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The "Garden Island"

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Welcome to Kauai

Kauai is Hawaii's fourth largest island and is sometimes called the "Garden Island," which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls! Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. More than just dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. You can kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, or go ziplining above Kauai's lush valleys. But, it is the island's laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns that make it truly timeless. Explore the regions of Kauai and make your escape to discover the undeniable allure of the island.

Regions of Kauai

Opaekaa Falls
This towering falls is an incredible sight (and photo opportunity) during your East Side adventure.
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Wailua River
One of Hawaii's only navigable rivers offers plenty of fun for kayakers and other paddlers.
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Fern Grotto
Take a boat ride to this remote, fern-filled cave to see a different side of Kauai.
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Kapaa Town
This historic enclave is home to local boutiques and delicious dining options.
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Waimea Canyon
The scenic vistas at the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" are truly beyond belief.
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Waimea Town
The oceanfront town at the gateway to Waimea Canyon is a fun stop during your West Side adventure.
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Kokee State Park
This beautiful state park has dozens of miles of trails and incredible overlooks.
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Hanapepe Town
Hanapepe Town offers interesting local galleries, boutiques and more.
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Daniel K Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Interesting history and awe-inspiring photo opportunities await.
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Napali Coast
The best views of these cathedral spire-like peaks is with a helicopter or boat tour.
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Hanalei Town
This laid-back town is the perfect place to unwind.
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Waioli Mission House and Church
Take a trip back in time to the arrival of missionaries on Kauai.
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Poipu Beach Park, Kauai
The family-friendly Poipu Beach Park on Kauai’s South Shore was once voted “America’s Best Beach.”
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Old Koloa Town, Kauai
Old Koloa Town is a charming area with a historic plantation past.
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Koloa Heritage Trail, Kauai
Koloa Heritage Trail spotlights significant cultural, historical and geological sites.
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Spouting Horn, Kauai
Spouting Horn Park features a blowhole that’s one of the most photographed spots on Kauai.
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Allerton & McBryde Gardens
Allerton Garden is home to the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film "Jurassic Park," and both gardens feature a wide variety of trails and plant species.
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Kauai Museum
Located in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau.
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Alekoko Fishpond
According to legend, the Menehune built Alekoko Fishpond on Kauai’s southeast shore in one night.
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Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, 80-foot-high waterfall located north of Lihue.
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Kilohana Estate
Past Lihue is Kilohana, a restored 1930s-era plantation estate renowned for hosting one of the island’s most iconic luau.
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Grove Farm Homestead Museum
Founded in 1864, this 100-acre sugar plantation museum in Lihue provides a fascinating look into Kauai’s plantation past.
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North Shore
The North Shore of Kauai
Home to dramatic natural beauty like the cliffs of the Napali Coast, this area is an outdoor lover's paradise.
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East Side (Coconut Coast)
The East Side of Kauai known as the Royal Coconut Coast
Kauai's East Side is sometimes called the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow there.
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Aerial shot of the Wailua Falls in Lihue
The island's government and commercial center is surrounded by natural wonders like Wailua Falls.
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South Shore
South Shore of Kauai
You'll find sites with cultural, historical and geological significance alongside beautiful beaches on the South Shore.
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West Side
Hiking on the West Side of Kauai
Discover charming, art-filled Hanapepe Town, the scenic vistas of Kokee State Park, and much more.
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More Ways to Explore Kauai

Hiking to a scenic overlook in Kokee State Park, Kauai
Find dramatic views on the West Side of Kauai

With so much to see and do on the island of Kauai, you could easily spend your entire trip exploring the island. Here's some more info about things to see and do around the island.