Throughout the centuries, Niʻihau’s picturesque beaches, valleys, and mountains have remained largely unexplored. The Sinclair/Robinson family bought the island in 1863 for $10,000, promising the ruler at the time, King Kamehameha IV, that they would preserve the island’s culture. The family upholds its promise to this day, restricting outside access and safeguarding the island’s way of life.
The closest visitors can get to the island is on a boat tour or helicopter flight. Boats make the crossing from Kauai to the coast of Niʻihau, where you can snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clear water and observe the island’s mysterious shores from a respectful distance. Helicopters depart Kauai and soar over Niʻihau, with some even landing (with owner permission) on a secluded beach far from the island’s inhabitants.