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Na Pali Coast Wilderness State Park, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands, USA

Kauai

Shrouded in tropical rainforests and fringed by dramatic precipices and undulating rock faces, the island of Kauai is the eldest island in the Hawaiian archipelago at approximately five million years old.

Borne from an ancient underwater volcano that ultimately pierced above sea level, this island is two million years older than its closest neighbour Oahu. At first glance it would be easy to assume that this tranquil island is completely uninhabited, but the sleepy towns of Hanalei, Waimea, Koloa and Hanapepe are well-worth a visit on days when rest and recuperation are desired. Browse endearing art galleries, paddle in the bay, listen to the gentle strumming of local musicians, tuck in to food-truck delicacies and learn about the historical sugar plantation that once graced the island.

With its plethora of steep green valleys, thousand-metre-tall sea cliffs, tropical forests, striking waterfalls and snaking rivers, two of the best ways to experience Kauai are by ocean or by air. Exhilarating light-aircraft and helicopter flights offer unparalleled panoramic views of this vivacious island, while small boats can navigate the awe-inspiring coastlines.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Sail the Hawaiian Islands

Sail on board a boutique 36-passenger yacht, passing through remote waters to the islands of Molokai, Lanai and Maui, beginning or ending on Big Island. With a backdrop of dramatic volcanoes and marine-life-rich waters, navigate to lesser-visited sites and embark on kayak explorations of secluded coastlines.

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Grand Hyatt Resort Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Grand Hyatt Resort Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

The Grand Hyatt on Kauai is a resort set on the lush south coast of Kauai. With dramatic mountainous landscape and white sand beaches the activities are endless. The resort spans 50 acres with 604 rooms including 39 suites, all the rooms have wonderful views of the gardens, ocean or mountains and have private balconies or terraces. This property has it all, fantastic service, beautiful gardens, palm-fringed beach and a lush mountainous backdrop. The beach and resort are peaceful and quiet offering privacy and a place to relax.

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Roxy advised that we sail around the Hawaiian Islands, so that we could see as many of the islands as possible (including very remote ones) while getting to snorkel, kayak and meet local communities. What a perfect recommendation - our journey was a once in a lifetime experience.

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Na Pali Coast, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA
Na Pali Coast, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA

Folklore & Modern History

With a fascinating narrative history that is cloaked in native folklore, legend tells that Kauai was the first island in the archipelago to be discovered by the Polynesian navigator and settler Hawaiʻiloa. The irrefutable drama and visual magnificence of Kauai has attracted more than just an abundance of wildlife and a constant trickle of curious adventurers – the “Garden Island”, as it is colloquially known, has also drawn crews from blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Avatar.

Kauapea Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Kauapea Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Activities on Kauai

Kauai possesses some of the most spectacular beaches in the Hawaiian Islands, with Tunnels Beach and the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park being amongst the most sought-out destinations on the island. In addition, the island is also home to the 22-mile Kalalau Trail, one of the most arduous and rewarding hikes in the archipelago. Head inland to discover some of the fascinating geological oddities that dot the island, including the large sinkhole known as Makauwahi Cave where bones, remnants of now extinct flora and evidence of massive tsunamis of the past have been found. Alternatively, travel to the humbling lookout point of the colossal Waimea Canyon and observe the towering waterfall that crashes on to the lush vegetation below.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.
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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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