This is the Hawaiian island that Captain Cook first stepped foot onto, a tropical paradise blessed with a mild climate, wide sandy beaches and waterfall-etched mountains. You can only imagine his first thoughts ...
The 'Island of Discovery', as it is known, is the most northerly of the Hawaiian islands. It is also the oldest: at six million years of age, there has been plenty of time for nature to create a particularly special island of lush vegetation, steep cliffs, deep gorges, immense canyons and stunning coral reefs. This is the perfect island for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and those who just want to get away from it all.
The east coast, or 'Coconut Coast' of Kauai, offers golden-sand beaches and the meandering waters of the Wailua River, perfect for a kayak adventure. Or journey to the southern shores, where you will discover crescent-shaped beaches and great opportunities for snorkelling, swimming and surfing.
Na Pali Coast
Experience amazing panorama on the Na Pali coast. Guarenteed to revive your soul, a visit to this famous coastline is truly magical expereince. The Kalalau Trail is a must for any nature lovers with a passion for hiking. The trail is only accessed via Kee Beach and crosses five valleys, ending at the peaceful but isolated Kalalau Beach. This trail is quite challenging so most visitors like to break up the journey over two days.
Even if you're not a hiker, you can still enjoy awe-inspiring scenery on a boat trip, kayak, or helicopter ride, where you can view the spectacular bird's-eye view over land and water.
Kauai's captial city, Lihue is filled with culture, history, charm and breathtaking beauty. Home to the island's airport and cruise ship port, this commercial centre is also the gateway to Kauai. Head north of Lihue to discover Wailua Falls; nature's stunning waterfalls, visit Ninini Beach for a swim in the protected blue waters or head to the stunning Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond, located just minutes from Lihue.
Stretching 16 kilometres long and located on the west side of Kauai, this dramatic landscape captures the imagination of all of its visitors. Named as 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific' by Mark Twain, the Waimea Canyon showcases beautiful panoramic views with many hiking trails and scenic lookouts. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned hiker, there are numerous trails to suit your needs.
Living in the Moment on the Island of Kauai
Na Pali CoastHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Waimea CanyonHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Vivid Kauai sunsetHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson