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Kauai is the oldest of all the main Hawaiian Islands, but remains one of the most picturesque places in the entire island chain. With its crystal clear waters, fine sand beaches, and pristine rain forests sprinkled with waterfalls, Kauai is sure to hold a top destination spot. To visit this gorgeous landscape, there is no better way to explore than with one of our Kauai excursions. View the island and all its natural beauty from alternate perspectives, either by helicopter or by off-road vehicle. Once you've completed the scenic tour of the captivating island, unwind at a traditional Hawaiian luau.

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The lush tropical setting of Kauai boasts a long list of things to do. Also known as the Garden Isle, Kauai activities take advantage of the island’s beautiful rainforests, breathtaking ocean-side cliffs, and sparkling sand beaches. And of course, there’s the ancient Waimea Canyon, one of Kauai’s most incredible can’t-miss point of interests.

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With its striking natural beauty, Kauai has long been a destination for Hollywood filmmakers intent on capturing the island’s unspoiled terrain. See famous locations for Pirates of the Caribbean , Jurassic Park , and more!


Located at 22°05′N 159°30′W, Kauai has a total land area of 562.3 square miles and a population of over 67,000 people.

Kauai is a place that sets the imagination soaring.  Her extraordinary beauty and charm have been immortalized in dozens of Hollywood films and television shows, yet there’s nothing like meeting the real thing. View Kauai through the lens of Hollywood on our  Hawaii Movie Tour .

Perhaps the most striking quality of Kauai is her Eden-like loveliness. The chiseled ridges and valleys of Kauai’s Mt. Waialeale are cloaked, velvet-like, by emerald rainforests. Dramatic cliffs tower thousands of feet above the vast Pacific Ocean. The island’s edges are scalloped with sandy beaches and snorkeling spots frequented by Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles. Lying hidden from sight are remote valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves, accessible only via air or sea.

There are many ways to feel Kauai’s charm: visit beautiful waterfalls, take a leisurely cruise along Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto on our  Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Tour , and find inspiration at Waimea Canyon – a geological wonder measuring 14 miles long and more than 3,600 feet deep. Cinema fans can follow their favorite actors and see, first-hand, some of Kauai’s iconic sites captured in blockbuster films.

There are small towns to visit, local foods to sample, historic points of interest, and much more worth finding – on Kauai, Hawaii’s Island of Discovery.

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25 Best Kauai Tours & Excursions (Activities For Everyone)

By Author Emily Junda

Posted on Last updated: March 16, 2024

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Kauai is definitely the most adventurous island of the Hawaiian Islands. 97% of Kauai is undeveloped rainforest and mountains. Many of these Kauai tours will allow you to explore everything this great island has to offer. From flying over and in-between untouched valleys, exploring dramatic coastlines from the sea, or diving with unique marine life, there is so much to see on these Kauai Tours. 

Two companies Jake and I love using when booking tours and excursions are Viator & Get Your Guide. These platforms have collected the best tours around the island, and help connect local tour companies with people like you and I. We’ve always had a great experience from excellent communication, transportation provided when needed, and pairing us with local guides for an all-around epic tour. 

This is NOT Sponsored, we just want to provide the best Kauai Tours to you, so you can get out and explore this beautiful island. If there is no tour with Viator or Get Your Guide, we have linked to a local tour company!

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Helicopter Tour or Airplane Tour

a view from our Helicopter tour over the Napali Coast which is one of the best Kauai Tours

One of the most popular tours in Kauai is a helicopter ride over the island. Tours typically last about an hour and fly over the famous natural wonders on the island of Kauai. 

Highlights of this tour are Manawaiopuna Falls (the famous waterfall from the Jurassic Park Movie), Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast, Hanalei, and Waialeale (the wettest spot on earth). 

There are many different tours to choose from, such as photography tours, doors-off or doors-on tours, and/or private tours. In our opinion, a small 4-person, doors-off helicopter tour will provide the best overall experience.

For the adventure of a lifetime, choose a specialty helicopter tour that has exclusive access to land at Olokele Canyon and/or Jurassic Falls. 

Most tours typically leave from the nearby Lihue Airport. 

All the helicopter tours will be pretty expensive. So if you are looking for a cheaper way to fly over Kauai, consider an airplane tour. Do note, airplanes can not get very low, therefore tours won’t be able to fly down into the valleys like many of the helicopter rides.

Find other unique ways to explore the Nā Pali Coast .

Couple posing in from of Napali Coast Kalalau Beach from Boat

Another awesome way to experience the Napali Coast, and other areas along the Kauai Coast is a boat tour. Boat tours are typically half-day (4-5 hours), with a tour leaving in the morning and afternoon. Generally, most tours will take off from the north or south shore and head toward the Na Pali Coast for some epic sightseeing. 

Guests can witness spinner dolphins, humpback whales, sea turtles, monk seals, and other marine life on their journey. Along the breathtaking shoreline, there are tons of sea arches, hidden caves, and the magnificent lush green valleys of the Napali Coast. 

There are tons of different tours and boat types tourists can choose from. Smaller boats might offer a unique ride into sea caves. But larger boats might ride better through the rough sea. Additionally, some tours might offer meals or additional snorkel tour.

The best time for a boat tour along the Na Pali Coast is in the summer when the ocean is calmer. Winter weather can bring rougher seas, and sometimes even cause tours to be canceled.

Go To A Luau

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One of the most authentic Kauai tours is to attend a local Luau. Most luaus will include food and drink, a traditional imu pig roast ceremony, and an entertaining hula Kahiko (ancient hula) dance with ​​flame throwers. 

There are a few different luau’s around the island. So whether you are staying on the east or south side, you can attend a famous Luau. Do note, luaus often reach their capacity limit well in advance, so book your tickets before traveling to Kauai if you can. 

Book the Luau Ka Hikina in Ka’paa

Book the Luau Kalamaku in Lihue

Or Book the Aulii Luau in Poipu

Take Surf Lessons

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Hawaii is known for its great surf breaks, so why not try your hand with a surf lesson? Whether you’re a beginner and have never surfed before or want to improve your surfing skills, there are lessons for all levels. Choose between group lessons or a private surf lesson.

The north and east coasts of Kauai are typically the best place for surf lessons.

Snorkeling Tour

a girl snorkeling with a sea turtle which is one of the epic Kauai Tours

Most Snorkeling Kauai tours will bring you to epic locations and ensure you see some authentic marine life. From vibrant coral reefs, tropical fish, and maybe even some Hawaiian green sea turtles. 

There are a few different tours offered on the island. You can just snorkel from land, kayak out to some further locations, or jump on a boat. 

One of the most exclusive tours explores the Kaulakahi Channel to Lehua Crater, the “Forbidden Island” of Ni’ihau. Book this Exclusive Snorkel Tour

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Go deeper with a Scuba Diving Tour

The best way to get deeper into the marine life that lives around the coast of Kauai is with a scuba diving expedition. Whether you are certified or want to learn the basics, there are tours for all levels.

Here are some unique Scuba Diving Kauai tours

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Zipline Through The Rainforest

For tourists that seek adventure, ziplining in Kauai is the best tour. Fly over lush rainforests and unique flora, and discover the history of this Garden Island. Depending on the tour, guests can ride between 3-8 different lines.

There are zipline tours in the south in Koloa or in the east near Lihue . 

Kayak the Wailua River to Secret Falls

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Experience a kayak adventure down the Wailua River to Uluwehi Falls (aka Secret Falls). Hiking to this unique location is one of the best places to hike in Kauai . It can only be accessed by traveling up the river.

The journey starts with a 2-mile paddle up the river to the Secret Falls trailhead. Guests will “beach” their kayak and hike 1 mile (one-way) to the Secret Falls. 

Once you reach the falls, there is a nice swimming hole where guests can take a refreshing swim. 

Do note, there are a few river crossings along the hike where the water might be up to knee-deep. There are also boardwalks in place where the ground is a bit soft and/or muddy.

Book a Wailua River Kayaking Tour

Private Hiking Tour through Waimea Canyon & Surrounding Area

Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park

If you want to be brought to all the best places Kauai has to offer, consider a private tour of the south part of the island. 

On this Kauai tour, knowledgeable tour guides will bring you through Waimea Canyon to visit epic lookouts including Waipo’o Falls and the Kalalau Lookout. This area is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, so you don’t want to miss this area. This massive colorful canyon is simply breathtaking.

There are tons of great hiking options in Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park .

Plus the tour stops at Poipu Beach to see Hawaiian Sea Turtles and Hawaiian Monk Seals. And a bonus stop at the famous Spouting Horn.

Book a Private Waimea Canyon Tour

Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

Another fun tour to do in Waimea Canyon is to ride down the long hill from the top of the canyon back to sea level. Surprisingly, when standing at the Kalalau Valley Lookout, the very top of the Canyon, you are 4,000 feet above sea level. 

So after a full day of exploring both Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon, riding down the hill is one of the most thrilling adventures. 

On the way up to the top of the canyon (in a van), groups will stop at various viewpoints and lookouts. The tour guide will brief everyone on the Hawaiian history and culture surrounding this area. 

