Lush, rural Kaua'i is the Pacific Ocean’s magnificent jade temple. On Hawaii’s oldest major island, nature’s fingers have had time to dig deep – carving the unbelievable fluted cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the tremendous ragged gash of Waimea Canyon. A mecca for hikers and kayakers, Kauaʻi is beloved by outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, and it has been the darling of honeymooners ever since Elvis tied the knot here in Blue Hawaii. Forget coddling resorts, decadent shopping or bustling nightlife. Come to Kauaʻi for its heavenly art gallery – the one you find outdoors. The price for these works? Just a pair of boots and a little sweat.
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Best places to stay in Kaua'i
This full-color guide reveals the island’s beaches, sights and off-the-beaten-track adventures so you can discover the real Kaua‘i. Realize your dream vacation with insider insights, honest reviews and simple planning tools.
Top 5 tropical islands
Coconut palms and aquamarine waters are only the beginning – Lonely Planet Traveller magazine takes you to five very different island escapes, from diving adventures to luxury on a lagoon.
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Hawaii - Ni'ihau & Kaua'i (Chapter)
If you're after a place that best celebrates Hawaii's geography and indigenous culture, then Molokaʻi is for you. It ranks as one of the least-spoiled islands worldwide, with ancient Hawaiian sites dotting the island's beautiful, tropical east.
Kauaʻi destination guides
Kaua‘i's coast and mountains: a hiker's dream
Crisscrossed by centuries-old footpaths once trod by Hawaiian royalty, Kaua‘i is an unbeatable choice for hikers, especially first-time visitors to Hawaii. Nowhere else in this Polynesian archipelago can you find such a variety of trails, from family-friendly walks to hardcore treks.
Napali and Ni'ihau 'The Forbidden Island' Kauai Snorkel Cruise
Take the ultimate Kauai snorkeling adventure, departing daily from Port Allen Harbor, Kauai! You'll cruise the majestic Napali coast en route to Forbidden Island, Ni'ihau, for some of the best snorkeling in Kauai.
Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River
Enjoy a day filled with the beauty, legends and stories of Kauai, the Garden Island, on a Waimea Canyon Kauai tour! This fully guided scenic tour takes you to Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River, with plenty of photo stops along the way.
Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island
Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island hopping? Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastical beaches, friendly faces and ono grinds (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a unique flavor.