After a short little hiatus from talking about Hawaii, I’m back to talk all about our time on Kauai. While our time on Maui was very short, just 2 days and 3 nights, our time on Kauai was set to be a lot longer.
We booked an earlier morning flight from Maui to Kauai via Hawaiian airlines (only about $100/person) and arrived on Kauai, picked up our luggage and car, and were ready to eat lunch and start exploring the island. That first day on Kauai we really didn’t have much planned, except to relax by the pool for a bit and to get to know the island. The next day though, we hit the ground running!
One of the things that I had to see when we were on our trip to Kauai was Waimea Canyon. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” this 14 mile long, 1 mile wide, and 3,600 feet deep canyon stretches across the western end of the island of Kauai. While the Hawaiian islands are known for the lush greens and blues of the forests and ocean, Waimea Canyon is dominated by reds and oranges and some greens from the red dirt that is known to dominate the area.
When you drive up to Waimea Canyon, the main road will take you to the main lookout point that will offer breathtaking views of the canyon below. Really take the time to take in the amazing view of this beautiful part of the island.
Before this trip, the only lovers lock bridge that I knew about was the Lovers’ Lock Bridge in Paris. Apparently there’s also one on Kauai at Waimea Canyon. If we had known, I’m sure that Chris and I would have brought one with us in order to attach to this beautiful lookout point.
While we didn’t have a ton of time before we had to run to our next activity, Waimea Canyon does offer a lot of hiking for all different types of hikers, from easy to intense activity. We decided to try and hike a trail before we had to leave, but unfortunately we had to turn back before we could get very far.
Our plans originally were to try and hike the Iliau Nature Trail or the Kukui Trail. The Iliau Nature Trail we probably would have been able to finish, but I don’t think that we were in the right place to start. Anyways, the Iliau Nature Trail is a shorter distance that takes you along the Western edge of Waimea Canyon, while the Kukui Trail will take you all the way down to the canyon floor. I really wish that we had more time for hiking because both of these hikes would have been spectacular! Just don’t forget to bring lots of water with you if you plan on hiking Waimea Canyon, it can get pretty hot and humid on the Hawaiian islands.
Waimea Canyon- Know Before You Go:
It will take you a while to drive out there: One of the things that you will quickly learn about the island of Kauai is that it takes a while to get anywhere and that the island is very spread out. The two most popular places to stay on the island of Kauai is Poipu Beach on the southern side of the island and Princeville on the northern side. So you combine the fact that Kauai is so spread out and the fact that it’s mountainous, you quickly learn that most of the roads go around the island instead of going through it. This means that even though Waimea Canyon looks relatively close to where you’re staying in Princeville, you actually will probably spend over an hour getting there because you can’t drive through the Na’Pali Coast area. So just be prepared that it might take you a while to get to Waimea Canyon to start off with.
Plan to spend at least a half day at Waimea Canyon, especially if you’re hiking: When you combine the long time that it takes to get to Waimea Canyon and what you can expect to do while you’re there, I would budget at least a half day for your trip to Waimea Canyon, maybe even more if you plan on going on a strenuous hike. We spent a couple of hours there and I felt rushed because we had afternoon activities that we had to get to. I wish that we’d had a full half day to devote to Waimea Canyon so that we could have done a proper hike.
If you’re planning to hike, pack lots of water: I hope that this goes without saying, but plan accordingly on your trip, and plan to bring lots of water with you if you’re going hiking. I’m from Houston where we practically swim to work because it’s so humid, and I still thought that Hawaii was extremely humid. The problem with humidity is that you sweat and sweat and don’t realize how quickly you’re becoming dehydrated, so especially if you’re going hiking I would plan on bringing plenty of water in order to stay hydrated.
And there you have it, my tips and tricks for making your trip to Waimea Canyon extremely special! The Grand Canyon of The Pacific is an extraordinary part of the island of Kauai and definitely not something to be missed during your trip to Kauai! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!
Have you ever visited Kauai and Waimea Canyon? Have I convinced you that you need a visit?
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How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana
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