Book a Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

For the ultimate off-road adventure, one of the best Kauai Tours is an ATV excursion. Hop on an ATV and ride through old plantations and up to a dormant volcano. ATV Adventures explore all the epic locations from Makai (ocean) to Mauka (mountain).

Book an ATV Adventure Tour

Whale & Dolphin Excursion

a whale breaching which is one of the best Kauai Tours

While Maui is more famously known for whale watching, it can still be equally as great in Kauai. The best time to spot whales is during migration season in the winter months (December through May). 

The best way to experience these gentle giants is on a small tour boat. They often breach and even come close to the boat for people to touch them. It’s probably one of the coolest Kauai Tours to be so close to such massive animals. 

Dolphins are also friendly water animals that often put on a show for tourists. Watching the dolphins swim underwater and do flips in the air can be one of the most amazing experiences.

Book a Whale Watching Tour

Romantic Dinner Sail

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What’s more romantic than a dinner during sunset overlooking the Na Pali Coast? One of the best Kauai Tours is a romantic dinner sail out at sea. Tours last around 4-5 hours and leave from the south in Eleele. Boats sail the coast along the west shoreline to the Napali Coast and back during golden hour. 

Book a Romantic Dinner with Viator

Book a Sailing Dinner Tour with Get Your Guide

Chocolate Tasting

If you love chocolate then the Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour and Chocolate Tasting is the perfect Kauai tour for you. Guests will go on a guided tour through the Princeville Botanical Gardens and learn about all the different plants on the island. Especially learning about the Cacao plant. 

Along the way, guests get to taste tropical fruits, local honey, and stop in the tasting room to try single-origin gourmet chocolates.

Embark on a Fishing Charter

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One of the most unique Kauai tours on the island is embarking on a fishing charter. Tours typically are done in small groups and accommodate up to 6 guests. Fishing starts just 10 minutes out of the harbor. 

Guests will learn different fishing methods, and additionally about the different baits and types of fish around the area. While the fisherman can’t guarantee to catch a fish, they certainly want to help you have an epic day out at sea.

Tour guides will move as many times as they need and lead you to the spot they think is best for catching fish.

Book a Premier Fishing Charter

Go on a Movie Adventure Tour

If you are a movie enthusiast, then consider a fun movie excursion around the island. Guests get to stand where famous actors once stood. 

Movie locations guests get to visit are Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gilligan’s Island, Blue Hawaii, Castaway, Tropic Thunder, and more.

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Customize A Private Kauai Tour

Maybe your perfect tour isn’t designed yet. There is the option of booking your own personalized tour with a private driver and local tour guide.

You can create your own perfect tour or get some help from a local guide. This is a great way to hit everything on your personal Kauai bucket list.

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Rappel Down a Waterfall

For the real adrenaline junkies, rappelling down a waterfall is one of the ultimate Kauai Tours. Guests will start by rappelling down Bamboo Falls which stands 30′ tall, followed by the towering 60’ Papakolea Falls.

This tour takes place on private property, so you get exclusive access to two of Kauai’s secret waterfalls. 

Book an Exclusive Waterfall Rappelling Experience

Embark on a Food Tour

Spam Masubi from the Musubi Food Truck in Kauai

For all foodies, consider one of the most unique cultural experiences by going on a food tour. Kauai has some of the best affordable restaurants with fresh local cuisine .

Learn from the locals and try some of the best-tasting food around the island. Some unique highlights to look forward to are Loco Moco, Kailua BBQ, Spam Musubi, Poke Bowls, Tropical Fruit Smoothies, and more.

On the food tours, guests meet chefs and farmers and indulge in some of the best artisan foods. The local guides know what is in season and where to go depending on the time of year. 

Book a Food Tour in Kauai

Have a Private Photoshoot

a couple posing in front of a long exposure of Hoopii Waterfall which is one of the best hikes in Kauai

Whether traveling with your family, loved one, best friend, or solo, consider doing a photoshoot tour. Kauai is known as the Garden Isle and has TONS of great photoshoot locations. 

Some photographers will even make you feel like a princess. Really, they have special gowns you can dress up in! Book a Princess Photoshoot

Or you can try your hand at a unique underwater photoshoot . 

And more traditionally, you can have family portraits or adventure photos done. Book a Kauai Photoshoot

Join an Art Class

a painting of Waimea Canyon which can be made on one the best Kauai Tours such as an art class

What not a better souvenir than creating your own piece of art? A unique Kauai tour is attending an art class and learning from true and authentic artists.

Artists will either have pictures to replicate or bring you to a unique location to paint a work of art. Let the beauty of Kauai be your inspiration.

