The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is draped in rainforest and brilliant emerald valleys, earning the nickname ’Garden Isle’. Its dramatic cliffs, forking rivers and unrivalled natural beauty has attracted Hollywood directors making it a cinematic hot-spot. Blockbuster films such as Avatar and Jurassic Park have all been partially filmed here.
Kauai provides an endless list of outdoor activities. Here, you can kayak the Wailua River, hike the trails of Kokee State Park or zipline above the island’s lush valleys. Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls are easily accessible and boat tours of the romantic Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cave sheltered by draping ferns, can be arranged. Explore the small towns and discover what makes this island timeless.
On the South Shore of the island vacationers and beach bums flock to the shores of Poipu Beach. Once named America’s Best Beach by Travel Channel, Poipu is one of the safest and most popular beaches on the island because of its calm waters. From May to December humpback whale sightings are common, and year-round large Hawaiian green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals can be spotted here. Snorkelling is very popular here, and the chance to see the state fish, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, is high. The natural wading pool, restrooms, showers, and lifeguards make Poipu a great choice for families. Close to these popular sands, visitors will find some of Kauai’s best shopping, restaurants, and golf courses in the Poipu Resort Area.