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Outdoors & Nature

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Explore paradise on earth. An unspoiled world for the adventurous with an iconic coastline of mountainsides and fluted cliffs of waterfalls, long sandy beaches and hidden coves.

Kilauea Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge's dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places on the main Hawaiian Islands to view wildlife, and is also home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawai`i. Visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, native Hawaiian coastal plants and Hawaii's state bird - the nene or endangered Hawaiian goose
Kilauea 808-828-1413 View More Details

National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Ninety percent of all plant and animal species on our planet exist in the tropics -- that warm moist belt that circles the earth. And it is in these regions where the extinction rate is the highest. Species are disappearing faster than anyone knows. They cannot be replaced. The National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming this tide of extinction - through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG`s gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever.
4425 Lawai Rd, Koloa View More Details

Allerton Garden

Allerton Garden (Lawa`i Kai) lies between the Pacific Ocean and the McBryde Garden in the Lawa`i Valley, on the south shore of the Hawaiian Island of Kaua`i. It is a garden paradise, transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect. The endless possibilities found in this dramatic topography led to the creation of this masterpiece of garden art. A series of garden rooms unfold between the Lawa`i Stream and the cliffs of the Valley. The sound of water is in abundance in pools, miniature waterfalls, and fountains. Statues grace this former estate and resonate with a European influence.
4425 Lawai Rd, Koloa 808-742-2623 View More Details

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon on Kauai is a geographic marvel. Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this glorious gulch contains 3,000-foot tall cliffs with lush green foliage amidst red pops of color, sprinkled with waterfalls. Millions of years ago, volcanic activity as well as the Waimea River, helped carve out this mini canyon. Erosion and rainfall are among the factors that continue to chisel away at this mountainous beauty.
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Princeville Botanical Gardens

Situated on the lush North Shore of Kauai, Princeville Botanical Gardens offer an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts, horticulturalists, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Visiting this garden paradise makes it quickly apparent why Kauai has been dubbed the Garden Island.
3840 Ahonui Place, Princeville 808-634-5505 View More Details

Kalalau Trail

Hiking the Kalalau Trail on your Kauai vacation is a truly unforgettable experience. This beautiful 11-mile trail is located on the north shore of Kauai and offers breathtaking views of the island’s rugged coastline and lush tropical forests. The trail is challenging, with steep inclines, narrow paths, and rocky terrain. Due to its steep cliffs and slippery conditions during wet weather, it has been cited as one of the world’s most dangerous hiking trails. Completing the full trek requires 22 miles (round trip) of technical hiking, overnight camping, and securing a highly competitive permit. However, it is still possible to enjoy part of the trail with less risk and high reward.
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Na Pali Coast State Park

Along Kauai’s lush North Shore lie stunning emerald sea cliffs that plummet like spires into the lush valleys and blue ocean below. This rugged and remote area is home to Na Pali Coast State Park. Visiting Na Pali Coast State Park on your Kauai vacation is a must-do activity for anyone who loves natural beauty and outdoor adventure. From towering cliffs and rugged coastlines to pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Na Pali Coast State Park has it all.
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