The only way to get a full view of the island is from above. Our chosen view was by Helicopter. Kawai is the oldest of the main islands. The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1,598 m). One of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (1,200 cm), is located on the east side of Mount Wai?ale?ale (the second highest peak on the island). And a few miles from the wettest spot on earth is a desert that receives only 12 inches of average rainfall per year.
A highway runs about three quarters around the island. The rest is a beautiful cliff inaccessible by car. Several movie scenes have been shot at various points of this huge cliff. However, no swimming is allowed here. the turbulent waters and undercurrent is very dangerous.
Diving and Snorkeling in Hawaii is usually spectacular. The waters are clear and the underwater views are remarkable. Our day for diving was unfortunately murky. We did however, see and swim with giant green turtles.