It’s no surprise that Kaua‘i, otherwise crowned The Garden Isle, was voted the second best island in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and the best Hawaiian Island. There are two of many distinctions Kaua‘i holds that attributed to earning the esteemed awards. The first is that Kaua‘i is the oldest of the Hawaiian
Islands, so Mother Nature has had plenty of time to cut deep gorges into the valleys,
shape dramatic sea cliffs and sculpt the majestic Waimea Canyon into the Grand Canyon
of the Pacific. Another primary distinction is that Kaua‘i is also home to the rainiest
spot on earth, Mount Wai‘ale‘ale (rippling water) with an average yearly rainfall of 450
inches. Situated almost in the center of the island, this 5,148 ft. tall mountain provides
Kaua‘i with the nourishment it needs to earn its monicker as the Garden Isle, with lush
rainforests, spectacular waterfalls and verdant tropical foliage.
The scenery may steal the show, but it’s the various adventures in the idyllic setting that
will get your heart racing. You can navigate one of the Island’s seven rivers on a kayak,
trek through the rainforest of Alaka‘i Wilderness Area, wander through the multiple
jade gardens, hike trails of all levels and be rewarded with secret waterfalls and golden
sand beaches. You can even sit poolside at a five-star resort where your only exertion is
choosing a tropical refreshment. Whatever your pleasure, this emerald island promises
a regal vacation.