The island of Kauai is the grandfather of the Hawaiian islands. Not only is it the oldest island in the chain but it is also one of the quietest, withstanding the major resorts that have popped up on some of the neighboring islands. The jade jungles that fill the interior of the island overflow with tropical life and within the jungles, coves are hidden by fringe-like waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. Kauai is ideal for the traveler looking to indulge in nature.
The island of Kauai is a blanket of ecological diversity, with a climate ranging from tropical to mountainous. Kauai is home to the wettest area in the world, so be sure to prepare yourself for a whole spectrum of weather. Packing a bathing suit is essential, especially for touring the scenic cliffs and dark caverns. Whether you take a guided tour or rent a kayak, the experience is delightful.
Here are a few specific suggestions of things to do in Kauai:
-Explore the volcanoes: The lava flows from Kauai volcanoes have left some extraordinary formations behind. Visit a garden where lava flowed over trees centuries ago, burning the trees to ash and leaving a forest of tree-shaped rock behind.
-Play on the beach: The sugary white sand beaches of Kauai are legendary. Go swimming, surf in the sparkling waves, or just lie in the golden sun with a book and relax.
-Go scuba diving: See the fluorescent coral reefs and admire the diversity of the tropical marine life.
-Take a helicopter ride: For a birds-eye view of the island, take a helicopter ride and observe all the natural wonders of the island from the deep gash of Waimea Canyon to the dizzying cliffs of Na Pali.
-Hike to the Secret Falls: One of the most breathtaking sights on the island of Kauai, the Secret Falls lie at the end of a relatively easy trail.
-Go horseback riding: Gallop along the beach and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
You'll never run out of things to do in this tropical paradise. After exploring the trails and the beaches, come inland and learn more about the island's culture and history on a Kauai plantation tour. You may also want to spend an afternoon indulging in a one of the many world class Kauai spas or teeing off on an emerald green golf course. At the end of the day, enjoy dinner and drinks on the balcony of your luxury ocean rental with views of the mountains and the setting sun. It's easy to find an elegant beach condo here, since vacation rental opportunities are plentiful all year long.
If you're making plans for a wedding, remember there is nothing more romantic and memorable than Kauai honeymoons and Kauai weddings. Be sure to keep this beautiful island in mind as you plan your big day or next getaway.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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