Whether hiking to a fantasy double waterfall, kayaking to a sacred fern grotto, or sweeping over the dramatic Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon on an unforgettable helicopter tour, you''ll encounter the paradisal magnificence of the Garden Isle at every astonishing turn, while relishing the peaceful intimacy of Kauaʻi found throughout its desirable beaches and rugged coastlines.
Hawaiian art and discovery are showcased at island museums for all all ages. Sumptuous sunbathing and snorkeling await at such pristine beaches as those at Keʻe, Anini and the quiet town of Hanalei, home to a world's number one beach as selected by "Dr. Beach." Or you can float through the island's sugar history, as you tube through a series of plantation-era ditches, tunnels and flumes once used for irrigating water to cane fields from nearby rainforests.
The Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this natural wonder was sculpted over thousands of years by rivers, floods and volcanic flows from Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Just 10 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,500 feet deep, the gorge is surrounded by both the national park and Kȏkeʻe State Park, offering 45 miles of trails to explore through the canyon and nearby Alakai Swamp.
Here, at the northernmost cusp of the Hawaiian Islands, the fascinating seafaring past of Kauaʻi is illuminated at Kilauea Lighthouse, one of the nation's most intact historic light stations, while the surrounding 200-acre Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge offers rare views of Hawaiian monk seals and an array of protected sea birds, including Hawaii's state bird, the Nene.
Be guided by an authentic Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) from a sixth-generation island family for an intimate adventure on this 2,500-acre working cattle ranch, with horseback rides through open pastures and lush rainforest or zip-lining, hiking and kayaking to hidden waterfalls and secluded springs, set against the mountain backdrop of Kauaʻi's dramatic North Shore.
Challenging game terrain and breathtaking bluff-top views characterize the emerald greens of Kauaʻi, including The Prince Golf Course, named Hawaii's best by Golf Digest, and the championship Makai Golf Course, beautifully balanced between the sapphire ocean and majestic mountains. Both courses are within close proximity of the resort to delight players of every skill level.
Enter an Eden of arcadian beauty at Limahuli Garden and Preserve, the real-life Bali Haʻi, a 1,000-acre verdant Hawaiian valley named the best natural botanical garden in the United States by the American Horticultural Society, nestled beneath "Fireworks Cliff," the Makana Mountain ridge used in ancient Hawaiian days for nighttime fire-throwing ceremonies on important occasions.
Walking Tours (Year-round)
Explore the most interesting places on Kaua‘i, with guides walking you through colorful chronicles of chiefs, missionaries and plantations at such historic locales as Waimea, where Captain Cook first landed in Hawai‘i, and quaint Kapaa Town.
Koloa Plantation Days (July)
This nine-day festival celebrates Kaua‘i and its 150-year plus plantation heritage. Family-oriented events include tennis, golf and even miniature golf tournaments, guided group eco-walks and ample samplings of the vibrant diversity of food, art and cultural activities.
Aloha Festivals (September – October)
A number of festivals throughout the traditional months of Makahiki preserve unique island traditions and history, including formal presentations of the Royal Court, extravagant luaus, Hawaiian dance competitions, music and falsetto singing, and much more.
Coconut Festival (October)
Celebrating the longtime significance of the Wailua River region, known as the Royal Coconut Coast, the Coconut Festival immerses you in all things coconut with entertaining music, dancing, cooking contests and plenty of island food.
Eo e Emalani Alaka‘i (October)
The Emalani Festival commemorates Queen Emma's 1871 horseback journey, while honoring the beloved leader's legacy as a humanitarian and lover of the land with hula masters and schools from around the islands and world staging a Hawaiian cultural experience that is truly moving.