Kauai holidays offer the chance for visitors to indulge in a slice of paradise island life surrounded by sublime natural beauty. While there are plenty of islands to visit across Hawaii, Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the archipelago.
Holidays in Kauai are ideal for nature lovers and adventurers, with plenty of exciting outdoor activities to take part in, and beautiful landscapes to explore. Fortunately, the natural landscapes of the island are still largely untouched, and you are in for a treat as all your senses will come alive during your Kauai holiday.
Experience sublime natural beauty on Kauai holidays
The small and rainy island of Kauai is known as Hawaii’s ‘Garden Island’. It's home to ancient rainforests, brilliant green valleys, and dazzling waterfalls to explore and hike. Sun seekers will find plenty of pleasure too. Kauai is peppered with golden sugar sand beaches and pretty coves that are perfect for sunbathing.
For sublime snorkelling conditions, a visit to Poipu Beach is a must. The warm, shallow blue waters make it easy to spot sea turtles cruising around the vibrant reefs, along with plenty of colourful species of fish. You can also keep an eye out for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals, who sometimes lie lazily in the sun on the golden sands of Poipu Beach Park.
Don’t miss a visit to the sprawling Waimea Canyon, otherwise known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. Here you can admire panoramic views over the deep-red soiled canyon. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, soar through the skies on a helicopter to admire the views of Waimea Canyon and the frothy Wailua Falls from a sky-high perspective.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Kauai holidays. These include must visit-spots to other dream destinations in Hawaii, including island-hopping from Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.
Escorted Tour Hawaiian Islands
Luxury Cruise Hawaii Islands
Our favorite hotels
Kauai is peppered with idyllic resorts and accommodation options to suit all tastes. Browse our recommended options for a wonderful holiday in paradise.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
From land based activities such as leisurely horseback rides, off road ATV adventures and exhilarating zip lines to water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and surfing; Kauai is a true adventurer's playground. However for those seeking a quieter pace, there is local culture and historical landmarks plus many beautiful beaches of course.
Na Pali Coast State Park
A true wilderness. Na Pali Coast State Park can only be accessed from the water, hiking by foot or from above on a helicopter tour; this magnificent Jurassic homes towering sea cliffs, narrow valleys and cascading waterfalls.
Although the island itself is known for its dramatic cliffs, canyons and lush rainforests; Kauai has stunning beaches ranging from calm, family friendly beaches to surfing hot spots. Explore the shallow tide pools at Salt Pond Beach Park or beachcomb along the long sandy stretch of beach on the islands West Side or watch for the appearance of monk seals on Poipu Beach Park along the South Shore. There are 50 miles of white-sand coastline surrounding Kauai, so whether you want to snorkel, surf or simply relax with your toes in the sand; you will be sure to find your perfect beach when travelling to Kauai.
With the only navigable rivers on the islands of Hawaii in Kauai, Wailua River is one you will want to visit. Kayak, paddleboard or outrigger canoe your way along the river, weaving past flowing waterfalls and lush jungle landscape. There are also open-air boat tours available and will take you into the Fern Grotto - a natural lava rock cave draped with ferns. The river feeds two popular waterfalls; Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls, but you can also view the river by car if you fancy exploring the island and also visiting sacred landmarks along the way.
Described as the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific', Waimea Canyon is an incredible 3600 feet deep canyon that stretches for miles. The Waimea Canyon Lookout is free and provides panoramic views into the deep valleys, but if you don't fancy exploring by yourself book onto a guided tour.
“Book a helicopter trip to see the Na Pali Coast, which is teeming with rugged cliffs and secret beaches. The landscapes are incredible, and you’ll feel like you’re soaring above Jurassic Park.”
“Give yourself at least three or four days to explore Kauai. Although it’s one of the smaller Hawaiian islands, it’s got plenty of attractions. And the beaches are just beautiful.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Kauai holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Waimea Town Celebration
Taking place in mid February each year, the Waimea Town Celebration is the largest and oldest local festival celebrating the history and culture of the area. Running across nine fun-filled days, expect plenty of busy events and activities. This includes customary Hawaiian music and dancing, local cocktails, and cuisine and screenings of successful Hawaiian based films.
Whether you prefer to observe as a spectator, or you want to dive in among the action, you’re welcome either way. We recommend popping on your dance shoes and joining the residents in their traditional dance practices and routines.
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