Kauai: nature at its finest
Kauai, Hawaii is the oldest, northernmost, and fourth largest of Hawaii’s main islands. This backdrop features in films like Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii, South Pacific and The Descendants as well as many other TV shows. Kauai Island is all about natural beauty and is commonly described as ‘rejuvenating’, its main attractions being its landscapes. 90 per cent of the island is unspoilt rainforests, deep valleys, and awe-inspiring cliffs which dominate the scenery. Kauai is perfect for nature lovers who want to become immersed in one experience and activity.
The 24-kilometre stretch of the Na Pali coast has steep cliffs, beautiful bays and beaches – most of which are only accessible by boat, foot or helicopter but this is a must-see area. The Waimea Canyon or ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ may not be as large as its Arizona cousin, but it is just as unique. For other outdoor activities, kayaking down the only navigable river in Hawaii, the Wailua, is an excellent few hours of exercise. To the north of the island are the resorts of Princeville at Hanalei
When you have hiked to your heart’s content and checked out Kauai’s six million years of natural history, head to the Poipu Beach resort in the south. This dry sunny side of the island has amazing white sand beaches and offers plenty of opportunity to chill.