Kauai's Call of the Wild

Leave the touristy beach behind to see a whole new side of Hawaii.

Wet 'n' Wild

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Wet 'n' Wild

Sea cliffs, caves, rain forest, waterfalls, streams, and beaches all await travelers who opt to take on Kauai's 11-mile trek down the Napali Coast.

Golden Kahili

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Golden Kahili

Depending on the season, you'll catch the exotic aroma of kahili ginger before you even spot its vivid yellow leaves. The plants are native to the Himalayas, but can be found growing throughout the Big Island where they are considered undesirable weeds.

Hoofin' It

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Hoofin' It

The Kalalau Trail provides the entry point to Kauai's wild Napali Coast, accessible only by foot and boat.

Heavenly Hibiscus

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Heavenly Hibiscus

This rosemallow hibiscus is one of many tropical flowers that flourish on Kauai's scenic coastline. They're slow growers, though, so snap a picture if you catch one in bloom.

Torch Ginger

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Torch Ginger

Don't worry if you missed these red-budded beauties during your explorations of Kauai―they're featured at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden for anyone who wants to get a look.

Scene It

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Scene It

If you think this photo looks like something straight out of a movie, well―you're right. The Napali Coast's signature 4,000-foot cliffs have starred as the backdrop for many TV shows and movies. They served as the stomping ground for velociraptors and the like in the 1993 flick Jurassic Park.

One-Way Ticket to Paradise

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One-Way Ticket to Paradise

One visit to Kauai was all it took to convince Chelsea Pavone to trade in California living for permanent islander status. And with scenery like this, we don't blame her.

Live Like a Prince

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Live Like a Prince

Located in a large resort community, the Princeville Hotel's 252 guest rooms and suites stair-step down a hillside overlooking Hanalei Bay.

Hanging with Heliconia

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Hanging with Heliconia

These bright, carmine-color leaves are reminiscent of Kauai's signature rainbows.

Dolphin Diving

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Dolphin Diving

Spinner dolphins frequently visit Kauai's northern coastline, as do humpback whales in the winter and early spring.

Rules of Nature

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Rules of Nature

Almost all of Kauai―97 percent of its 500-plus square miles―has been reserved for conservation or agriculture. The island boasts the only navigable rivers in Hawaii.

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