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Kauai Vacations

If you're looking for super scenery, here it is. Kaua'i's central volcanic peak, Mt Wai'ale'ale, is allegedly the wettest place on earth, and the island is richly green and spectacular - so spectacular that parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific and Jurassic Park were filmed here.

Region: Hawaii

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Featured Kauai Hotel

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Our 5-Star classification designates those select properties that provide exquisite service and amenities. The discriminating traveler will find the accommodations, ambiance, dining, and staff assistance of the highest caliber. These properties offer the utmost in luxury and will provide an outstanding experience.
Poipu, Kauai

Synonymous with Hawaiian hospitality and Aloha Spirit, this resort embodies charming architecture reminiscent of early Hawaii.

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What To See

Lumaha'i Beach
If Lumaha'i Beach looks familiar, it's where Mitzi Gaynor promised to wash that man right out of her hair in the 1958 musical <em>South Pacific</em>. It's just as spectacular in real life. Plan to stroll this mile-long sandy beach, with jungle growth looming on one side and tempestuous open sea on the other.

Tree Tunnel
If driving from Lihu'e, take Maluhia Rd (Hwy 520) to navigate under the fairy-tale Tree Tunnel, a mile-long canopy of towering swamp mahogany trees (a type of eucalyptus). Pineapple baron Walter McBryde planted the trees as a community project in 1911, when he had leftover trees after landscaping his estate at Kukuiolono.

Waimea Canyon Lookout
The most scenic of the lookout points along this stretch of Waimea Canyon Rd is Waimea Canyon Lookout, signposted 0.3 miles north of the 10-mile marker, at an elevation of 3400ft. The prominent canyon running in an easterly direction off Waimea is Koai'e Canyon, which is accessible to backcountry hikers. Conventional tour buses go no further than this lookout (but the state is planning to widen the road to Kalalau Lookout for buses).