Visiting Kauai is like stepping into the background of a vacation postcard, Mary Poppins style.
Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii. Nicknamed the Garden Isle, it is known for its lush green tropical landscapes and spectacular scenery, including the 3,600-foot-deep Waimea Canyon and 3,000-foot-high cliffs along the Napali Coast.
There are a number of qualities that sets Kauai apart from other islands such as its unspoiled views and its status as the go-to filming location for many of Hollywood’s most iconic films such as Jurassic Park, Jurassic World and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Aside from the obvious highlights (beaches and film sets, anyone?), there are many new and different activities that visitors, and even some locals, don’t know about. Our alternative guide to the island will help make sure your next Kauai visit doesn’t just consist of staying in a nice resort, going to a luau, throwing up some shakas and sunbathing—although, we aren’t against any of those activities.
Kristie Hang is a TV host and journalist with an insatiable appetite for food and travel.