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Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures: The Forbidden Isle

For anyone looking to venture out beyond the most famous tourist spots in Hawaii, this is the off-the-beaten-path adventure in Kauai for you. Eighteen miles off of Kauai’s Na’Pali Coast sits a mysterious destination beckoning adventurers, explorers, and the curious alike: the Island of Ni’ihau.

Known as the “Forbidden Island,” Ni’ihau is one of the last known places on earth still completely untouched by modern life. On its shores you will find no trace of current-day commodities: no cars, restaurants, public services, not even indoor plumbing. Instead, you’ll find sheep, cows, deer, and turkeys roaming freely among a peaceful island community of approximately 200 residents who are proudly locked in tradition and time.

While the island is not open to the public, Holo Holo Charters specializes in Forbidden Island voyages, with a knowledge staff taking tourists on safe and awe-inspiring tours near this untapped place in a way that’s respectful to the island’s people, culture, and waters. The eco-friendly expeditions begin early with a continental breakfast onboard a large catamaran followed by a tour around the breathtaking Na’Pali coast with its sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and emerald valleys, plus endless marine life like seals, dolphins, and even whales during migration season.

The voyage also allows those onboard to discover the Lehau Crater, venturing right up to its sea caves before crossing the channel to Ni’ihau for an extensive tour of its perimeter and enjoy world-famous snorkeling in its pristine waters filled with every class of fish and coral imaginable. No matter where you choose to explore on your next trip to Kauai, may it always be done with Aloha’aini, love of the land.

Recover from your epic adventure at the beautiful Hanalei Bay Resort, featuring breezy accommodations with private lanais overlooking your own tropical piece of paradise.

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