Known as the 'Garden Island,' Kauai's lush, green unspoiled landscape is thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of the island. An island of contrasts, Kauai was actually formed by an eruption of the now dormant Mt Waialeale volcano. There is a definite pre-historic feel about the wild, impenetrable interior and rugged coast.
Kauai is unique for having Hawaii's only navigable rivers which wind down through mountain jungle; great for kayaking. The incredible 3,500 feet deep Waimea Canyon, named the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' by Mark Twain, offers miles of trails for hiking or horse riding.
Along the majestic Napali Coast in the north-west, cliffs plunge 3,000 feet into the sea from a mostly inaccessible 14-mile stretch. If you only take one helicopter ride in your life, this is the place to do it and we'll make sure it's booked before you go.
The sunniest and most-visited holiday areas on Kauai are the south and east coasts. In the main town of Lihue, there are dozens of shops and restaurants to visit, or call in at Kilohana, a plantation estate with lush gardens and a working farm. The resort area of Poipu Beach, on the south shore, is one of the few swimming beaches on the island. It's also a good base for windsurfing, surfing or snorkelling and nearby Kalapaki Beach, to the east, is perfect for learning to surf, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle boarding.
Feel like you've been here before? It's no wonder! Kauai's spectacular scenery has featured in South Pacific, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Avatar, Blue Hawaii and more than 60 other films.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.