The modern honeymoon isn't what it used to be, as evidenced by the increasingly large number of newlyweds flocking to Kauai each year. Sure, with its incredible canyons, soothing waterfalls, welcoming Endless Vacation Rentals accommodations and awe-inspiring sunsets, a Kauai vacation can be one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. But this amazingly diverse island is becoming more and more revered for its outdoor adventure opportunities as well.
Couples young and old are choosing to trade room service for a chance to explore 3,000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Honeymooners are setting their alarms early and grabbing their scuba gear to explore the sea's treasures on Kauai's south side, such as Sheraton Caverns and Koloa Landing. Lovebirds are forgoing quiet nature walks in favor of a harness, a clip and miles of zipline as they tour the island from tree to tree.
Other extreme fun on the Garden Isle includes skydiving, plane and helicopter tours, windsurfing, kiteboarding, boogie boarding, bodysurfing and kayaking. So whether you are looking for a destination that offers a chance to be alone - or a chance to experience the outdoors like never before - Kauai accommodates.
Go authentic. Start with an authentic Hawaiian dinner as you watch the sun settle into the ocean, then top it off with an exciting Polynesian-style show. There are several luaus to choose from on the Garden Isle, including the Smith Family Garden Luau.
Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill. Roy's restaurants have branched out to the contiguous U.S., and it's not hard to see why. The restaurant offers an electric atmosphere, excellent service, an extensive wine selection and literally dozens of daily specials to choose from.
Drive (pitch and putt) by the ocean. Kauai's golf courses can be as challenging as they are breathtaking. And the choices are many, from resort to public.
Catch a (fresh or saltwater) fish. Kauai's inland reservoirs offer bass-fishing opportunities, while off the island's coast await marlin, ahi tuna and more.
Tube the Ditch. Grab an innertube, sit back and let gravity take over as you enjoy a 2-mile ride down Kauai's irrigation canals once used by sugar plantation owners.
Waimea Canyon (Kauai). Referred to as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific," this 3,500-foot deep canyon is a wonder to behold. Every hike is rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Kauai.
See Hanalei Valley on horseback. Follow a trail up through this timeless valley. Other horseback trips allow you to explore Haupu Valley and Mahaulepu Beach.
Kayak the Napali Coast. See the rugged coastline and sun-kissed beaches from a water's eye view.
Hale Mana (Poipu Resort). Shopping in resort areas can be a bit tricky at times, but Poipu Resort has plenty of exceptions, such as Hale Mana. From handmade paper to jewelry to sake sets, Hale Mana has items you probably won't find anywhere else.
Lotus Gallery (Kilauea). Designer jewelry, antiques, Tibetan art, Oriental rugs and much more can be found at this peaceful shopper's paradise.