Things To Do on Kauai

Kauai is one of the most exotic and tropical of all the islands in Hawaii. You would need several weeks to see and do it all. What we have listed below is a brief overview for first time visitors. There are many things to search out and EXPLORE if you have the opportunity to return.

North Coast

A trip to Kauai is not complete without visiting the north coast. Words are inadequate to explain the natural beauty and wonder of  3000 ft. jagged mountains, pristine beaches, natural trails and fields of taro all concentrated in one area. There is a reason Kauai looks like a movie set. Several locations on the island have been used for the backdrop of many Hollywood films and TV shows.


Kilauea Lighthouse

A good place to start your North Coast trek is Kilauea Point and Lighthouse. Kilauea is a historical scenic National Wildlife Refuge framed with dramatic steep cliffs plunging to the ocean. This is one of the best places on the Hawaiian Islands to view wildlife.


West of the lighthouse is Secret Beach and yes it's hard to find. Not the best swimming beach but great for walking and being alone.


Hanalei Valley

Take a drive down into the valley and visit Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Town and the Hanalei Pier. Hanalei town has several shops, galleries and restaurants. A timeless beauty indeed.



Napali Coast

The Na Pali Coast ("the cliffs")  starts at the end of the Kuhio Hwy and stretches several miles to the west. The steep and rocky cliffs with cascading waterfalls and sea caves are not to be missed. This part of the island is inaccessible by car so you will either need to hike it or take a helicopter or boat tour. Learn more...


Kalalau Trail

At the end of Kuhio Hwy, you will find the Kalalau Trail, the most cost effective way to see the majestic coast. However, it's a challenging and dangerous trek that only the experienced should attempt. Permits are required to hike the trail or camp overnight. (maximum 5 nights).  If you decide to go at the last minute, you can hike part of the way without a permit.


Your reward for hiking the trail will be Hanakapiai Falls. Read Reviews...


Limahuli Garden

Limahuli Garden (which in Hawaiian means “turning heads”) is another must see spot on your northern coast tour.  The gardens are nearly at the end of Kuhio Hwy and sitting at the base of Mt. Makana. Some scenes from Jurassic Park were shot here. Limahuli Garden was selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the United States. Read reviews...

South Shore


Maha'ulepu Heratige Trail

Definitely and easier hike than Kalalua Trail. Maha'ulepu is located in Poipu stretching from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay. This can be a very warm hike so going early in the day is suggested. At the end of this coastal hike is a beautiful beach and cave. Read TripAdvisor reviews.


Allerton Gardens

Tropical botanical gardens located in Poipu. Allerton Gardens have been the backdrop for many TV shows and motion pictures. There are a couple different tours offered. Be sure and read TripAdvisor reviews to know which one is best for you.

Eastern Shore


Kauai Path

Walk, run, ride the Kauai path along the eastern coast of the island for several miles. The scenery is spectacular and a great place to take in the Hawaiian sunrise. There are several places along the path to rent bikes if you prefer to ride. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the path. There is no charge to use the path. Read TripAdvisor reviews.


Wailua Falls

Many of the waterfalls on Kauai are remote but there are a couple accessible just a few short steps from the road. Two of the more popular falls are both on Kauai’s East Side. The first is Wailua Falls cascading down over 80 feet into two streams below. Wailua Falls was featured in the 1970s television series Fantasy Island and located at the south end of the Wailua River. The falls are easy to reach for pictures. However, if you plan to hike down to the pools, this can be a very dangerous hike. Proceed at your own risk. Read TripAdvisor reviews


Opaekaa Falls

Located on the Opaekaa Stream in Wailua River State Park, Opaekaa falls typically double cascade and plunge to over 100 feet bleow. There is an overlook which provides a panoramic view of the 40-foot wide falls and the valley below.It’s best to view the falls is in full sunlight when the water sparkles the mist. Note: They are a bit of a distance away so a telephoto lens is suggested.

West Side


Waimea Canyon State Park

The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Described by travelers as; "Worth the drive," "A must see," "Beautiful." On and on the list goes of the comments made about this truly amazing place. The road to reach the lookout is windy so be prepared if you get car sick; still worth the trip. Read TripAdvisor reviews.


No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed.