We spent a week on each of the Hawaiian Islands, exploring to find the best places they had to offer.

Here’s our guide to Kauai, Hawai’i, the Garden Isle.

Kauai Rainbow Bay

Kauai is pristine – the oldest of the major Hawaiian Islands, you can find more native Hawaiian flora & fauna here than the other islands. The jungles are thick & lush, and with only one road along the coast, divided by the massive canyon & mountain range to the northwest, Kauai still feels untamed.

Here are the 7 most amazing, must-visit locations on this beautiful, rugged island.

Hanalei Rainbow

Hanalei Bay

This pristine cove is surrounded by gorgeous green mountains, with a charming pier and sailboats floating in the bay in the summertime.

This pristine cove is surrounded by gorgeous green mountains, with a charming pier and sailboats floating in the bay in the summertime. Hanalei Bay is perfect place to watch sunrise or sunset – this tranquil bay surrounded by epic mountains will keep calling you back.

Hanalei Bay Pier

Hanalei Bay is perfect place to watch sunrise or sunset – this tranquil bay surrounded by epic mountains will keep calling you back.

Waimea Milky Way

Waimea Canyon

 Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this area offers expansive views over the vast, colorful canyon cliffs and precipitous mountains.

Waimea Canyon Falls

With tons of trails winding around and through the canyon, this is the perfect place to explore the interior of the island.

Kalalau Overlook Sunrise

Kalalau Overlook

Visit the Kalalau overlook at the end of the road for this vista of the Na Pali coast. Walk along trails through the jungle, winding along the cliffs, to find the best views.

Wailua Falls Sunrise

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls is a massive waterfall surrounded by lush jungle. Start your day by watching the first light of the sunrise illuminate the waterfall and the surrounding forest. This is the perfect place to dip off the path and hike to the bottom of the falls for an experience in a secluded waterfall lagoon.

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

However you can get to this coast – by foot, by boat, by plane – GO! The Na Pali coast is an epic, beautiful coast like none other in the world.

Rainbow Airplane Hawaii

If you can secure a permit, there is also a 22-mile roundtrip foot path along the Kalalau trail to reach an amazing, secluded beach.  If you are attempting this hike, be sure to plan enough time to camp overnight on the beach and stay for a priceless sunrise.

We chose to experience this incredible coastline from the sea and from the sky.

Dolphins Na Pali Coast

From the sea:

On our Na Pali Coast boat tour, we encountered several pods of Spinner dolphins, each with dozens of dolphins. When we stopped & floated in the water, they came right up to the boat – they’re so curious! We even saw dolphins leaping out of the water in the sparkling morning sunlight.

Dolphins Na Pali Coast
Jumping Spinner Dolphin

From the sky:

Rainbow Na Pali Coast

Flying over the Na’ pali coast is a life-changing experience – dipping and soaring through the air above one of the world’s most breathtaking coastlines

 Click here to find out more about our unbelievable adventure in the skies over Kauai!

Full Circle Rainbow Kauai

If you travel by plane we recommend Air Ventures Hawaii and if you’re traveling by boat we recommend Makana Charters! These are the companies we used to tour this unbelievable coast – which made this trip to Kauai an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Tunnels Beach

Like a castaway paradise, Tunnels Beach is perfect for sunrise, sunset, snorkeling, surfing, and spending the day away in paradise.

Tunnels Beach Castaway

Sea turtles swim in the shallows of the shore, feeding on the algea. The green colors in the algea, the turtles’ main source of diet, is what give the Honu their green tint.

When calm, the waters in this section of cove are perfect for snorkeling and catching views of vibrant sea life swept along with the waves around the reef. Just watch out for sharks.

Turtle Swimming

Ke’e beach

The last beach, at the end of the road – this is the beginning of the wild coast. Ke’e beach is the vast sandy beach & rugged shore at the end of the Na Pali Coast – this stretch of isolated nature is where the Kalalau trail begins and the island’s highway officially ends.

Ke'e Beach Sunset

These are some of the top spots to visit, but are by no means all that Kauai has to offer. Spend time exploring the island – some of the best adventures happen when you least expect them.

Kauai is the wildest of the Hawaiian islands – what would you do on your visit? Let us know in the comments!