Could an island be any lovelier than Kauai? One of the world’s most romantic destinations, Kauai is a tropical paradise, with enough waterfalls, scenic beaches and rustic country life to fulfill any getaway fantasy. There’s plenty to do here, too—and we’ve got the scoop on every angle.
We offer our top-of-the-top Kauai highlights right here—the places you’ve simply got to get out and experience during your stay on the island, even if your stay is short. Then check out our PERFECT ITINERARIES, packed with every type of activity to help you craft the perfect Kauai vacation plan.
- North Shore. Great bluff seaviews from Kilauea Lighthouse a short drive from Princeville’s world-class golfing and hidden beaches lead to Hanalei, Hanalei Bay’s beaches, Tunnels and Kee Beaches and the start of 11-mile long Kalalau Trail along the incredible Na Pali Coast.
- Poipu. The charming former plantation town, Koloa, full of shops and galleries, is the entrance to Poipu, heart of the sunny south with great beaches for walking (Maha’ulepu), snorkeling and swimming (Poipu Beach Park), and the fabulous National Tropical Botanical Garden, next to legendary Spouting Horn.
- Waimea Canyon. A surprising vision in the middle of the Pacific, this 10-mile, 3,000-foot-deep, red-earth layered canyon reveals the raw power of nature.
- The Na Pali Coast. Remote, rugged and wildly beautiful, the Na Pali Coast is the primordial Hawaii you dreamed of. Take a day-hike along the coastal trail, boat along the sea cliffs or soar above them in a helicopter.
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