Often considered the smaller cousin of the bigger Hawaiian islands, Kauai is an idyllic archipelago that is the ideal vacation destination throughout the year. Visitors may seek the spectacular scene of a road trip to Maui, the excitement and history of Oahu, and the Big Island’s endless sun. Yet, when people think of Hawaii, they often overlook the sleepy, wet Kuai located in the northernmost part of the Hawaiian islands chain. Interestingly, the same attributes that make Kuai not very attractive to some are the same reasons that make the place ideal for people looking for a less tourist-laden, less polished experience. There are a lot of things to do in Hawaii and you will find yourself with endless outdoor options once you visit the island. Currently, it’s easier to fly to Kuai than it has ever been. These are some of the unexpected reasons why Kuai seems to be Hawaii’s most underrated island.
In the splendor of Kauai is a small, laid back surfer town known as Hanalei. The town is exciting and reflects the spirit of Kauai and the broader Hawaiian Islands. You can relax on the spectacular 1.6-mile beach with views of magnificent green mountains, eat food at delightful food trucks, browse cute shops, and visit the Saturday’s farmers market or Hanalei Harvest Market.
Hanalei features a beautiful beach that is more suited for surfing than swimming. You can enjoy beautiful sunrise runs and strolls along the long stretch of sand. One of the best things about the Hanalei beach is that there is abundant space for everybody to spread out. Hanalei is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a serene vibe. However, the serene nature of Hanalei can sometimes create a challenge in finding accommodation since there are no big resorts or hotels and you have to settle on vacation rentals and Airbnbs. The experience you will enjoy at Hanalei, however, is totally worth it.