Escape to the Garden Island
Depending on where you are in the world right now, you might be pining for sunnier skies and warmer temperatures. Groups looking for an extra dose of tropical vibes can check out these must-see attractions on Hawaii's fourth largest island: Kaua'i.
The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires, and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. More than just dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities for groups to enjoy.
- Take a leisurely bike ride on the scenic Ke Ala Hele Makalae trail, along Kauai's east shore.
- Visit the Kilohana Plantation, a historic landmark and premier visitor attraction offering visitors and locals a glimpse into Kauai's past, combined with assorted island-style activities, dining and shopping.
- Hike Kaua'i's most famous—and challenging—trail: the 11-mile Kalalau trail along the Napali Coast.
- Golf at Princeville Makai Golf Club, one of the nine world-class courses available at seven locations available on the island, framed by views of lava rocks, mountain ranges and seascapes. You may even see a PGA pro or two on the green!
- Soar through the trees on a zipline that will give groups major bragging rights.
With 90 percent of Kaua'i inaccessible by car, be sure to pack some comfy shoes!
- Grab a paddle and go kayaking on one of three navigable rivers in Kaua'i—the only ones in all of Hawaii: Hanalei River, Huleia River and Wailua River.
- Snorkel and scuba on Kaua'i's North Shore, a fantastic shoreline that includes the reefs off Kee Beach and Haena Beach Park. Anini Beach has a lagoon that's perfect for beginners. Makua or "Tunnels" Beach in Haena has a wide reef area that's a treat.
- Grab a surfboard or paddleboard and enjoy the gentle, beginner-friendly waves of Poipu and Kalapaki—or watch world champions dominate some insane waves in parts of the North Shore.
- Schedule a tour to catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale, off Kaua'i's shorelines when they come to the warm Hawaiian waters to breed and give birth to new calves.
Feel like simply relaxing? Kaua'i has a beach for you!
- Gain a new perspective of the unique geography and topography of this stunning island with a helicopter tour. Groups will enjoy the sight of rainbows, waterfalls, canyons and coastlines.
Note: Before your trip, always check for weather notices and other important updates that could affect travel and activities.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today
Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism.