Niihau

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Ni'ihau, the "Forbidden Island"
An arid, somewhat barren island sits 18 miles to the west of Kaua'i. Pronounced "nee-ee-how," this privately-owned outpost is still home to about 250 locals, who primarily speak Hawaiian. Residents eschew technology and cleave to old traditions, like hunting with ropes and knives, and fishing with spears and nets. Niihau Helicopters offers half-day excursions to this mysterious "Forbidden Island:" guests land on secluded beaches, studded with shells and glass floats, and often find themselves basking on the sugar-white sand alongside endangered Hawaiian monk seals ($440 per person). The Holo Holo catamaran also makes the crossing, after sightseeing along the Nāpali Coast, for roughly half the price.
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