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Ideal for: Island Lovers, Relaxation Seekers, Outdoor Enthusiasts
The northernmost and oldest of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is a geological wonder rich in beauty, history, and culture. Formed over centuries, the island is covered in emerald green valleys, jagged mountains, tropical rainforests, sparkling rivers, and cascading waterfalls, with some parts of the island are so secluded they are only reachable by sea or air—only adding to the allure. Enjoy an easygoing pace throughout the island as you explore small towns, museums, historical landmarks, and farmers markets. More adventurous travelers will also love kayaking and snorkeling crystal-clear waters or hiking and ziplining through Kauai’s lush landscape.
Visit the former sugar plantation for a glimpse into the island’s past. Enjoy dining and shopping, as well as a tour aboard the Kaui Plantation Railway, at this 105-acre historic landmark.
Ninety percent of the island is inaccessible by car, so one of the best ways to enjoy Kauai is on foot. Head to Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon, or Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge for breathtaking, untouched scenery and wildlife.
Experience Hawaiian and Polynesian traditions with an evening luau complete with a feast of traditional foods like Kalua pig and spectacular entertainment.
Trade winds keep the island comfortable at an average temperature of 69 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning any time of year is a good time of year to visit Kauai. Ocean temperatures are also a perfect 71 to 81 degrees year-round. The dry season is typically April–September, while the winter months, especially December, usually see the most rainfall. Winter and early spring are also peak times for whale-watching and surfing (typically between January and early April).