What to see in Kauai

Kauai Attractions

Kauai is a paradise for outdoor adventurists, drawing hikers, surfers, scuba divers and kayakers. Despite being the longest-colonised of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai's infrastructure isn't as developed as most of its neighbours; visitors to the island come for the natural beauty, rather than resorts and nightlife.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities on Kauai, and a great way to see the spectacular interior of the island. the 11-mile Kalalau Trail is one of the most famous routes, however Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park offer slightly easier trails suitable for the whole family.

Other great outdoor places for families include Lydgate State Park and the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge.

The beaches on Kauai are ideal for watersports, and the south shore offers great opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. Dive boats leave daily from Po'ipu, and Ni'ihau is an unforgettable dive site, though more expensive. many south shore beaches also offer kayak rentals, and visitors can explore the many miles of navigable rivers, either alone or with a guide.

Kalalau Trail

Since 90 per cent of Kauai is inaccessible by road, hiking is a great way to experience the island's celebrated natural bounty. There are a number of good hiking trails around the island, but by far…

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Napali Coast State Wilderness Park

A rugged coast of extreme beauty, the Na Pali Coastline stretches 15 miles (24km) from Ke'e Beach all the way to Polihale State Park on the island of Kauai. The rugged cliffs create a paradise of peaks…

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