The second oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands, which is located toward the western end of the island chain, Kauai is the perfect place for a sun-filled getaway. Whether you’re a beach bum looking to get some R&R alongside the ocean or an adventurer striving to trek through unique natural wonders, this little island is packed with more than enough big attractions to fill up your itinerary.
Find your ideal spot and kick back on any number of stunning beachfronts or hop from place to place to take in new views as you move about the island. Regions like the island’s south shore make beach hopping a breeze, with excellent options like Poipu, Kiahuna, and Kekaha beaches all within a short stretch—meaning it’s a convenient destination for sunbathers, surfers, and sea turtle fans alike.
Of course, the beaches aren’t the only place where you can spy stunning vistas and convene with nature. On the northern Napali Coast, the views—which can be enjoyed by hike, helicopter, or boat—are almost otherworldly in their beauty. No matter how you take them in, you’ll be blown away by the park’s expanses of jagged cliff faces that stretch back from the shoreline. To the south, on the other side of these cliffs and peaks, you’ll find even more natural features that, once you see them, you won’t soon forget. Waimea Canyon State Park, home to what’s known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, offers seemingly endless trails for hikers of all endurance levels and boasts countless jaw-dropping panoramic views of the sprawling canyon below.
Cool off after all the excitement and sun with Kauai’s trademark shave ice, or delight in any of the island’s other delicious fare. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find local favorites alongside internationally influenced dishes at dining tables across this island that’s bursting with pleasures.