Book an Art Class in Kauai

Kauai Coffee Plantation

Are you a coffee lover? Stop into Kauai Coffee Company for a free self-guided walking tour around the estate. 

Or if you want a more extensive understanding of the coffee farm, join a personalized walking tour. Tour guides walk you through how coffee is transformed from seed to tree to cup.

Book a Kauai Coffee Tour

Gain the Knowledge of the Island on a Scavenger Hunt

If you don’t like the traditional Kauai tours and excursions, or simply just want to gain a new perspective, try your hand at a scavenger hunt. Offering a unique and immersive experience in small towns (such as Hanalei Bay and Hanapepe), the host will encourage tourists to get active and learn about Hawaiian Culture. 

Scavenger hunters will have contact with the host from start to finish. The host will send photos, videos, and audio files to find the item or object of the game. The host is available for the whole duration of the scavenger hunt for any helpful hints or tips.

Each scavenger hunt provides a unique opportunity to talk with locals and search for new places that tourists don’t traditionally go to. The tours are very interactive and offer a hands-on experience. 

Book a Hanapepe Scavenger Hunt

Book A Hanalei Scavenger Hunt

Yoga on the Beach

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Find peace and tranquility on a yoga tour in Kauai. Connect your mind, body, and soul with the Kauai energy. Guests can choose between a shared yoga class or a private one-on-one session with a certified professional.

Whether you are a beginner or want to improve your skills, each session can be customized to your level.

Book A Yoga Class on Viator

Book A Private Yoga Session on Get Your Guide

Explore Kauai’s Backcountry on an Exclusive Jungle Waterfall Adventure

To avoid the crowds and explore deep into Kauai’s backcountry, join one of the most exclusive Kauai Tours.

This tour leads guests through lush jungle landscapes, hidden beaches, tropical waterfalls, and sacred Hawaiian sites. Plus you can get a sneak peek at mountain peaks featured in Hollywood movies.

Book a Backcountry Kauai Tour

Takeaway: The Best Kauai Tours

As you can see, there are some epic Kauai Tours to partake in. We highly suggest a helicopter tour, as it was one of our favorite experiences on the island.

The Kalalau Trail is one of the best ways to experience the Napali Coast, but a helicopter tour is a close second. If you get the chance to do both, or even add in a boat tour, you will feel like you accomplished Kauai’s most sought-after landmark.

Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park are also two parks that should not be missed when visiting Kauai. You can either choose one of the guided Kauai Tours above or go on a self-guided tour to the best spots .

If you are still looking for the best places to stay in Kauai, we have an in-depth guide for the best Kauai budget hotels and Kauai camping options .

Hawaii is one of our favorite places to explore because of its endless hiking opportunities and epic landscapes. We highly suggest jumping on a plane or other method of island hopping to the different Hawaiian Islands .

Or if you are still not sure Kauai is the right choice, we can help which Hawaiian Island is best for your vacation mode .

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Our expert crew is dedicated to providing you with an extraordinary and personalized experience. Whether you're seeking a thrilling adventure, a serene escape, or a combination of both, our Na Pali Coast boat tours are tailored to meet your desires. As we cruise along the coast, be prepared to witness nature's marvels up close and personal—playful dolphins dancing in the waves, graceful sea turtles gliding through the sea the mesmerizing sight of humpback whales breaching (in season).

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Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Na Pali Coast as we venture into hidden sea caves , marvel at the ancient lava tubes, and snorkel in the vibrant underwater world teeming with tropical fish. For the more adventurous souls, we also offer exciting options like cliff jumping and paddleboarding, allowing you to make the most of your Na Pali experience.

Begin your extraordinary journey on a Capt Andy's Na Pali Coast tour. Let us be your trusted guide as you create memories to last a lifetime. Book your adventure now and prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring beauty of Kauai's Na Pali Coast!

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U.S. News Insider Tip: For a low-effort wow moment, drive past Waimea Canyon in Koke'e State Park and stop at the Kalalau Lookout for a glimpse of the glorious Napali Coast and Kalalau Valley some 4,000 feet below. – Jill Schildhouse

The Napali Coast is a 17-mile expanse of rocky, steep and oh-so-gorgeous cliffs that stretch along Kaua'i's North Shore. Travelers agree there's no better way to experience Kaua'i's natural beauty and eye-catching terrain than at Napali, so you should make plans to marvel at it – either on foot, from the water or from the air (there are no roads that go along the Napali Coast).

