What if you could tour America’s largest coffee farm? Or visit the wettest place on Earth? Or discover the tight-knit village that inspired the setting of Disney’s Lilo and Stitch? Spend your next vacation on Kauai, and you can!

No matter what you see and do on Kauai, you’re bound to get hungry eventually. Not to worry: Kauai has you covered. Dining options range from high-end restaurants like Red Salt (with sushi that’s often called the best in the world) to casual cuisine at Hukilau Lanai (where all ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fishermen).

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06081Kauai has extremely diverse terrain, yet more than 80% of it is inaccessible. If you want to see the best this island has to offer, taking a helicopter tour when staying at our Kauai vacation rentals can be a good idea for a number of reasons.

You can see a number of amazing sights while on a helicopter tour, including the Na Pali Coast, Hanapepe Valley, Wailua Falls and Falls from the Jurassic Park movie, to name a few. In fact, viewing waterfalls from the air will allow you a unique view that you wouldn’t be able to see from the ground, and it will make for some spectacular photographs as well.

A few tour packages allow for stops at certain destinations so that you can take photographs of the various sights. Some also provide helicopters that have the doors removed, and these will allow you to take even better pictures, provided you are brave enough to ride in one.

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05734The Hawaiian island of Kauai is home to several waterfalls. Some of them are best witnessed on foot or by boat. Others are best seen from the air. Those hoping to view the island’s assortment of water features should first consider making reservations at the Best place to stay in Kauai, Fern Grotto Inn.

We are situated in the resplendent town of Kappa. It is located near the Wailua River, which is the source of a few waterfalls. The river has two forks, one in the north and one in the south. The northern fork is within sight of Mount Wai’ale’ale and the southern one is near Hanamaulu.

When you leave your cottage and head out on Kuhio Highway in a southerly direction, you’ll eventually come to Ma’alo Road. It’s also known as Highway 583. This road will take you to a beloved and well televised area known as Wailua Falls. Said to be 113 feet tall, the base of the double-tiered waterfall can be challenging to get to on foot. As such, most people opt to view it from above.

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kapaa hawaiiLocated on the island of Kauai, Kapa’a is known for its beauty and was recently named one of America’s Prettiest Towns according to Forbes magazine, something locals and lucky tourists have known for centuries. The town exudes a relaxed, family atmosphere, with ukelele makers and fish taco trucks a nod to the island’s Polynesian past. No other towns in Hawai’i were named to the Forbes list, which included Edgartown, Massachusetts; Leavenworth, Washington; Holland, Michigan; and Breckinridge, Colorado. Kapa’a is the only town on the list with 75-degree year-round temperatures!

Kapa’a means “solid” in Hawai’ian, and visitors will have a good time enjoying the water, mountains, and friendliness of this small town at the base of Nounou Mountain. Nounou is the Sleeping Giant and a hike on the Sleeping Giant Trail provides beautiful scenery and the short, steep hike is sure to get your blood pumping. Lydgate State Park is a great beach for families and beginner snorkelers, with calm, clear water and plenty of fish.

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Hanalei BayAs the fourth-largest main island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai has a number of natural wonders that are a must see during any trip here. Here are a few natural wonders you should take time to see whenever you visit Kauai.

Waimea Canyon

Sometimes referred to as “Hawaii’s Grand Canyon”, Waimea Canyon contains red walls just like the wonder in Arizona does. It spans more than 14 miles, and is around 3,600 feet deep. The main road leading up to the canyon contains a lookout point, where you can gaze upon the magnificent rock formations for as far as your eye can see.

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Kauai Accommodation - Fern Grotto Inn - Ohana CottageIt’s never easy to pack for your vacation: there’s so much to remember and if you haven’t visited somewhere before it can be difficult to know what you should pack, and what other travelers and locals in the area will be wearing. Everyone knows that looking good is an essential part of a fantastic vacation, so we’re here to help! Luckily, we have complimentary laundry facilities and each of our cottages is equipped with a hair dryer, iron and ironing board to help you ensure you look fantastic every day, and to avoid having to pack bulky electrical items in your luggage. So what will you need to pack?

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