At the Bluegreen Resorts Pono Kai Resort on the “Garden Isle” of Kauai, travelers have numerous ways to experience stunning natural vistas and family-oriented activities. Tour local waterways by flat-bottom boat, raft, or kayak; climb a mile-high peak; or hike through the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Enjoy an eco-adventure, lose yourself in the island’s 76,000 acres of green spread over eight forest reserve lands, or soar into the sky for a helicopter ride that will show you a spectacular view of the rugged Napali cliffs and coastline, as well as the island’s waterfalls, tropical rainforests, canyons, and valleys.
Kauai is the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian chain, the oldest geologically, and the farthest north. Within its approximately 550 square miles is an abundance of plant and animal life, including the endangered species of indigenous thrushes and honeycreepers that now find sanctuary through the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Kauai is a birdwatcher’s paradise. It possesses more species of tropical birds than any of its sister islands, with some 20 bird species exclusive to its borders. Humpback whales love the waters around Kauai, too, and the island is also home to the Hawaiian monk seal, three of the seven sea turtle species that exist, and a native species of bat.
Take a cruise down the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto landing and walk through the rainforest to the grotto. This multi-million-year-old natural formation is home to numerous native plants, and lush ferns hang upside down from its ceilings. Take a picnic and go hiking through Waimea Canyon State Park and see the canyon’s multicolored, deep-hewn gorge.
Sports lovers will enjoy the island’s justly famed surfing. You can also snorkel or scuba dive at Poipu Beach Park. And if you hike up Mount Kawaikini, which receives an average of around 400 inches of rain each year, you will see its cloud-wreathed summit atop the remains of an inactive volcano.
For some recreation nearer to your home-away-from-home on your Bluegreen Resorts property, try a round of golf, play on the beach, or take a horseback ride through Kauai’s varied countryside.