Kauai’s rich natural amenities attract tourists from all over the, but it is not just humans that enjoy these conditions; Kauai is also a haven for all sorts of wildlife. Whether on land, in the air, or under the sea, Kauai’s variety of environments, from lush tropical forests to rugged canyons, attract a wide variety of creatures.
If you are an animal lover, Kauai is the ideal vacation destination for you. You will undoubtedly catch a glimpse of the island’s wildlife as you go about your daily activities, but there are some great animal sanctuaries worth visiting as well. The team at Parrish Kauai is here to help point you in the right direction. Please enjoy our guide on the wildlife on Kauai.
Kilauea Point: Home to Animals In the Air & Under the Sea
Many seabirds call the Hawaiian Islands home, but the largest population of nesting seabirds in the islands can be found at the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge. Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge, also known for the Kilauea Lighthouse, has attracted many rare bird species, including the Hawaiian goose, Hawaii’s state bird and the rarest goose in the world. Other avian species frequently found at the refuge include the red-footed booby, great frigate bird, and Laysan albatross.
However, Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge is not just for birding enthusiasts; there is more going on in the waters below. Bring binoculars and keep an eye out for dolphins, monk seals, and green sea turtles. If you are visiting from October through April, you will also have an opportunity to spot humpback whales.
More Birding at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
If you did not get your fill of birding at Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge, head to Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you will be able to view a wide variety of bird species, many of them nesting birds. Watching the birds dance in the sky with the lush green backdrop is truly a sight to behold. While you are here, consider hiking Okolehao Trail, an optimal hike for birding and majestic views.
The Tortoise Sanctuary at Makauwahi Cave Reserve
Located on the South Shore, Makauwahi Cave is the largest limestone cave in Hawaii. Geologists, archaeologists, and paleontologists have taken an interest in the cave, researching its formation, uncovering fossils, and determining how native Hawaiians lived in the area. You can visit the cave, but the real highlight for animal lovers is the tortoise sanctuary, filled with over 20 African spur thigh tortoises. This tortoise species is not native to Kauai but contributes to the island’s ecosystem by eating invasive plant species.
Experience the Amazing Wildlife Found on Kauai
Visiting Kauai is a must for animal lovers, and Parrish Kauai would love to help you find the perfect accommodations for your getaway. We offer a wide range of rental properties all over Kauai. Whether you are looking for a luxury oceanfront vacation home or a rental at one of Kauai’s most popular resorts, we have you covered. Please visit our website to book your stay with us.