Take a trip to Hawaii’s firstborn, Kauai, and prepare for the unexpected. The enchanting “Garden Isle” offers a spectacular variety of tropical splendors, as well as the surprising burnt umber, 10-mile long “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon and Hawaii’s only navigable river, the Wailua. Its source lies at the island’s core, Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on earth.
Explore the incredible “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon, and take a relaxing cruise in an open-air boat along Hawaii’s only navigable river, the Wailua River, towards peaceful Fern Grotto during the Kauai Waimea Canyon Wailua River Experience. Enjoy a Na Pali Sightseeing Sunset Dinner Cruise with a spectacular 2,500-foot-high backdrop. Glimpse all the magic on a Kauai ECO Adventure helicopter flight over exquisite Hanapepe Valley, “Jurassic Park Falls,” Waimea Canyon, the spectacular Na Pali cliffs and beyond.
Complete your day watching the entertaining Luau Kalamaku show, which combines a delicious dinner and musical reenactment of the Polynesian journey from Tahiti to Kauai with special effects, songs, and dance. Visit pleasantactivities.com for additional information.
Not to be outdone by the famous beaches that ring the island, Kauai’s lush landscapes are a feast for the senses. Whether it’s a leisurely horseback ride to a remote waterfall or an exhilarating zipline adventure through the jungle, the Garden Isle is a true adventurer’s playground.
Hiking is one of the best ways to discover the island, as 90% of Kauai is inaccessible by car. Lace up your hiking boots and explore Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon on the West Side, with hundreds of trails and breathtaking vistas waiting around every turn.
For those seeking a quieter pace, the island offers plenty of additional opportunities to explore local culture, history and more — including museums, historical landmarks, farmers markets and more.