Kauai is perhaps the most romantic Hawaiian island and Travel & Leisure voted the island as number four in its 2013 issue of most romantic islands.
The term “romance” conjures up feelings of beauty, mystery, excitement and joy. Kauai will not disappoint as the island abounds with some of the most spectacular scenery on earth with dramatic cliffs, canyons and lush rainforests as well as spectacular beaches. Lovers of all ages will enjoy everything from the traditional romantic activities of dinners and sunset cruises to exhilarating experiences such as surfing. Kauai will surely delight those in search of a romantic island.
Known as the “Garden Isle”, Kauai provides exceptional sensory experiences where sugar sand beaches, lush mountainous cliffs, exotic rainforest and thrilling waterfalls all combine to create a romantic atmosphere. The island is known for its beauty and peaceful and relaxing culture. Indeed, outdoor adventures and romantic escapades are all available on the island.
Less developed than other Hawaiian islands, Kauai represents authentic, unspoiled Hawaii. Its lush flora and rocky cliffs create a romantic backdrop for any island. Couples in search of romance should not miss the spectacular Na Pali Coast, which is a dramatic and rugged coastline filled with “pali”, or cliffs, and some of the best views on the entire island. Here, you will see green, lush cliffs that plunge dramatically into the turquoise ocean. The Na Pali Coast has remained unspoiled due to its remote location, which is accessible either through a very steep and arduous eleven-mile hike, via boat, or from the air in a helicopter.
Great boat tours are available during the day for whale watching, or romantic sunset sails are an ideal way to appreciate this paradise.
The island boasts exceptionally beautiful and many secluded beaches. Lumahia Beach is a gorgeous beach which was actually the beach featured in the movie “South Pacific”. The secluded Mahaulepe Beaches offer three different beaches that are off the beaten path.
Another spectacular beach is Tunnels Beach, which is located next to a lush rainforest and the stunning Na Pali cliffs in the background. Tunnels Beach offers exceptional snorkeling and views of the island’s Mount Makana.
While Poipu Beach is not as secluded as many of the island’s other beaches, it shouldn’t be missed as it provides a wide stretch of golden sand and is an ideal place to enjoy swimming and snorkeling on the sunny south shore of the island.
To enhance the feeling of wonder and excitement necessary for romance, the island is host to a number of beautiful waterfalls called “Waipuani”, which in Hawaiian means “heavenly water flower”. Wailua Falls was the site featured in the TV show “Fantasy Island”. A double-tiered waterfall that is world famous, Opaeka’s Falls are not to be missed as well.
An exciting way to see Kauai is to enjoy an exciting helicopter tour where you can take in all of the major sights of the island. Another romantic way to experience the island is with a sunset sail. Two hours sunset sails are available and include food, cocktails and sunsets.
The Kilauea Lighthouse/National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. It consists of over thirty acres with the Lighthouse, which was built in 1813, as well as the wildlife refuge where thousands of migratory sea birds come to rest or nest.
Humpback Whales make their way to the waters of Hawaii between November and March to birth their young and mate. They migrate every year from the Gulf of Alaska and couples will definitely not want to miss a boat trip to see the whales. It’s an amazing experience.
Cruises are available down the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, which parts of Elvis Presley’s movie “Blue Hawaii” were filmed. Those who are celebrating a new engagement or wedding anniversary are invited to come forward and dance to Elvis’ Hawaiian Wedding Song.
A visit to the Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the North Shore is a beautiful and serene spot to enjoy a romantic stroll through exotic gardens to enjoy the local fauna.
Lovers should not miss one of the romantic Hawaiian luaus, which feature torches, dances, singing and folklore as well a Royal feast.
Intimate and romantic dinners may be enjoyed at many of the island’s wonderful restaurants which are ideal for a romantic date night. Red Salt offers exceptional views and an elegant and eclectic menu, as well as stunning sunsets. Oasis offers fine dining at the edge of the sand.
For the utmost in privacy and romance, your dedicated concierge at Travel Keys can arrange for a local chef to come to the villa and prepare a romantic dinner for just two. Additionally, there is a catering company that provides the ultimate in outdoor dining experiences where couples may select an outdoor mountainside park or a peaceful beach, such as Hanalei Bay. The company brings all of the food and even brings tiki torches and marshmallows for roasting under the stars.
Certainly, arranging for spa treatments in the privacy or your own villa enhances the feeling of relaxation. Couples can pamper themselves with facials and massages in an unforgettable tropical setting.
Renting a private villa on the island provides the most romantic accommodations with the privacy they afford. Some favorite, idyllic retreats include the very private Sea Song. Another cozy hideaway is the Hale Lani Cottage.
The sheer physical beauty of Kauai as well as the available romantic activities are sure to make it one of your most romantic and memorable trips ever!