Kauai, Hawaii, is one of the oldest islands within the Hawaiian Archipelago. Rightfully dubbed \u201cThe Garden Isle\u201d, the peaks and pinnacles of Kauai are blanketed by lush, tropical rainforests. \r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re looking for a great vacation spot in Hawaii that is less tourist-ridden than the likes of Oahu and Maui, Kauai is the place to be! \r\n \r\nWhile not as popular as the aforementioned, you certainly won\u2019t be faced with a lack of sights, activities, and flavours to immerse yourself in. \r\n \r\n\r\n1.\r\nFinding The Perfect Place To Stay In Kauai, Hawaii\r\n\r\nWhile planning your vacation The Garden Isle of Hawaii you are definitely going to need somewhere to rest your weary head. After all, you've probably had a full-fledged day of snorkelling, hiking, and exploring all that Kauai has to offer. \r\n \r\nAs with the rest of hospitable Hawaii, Kauai provides a healthy list of options when it comes to accommodations. Depending on the budget you have set, you have the option of staying at anything from a 5-star hotel to a cosier Airbnb. \r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re willing to splurge to find paradise within a paradise, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is the perfect option for you. Room prices start at roughly USD$500 a night and give you access to spectacular beachfront views of Kauai\u2019s Poipu beach.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa expands over 50 acres of greenery, a fitting complement to Kauai\u2019s tropical rainforests. \r\n \r\nAs you would expect from any luxury resort, the Grand Hyatt is fully equipped with all the necessary amenities. You will find a variety of restaurants, a gym & spa, and pools that are picture perfect slices of all things Hawaiian.\r\n \r\nAre you the type of traveller that would rather skimp on accommodations and splurge on experiences? If so, there are plenty of Airbnb options in Kauai to satisfy both your desire for affordable accommodations in Kauai and the thirst for knowledge of a new skill. \r\n \r\nFind decent villas, apartments, and rooms for rent in Kauai on Airbnb starting from about USD$90 a night. With rates this low, you can afford to extend your trip to give yourself an ample amount of time to experience all that Kauai, Hawaii has to offer. \r\n \r\nAirbnb also offers a plethora of activities to keep you stimulated while on holiday if you\u2019re on the hunt for unique things to do in Kauai. \r\n \r\nLearn how to paint jellyfish with alcohol ink or take up a cooking class and take home some authentic Hawaiian recipes for the next time you entertain guests. \r\n \r\n\r\n2.\r\nWhen In Hawaii Do As The Hawaiians...Try Some Of The Best Hawaiian Food\r\n\r\nHawaiian food is heavily influenced by many different cultures. You\u2019ll note hints of Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese - just to name a few. \r\n \r\nWhile many of us may be familiar with pok\u00e8 bowls, Hawaiian food is so much more than just that, and Kauai is teeming with options. \r\n \r\nHere are some of our favourite options for the best local food on Kauai Island. \r\n \r\nBe prepared to have your tastebuds tantalised by spam in a way you\u2019ve never imagined. Musubi, as it is known in Hawaii, is pan-fried spam with teriyaki sauce.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nIt is served the way you\u2019d expect to eat sushi - atop rice and wrapped in seaweed. Try Sueoka Store in Kauai for some top-notch musubi - the perfect post-swim snack. \r\n \r\nIf you\u2019ve worked up a serious appetite, we suggest you grab yourself a Hawaiian plate. A full meal enjoyed widely by the locals. Typically, you will find scoops of white rice, macaroni salad, and barbecued sweet pork. \r\n \r\nKoloa Fish Market in Kauai has been praised for their Hawaiian plates, stop by and grab a plate (or two) before you hit the beach! \r\n \r\n\r\n3.\r\nExperience Everything That The Na Pali Coast In Hanalei Has To Offer\r\n\r\nHanalei is a small town located on the North Shore of Kauai. As with the rest of Kauai, Hawaii, Hanalei is breathtaking. With the picturesque Na Pali Coast serving as a backdrop, there is a myriad of activities for you the to take part in. \r\n \r\nWhat\u2019s a trip to Hawaii if you don\u2019t snorkel at least once during the trip? The Na Pali Coast in Hanalei, Kauai has a number of snorkel tours for you to check out. \r\n \r\nShould you want to make the most of your day, we suggest you check out the Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour. Tickets are priced just under USD$100. \r\n \r\nThis tour combines both activities, starting at Hanalei River, you paddle down and through to Hanalei Bay. After which, you get to snorkel in Bay Reef Lagoon before ending the tour with a picnic lunch as you feast your eyes on Makana Peak.