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Kauai

Known for Beach, Hiking and Snorkelling

With its lush mountainous landscapes, “The Garden Island” offers exceptional outdoor activities, classic Hawaiian atmosphere and stunning natural beauty.

How do you get to Kauai?

The fourth largest and northernmost of Hawaii’s islands, Kauaʻi is known for its lush rainforests and rugged coastline, earning it the nickname “The Garden Island.”

Follow the eastern coastline to Wailua. Located along the shores of the state’s only navigable river, the town is a hub for outdoor activities. Take a boat tour along the tributary to explore Fern Grotto, then on the drive back to town, pull over to admire Wailua Falls, a towering triple waterfall.

Hawaii’s northernmost point, Kīlauea, is known for its dramatic, rugged setting. Take in the views at Kīlauea Point. Once a volcanic vent, this National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to glimpse some of the state’s rarest bird species, which nest around Kīlauea Point Lighthouse.

The sleepy oceanfront village of Hanalei is just 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of Kīlauea. Surf and snorkel in Hanalei Bay or hike the Kalalau Trail for unparalleled views of the coastline. Watch the sun set over Hanalei Pier, immortalized in the classic film South Pacific.

Head southwest to explore the rugged cliffs and breathtaking scenery along the Na Pali Coast. This 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of coastal wilderness is accessible only on foot, boat or helicopter, but is an unforgettable experience.

Waimea is located on the western coast of Kauaʻi. This relaxed beach town is just 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Waimea Canyon, often called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Poipu and Kōloa are two of the island’s southernmost towns. Often considered to be a single municipality, these old-fashioned villages feel like they belong in a bygone era. Stay at one of the oceanfront resorts and wake up to views of the Pacific each morning.

Kauaʻi’s Lihue Airport offers direct routes to the USA and Canada, and is connected to most major destinations throughout Hawaii. With only two main highways, one of which partly circles the island, Kauaʻi is easy to navigate. Car rental is highly recommended. The island operates a bus service, however only carry-on luggage is permitted and stops are limited.

Things to do in Kauai

Hike for hours along a meandering path to reach a hidden beach or go kayaking along the shore to see soaring cliffs rising dramatically from the sea.

Gaze out at the colorful greens and reds of the majestic peaks and troughs in Kauai’s Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Visit one of the world’s best beaches, with coves of white sand and clear water decorating the Sunny South Side.

Discover a fragile ecosystem and wander through a plantation-era garden in this scenic tropical garden next to the Pacific Ocean.

Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.

Appreciate the absolute calm in this sheltered bay and spot rays and octopuses amid the colorful fish around the coral reef.

Admire the tropical scenery engulfing this double waterfall that flows into a large basin surrounded by mossy cliffs and forests.

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This half-day trip of hiking and paddling on the Wailua River is a must-do activity while on Kauai. With an easy-going voyage in a tandem kayak and a moderate hike to a beautiful waterfall, you can truly appreciate the diversity and stunning beauty of the island, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.

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From the floor of the Hanapepe Valley to the summit of Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kauai's unparalleled natural beauty stretches from sea to sky. Take in the stunning scenery of the Garden Island from the comfort of an Eco-Star helicopter on this high-flying sightseeing tour.

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There's nothing like watching a Hawaiian sunset from the water. Sip champagne as you see the sky change colors, keep an eye out for whales depending on the season, and enjoy dinner on Holo Holo, a 65-foot (19.8-m) catamaran.

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Soar over Kauai’s lush valleys, plummeting canyons, and azure coastline on a sightseeing flight over the island. From a specially designed passenger plane, gaze out large bubble windows for incredible aerial views of this verdant tropical paradise and its hidden natural wonders.

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A custom-built catamaran takes you out to experience the majestic Na Pali Coast, complete with continental breakfast. Relax on the shaded deck or snorkel in the clear water, taking in the area's natural beauty. Enjoy a deli buffet and sip on a Mai Tai as you head back to shore.

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Cruise along the verdant cliffs and steep valleys of the Na Pali Coast on this guided snorkeling excursion to the life-filled tropical waters off the shores of Kauai. Enjoy lunch and cocktails on the sun-drenched deck, and dive in for encounters with sea turtles, dolphins, and vibrant fish.

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