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位在太平洋中央的夏威夷群島。島分別為:Niihau島(你好島)、Kauai(可愛島)、歐胡島、Molokai島(摩洛凱島)、Lanai島(拉奈島)、茂宜島、與夏威夷大島(西到東)。至於位於茂宜島西南的第八個主要島嶼“Kahoolawe”(卡胡拉威島)則為無人島。

Island of Kauai Discovery TourThe Island of Kauai...while planning your next adventure, take some time to discover the magical Island of Kauai where huge, misty mountains(霧氣籠罩的群山)wind through tropical(熱帶的) rainforests(雨林). Glimpse( 瞥見;一瞥) giant caves(洞穴,洞窟) and waterfalls(瀑布) cascading(形成階梯狀瀑布) down Mount Waialeale’s mile-high crater(形成坑).
Meander(漫步) past the famous Fern Grotto or make your way to some of the most exquisite(精美的;精緻的) beaches in the world. Experience the unmatched(無與倫比的) beauty of Waimea Canyon, called the ”Grand Canyon(峽谷) of the Pacific,” with its rich, pastel(粉蠟筆畫) valleys(山谷). The North Shore on the Island of Kauai has plenty to offer its visitors. Kilauea Lighthouse is always a popular attraction as one of Kauai ’s many natural wonders(自然界中的奇妙不凡).

Even among the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai stands out for the natural beauty of its sculptured cliffs, cascading waterfalls, quiet lagoons and pristine beaches. Mount Wai’ale’ale rises over 4,500 feet above the Pacific. Usually wrapped in mist, this peak is one of the wettest places on Earth. Its rivers and streams nourish a phenomenal abundance of trees, flowering plants and exotic birds, many species of which cannot be found anywhere else.

Much of the island remains untouched by human development, and you can explore it by foot, boat, plane or helicopter. The great Waimea Canyon, the rocky Na Pali Coast, and the beautiful Hanalei Valley offer breathtaking vistas. Or you can simply drive or stroll through whispering palm groves, rolling hills and quaint villages. Wherever you go on Kauai , the lush beauty of the island is with you.

Endless fun, wild adventure, and peaceful relaxation - on Kauai, you can shape each day to match your personal vacation dream. Perhaps you’ll take advantage of some of the world’s finest beaches, golf courses and restaurants. Or you might go surfing, snorkeling, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, or driving among unrivaled natural splendors.

Then again, you might just kick back and let all your stress just melt away in the warm sun and gentle trade winds of Kauai . When you vacation in paradise, your choices are endless - and each day is a new delight.

Perhaps it’s the natural beauty of Kauai that brings out the best in people. Or maybe it’s the island tradition of gracious hospitality. Whatever the reason, you’ll find that the people of Kauai offer a welcoming spirit of aloha that makes you feel right at home wherever you go. Embraced by the abundance of nature and human hospitality, you’ll quickly fall in love with the beautiful garden island of Kauai.
The island’s opportunities are bountiful if you want to see, taste, experience, and genuinely discover your own Kauai. Attractions set against a postcard backdrop are grand, unique, historic, and unforgettable.

The museums in the various areas of Kauai are rich in knowledge of the island’s heritage, but also informational and interactive. They too are located throughout Kauai in rustic, scenic, incredible venues. Distinctive signature gardens fling a kaleidoscope of colors and kinds of flora and fauna into your memories; Kauai is known not only as the island of discovery, but equally significantly as the Garden Isle
Whether it’s deep sea or freshwater fishing, Kauai delivers. Fish from shore, piers, boats, even when snorkeling or scuba diving (and there’s nighttime torch fishing for the adventurous). Catch trout, catfish, ono, bass, ahi, marlin, and more.

Deep-sea fishing charters are available primarily from Nawiliwili Harbor, and some from the North Shore and Kekeha. You only need a fishing license if you choose to freshwater fish (good for one year, available from the State Division of Aquatic Resources).
Kauai offers much to explore, and a great deal of it is accesible via ground tours. After you’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the sun and surf, take advantage of the island’s enchanting beauty and rich heritage by exploring inland.

Unique themed tours provide a view of Kauai at a special vantage point. Kauai movie tours highlight the locations in which legendary movies and blockbuster television programs were filmed -- ”Blue Hawaii,” ”South Pacific,” ”Fantasy Island,” ”Jurassic Park,” and ”Baywatch Hawaii,” just to name a few. If you prefer someone else drive, take a tour in a deluxe coach, van, taxi, or even a limo. The more adventurous may want to try 4x4 ATV or cycling tours.
Kayaking on Kauai can be a peaceful experience or an enthralling adventure. For gentler adventures, try the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, or Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbor to the Menehune Fishpond and beyond. The Hanalei River is the longest, as you kayak peacefully through plains; and Kalihiwai offers its own its exquisite scenery.

