Why Kauai is Hawaii’s Island of Discovery



Most travelers know Kauai for breathtaking natural beauty that can be enjoyed in every season, thanks to ideal year-round temperatures. But Hawaii’s Island of Discovery is also a mecca of outdoor recreation, a coveted site for movie buffs and photographers, and a garden-lover’s dream destination.

Extraordinary Adventures
Many activities offered on Kauai can’t be experienced anywhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. One tour uses the old sugarcane irrigation canals, where visitors tube down tunnels and flumes carved into a mountainside. Boasting Hawaii’s only navigable rivers, Kauai also delivers unique opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and riverboat tours. To take in the island’s distinctive scenery, visitors can also participate in eco-adventures, aerial tours, ziplining, horseback riding and ATV excursions.

Movie Magic
Kauai has nurtured a 50-year relationship with Hollywood highlighted by numerous productions being filmed on the island. Recent movies include the “Jurassic Park” series (I, II, III and IV),  “The Descendents” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Visitors can gain a behind-the-scenes perspective with a movie tour.

Stunning Gardens
It’s no surprise that the National Tropical Botanical Garden—with the mission of advancing scientific research, public education and plant conservation—is headquartered on Kauai. Three of the organization’s gardens also claim the island as their home. Situated on the south shore, McBryde Garden is nestled in the picturesque and historical Lawai Valley. It showcases the largest collection of native Hawaiian flora in existence. Adjacent to this is Allerton Garden, which shines a light on landscape design and botanically important species of the tropics. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is set into a lush valley on Kauai’s North Shore. The property includes a plantation-era garden as well as lava rock terraces built by Limahuli’s early inhabitants. Visitors can learn about the native plants of Hawaii in addition to those brought to the islands by voyaging Polynesians and those introduced during Hawaii’s plantation era. Additional botanical gardens dotting the island provide exceptional opportunities for quiet exploration and reflection.

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