The lush and tropical "Garden Isle", Kauai, has papaya trees, waterfalls, rain forests, fern grottos, and a hang-loose attitude. Get ready to really relax together amongst the friendliest locals and most beautiful scenery, perhaps on all of earth.
Kauai is home to massive forested cliffs that drop into the sea just as the lava did when the island was first formed (by a giant eruption). Kauai also has the only passable rivers in Hawaii, plus over 40 beaches — ranging from quiet lagoons, to calm bayside beaches, to surf-pounded shoreline.
Due to agreements with Kauai's royality, the majority of the island's raw beauty remains largely undeveloped. The Na Pali Coast is one of the most dramatic areas of the island and can be explored by sea kayak, boat, or helicopter.
Adventurers can also hike in this area, kayak in the scenic Wailua River, or explore the immense Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Scuba divers can explore lava tubes and coral reefs filled with tropical marine life.
Kauai is also a golfer's paradise, with five of the top-rated courses in Hawaii, offering plenty of gorgeous scenery and challenge. Two of its golf courses are ranked in Golf Digest's Top 100 American Public Courses — The Prince (at Princeville) and Kauai Lagoons.
A relaxed pace is perfect for Kauai. It's a small island, with all of its attractions easy to reach by car. Stop and listen to the waves, sit outside, marvel at the huge sky and moon, and enjoy the scent of the trees and flowers in the warm trade winds.