Ocean kayaking is also a great island activity. Try the Poipu to Port Allen course with a stop in Lawai Bay. Ocean kayaking can be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we recommend hiring a guide, especially if you are considering kayaking the Napali coast. ”National Geographic” deemed it the second best adventure in the country.
Discover Kauai as you ride a horse along bluffs, across foothills, toward the coast, past secluded beaches and bays, across sugar cane fields, and even passing by a waterfall. A variety of horseback riding outfits offer guided tours ranging from 90 minutes to five hours -- including stops for snacks, photography, picnics, swimming, and time to enjoy your views. Many of the tours take you into their privately-owned ranches, complete with waterfalls and secret vistas seen by few.

Opt for gentle, slower trots, or attempt some more strenuous and lengthier journeys. Make sure you wear jeans -- and sunscreen -- with a swimsuit underneath, depending on your itinerary.
Kauai offers an abundance of sites to scuba dive. Beginners and experienced divers will find areas worthy of an entertaining day. Boat dives, night dives, and other dive tours offer plenty of sea life to discover -- tropical fish and reef creatures, dolphins, and sea turtles. Experienced divers will generally find more thrilling spots on the east and west shores, while those new to scuba should start on the north or south shores (Hanalei, Kee Beach, or Poipu Beach). The more advanced dives include cave exploration and lava tubes.

You can rent all the dive gear and equipment on Kauai, as well as get your certification on the island, but bring your medical paperwork with you if you choose to get certified. Also, keep in mind that if you drive to Waimea Canyon or Kokee State Park, or want to take a helicopter excursion, you need to wait 24 hours after diving due to altitude change.
Want an active vacation? Welcome to paradise.

Everyone visiting Kauai can find a wide variety of fun activities, from mildly energetic to wildly adventurous. Activities here are dynamic and unique. Fortunately, you can participate in seeing Kauai through a variety of pursuits: driving ATVs, surfing, biking, boogie boarding, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and tubing are some of the ”transportation” activities. See the island’s amazing sights from exceptional vantage points -- air tours, windsurfing/kite surfing, water skiing, land tours, and ocean tours, as just a few choices. Favorite pastimes are heightened when you can perform them on Kauai -- golf, SCUBA, SNUBA, snorkeling, fishing, whale watching, and ATV, because of the distinctive and magnificent island before you, so take advantage of your idyllic setting.

You can tour the island by air, land, or sea and any way you choose, you’ll have a special view of the grandeur of paradise. Stroll blossoms of color-drenched gardens, roam the open road as you watch the pastoral beauty roll by, fly above it all to see a million different possibilities and textures of the land below, or hike in the arid vastness of a compelling canyon.

Whether you choose to tour with a group, laze in the sun to drink in the island’s captivating allure -- discover Kauai in the way that appeals to you most.
Helicopter tours anywhere are a luxury, but on Kauai, you truly get the maximum value for your venture. The island’s dramatic landscape -- with the crater of Mt. Waialeale, the gorge that is Waimea Canyon, and the spectacularly rugged Napali Coast, not to mention the millions of shades of blues and greens you’ll see in the waters lapping against the shores will thrill your senses.

An advantage to air tours on Kauai is that you will not miss out on the intimate secrets of the island, the inaccessible, or at least the areas that perhaps you prefer not to travel into if they involve activity beyond your interest or comfort level. Almost all the helicopter companies operate from Lihue, with a few from Hanapepe and Princeville. How else can you see the full spectrum of this beautiful rainbow known as Kauai?
Traditional hula shows, luaus, live Hawaiian music and other performances and cultural events are all worthy of your precious time on Kauai. It’s significant part of island culture and will leave you with many unforgettable memories.

Island fare is creative, tasty, and a genuine culinary adventure. Ingredients fresh from Kauai’s Sunshine Markets (farmers’ markets) -- macadamia nuts, coconuts, taro, poi, malasadas, lilikoi chiffon treats, and other delicacies -- are part of the lengthy list of treats to taste. Sample the variety of fresh fish too: ahi, mahimahi, ono, wahoo, and opakapaka -- just to name a few. Even fish and chips taste better on Kauai!

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