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Ten things to do on Kauai

1. Catch a view of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Growing up to four feet in length and weighing up to 400 pounds when fully grown, these gentle seagoing adventurers are protected by the Endangered Species Act, so give them room if you encounter one when swimming.

2. Kauai is a scuba diver's paradise, with all levels accommodated from beginner to expert. Expert divers will want to charter a dive around Ni'ihau, where there is wildlife only available in this location. Coral varieties and different species of wildlife exclusive to Hawaii are found here, including the Hawaiian monk seal, and many sharks.

3. Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach, is one of the most secluded beaches in Kauai, located between Kalihiwai and Kilauea. A ten minute hike will take you down to a golden sand beach with a little waterfall, with calm waters in the summer months. Known for the wide range of different people it attracts, you could meet pretty much anyone on this interesting little hideaway.

4. If you like golf, Kauai has a great variety of the most beautiful courses to challenge every level of golfer: the Kiahuna Golf Club and the Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, both designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr are both extraordinarily beautiful courses that will challenge your game as well.

5. Bodyboarding is the easier cousin of surfing, and there are many beaches on Kauai that suit the more laid back style. Kealia Beach, north of Kapa'a on Highway 56, is a good place to start, but watch for the rip currents and undertow.

6. So many beaches surround Kauai, so it is easy to find one that suits your taste. Po'ipu Beach Park on the South Shore has lifeguards and amenities, and is safe and sunny. On the North Shore, Ke'e Beach sports a long beach with a lagoon packed full of reef fish.

7. Take a kayak up the Wailua River with a guide, who will tell you about the land of the dead that the spirits of the dead leap into from the cliffs on the opposite side of the river. There are temple ruins and other secret sites that will thrill you on this relaxing yet healthy tour.

8. Take an ultralight flight from the Port Allen airport, on the South Shore of Kauai. Birds of Paradise maintains a perfect safety record since beginning in 1988. Be amazed as the sense of weightlessness contributes to the awe you will feel as you fly and dip over this extraordinary landscape.

9. The Na Pali Coast State Park, a 6,175-acre state park inaccessible to vehicular traffic is a spectacular site for hiking and camping, and best reached either by air of just as spectacularly from the ocean by boat. You might see humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles or seals.

10. Seashell collecting can be the most relaxing thing in the world. A paradise of a beach, pristine conditions and a large variety of shell types make collecting shells, especially on the beaches around Ha'ena.