One of the most filmed places on Earth, and the oldest, most northern of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is the favourite of many, in part thanks to the stunning Napali Coast, which has tall tropical cliffs, caves, waterfalls and trails and views that hikers just can't get enough of.
It's a true taste of old Hawaii, an island that's perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who love getting at one with nature. Draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, and aged by both time and the elements, the 'Garden Isle' does experience more than its fair share of precipitation, so you are likely to get a little wet at some point during your stay. But as this is what makes the island so absolutely, beautifully lush, we're going to let this one slide.
Beyond Kauai's dramatic beauty, the island is home all kinds of outdoor activities: kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkelling on Poipu Beach, hiking the trails of Kokee State Park, zip-lining above the valleys, or taking a cultural journey to discover authentic hula. Worth noting is that the ocean surrounding Kauai can get a little wild, which is why it's so popular with surfers, but it's not the best island for swimming or snorkelling due to the currents.