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Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park

U.S. News Insider Tip: Arrive early to get a parking spot, or between 11 a.m. and noon (after the early birds have finished their hikes). Then, refuel at the delicious nearby taco spot, Island Taco. – Erin Evans, Managing Editor

Waimea Canyon, aptly nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," should be at the top of every traveler's itinerary. This massive gorge – which measures 14 miles across, a mile wide and 3,600 feet deep – is awash with spectacular scenery difficult to find elsewhere on the Hawaiian Islands. Here, you'll see craggy red cliffsides and crested buttes blanketed in lush, evergreen vegetation as far as the eye can see, with waterfalls dotted in between. Many travelers who visit Waimea Canyon choose to take in the sight by car, as there are multiple lookout points situated along Koke'e Road, including the popular Waimea Canyon and Puu Hinahina lookout points. 

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Po'ipu Beach Park Po'ipu Beach Park free

U.S. News Insider Tip: It's common to see Hawaiian monk seals sleeping and sunning themselves in the sand; do not be alarmed, they are perfectly OK. Be sure to stay 100 feet away from these endangered creatures (you can still get some great photos). – Jill Schildhouse

Po'ipu Beach Park is popular with both residents of and visitors to Kaua'i. This small shoreline situated on the south side appeals to many types of beachgoers thanks to its golden sands, calm waters and convenient location in the heart of the Po'ipu resort area. Here, sun seekers can easily kick back, relax and lay out for hours in between the palm trees while those with children needn't worry about big waves interrupting a family swim. Those looking for a little more adventure can enjoy bodyboarding (the beach features small waves) and snorkeling.

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Princeville Botanical Gardens Princeville Botanical Gardens

Princeville Botanical Gardens began as a passion project of Bill and Lucinda Robertson, who have been cultivating former cattle land and reintroducing native flora since 2004. In 2010, they opened their gardens to the public for small private tours. This attraction on the island's North Shore contains hundreds of plants including a diverse array of rare and endangered flowers, fruit trees and plants with medicinal properties. It has both native plants and flora from around the world. The gardens also produce honey from its on-site beehives as well as organic chocolate.

The variety of plants consistently impresses visitors, who typically call the gardens very beautiful and the tour educational and entertaining. Guides win high marks for their professionalism and insight. And the food samples offered along the way are heartily appreciated.

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Hike the Kalalau Trail Hike the Kalalau Trail

Many people come to Kaua'i with high hopes of backpacking the 22-mile round-trip Kalalau Trail. This trail is so popular because it is the only land-based option to explore the world-famous Napali Coast . No roads or paved streets go along, in or through this famous coastline.

The hike takes travelers through five valleys in Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, passing through lush tropical forests, bubbling streams, cascading waterfalls and dramatic cliffside ocean views. What's more, the hike ends at the remote Kalalau Beach. But access to this unworldly scenery comes with a price. Novice hikers, expert expeditioners, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and state officials all say the same: This hike is a lot of work and shouldn't be attempted without the proper equipment and, most importantly, experience. The trail is filled with elevation and terrain changes throughout. Trails are not wide and open, but rather narrow, rocky and very muddy. And once you hit Crawler's Ledge around mile 7, the dirt path starts to disappear and the rock climbing – or rather clinging – begins.

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Wailua River State Park Wailua River State Park free

U.S. News Insider Tip: If you're lucky enough to visit Wailua Falls when locals are selling homemade banana bread out of the back of their trucks, be sure to have cash on hand to buy a loaf – it's the most delicious bread you've ever tasted. – Jill Schildhouse

If you want to experience Kaua'i's majestic rainforests without breaking too much of a sweat, then you'll want to add Wailua River State Park to your itinerary. This park on the eastern coast of the island is home to the only navigable river in Hawaii, allowing visitors to get an eyeful of the lush valley on a boat tour .

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Hanalei Bay Hanalei Bay free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Snapping a photo on Hanalei Pier is sure to yield a gorgeous shot, but standing under the pier when the tide is low makes for a really cool architectural image with an unexpected vantage point. – Jill Schildhouse

Hanalei Bay is located 4 miles southwest of Princeville, one of the island's premier resort areas, on Kaua'i's North Shore. Hanalei Bay is composed of three different beaches: Wai'oli Beach Park, Hanalei Beach Park and Black Pot Beach, the latter of which is sandwiched between the historic Hanalei Pier and the mouth of the Hanalei River. Lifeguards can be found at multiple points along the beach and bathroom facilities are also on-site. Keep in mind that there will be signs along the beach indicating water conditions and if it is safe to swim. If you're ever unsure, talk with a lifeguard.

