When you walk off the plane from Kauai airport you are immersed with indescribably delicious aromas. This, my friends, is why they call it “The Garden Isle” and it is one of the best parts about this little slice of paradise. From the dramatic cliffs of the Na Pali coast, the Waimea Canyon’s gorgeous colors, and the most turquoise blue water I’ve ever seen, it’s easy to say that Kauai is my favorite island EVER. That’s why I’ve created the Top Photography Spots in Kauai for you all to enjoy!
LOCALS ONLY TIP! : Most of these locations involve hiking up / down steep, uneven and sometimes muddy trails. When starting a hike, at the trailhead, take a look around, you might fight a walking stick which will really help you keep your balance as you make the hike up / down.
I’ve compiled the Top Photography Spots in Kauai that you don’t want to miss when you visit!
Queens Bath is a hidden treasure on the North Shore of Kauai. If you’re a good hiker, check this spot out. It’s kinda dangerous to get to and although people do, I wouldn’t recommend swimming here – it’s super rocky and unpredictable. Danger aside, it’s a peaceful place since not many people are up for the hike with their beach gear. (Subscribe to my email list to make sure you don’t miss the blog post dedicated to hiking Queens Bath!)
The Waimea Canyon is known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” or as some may call it the “Little Grand Canyon”. Waimea Canyon is a geological gem with tall walls filled with orange, red, and green colors that will take your breath away. There are also many hiking trails that you can discover in this untouched paradise.
Wailua Falls, Kauai
This 173 ft waterfall is the main attraction for Kauai but what most don’t know is there is a trail to the bottom where you can capture the raw beauty of this waterfall up close and personal. If you have the athletic ability, the hike down will take you about 15 minutes but do know it is ADVANCED – I have scars to prove it. That aside, it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life to get down. (Subscribe to my email list so you don’t miss the blog post dedicated to hiking Wailua Falls!)
Na Pali Coast
The dramatic mountainous cliffs of the Na Pali Coast are raw, untouched land that spans for 17 miles. The emerald hues of the ridges that tower above the turquoise ocean make this one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. There are many ways to experience the Na Pali Coast but the most popular and safest ways are by air and sea. We chose the sea route and I could not recommend Captain Andy’s more for all your sailing needs to experience the gem of Kauai!
PS – there are no filters on those photos that is how blue the water is.
A locals beach on the North Shore popular for snorkeling, diving, surfing, and the crescent-shaped golden beach with views for days. Tunnels get its name from the coral formations, lave tubes, tunnels, and arches all underwater. For that reason, this is one of the most popular dive spots in the world!
The most absolute most cutest picturesque town located on the North Shore of Kauai is called Hanalei. The town is filled with shops, restaurants, and food trucks. Note that the food trucks are only open from 11am-2pm. Super bizarre if you ask me, but I can’t stay mad at you Hanalei! The Hanalei Pier in Hanalei Bay is a great place to catch a sunset.
This overlook is another easy stop on the main road. It’s a prime place for photo opportunities with sweeping views of the mountains and Hanalei fields.
Red Dirt Falls
Mars or Hawaii? This small waterfall is on the way to the Waimea Canyon and can’t be missed! There are multiple places to park on the side of the road here, which makes it an easy spot to visit. And maybe jump across if you’re crazy like me!
Another locals-only beach that is known for its seclusion, size, and beauty. Not only that but legend has it the cliffs that surround this beach have healing energy. You can catch yourself swimming with dolphins in these waters.
So when are you booking your ticket to see the beauty that encompasses the Garden Isle!? Don’t wait too long! I hope you enjoyed my Top Photography Spots in Kauai. If you’re interested in learning more about Kauai head to my complete Kauai Travel Guide!
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