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nHowever, if you\u2019ve managed to set aside an entire day for snorkelling, we recommend Na Pali Coast Tours. \r\n \r\nThey offer two different snorkel tours that take you along the coastline, through sea caves, and by waterfalls. \r\n \r\nAlternatively, Na Pali Coast Tours also offer a sightseeing tour sans snorkelling. Where in contrast to actually snorkelling, you will have the chance to travel through the aforementioned sea caves and waterfalls all from the comfort of your boat! \r\n \r\nKeep your eyes peeled for the chance to see dolphins, turtles and the other inhabitants that are lucky enough to call the Na Pali Coast home. \r\n \r\nTickets for the various tours offered by the Na Pali Coast Tours start at USD$180. \r\n \r\n\r\n4.\r\nTake The Road Less Travelled By Tubing Down An Old Sugar Plantation\r\n\r\nAnother interesting activity to do while you\u2019re in Kauai, Hawaii would have to be tubing. It\u2019s an experience that few can compare to. \r\n \r\nWhat was once an irrigation system vital to the survival of the sugarcane crops in Kauai has been transformed into a must-try activity for many visitors.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThe irrigation system, which is essentially your tubing route, runs through various tunnels. One of these tunnels is almost a mile long! Fret not, you will be equipped with a helmet and light for safety and easy-viewing.\r\n \r\nThe water throughout your sugarcane irrigation journey will be roughly knee-deep. While the water is relatively calm, it moves fast enough to carry you without you needing to paddle. \r\n \r\nThe entire experience lasts about three hours and ends with a much-needed picnic lunch at a natural swimming hole. Tickets are priced at USD$116.\r\n \r\n\r\n5.\r\nExplore The Many Beaches Of Kauai Island\r\n\r\nYou can imagine that Kauai, being a part of Hawaii, must have about a million beaches. You are not wrong! Kauai has a beach for everyone. \r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re on holiday with your kids, head down to Baby Beach. Aptly named, this quiet, little beach is located along Poipu. Both monk seals and sea turtles call Baby Beach home, so don't be too surprised if you spot a couple of them lounging about.\r\n \r\nCalm waters of shallow depth make this beach perfect for children. Baby Beach is great for tidepooling and snorkelling. We should warn you that the area lacks public facilities so you will have to come with your own snorkel gear. \r\n \r\nHowever, the lack of public facilities means that it is less populated than many other beaches that you\u2019ll find in Kauai. Perfectly ideal if you\u2019re someone who likes to avoid the crowds. \r\n \r\nIf calm beaches aren\u2019t quite your thing and you\u2019re looking for a little more adventure, Shipwreck Beach has your name written all over it.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nPopular amongst surfers and bodysurfers due to the crashing waves. Only attempt these activities if you\u2019re more experienced as Shipwreck Beach is known for its strong currents!\r\n \r\nYou can find a good compromise to the two at Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach. \r\n \r\nLocked away from the world, with barely any signs or indication as to where to find it. A 10-minute hike is required to reach the beach. The trail is relatively steep and may be slippery when wet, so watch your step! \r\n \r\nDuring the summer months, the beach is deemed safe enough to swim. During the winter months, however, the water is said to be more dangerous and preferred only by advanced surfers. \u00a0\r\n \r\n\r\n6.\r\nCelebrate Your Love With Kauai\u2019s Honeymoon Packages\r\n\r\nWhether you\u2019re a couple of newlyweds or are well past your silver anniversary and are just looking to have your second honeymoon, Kauai does not disappoint. \r\n \r\nAs with regular hotel accommodations, Kauai\u2019s honeymoon packages vary greatly. \u00a0Mostly depending on the type of holiday you and your partner are looking for. \r\n \r\nThere are websites dedicated to helping you customise the honeymoon of your dreams. With everything from the hotel, to the number of nights, and the activities that you and your other half wish to partake in being tailored to your preferences. \r\n \r\nChoose from one of the many luxury hotels that dot Kauai Island. With big, international names such as The Sheraton, The Grand Hyatt, and The Westin being touted as some of the best resorts for your honeymoon, we know you will be spoilt for choice. \r\n \r\nAlternatively, there are also cosier options when it comes to the honeymoon packages available on Kauai Island.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nFor example, the hauntingly, beautiful black sand beaches of Kauai are home to the Waimea Plantation Cottages. You couldn\u2019t ask for a better backdrop for a romantic evening stroll on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. \r\n \r\nDepending on the length of your honeymoon and the type of activities you wish to do while you\u2019re there, you can find honeymoon packages in Kauai starting at approximately USD$1000 per person. \r\n \r\n\r\n7.