Nicknamed the Garden Isle after the lush, tropical rainforest covering much of the island, Kauai is the ultimate playground for outdoor enthusiasts. From surfing, golfing, and hiking to cliff jumping, zip lining, and horseback riding, Kauai has it all. These filmmakers documented as much as they could in the ten days they spent exploring the magnificent island in this drone footage of Hawaii and we couldn’t be more impressed.

The coolest part of this footage, however, is the fact that some of these spots have never been filmed from a drone before. That’s right, Matador Network was the first-ever group to receive the necessary permits for drone operations in various locations throughout the islands. So, take a seat and experience the magic that is the Garden Isle from above.

Doesn’t Kauai simply take your breath away? The Garden Isle’s mountains, jungles, waterfalls, and beaches are what dreams are made of in every way possible and this drone footage of Hawaii certainly proves it. To explore Kauai for yourself, we recommend embarking on The Ultimate Kauai Road Trip, which leads you on an adventure to an iconic tidepool, cascading waterfall, one-of-a-kind cave, and the breathtaking Waimea Canyon.

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The Garden Isle, Hawaii

What is the island of Kauai like? 

Measuring in at less than 600 square miles, Kauai is the second oldest Hawaiian Island in terms of geology, just behind the private island of Niihau. The island is covered in lush, tropical rainforest — thus its "Garden Isle" nickname — and is home to approximately 70,000 residents as well as stunning beaches, waterfalls, and verdant mountains. In comparison to the other Hawaiian Islands, you'll find fewer tourist traps and more rural, country vibes — perfect if you're looking to truly get away from it all and relax.

Does Kauai have any natural wonders? 

Of course, it does! There's Waimea Canyon, which measures in at nearly 14 miles long, one mile wide, and more than 3,600 feet deep and is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, as well as the remote and beautiful Na Pali Coast, which features a stunning 16-mile stretch of striking sea cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and sea caves. You might also be interested in visiting the Queen's Bath, a massive tide pool nestled along the coast, and the Wailua River, which is home to a secret fern grotto sure to take your breath away.

What are the best outdoor adventures on Kauai? 

While Kauai is home to some mighty impressive hiking trails, beaches, and waterfalls to explore, my favorite outdoor adventure has to be an excursion offered by Kauai Backcountry Adventures, that takes explorers on an epic, three-hour tubing trip through irrigation canals, narrow tunnels, and flowing flames. This is one excursion you'll never forget!

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