Kauai, Hawaii is an island for nature lovers. It’s breathtaking landscapes, from majestic mountains to ferocious volcanoes to stunning waterfalls and pristine beaches, the island is not short of visual feasts that please the eye.

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, and is also known as the “garden isle” because of its natural beauty. It’s quite different from Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.

But there are more things to do in Kauai than just playing in the great outdoors. The island is rich in Hawaiian culture, has a decadent foodie scene, and has plenty of opportunities to sit back and relax.

Cruise the Napali Coast on a Boat Tour

There are various types of boat tours available, such as a relaxed dinner and/or sunset cruise, or a catamaran cruise that affords a smaller group. You can even have a raft for an adventure.

Hang out in Kapa’a

Be sure to visit Lava Lava Beach Club, a beachfront restaurant that serves delicious food with a backdrop of amazing views and often has live music in the evenings.

Hike the Sleeping Giant Trail

For sweeping views, don’t miss out on a chance to hike the entirety of Sleeping Giant. It’s an easy-moderate hiking trail that doesn’t take hikers more than 2.5 hours to complete (with time to stop and take pictures).

Visit and Hike Waimea Canyon State Park

It’s vast and a must-visit even if you only visit the lookout point. There are various trails for hiking at every level if you feel so inclined. As with all hiking, be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, and snacks.

Visit Queen’s Bath

Queen’s Bath is a tide pool located in a neighborhood in Princeville. It’s actually a sinkhole and boasts incredible ocean views. There is very limited parking so I suggest going first thing in the early morning or late afternoon.

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