What to See and What to Skip in Kauai

Kauai is an Hawaiian island in the North Pacific Ocean.

— -- Kauai gets fewer visitors than some of its more famous neighbors, half as many as Maui’s 2.4 million annual tourists and one-fifth the annual arrivals in Oahu.

But that is part of the appeal of the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. It is also a natural wonder with secluded beaches, verdant valleys, rolling rivers, jagged mountains and lush forests.

Fans of outdoor adventure already know about the magic that defines Kauai. Here are a few ideas for first-timers:

Don’t Procrastinate

Don’t Skip the Slicker

Skip Waimea Canyon, Hike the Giant

Skip the Hike, Take an Air Tour

Skip the In-Room Movie, Visit the Film Spots

Skip Waimea, Visit Hanapepe

Skip the Beach, Visit a Museum

After the Beach, Visit a Garden

Skip the Swim, Kayak

Skip the Mai Tai, Drink the Coffee

Skip the Ocean View Room, Hit the Lighthouse