15 Things to Do on Kauai

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#1- Located on the West Side, the Waimea Canyon Trail provides one of the best views of Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon” of the Hawaiian islands.  Continue past the lookout to Waipo’o Falls, a lush oasis perfect for a picnic.  

#2- Reserve a spot on a Na Pali Coast Boat Tour where you and the entire family can enjoy a full meal, snorkel, and closely observe dolphins, turtles, and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Credit: Na Pali Riders

#3- Located in Kapaa, Smith’s Plantation is the best place for a luau, the popular Hawaiian party complete with a traditional imu ceremony, full feast, cultural dance performance, and bus tour of the plantation gardens.  

#4- A guided ATV ride will take you down approximately 25 miles of trails with an array of additional activities including waterfall visits, bass fishing, hiking, and ziplining.

#5- The Private Helicopter Tours offered through H Tours Hawaii is a once in a lifetime chance to see areas of the island unseeable from the car. After your flight, stop for a photograph at the base of Manawaiopuna Falls, the gigantic waterfall made famous by the opening scenes of Steven Spielbergs’ Jurassic Park.

#6- Climb to the Sleeping Giant’s face along the ridge of Nounou Mountain for a breathtaking view of Kauai’s landscape.  For a more leisurely hike, take the East trail to the first summit for photographs.

#7- Tube with Kauai Backcountry Adventures through the Old Sugar Mill irrigation tunnels with Kaua’i Backcountry Adventures.  Visitors of all ages can participate!

#8- Come to the heart of Hanapepe on Fridays between 6 and 8pm for Hanapepe Art Night where vendors sell and display local art, jewelry, and cuisine.  After a huli huli chicken dinner at Bobby’s Grill, check out Talk Story, the western-most bookstore in the United States, and watch the sunset from the Swinging Bridge.

#9- Hike the Mahaulepu Cave Trail along the southeast coastline to the dry caves where you will hear fascinating stories about Hawaiian burials, found artifacts, and geological marvels from local guides.

#10- Starting at Kealia Beach in Kapaa, walk or bike the Kauai Path and access the beach, restaurants, and shops.  Cool off with a refreshing shaved ice!

#11- Kayak the Wailua River, with or without a guide, and see an ancient Hawaiian village, hike and swim Secret Falls, and explore Smith’s Grotto for local wildlife.  Please heed all warnings as the river changes rapidly.  

#12- Experience Kauai’s lush mountain valleys at 200 feet and over 50 miles per hour with Skyline Eco Adventures Zipline Tours!

#13- Join a guided educational tour of the Princeville Botanical Gardens, complete with delicious locally harvested chocolate, fruit, and honey samples.

#14- Hike up to 11 miles of the Kalalau Trail, the only land access to Kauai’s northern rugged Na Pali coastline. But be careful- parts of this hike can be treacherous.

Kalalau Trail on Kauai.

#15- Taste the spirit of Aloha at the Koloa Rum Company tasting room located on the Kilohana Plantation in Lihue where complimentary tastings are offered daily.  

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