There's no doubt that the best Kaua`i has to offer is found outdoors. As the oldest of all of the Hawaiian Islands, Kaua`i has had generations to develop a variety of terrains thanks to geological transformations and has become the most scenic island. From its lush and green mountain ranges, to rocky valleys and long white sand beaches, Kaua`i offers something for every type of outdoors person. You can view the 3,000 foot elevations of Waimea Canyon to the 5,148 foot high Mount Wai`ale`ale, the wettest place in the world.
On the Garden Island, you have plenty of options for outdoor activities, and 10 Best is here to guide you right to them. Dive into the Pacific for spectacular swimming at Ke`e Beach on the North Shore. Or for a more safe and protected snorkeling experience, jump into the pools at Lydgate Beach Park. If you're looking for waterfall viewing, kayaking, a luau, or a Hawaiian cultural experience, Waialua River State Park will fulfill all of these needs on its own.
Inland at Koke`e State Park, two of the most spectacular views on the island are offered at the vistas at the end of the road, not far from Waimea Canyon, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Down in Poipu, visit Spouting Horn to watch the ocean explode from a hole in the cliffs.
Whichever you choose to do on Kaua`i, never, ever forget to bring a camera. And remember, with an island this small, it's not impossible to see it all.