The island of Kauai has an abundance of wildlife. In this post I have added photos of some of the wildlife we were lucky to see while visiting and where we saw them.
We enjoyed watching the Green Sea Turtles, called “Honu” in Hawaii. They are an endangered species. These guys were nearly impossible for me to photograph, as they only peek their heads up once in awhile. We loved watching them ride the waves in Kauai.
You can however, easily view there green bodies beneath the water as they ride the waves! We had the most luck seeing them by Poipu beach area, actually a little bit east of there near the condos there is a great spot to watch them ride the waves.
We also saw one (very close to shore) on Shipwreck Beach, and swam with them when we went snorkeling along the Na Pali coast.
There are so many beaches in Kauai to choose from. Poipu is a a nice sandy beach good snorkeling, a playground, bathrooms.
Poipu beach was a great spot to see turtles too. This beach is located on the south side of Kauai. I took a photo of this little crab there.
The Hawaiian Monk Seals are endangered and you are not allowed to get to close to them. We saw this one at Salt Pond Beach. Usually volunteers rope off the area when a seal comes out of the water to rest.
We were here before they had a chance to do this and I had a 300-foot zoom lens on my camera at the time. He didn’t seem to mind that anyone was around. Opened his eyes once and then went back to sleep.
We saw a pod of spinner dolphins on our boat ride around Na Pali Coast. They followed us for awhile showing off and doing flips.
Roosters and chickens are residents of Kauai. Chickens are everywhere in Kauai. They followed me on the beach and in store parking lots.
We saw lizards on our visit to the Island’s botanical garden and on several of our hikes in Kauai.
Hawaii’s official state bird is the Hawaiian Goose, or Nene. We saw these guys when visiting the Kilauea lighthouse.