Seeing the sights on holidays to Kauai is a breeze, since this is the smallest of Hawaii's four main islands. There's plenty of scenic spots you can drive to, like the Hanalei Valley Overlook, with its incredible view of taro fields and shimmering waterfalls set against a backdrop of jagged mountains; also the Kilauea Lighthouse, with a panoramic sweep of the North Shore's dramatic coastline, and a chance of spotting humpback whales.
But there are other ways of getting to know Kauai. No other major Hawaiian island has navigable rivers, and a trip by kayak or boat along the Wailua River, past waterfalls and lava caves amid lush jungle landscapes, is like a journey into another world. This is a great place for hikers too, with dozens of fabulous routes to choose from, and the Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast, taking in sheer cliffs, secluded valleys and tropical wildlife, is an island highlight.
Kauai also does brilliant beaches, so if your idea of heaven is to lie back on white sands, swim in clear warm waters, or try out some watersports, you're in the right place. The island has over 50 miles of beaches to pick from, and there's a stretch that's right for everyone: children snorkel safely in the lagoon at Anini Beach Park; boarders battle the surf at Kalapaki; and Hawaiian monk seals pop up to say hello at Poipu. Why not say 'Aloha' to Kauai yourself?.
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Kauai Holiday Highlights
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Kauai Holiday Highlights
Hawaii's very own Grand Canyon is a must-see on holidays to Kauai. Nearly 1,067 metres deep, a mile wide and ten miles long, this great chasm is the result of an ancient earthquake that nearly split the island in two. With the Waimea River snaking along the canyon floor, stupendous panoramas are the order of the day from the top - or hike down one of the trails for a close-up view.
Na Pali Coast
Get to see the island's dramatically beautiful north-west coast, inaccessible by car, whichever way you can - whether by boat or by helicopter. Anyone up to the challenge can walk part of the Kalalua Trail, which snakes for 11 miles alongside soaring coastal cliffs and gorgeous valleys from Ke'e Beach to Kalalau Beach. 'Stunning' doesn't even half way describe it.
Holidays to Kauai are perfect for those who don't like to sit still too long. Besides great hiking and kayaking, there's the chance to learn to surf the Pacific swell at one of the island's easy-going surf schools. Plus there's fabulous diving and snorkelling; water-skiing; deep-sea fishing; zip lines; and 'tubing' down the flumes of the old sugar plantations.
One of the stars of the island's laid-back north coast is this beautiful bay, with a two-mile crescent of sand set against a dazzling green backdrop of misty mountains and waterfalls. Hanalei town itself is a charming little enclave with historic buildings, interesting galleries, and ukulele concerts in the community centre. There's even a pier.
Three of Hawaii's five National Tropical Botanical Gardens are here on the 'The Garden Isle. The McBryde Garden has the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in the world; Allerton Gardens comes with amazing landscaping and giant Moreton Figs; and Limahuli Gardens concentrates on endangered plants.
Kauai Helicopter Tour
The ultimate Kauai helicopter tour features famous areas that have made the ‘garden island’ such as Waimea Canyon and Waialeale Crater
Smith’s Tropical Luau
Experience an authentic Luau with our ‘Smith’s Tropical Luau’ which has been named as ‘Best of Kauai’ for six years running by readers of The Garden paper. Meander through splendid tropical gardens and enjoy Hawaiian culture at its best with a scrumptious dinner included
Zip Line Canopy Experience
Enjoy an amazing zip line canopy experience by gliding 60 - 80 feet above the ground and explore the Norfolk treetops on unique and exciting bridge walks with the amazing treetop tour
Wailua River Secret Falls Tour
Explore the rugged Kauai wilderness on our Wailua River Secret Falls tour which includes hiking and kayaking in this jungle valley which was once reserved for the Ali'i (Royalty).This adventure is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy!
Embark on a fun ATV adventure on Kauai's South Shore! Go off-roading on a fully automatic all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and explore Kauai's beautiful landscapes. Whether you want to be a passenger or give it a go yourself – this action packed tour is great fun for everyone!
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