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When a vacation spot on the picture-perfect Hawaii is named the ‘the garden island’, you know you’re in for something spectacular. Think miles of golden, sandy beaches offset by heavy sweeping mountains and lush tropics busting with life and color. This is Kauai, Hawaii’s oldest and most volcanic island. An adventurer’s paradise, people don’t come to Kauai to lie on the beach, hula, or shop, they come for the miles of hiking trails and epic kayaking trips. With some of the most incredible views in the pacific, grab your walking boots or paddle, a camera, and prepare to be amazed.

Things to see

For an idyllic swim and a picturesque hiking adventure head to the tranquil Hanalei Bay, on the east coast of Kauai; whether you float the pools of the local waterfalls, sun yourself on the beaches, or explore the local nature parks you will be sure to be awestruck by the splendor and beauty of the spot. There are few courses that can claim to offer one of the greatest golf experiences on earth, but Princeville Golf Course does just that. Just a mile from Wyllie’s Beach, with the heaving mountains in the background and lush tropical fauna surroundings, not to mention some of the best course teachers in America, this is a must for any golfing fan or fanatic. Night owls will be drawn to the island’s Port of Lihue, a hotspot of open air restaurants, cocktail bars, dance shows, and late-night shops. Lihue brings a sense of the more hedonistic islands of Maui and Big Island to the more adventure-focused and outdoorsy Kauai.

Hotels in Kauai

Kauai may be the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian Islands, but that doesn’t mean that your hospitality won’t be 5-star every step of the way. Hotels on Kauai take their spectacular landscape as inspiration to bring some of the most incredible and unique hotels the USA has to offer. If you want luxury, the best hotels present breakfast buffets and alfresco cocktail sipping whilst you unwind listening to the nearby waterfalls and local wildlife. Most hotels offer quaint rattan furnishings and local print décor, with nearly all locations offering views over the mountains and local state parks.

Where to stay

On Kauai’s North Shore is the Bay of Hanalei, here sit plantation style buildings, small hotels, and guesthouses on the shore Despite being a hugely popular area, the 2 miles of tumbling golden beaches are rarely crowded, and you can surf, kayak, and paddleboard in total comfort. The views out over the endless, blue Pacific in front and the brooding mountains behind are spectacular, and the proximity to whale watching locations is unbeatable. If you’re after a vacation that is an equal balance of calm and fun, then a stay in Kauai’s main city of Lihue is most convenient. Here you won’t be more than a stroll from the beach but you’ll also have easy access the central amenities, such as the War Memorial Hall and Kukui Grove Shopping Center. If you choose to stay in the south, you’ll have state parks aplenty, and after a long day in the hills you can relax in the garden amid koi ponds, hibiscus, and palm trees.

How to get to Kauai

Lihue Airport is Kauai’s main travel hub, and serves the other Hawaiian islands and welcomes guests many times a day from the mainland US West Coast. International visitors can fly to Oahu or Big Island and transfer from there. There is also Nawiliwili, a newly opened port for cruise ships for tourists traveling around the Pacific.

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