Kauai is significantly less-populated and lesser-known than the big three islands of Hawaii — Oahu, Big Island and Maui.
But there’s a strong case to be made for why Kauai, also known as the Garden Island, should be your first stop. It is home to wildly green landscapes and sheer peacefulness reminiscent of a lost world.
Kauai, the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands, is a place where worries fade away in the trade winds, warm saltwater laps the golden sands of Kauai’s Beaches and the rain-forests of Koke’e host earth’s rarest plants and birds. It is the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian islands. Waterfalls, scenic drives and more than 60 beaches mark the landscape. Some beaches have great snorkeling, others offer child-friendly tidal pools and some are perfect for all kinds of water sports. Dry-land activities include hiking the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coastline, taking a day trip to Waimea Canyon and experiencing life on a sugar plantation at Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
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This entire video was filmed on the island over a 9-day period.