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Once you see the island’s lush rainforest, coconut palms and expansive greenery, you’ll see why Kauai is known as the Garden Island. First-time visitors are often drawn to touring the Nā Pali Coast, with its rugged edges and secluded coastline. Serious hikers may find themselves on the trails leading to Hanakapiai Falls. Yet there’s so much to explore on this vibrant island, you needn’t be athletic to take in its distinctive sights and flavors. Kauai differs from other islands for its less populated beaches and quiet historic villages. With a perimeter road outlining the whole place, daytrips are easy by car and the route travels through each accessible nook. On your next vacation to Kauai, try these must-do activities and must-eat treats for a local view of the Garden Island. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.