Just north of Wailua is Kapaa, “the solid” in Hawaiian, situated in the “Garden Island” of Kauai County, Hawaii, in the United States. The following are 10 reasons to visit Kapaa.
1. Sleeping Giant
The Sleeping Giant “Nounou Mountain” resembles the image of a man resting on his back. This mountainous ridge that rests between both Kapaa and Wailua, shares a special legend and a great sunrise. The legend explains that this was once a giant that was constantly famished. Apparently, the villagers in Wailua once fooled this giant into eating numerous rocks, secretly placed along with the fish. Into a deep sleep, this giant never woke up again, but rumor has it that he one day will rise again.
2. Local Ambiance
Kapaa is an actual town with lots of things to do, making it a great place to stay at a nearby Kappa inn. Guests can enjoy the local ambiance and atmosphere of the natural setting with both Hawaiian heritage and European ancestries. Other areas are sometimes over-spoiled from too many buildings.
3. Unspoiled Beaches and Great Climate
The unspoiled beautiful beaches and fabulous year-round climate makes Kapaa a great place to visit.
4. Close to Airport
Kapaa is only about 10 minutes away from the Kauai International Airport.
5. Restaurants, Bars, and Shopping
Location: Highway 56 entering Kapaa
Just a short walk away from most resorts in Kapaa are restaurants, bars and shopping. No need to be in a car all of the time like many other areas far from a nearby Kapaa Bed and Breakfast. The Coconut Marketplace offers over 40 shops with fabulous clothing, jewelry, and great food. Entertainment is also never far away in the Kapaa area.
6. Fabulous Water Sports
In the Kapaa area you are just a short drive away from the option of enjoying fabulous water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, whale-watching and deep sea-fishing and more.
All of these magnificent helicopter ride tours take visitors on a journey of a lifetime offering 60- and 90-minute amazing tours. Visitors can enjoy the Waialeale Crater, Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast, and the Botanical Preserve Landing from these helicopter rides.
8. Exotic Flowers and Lush Green Grass
As Kapaa is around the North Shore area, lush green grass and exotic flowers can be observed here. Experience lovely gardens and gorgeous nature.
9. Ancient Stone Carvings and Majestic Waterfalls
Out along the Wailua River, visitors can experience the beautiful ancient stone carvings and majestic waterfalls. In addition, only a couple of miles away from Kapaa area, visitors can enjoy the Makaleha Mountain and Opaekaa Falls.
10. Wailua River Kayak Tour
Guests can venture onto an expert-guided kayak tour along the Wailua River to observe beauty and serenity, and learn about the island of Kauai. This relaxing adventure is approximately 2 hours in duration. As part of the tour, a 1-mile hike into the rain forest will lead visitors to a 130-foot waterfall. Lunch and cold drinks are available and part of the day trip.