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Lihue to Waimea Canyon - Kauai

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Start your day with a caffeine hit at Kaua’i Coffee Company, the largest coffee farm in the US. From Līhu’e head west on Highway 50 before taking a small detour through the coffee fields via Route 540. Route 540 will take you back to Highway 50 and into “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town” of Hanapēpē. Visit the unique art galleries or enjoy a stroll on the swinging bridge.

Continuing west, you will reach Waimea. This historic seaport town can be found not far from where the famous Captain James Cook first landed in Hawai’i in 1778. Visit the statue of Captain Cook in the centre of town, a replica of the original statue found in Whitby England.

Take a right at Waimea Canyon Drive (550) and keep driving until you reach one of the islands biggest attractions: Waimea Canyon. Stand in awe at the sweeping views of lush valleys and tropical forest canopies, creating a kaleidoscopic landscape of green, orange, red and purple.

You can also choose to visit Koke’e State Park. Visit the Koke’e Lodge and Museum to get a glimpse of the area’s history, rare and unique foliage and wildlife. Be sure to travel to the end of the road, where a lookout offers visitors a glimpse of the amazing Kalalau Valley.

Head back down Highway 550, leading to route 50 then 530. Soon you’ll arrive at Kōloa, home of Hawai’i’s first productive sugar plantation established in 1835. Many plantation buildings still decorate this historic place, so the area is a treat to the eye.

Stop at Spouting Horn Park and bear witness to the Po’ipū surf shooting through a natural lava tube and up to 18 metres into the air during large swells, listen for the hiss and roar of the water that follows!

Head east back along Lawai Road and Po’ipu Road to finish your day at the inviting ocean waters off Poʻipū Beach Park. From December through May you might even spot humpback whales. It’s also a well-known spot for endangered Hawaiian monk seals to sunbathe on

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