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Snorkel at Tunnels Beach Snorkel at Tunnels Beach free

If you're looking for a place to snorkel in Kaua'i, head to Tunnels Beach (aka Makua Beach). Tunnels Beach is located on Ha'ena Point on Kaua'i's North Shore near Wainiha, about 2 miles east of the Kalalau Trail and 9 miles west of Princeville.

The beach offers an expansive reef that is suitable for both novice and experienced snorkelers. Its name refers to the lava tubes, or tunnels, that run through the reef. Travelers can expect to see batches of coral, small sea caves and tunnels as well as wildlife, which could include turtles, plenty of tropical fish, eels, crabs and more. If you're not up for snorkeling, visitors say this beach is still worth a trip for its fantastic location. Here, the water is clear, palm trees abound and if you look toward the west, you can admire the cluster of lush, jagged peaks that flank the beach. 

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South Shore South Shore

U.S. News Insider Tip: Even when it's raining elsewhere on the island, the beaches around the Poipu area are often sunny and dry. If soggy weather ruins your plans on the north, west or east sides of Kaua'i, head south for near-perfect conditions. – Jill Schildhouse

The moment you drive through the iconic mile-long tunnel of eucalyptus trees on Maluhia Road, you know you've arrived on the beautiful South Shore of Kaua'i. There's plenty to see and do here — this is where you'll find Poipu Beach Park and Old Koloa Town , which could easily take up a full day for anyone who wants some quality beach time, followed by a meal and shopping.

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Kalapaki Beach Kalapaki Beach free

Despite its close proximity to the airport, cruise port and multiple hotels, travelers maintain Kalapaki Beach is a relaxing spot. The beach is located on the west side of the island in Lihue, an area known for gentle swimming conditions and easy access to amenities. Kalapaki is an especially swimmer-friendly shoreline because of the nearby Nawiliwili Bay, which features a jetty and breakwater that slow big waves. As such, this won't be the most exciting surf spot, but rather the perfect place for a relaxing dip or an afternoon of paddleboarding. And thanks to its location right in back of the popular Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club , travelers are steps away from eateries, shops on Rice Street and water sport rentals.

While recent visitors do agree that Kalapaki is perfect for a soothing afternoon under the sun, some said that when cruise ships are in port, the beach does experience more visitors. And although this beach is backed by a Marriott property, it does not have lifeguards, so be mindful of conditions and don't swim at night. There are no set hours for Kalapaki Beach and it is free to visit, even if you aren't a Marriott guest. For more information on Kalapaki Beach, visit the Hawaii Tourist Authority's website .

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Ke'e Beach Ke'e Beach

Ke'e Beach (pronounced Keh-AY), which is located within Ha'ena State Park, is conveniently situated at the Kalalau trailhead, offering beachgoers sweeping views of the Napali cliffs from the comfort of the sand. Plus, there are lifeguards posted here and, depending on the time of year, it is safe to swim and snorkel, so long as you keep close to the shore. The beach also offers restrooms and showers, though due to its close proximity to the cliffs, there is no cell phone service.

Because of its stunning location on the island's North Shore, recent visitors couldn't help but fall in love with Ke'e Beach. Located at the start of the Kalalau Trail, this beach has been known to see considerable traffic. In response, the park has imposed daily visitor limits and requires advance reservations for entry.

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Ha'ena Beach Park Ha'ena Beach Park free

When the conditions are calm during the summer, the North Shore's Ha'ena Beach Park is a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling – let the turquoise waters lure you right in. This beach is located on one side of the crescent-shaped Maniniholo Bay, and the other side is the popular Tunnels Beach . Those who prefer to lounge on the white sand beach will find myriad shells to examine and enjoy (remember to leave them where you found them instead of collecting them to take home, which can negatively impact the delicate ecosystem). However, take caution during the winter months; you will no doubt see experienced surfers riding the gigantic waves, but the surf and currents here can be quite dangerous for swimmers. Recent visitors note that the entire beach is taped off and the lifeguard station is closed when the waves are too intense, so be sure to mind those warnings.

You can access Ha'ena Beach Park off of Highway 560 at mile marker 9. Not to be confused with Ha'ena State Park (home of Ke'e Beach and the trailhead for the Kalalau Trail ), Ha'ena Beach Park does not require advance parking reservations or an entry fee. However, recent visitors cautioned that parking is limited and that you'll need to arrive before 10 a.m. to score a spot.

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Allerton Garden Allerton Garden

Situated on Kaua'i's South Shore and 3 miles west of Poipu Beach , Allerton Garden encompasses bamboo groves, rainforest trees, fruit trees and other tropical plants, a flower garden and more. The garden also has vine-covered cliffs overlooking the ocean and a stream lined with fig trees. You may recognize parts of the garden from their appearances in movies like "Jurassic Park."

