Choosing Hawaii is easy. Choosing the island takes more thought. You may be thinking about which island is best for your favorite outdoor pursuits or where you can eat the best classic Hawaiian food. If you’re looking for endless sun or the pampering of luxury resorts, though, you may miss out on the northernmost island in the Hawaiian archipelago: wet, sleepy Kauai.
Yet the very same qualities that make Kauai less attractive to some are ones that we think make it the perfect location for travelers who want a less polished, less tourist-laden experience. Travelers will find a variety of outdoor options on each island, but Kauai is packed with things to do. It’s also now going to be even easier to fly to. These are the unexpected reasons why Kauai is the most underrated island in Hawaii.