The resort's on-site beach kiosk provides you with all your water sports equipment, or you can just bounce in and out of the waves as we did and enjoy watching the sun setting behind Spouting Horn
From the visitor center, trails radiate into a coastal smorgasbord of scenery, including a spouting horn
, active tidepools, a cove beach, churning wave action, a giant spruce tree and probably one of the best coastal views around.
A 26-mile network of trails weaves down to the beach, where Spouting Horn
, a massive, wave-driven geyser, jets 20 feet in the air.
It is an enclave of makeshift stands at the end of Lawai Road, where tourists stop to observe Spouting Horn
-- a lava tube that gushes a vertical plume of spray when the ocean waves roll under a rock shelf.
A scenic dining hale, event pavilion and family-style dining room offer views of the community's elaborate array of swimming pools, nearby Spouting Horn
and the picturesque coastline.
Our favorite discovery was Spouting Horn
, which sends up spectacular sprays of surf as vendors sell jewelry nearby (we found good prices on earrings).
When we toured Allerton, a Hilo sampan - a drop-dead classy 1941 Dodge touring car - met us at the Spouting Horn
parking lot on Kauai's south shore for the short drive to the garden.
The 20,000 square-foot Kukui'ula Plantation House will feature coffered ceilings and wood beams, intimate furniture arrangements, overhanging eaves and a generous wrap-around outdoor lanai with panoramic views of the nearby Spouting Horn
blowhole, the Pacific Ocean and the golf course.
Head back down to the Pacific Ocean and experience the oceanic oddity that is Spouting Horn
at Cook's Chasm.
Enter at the Bill and Jean Lane Visitor Center across from Spouting Horn
near Poipu; (808) 742-2623 or www.
During storms, the views are spectacular, with waves crashing into the long, narrow rock cleft called Devil's Churn, plus another visual marvel called the Spouting Horn
, where the incoming tide shoots up like a geyser through a hole worn in the rock.
WHERE: The National Tropical Botanical Garden is about 12 miles southwest of Lihue in Poipu; parking is just across Lawai Road from Spouting Horn