Wailua is on the east side of the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai which is famous for its beaches, sunshine and surfing. One of the best ways to experience the ‘Aloha spirit’ of Kauai is with a holiday rental home which makes a great base for exploring the local area. Wailua is a beautifully unspoiled area surrounded by opportunities for hiking, kayaking, shopping and dining along with the nearby Wailua golf course. The Nonou Forest Reserve, the Wailua River State Park and the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve surround the delightful town of Wailua.
Visit the nearby beaches at Princeville North Shoreincluding Pu’u Poa (Thumping Point) and the beautiful rocky Kaweonui Beach, although snorkelers should beware of the rip currents created by the reef. Ke’e Beach is the ideal place to snorkel in the calmer waters of the lagoon.
When you strike the popular Bell Stone, a note resonates down the Wailua Valley. Kauain royal births were traditionally announced this way. Shopping:
The Heritage Centre of Hawaiian Culture sells authentic Hawaiian art and cultural souvenirs. Look for the Sunshine Markets which are local farmers’ markets on Kauai. They are held all over the island on different days so there should be one close to your Wailua holiday rental. Buy papayas, fruits and vegetables at rock bottom prices or just enjoy browsing around. Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihu’e is the largest shopping centre with all the US brands including Macy’s, Starbucks, K-Mart and more.
Kauai is known as the Garden Isle for its lush vegetation so it is fitting to visit some of the beautiful gardens here. Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardensare 240 acres of wilderness areas, tropical gardens, sandy beaches and a fern-covered canyon. There is also a collection of bronze sculptures which further enhance this beautiful botanical attraction.
Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific, stretching more than 10 miles in length and 3500 feet deep. Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, the canyon walls show the different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred and the views from the trails are quite spectacular.
These twin waterfalls are not far from your holiday rental in Waimea and are one of the island’s most popular attractions. The 80-foot cascade is where Hawaiian royalty would prove their power by diving from the cliffs.
Kauai is well known for its year-round tropical warmth. Temperatures range between 78-85°F (26-29°C) from winter to summer although Wailua does have a little rain each month from October to March which falls as short heavy showers. The mountainous inland region has heavy rainfall throughout the year.
The main Kauai airport serving your holiday home in Wailua is Lihu’e airport which receives both inter-island and overseas flights. It is approximately 34 miles from Wailua.
Honolulu International airport is on the nearby island of Honolulu so a connecting flight to Kauai would be needed.