The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

By David Jeffreys - 2014-02-24T18:07:10Z

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4. Kauai, Hawaii

If the 17-mile-long Na Pali Coast with cliffs dropping thousands of feet to the sea looks familiar, it may be from its big screen (Jurassic Park) or small screen (Fantasy Island) appearances. The island is also right at the top of our readers' list of the top 25 islands in the world. The best way to take it all in is on a two-day kayak trip—Na Pali Kayak’s guides can lead you to one of two camp sites. If that sounds too ambitious, the concierge at the St. Regis Princeville, the most opulent resort on the North Coast, can book a helicopter tour for bird’s-eye views.

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