The lush garden doesn't fail to impress plant lovers. Visitors frequently laud the tour guides for their extensive knowledge about the garden's collection. Reviewers suggest wearing mosquito repellent and closed-toe shoes as parts of the garden can get quite muddy.

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Anini Beach Anini Beach free

East of Princeville on Kaua'i's North Shore, Anini Beach features miles of white sand and a large coral reef. Due to its consistently calm waters, the beach is widely regarded by visitors as a great place to visit with children, despite the absence of lifeguards. (You may run into strong currents beyond the reef.) Because of these conditions, the beach is a destination for fans of water activities like paddleboarding and windsurfing. Its tranquil lagoon also makes it an ideal spot for novice snorkelers.

Beachgoers regularly describe Anini Beach as a wonderful place for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing. Many recommend it for those traveling with children.

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Old Koloa Town Old Koloa Town free

Located on Kaua'i's South Shore, near Poipu Beach , the picturesque Old Koloa Town is the original sugar plantation-era shopping village in the town of Koloa. This home of Hawaii's first successful sugar mill was established in 1835, and each of the brightly colored buildings has a history worth noting. For instance, The Tao Building was first used as an ice cream parlor, serving the plantation workers. The Chang Fook Building was built in the 1920s and operated as a general store before becoming known for its baked goods. And the Koloa Hotel was used as lodging for the traveling salesmen who worked for large mercantile agencies on O'ahu .

Today, these buildings are filled with a wide variety of charming shops and restaurants. A stroll through this complex introduces visitors to storefronts filled with surf attire and beachwear, souvenir T-shirts and gifts, handcrafted goods and fine art galleries. Grab a shave ice at The Fresh Shave for a quick cooldown or a bite to eat at Kenji Burger, Koloa Pizza Kitchen + Bar or Leahi Vegan Eats.

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the Kilauea Lighthouse Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the Kilauea Lighthouse

The 203-acre Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge sits atop a 180-foot ocean bluff on the island's North Shore. In addition to ocean views, you may spot seabirds rarely seen from land, such as the Hawaiian state bird (the nene, or Hawaiian goose) as well as Laysan albatross (moli) and the red-footed booby. From December to May, you might also be able to see humpback whales cavorting in the water nearby. One of Kaua'i's top attractions, the 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, sits within the refuge.

Visitors consistently say this area offers unrivaled scenic views. Some recommend bringing binoculars to make the most of the ample bird-watching opportunities (though you can also use binoculars provided by the refuge). In addition to the helpful park rangers, reviewers also praised the signage posted throughout the refuge, which identifies the various bird species that can be found here. Many also encourage a stop at the gift shop.

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Hanapepe Hanapepe

Welcome to the art capital of Kaua'i, Hanapepe Town. Located on the southwest side of the island between Koloa and Waimea, this area has a rich history. Dubbed "Kaua'i's Biggest Little Town," it once brimmed with enlisted servicemen and sailors stationed here from World War I to the early 1950s. The historic buildings, which served as inspiration for the Disney film "Lilo and Stitch," house shops, eateries and more art galleries than anywhere else on the island.

There are a wide variety of artisans in Hanapepe, with designs and mediums to suit any taste or style. For instance, Kalakoa Kaua'i Fine Art Gallery features local artists who have mastered light, color and motion. Banana Patch Studio showcases hand-painted ceramic tiles and pottery. And Pu'uwai Gallery & Boutique sells locally crafted jewelry, art and clothing. Beyond the shops, the area also serves up a bevy of local eateries, including favorites like Midnight Bear Breads bakery, Longies Shave Ice and Treats and Kauai Kookie, which was founded in 1965.

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Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana

Once home to 22,000 acres of sugarcane, this historic plantation in Lihue now spans 105 acres and offers visitors a glimpse at Hawaii's sugarcane history, which dates to the 1860s. Visitors ride mahogany-lined passenger train cars along the property's 2 ½ miles of railroad tracks, where bananas, mangos, papayas, pineapples, sugarcane, taro and other essential Hawaiian crops grow. Along the 40-minute ride, conductors provide narration regarding the various sights, which include animals like goats, pigs and sheep that you'll be able to feed during a stop.

Trip-takers generally describe this excursion as both fun and informative. They also say it's enjoyable for travelers of all ages. Interacting with the animals is frequently cited as a high point, as is the food included in the lunch tour.

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Luau Kalamaku Luau Kalamaku

While there are several luau options on Kaua'i, Luau Kalamaku at the historic Kilohana Plantation is known for its authentic experience in an open-air pavilion. Arrive early to peruse the more than 100-acre plantation and explore the open-air artisan market for handcrafted souvenirs held exclusively for guests. Be sure to listen for the blowing of the conch shell at 6:15 p.m., which signals the beginning of the ceremony.

