As a recent resident of the island of Kauai I came to a conclusion that after living here for a couple of years that I really don’t know that much about the island.
I do know that Kauai is without a doubt one of the most scenic of the Hawaiian island chain and has a great many things to do, places to go, restaurants and beautiful vistas to see but I‘m not one of those people who likes to read the thousands of pamphlets that assault you at the airport or the volumes of free publications that advertise “101 places” to do… whatever.
I decided I needed to get into the “zen-mind-beginners-mind and place myself in the role of the tourist, get an overview by experiencing the island, not just reading about it.
So I gave myself the opportunity to do just that by booking a seat on the Best of Kauai Tour. I could then go back and get a more in depth look at those places on Kauai that really “called” to me. I likened this approach to watching a dvd movie then switching to the special features for that ‘something extra’.
The tour turned out to be the perfect activity for me to get a taste of what Kauai had to offer and then some.
Our Best of Kauai Tour guide ‘Steve’, (a resident of the island for over 30 years and a local radio celebrity–to boot!) had an incredible wealth of local information on everything from flora and fauna to his favorite breakfast nook to quoting the lines from the many movies that had been filmed on Kauai. He provided the perfect informational ‘mortar’ between points along the way as we spent the day viewing the Sleeping Giant, local beaches, Opeaka’a falls, the Kilauea lighthouse and National Wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary and the classic Wailua boat tour to the famous fern grotto. There we were serenaded to the sounds of that ‘oldie-goldie’; the Hawaiian Wedding Song complete with a no host lunch at the landmark Wailua Marina restaurant afterwards. We even had a surprise visit to the amazingly beautiful Kauai Hindu Ashram.
So now I have a really good idea of what Kauai is all about and I didn’t have to follow maps, or worry about traffic. And to top it off when friends and relatives come to the island I can recommend the Best of Kauai Tours if I am unable to escort them around or like myself give them a good ‘taste’ and then explore more “in depth” at our leisure.
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