find some beautiful waterfalls, tumbling down into some extremely tempting natural pools.
The south of the island boasts the striking red rock of its very own desert canyon, looking completely out of place with the green hillsides that surround it. The canyon’s lookout points are incredibly popular with tourists for their jaw-dropping vistas, where you’ll see waterfalls course down the vivid red of the time-carved rock. And away in the distance, beyond the dramatic rocky outcrops, the vast deep blue of the sea stretches on.
Shopping in Nawiliwili
Keen shoppers will find a couple of great retail centres around Kalapaki Beach, arguably one of the most beautiful places to shop in the world. Be on the lookout for traditional shell leis, multi-strand necklaces which come at a premium, and with good reason – having been hand-made by the native Hawaiians living on the island of Niihau, who pride themselves on living the traditional lifestyle of their ancient ancestors.
Eating Out in Nawiliwili
Tourism on Kauai has led to a proliferation of fantastic places to eat, and you won’t struggle to find some delicious seafood dishes on the menus. Indulge your sweet tooth with some incredible ice cream, gelato or shave ice from one of the island’s confectioners; or settle down at an elegant restaurant for a fine dining experience you won’t soon forget – surrounded by the beauty of this remarkable island while you watch the sun set over the sea.