The island of discovery Kauai, Hawaii is a lush tropical paradise, with rainforests, cliffs, rivers, swaying palm trees, pristine sand beaches, and sparkling waterfalls. The air is scented with ginger and plumeria and melodic songbirds announce the sunrise.

The oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, aptly named the Garden Isle, Kauai is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, located 90 miles from Oahu. In addition to 550 miles of beaches and dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. You can snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, or kayak the Wailua River. Kauai has a laid-back atmosphere and rich culture which is apparent when visiting its small towns or traveling along its one-lane bridges that are a throwback in time. If you want more of a relaxing time, the gentle waves and stunning golden sands make for a great sunbathing vacation.

If shopping is your passion, you can spend the afternoon browsing Kauai’s boutiques, funky and fine art shops, gift nooks and farmers’ markets. The local artisans are known for Niihau-shell leis, Lauhala weavings, woodwork, and coconut products.

For food lovers, Kauai offers a world of ethnic cuisines, with Asian, Polynesian, Mexican, Central American, and European restaurants. Away from the beach, join the locals for a tasty pork, beef, or chicken plate-lunch at a counter in Lihue. And don’t leave Kauai without trying a shave ice cone found at roadside stores and vans. Most of Kauai closes after dark so there’s little local nightlife although music and dancing can be found at the island’s hotels and resorts.

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Wouldn’t you love to travel and do one of the many things on the island of discovery Kauai?

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