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Unexpected Kauai

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Roughly 10 percent of Kauai is accessible by car, while the rest of the island can only be explored by hiking, air tours and kayaking. Many travelers seeking unconventional experiences come to Kauai just for that reason.

On Kauai’s peaks, experienced hikers can trek along the Napali Coast on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail to see incomparable views. Kokee State Park also features some of the island’s best hiking trails. On Kauai’s shoreline, you can discover a variety of hidden beaches. From Mahaulepu Beach east of Poipu Beach Park, where George C. Scott portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the film "Islands in the Stream," to the North Shore’s Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach), Kauai’s beautiful beaches are always a joy to discover.

You can also find hidden treasures in Kauai’s small towns, from the art galleries of Hanapepe to the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in Waimea Town. Sail the Napali Coast or explore its hidden sea caves by zodiac.  Or to really try something new, go on an outdoor adventure by ziplining above Kauai’s rainforests or mountain tubing in Lihue’s irrigation channels. You’ll see that some of Hawaii's best-kept secrets can be found on Kauai.

  • Art of Kauai

    See how Kauai inspires its artists by visiting the island’s art galleries and museums.
    • Beaches of Kauai

      50 miles of white sand beaches surround Kauai, offering nice spots for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
      • Biking on Kauai

        Flat roads and a lack of big hills make it easy to take a scenic bike ride around Kauai.
        • Boating on Kauai

          Whether you’re sailing to the Napali Coast or taking a sunset catamaran cruise, exploring Kauai’s seas by boat is unforgettable.
          • Festivals of Kauai

            Join in on the year-round celebrations of Kauai Festivals to experience how residents honor the culture of the islands.
            • Film Locations of Kauai

              Take a movie tour to learn about the more than 60 feature films shot on location in Kauai or discover them for yourself and make your own movie moments.
              • Fishing on Kauai

                Whether you’re chartering a boat or fishing from shore, Kauai is ideal for both deep sea and freshwater fishing.
                • Hiking on Kauai

                  From the Kalalau Trail to Kokee State Park, hiking is a great way to see the island's natural splendor first-hand.
                  • Historic Places of Kauai

                    From Captain Cook’s arrival in Waimea to the first sugar plantation in Koloa, take the time to explore Kauai’s rich history.
                    • Horseback Riding on Kauai

                      Experience the beautiful bluffs and beaches of Kauai on a guided horseback tour.
                      • Hula on Kauai

                        See authentic hula throughout Kauai at seasonal festivals, competitions, luau and live performances at hotels and resorts.
                        • Kayaking on Kauai

                          Kayaking the navigable rivers of Kauai offers visitors the chance to discover beautiful vistas and tropical landscapes.
                          • Live Music on Kauai

                            You’ll find live music venues throughout Kauai in restaurants, lounges and in the island’s fine hotels and resorts.
                            • Mountain Tubing on Kauai

                              Take to Kauai’s historic waterways in a mountain tube and discover a whole new way to access the island's tropical interior.
                              • Natural Wonders of Kauai

                                From the Napali Coast to Waimea Valley, Kauai is home to some of Hawaii’s most incredible natural wonders.
                                • Resorts of Kauai

                                  From Princeville to Poipu, Kauai resorts offer world-class amenities, amazing restaurants, spas and golf courses.
                                  • Snorkeling and Scuba on Kauai

                                    Beyond Kauai’s flourishing gardens, the island offers a wide range of snorkeling and scuba spots to explore under the sea.
                                    • Surfing on Kauai

                                      From Hanalei Bay to Poipu Beach watch Kauai’s surfers or take a surfing lesson of your own.
                                      • Whale Watching on Kauai

                                        From December to May, go on a whale watching tour or spot humpback whales from Kauai’s southern beaches and coastal areas.
                                        • Ziplining on Kauai

                                          Soar up to 35-miles an hour above Kauai’s lush valleys, streams and rain forests on an exhilarating zipline tour.