Unexpected Kauai

Roughly 10 percent of Kauai is accessible by car, while the rest of the island can only be explored by hikingair tours and kayaking. Many travelers seeking unconventional experiences come to Kauai just for that reason.

On Kauai’s peaks, experienced hikers can trek along the Napali Coast on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail to see incomparable views. Kokee State Park also features some of the island’s best hiking trails. On Kauai’s shoreline, you can discover a variety of hidden beaches. From Mahaulepu Beach east of Poipu Beach Park, where George C. Scott portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the film "Islands in the Stream," to the North Shore’s Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach), Kauai’s beautiful beaches are always a joy to discover.

You can also find hidden treasures in Kauai’s small towns, from the art galleries of Hanapepe to the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in Waimea TownSail the Napali Coast or explore its hidden sea caves by zodiac.  Or to really try something new, go on an outdoor adventure by ziplining above Kauai’s rainforests or mountain tubing in Lihue’s irrigation channels. You’ll see that some of Hawaii's best-kept secrets can be found on Kauai.

See how Kauai inspires its artists by visiting the island’s art galleries and museums.
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50 miles of white sand beaches surround Kauai, offering nice spots for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
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Flat roads and a lack of big hills make it easy to take a scenic bike ride around Kauai.
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Whether you're sailing to the Napali Coast or taking a sunset catamaran cruise, exploring Kauai's seas by boat is unforgettable.
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Join in on the year-round celebrations of Kauai Festivals to experience how residents honor the culture of the islands.
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Take a movie tour to learn about the more than 60 feature films shot on location in Kauai.
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Whether you're chartering a boat or fishing from shore, Kauai is ideal for both deep sea and freshwater fishing.
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From the Kalalau Trail to Kokee State Park, hiking is a great way to see the island's natural splendor first-hand.
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From Captain Cook’s arrival in Waimea to the first sugar plantation in Koloa, take the time to explore Kauai’s rich history.
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Experience the beautiful bluffs and beaches of Kauai on a guided horseback tour.
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See authentic hula throughout Kauai at seasonal festivals, competitions, luau and live performances at hotels and resorts.
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Hawaii Island is youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, and also the largest, boasting more miles and climate zones than anywhere else in Hawaii. Strong and majestic, it offers an equally bold driving experience, from roadside stories that speak of a remarkable native culture to the infinite colors of nature’s paintbrush.
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Kayaking the navigable rivers of Kauai offers visitors the chance to discover beautiful vistas and tropical landscapes.
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You’ll find live music venues throughout Kauai in restaurants, lounges and in the island’s fine hotels and resorts.
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Take to Kauai’s historic waterways in a mountain tube and discover a whole new way to access the island's tropical interior.
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From the Napali Coast to Waimea Valley, Kauai is home to some of Hawaii’s most incredible natural wonders.
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From Princeville to Poipu, Kauai resorts offer world-class amenities, amazing restaurants, spas and golf courses.
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Beyond Kauai's flourishing gardens, the island offers a wide range of snorkeling and scuba spots to explore under the sea.
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From Hanalei Bay to Poipu Beach watch Kauai’s surfers or take a surfing lesson of your own.
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From December to May, go on a whale watching tour or spot humpback whales from Kauai’s southern beaches and coastal areas.
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Soar up to 35-miles an hour above Kauai’s lush valleys, streams and rain forests on an exhilarating zipline tour.
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