Feb 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Love Hawaii’s Garden Island

My daughter and her husband call Kauai, where they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, “the most beautiful place on earth”. Kauai has become a favorite haunt for senior visitors. On the island of Oahu one can make a complete circuit around the island by car, bike or bus.  Not here. Too many mountains. Basically, all mountain.

The island can be best viewed by taking a helicopter tour.  This video makes for one awesome and dizzying tour.  After viewing this for yourself, you will know why Jurassic Park and other films were made on Kauai. Here is another flight that you might enjoy even more.  As you view out the window you will find that this is where nature’s fingers have had time to dig deep – carving the unbelievable fluted cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the tremendous ragged gash of Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific“. Of all Kaua’i’s unique wonders, none can touch Waimea Canyon for utter grandeur. While one expects to find tropical beaches and gardens, few expect a gargantuan chasm of ancient lava rock, 13 miles long and 2500ft deep to the riverbed (or 3700ft above sea level).

When Hollywood filmmakers were looking for pristine tropical paradise, they came to Kauai. South Pacific, Six Days Seven Nights, Fantasy Island and Blue Hawaii are just some of the major movies filmed on the island.

Beaches, beaches everywhere. There are 43  sparkling white sand beaches on Kauai. South Shore (Poipu area) has the best swimming beaches. East Shore has some great snorkeling spots, like Lydgate Park with its clear, calm waters. The truth is you can’t go more than a few miles on Kauai without running into a great beach. Here’s a little information on the best time to go to Kauai. Frommer’s has their own ideas… the best rates are available in the off season.

The dozens of impressive waterfalls, lush green valleys and black sand beaches form an indelible mark on those seniors who frequent this island. Sure the natural beauty attracts seniors from all over the world but you also have golf, fishing, horseback riding, windsurfing, scuba diving and even camping to enjoy. Make a note to be sure to check out one of the most interesting locations of Kaua’i – Spouting Horn. It is an opening in the lava rock that sends a geyser of water into the sky with every incoming wave. From Spouting Horn, you will have an unparalleled view of Kaua’i’s panoramic southern coastline.

Kaua’i, aptly nicknamed The Garden Isle, is the Hawaiian vacation destination most treasured. Senior visitors worship not only its postcard-perfect beauty, but Kaua’i’s diversity of cultures, activities, shopping, and dining.  You’ll be enthralled at the wide variety of things for seniors to see and do. Out on the water it’s a snorkeler’s paradise.

Seniors Travelers Find Near Perfect Weather

Formed some six million years ago, the island encompasses roughly 550 square miles and is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands.  Kaua’i’s weather is near perfect year-round with daytime temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, slightly warmer in the summer. The northeast trade-winds provide refreshing breezes. Rain showers usually fall in the evening and early morning hours, predominately over the mountain ranges.

Kaua’i is the fourth largest of the major Hawaiian Islands. Nearly circular in shape, Kaua’i’s land area encompasses 533 square miles, 25 miles long by 33 miles wide at its furthest points. Only 3% of the land area has been developed for commercial and residential use leaving the remaining 97% divided between agriculture and conservation. The majority of the island’s approximately 52,000 residents live and work in the coastal areas leaving the interior of Kaua’i spectacularly beautiful and pristine.

Discounts for seniors are available at almost all of Kaua’i’s major attractions, and occasionally at hotels and restaurants. Always inquire when you make a reservation of hotels, condos, villas or vacation homes in Hawaii, especially when you buy your airline ticket — most major domestic airlines offer senior discounts. Pick out a neat resort and plan to stay for a while. Aloha. jeb

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