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.