Plan a warm-weather getaway to remember this winter to the tropical isle of Kauai. While elsewhere in the world people are stocking up on winter gear, leave the layers behind in favor of the white sand beaches and sun-kissed skin that make a Winter in Kauai. With warm temperatures remaining throughout the winter and additional activities that crop up around the holidays, winter is a great season for exploring the beauty of Kauai. Plan an island winter escape this year and be sure to add some of these top winter activities on Kauai to your itinerary!
Plan a Whale Watching Excursion
The winter months on Kauai happen to coincide with whale watching season, which tends to fall between December and April. While dolphins, tropical fish, and honu (green sea turtles) can be seen year-round in Kauai’s waters, whale watching season brings with it the exciting opportunities to spot humpback whales in the offshore waters. While it’s not uncommon to spot glimpses of whales and their water spouts from the shoreline, to truly get a good look at these magnificent creatures you’ll need to take a boat trip. There are several outfitters on Kauai that offer whale watching excursions, from fast and thrilling Zodiac rides to luxurious catamaran sunset sails. Many boat excursions also include additional activities such as snorkeling, sunset viewing, sightseeing along the famed Na Pali Coast, and an onboard picnic lunch or buffet dinner. Many boats are equipped with hydrophones, allowing you to hear whale songs as you cruise along in search of an unforgettable sighting.
Participate in Holiday Events
The winter holiday season is especially magical on Kauai, with palm trees aglow with twinkling lights and holiday music with an island flair in the air. Even if you’re not used to a warm-weather Christmas, you’ll quickly adjust to white sand beaches as your landscape rather than a snow-covered ground. In the days leading up to Christmas on Kauai, you’ll find a variety of markets popping up that offer a wide selection of hand-crafted goods perfect for giving. Squeeze in your last-minute Christmas shopping at these pop-up craft fairs or shopping venues such as The Shops at Kukuiula or NoKa Fair for more island-inspired goods.
Get in the holiday spirit by watching a small-town Christmas parade like the one held in the streets of the west side’s Waimea Town or the Lights on Rice Parade held in Lihue. The Festival of Lights at the Historic County Building in Lihue is also worth exploring, where you’ll find a variety of traditional and island-inspired festive displays. Round out the year with your toes in the sand as you watch a dazzling firework display from the beach in Poipu.
Hit the Beach
Warm winter temperatures on Kauai make winter a perfect time to hit the beach, no matter which month you arrive! Kauai is filled with miles of pristine white sand beaches, each with its own personality, so beach hopping is a great way to discover your favorite stretch of sand. West coast beaches such as Polihale State Park and Kekaha are magical places to take in a fiery Hawaii sunset. Beaches such as Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay are great for the whole family, with a variety of swimming, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and surfing activities that are easily accessible. A great way to take in the sights of several beaches while getting in some exercise is to walk or bike along the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Coastal Path, which follows the contour of the island’s east shore. No matter where you’re situated on the island, you’re never far from a postcard-perfect white sand beach!
Discover Your Favorite Hiking Trail
If you find yourself missing the cooler weather of winter in Kauai, head to the higher elevations found in Koke’e State Park. Here you’ll discover a myriad of hiking trails that offer spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Short, family-friendly trails such as the Canyon Trail end with a fun and picturesque waterfall swim, while others such as the Awa’awa’puhi Trail end at the steep, breathtaking sea cliffs of the famed Na Pali Coast. With trails ranging from easy to difficult, there’s something for every hiker on Kauai’s trails!
Relax at an Oceanfront Vacation Rental
Though there’s plenty to explore on the island of Kauai, setting aside a few days to relax will ensure you head back home rested and refreshed from your island getaway. Opting for a Kauai vacation rental situated right along the ocean is a great way to make the most of your stay. At Premier Kauai, many of the Kauai vacation rentals we offer are situated on grounds that boast beach access, in addition to an onsite swimming pool and hot tub. Give yourself the gift of relaxation when you stay in a well-appointed Kauai vacation rental for your winter island getaway! Contact us!