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.

Map of Kauai

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.

Napali Coast Views
Hawaiian Tourism Authority


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.


Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond

Waimea Canyon

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. 



Waimea Canyon
Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Living in the Moment on the Island of Kauai

Fun Fact!
By law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree (4-storey limit)

Images courtesy of Hawaiian Tourism Authority. See www.gohawaii.com/au/ for more information about Hawaii.