\r\nAppreciate The Beauty Of Kauai With A Hike Through Waimea Canyon\r\n\r\nIf it\u2019s even possible that you need a change of scene with all the beaches within Kauai, consider a hike at Waimea Canyon. Sometimes referred to as the \u201cGrand Canyon of the Pacific\u201d, Waimea Canyon is just under one-mile wide and 3,600 feet deep. \r\n \r\nTake the Waipo\u2019o Falls Trail and hike through Waimea Canyon. The 3.6-mile trail will end at the tiered waterfalls known as Waipo\u2019o Falls. The cascading water against raw rock formations makes for the perfect picture while you treat yourself to a much needed post-hike dip. \r\n \r\nAdmission into the park is free and the canyon has plenty of hiking, Waipo\u2019o Falls being just one, and hunting trails.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nHowever, many of the hiking trails are known to be rather challenging. As a result, if you\u2019re new to hiking we suggest you opt for one of the guided tours. Tours for hiking, cycling, and general sightseeing start at USD$72. \r\n \r\nAnother must see while you\u2019re at Waimea Canyon is Kauai\u2019s, Spouting Horn. There may be many saltwater geysers but Spouting Horn is known for the almost unnerving, guttural noise produced before it erupts. As a result, Spouting Horn is pretty unique and definitely worth a visit.\u00a0\r\n \r\nLegend has it that Spouting Horn is home to a large lizard that terrorised locals until a brave boy challenged him. Skillfully wedging a stick into the lizard\u2019s mouth. The noise you hear is thought the be the cries of the trapped lizard. \u00a0\r\n \r\n\r\n8.\r\nSoar Above Tree Tops When You Zipline At Koloa, Kauai\r\n\r\nSince most of your holiday in Kauai will revolve around relaxing and unwinding, perhaps you\u2019ve found yourself craving a rush of adrenaline. Get your fix in Kauai with Hawaii\u2019s original headfirst zipline.\r\n \r\nAs with any other zip line, you will be attached and secured to a cable that is pulled taut over a distance. What makes this zip line special is that instead of being in a seating position, you are essentially lying on your stomach.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWe reckon that this is probably the closest you will get to feeling like you\u2019re flying. That being said, this is an opportunity not to be missed if you are planning to visit Kauai. Hawaii Zipline in Kauai is proud to bring you its Waita Zipline which is a \u00bd mile long.\r\n \r\nIf you\u2019re still not satisfied, amplify your adrenaline rush by opting for the sunset or night zipline tours! All the fun and excitement of the regular zip line routes but in the dark!\r\n \r\nKoloa Kauai\u2019s Zipline tours require about three and a half hours if you want to be able to ride all 8 of their ziplines. Tours are priced at USD$149.\r\n \r\n\r\n9.\r\nSatisfy Your Sweet Tooth At Lydgate Farms\r\n\r\nIf you just about thought your Hawaiian adventure couldn\u2019t get any better, we\u2019re here to inform you that you are quite wrong. You're invited to give in to temptation at Lydgate Farms, also known as Kauai\u2019s Premier Chocolate Farm. \r\n \r\nTake a tour and see how chocolate is made at the Lydgate Farms. You will even get several opportunities to taste the delicious chocolate along the way. Lydgate Farms even produces\u00a0a decadent chocolate tea!\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nIf you're looking for a rainy-day activity in Kauai, put this on your list, as Lydgate Farms tells us\u00a0chocolate trees love the moisture. Most importantly, this is a great family-friendly activity whilst on your Kauai Island holiday. Which kid doesn\u2019t like chocolate?\r\n \r\nTickets to the Lydgate Farms Tour will set you back USD$95 per adult. Children (under 12), on the other hand, enter for free. \r\n \r\n\r\n10.\r\nHit Koloa Rum Company For A Taste Of Hawaii\u2019s Very Own Rum\r\n\r\nFor a more adult-friendly activity, head on over to the Koloa Rum Company. Duck in out of the sun and into one of Koloa Rum Company\u2019s Tasting Rooms. Here you will be presented with the opportunity to sample their flavoured rums. \r\n \r\nThe flavours change daily and the samplings happen every 30 minutes. Keep a lookout for rich, lush flavours like coffee or coconut.\r\n \r\nWhile samplings are free, once you\u2019ve had a taste we doubt you\u2019ll be able to leave without stocking up for when you get back home.\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nTheir dedicated \u201crumtenders\u201d provide you with an informative and boozy tasting. The Koloa Rum Company limits its samplings to 16 people at a time so you won't have to worry about your session being rushed or overcrowded. You might just leave feeling inspired enough to create your own cocktail!\r\n \r\nKauai, Hawaii A Garden Isle For All\r\nThere you have it, Kauai Island in all its glory - it doesn't matter whether you\u2019re looking for adventure, romance, or even a secret escape. We're sure that Kauai will leave you pleasantly surprised. \r\n \r\nWe hope you check out the many activities that we have listed! Let us know which ones were your favourites.