At 6:30 p.m., attendees will dine on a buffet of dishes made from fresh local ingredients, including seasonal fruit, green salad, poi (taro root), teriyaki chicken, vegetable chow mein, sautéed vegetables, seasonal fish and the famous Kalua pork – this whole roasted pig is cooked in an underground oven called an imu , and wrapped in banana leaves. Leave room for the banana cream tart, pineapple upside down cake and coconut pudding for dessert.

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Fern Grotto Fern Grotto

As its name suggests, Kaua'i's Fern Grotto is a natural lava rock grotto covered in hanging ferns and tropical foliage. This special place was once the birthplace of the island's ali'i , or royalty, but it's now a popular locale for wedding ceremonies. The only way to get to this magical location, which sits on the south fork of the Wailua River on the eastern side of the island, is by boat.

The Smith's Kaua'i Fern Grotto tour begins with a leisurely, 2-mile open-air cruise along the river, during which you'll hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii and be treated to a hula lesson with beautiful scenery. Upon arrival, you'll take a short nature walk through the rainforest full of native Hawaiian plants and around a serene space where the guides share history and culture all the way to the Fern Grotto. There's a waterfall along the way, providing a cooling mist. The acoustics here are so incredible that local musicians and entertainers are known to greet visitors with Hawaiian music.

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35 Best Things to Do on Kauai (Must Do + See)

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The island of Kauai in Hawaii is best known for the Napali Coast , movies like Jurassic Park , and tropical landscapes. But jungles need rain so let us show you the best things to do on Kauai with advice on the best time to visit.

Kauai is so much more than beaches. Let two people who lived on Maui and Oahu , and travel to Kauai frequently, show you the best things to do on Kauai, The Garden Isle.

Most things to do on Kauai lists take you randomly around the island. Here, I’ll show you the best things to do starting in the north and then taking you around the island. With maps, directions, and why we love the activity, you can start planning your trip to Kauai easily. 

Our Kauai Travel Guide has more to help you plan your trip to Kauai. If you’re traveling with kids, you have to check out the 7 best Kauai resorts for families . Kauai waters can be rough, so we found the 9 best beaches for swimming The most popular activity is cruising the Napali coast and we’ve found the best Napali Coast boat tours for you! We’ll even help you with what to pack for your trip so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Where to Find the Things to Do on Kauai

In my opinion, Kauai is the easiest island to navigate among the eight main Hawaiian Islands for two reasons. 

First, the island closely resembles a circle. Areas of the island are referred to by the compass points. See the map of areas on Kauai below.

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Second, Kauai has a mountainous interior so the roads follow the coast. Kuhio Highway (Route 56) starts on the North Shore and ends in Lihue. Then, Kaumuali’i Highway (Route 50) will take you south and to the furthest western point. There are no roads along the Napali Coast, hence the coast is famous for sunset and dinner cruises and snorkel trips .

This list of things to do on Kauai is organized by area of the island to help you with your planning. In our Kauai Wayfinder Itinerary , we structure our excursion days around the popular areas of the island as that is the best way to organize your Kauai vacation days.

If you’re going to be visiting Kauai via a cruise, check out our favorite Kauai shore excursions , and grab a Cruising Hawaii Guide to shortcut the planning process.

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One of our most popular videos is 21 Things to Do Around Kauai. This article contains even more things to do but we’ve found this video can say so much more. 

Get a feel of what to expect for your Kauai vacation and a sampling of the best things to do on Kauai.

After all these amazing things to do on Kauai, you may be asking yourself, how many days do you need on Kauai?

If you are visiting more islands than Kauai, make sure you check out our island hopping guide and our full list of the best things to do in Hawaii . Your Hawaii Bucket List has been created for you!

Things to Do on Kauai: North Shore

Kauai is nicknamed The Garden Isle and the North Shore is a big reason why. With lush jungles, stunning cliffs (pali in Hawaiian), and beautiful beaches this is a popular place to stay and for activities. But the weather can get dicey.

The North Shore of Kauai is on the windward side of the island, meaning it receives more rain and higher surf during the winter months. You can still do many of the activities below from October to March, but plan to experience rain and check ocean conditions before you head out.

Per our research, the best time to visit Kauai is May, August, September, and October. If you do happen to get caught in the rain, we have a great resource on what to do when it rains , and our Hawaii Packing List will have you prepared for any weather!

Explore the Google Map below for all our favorite things to do on Kauai’s North Shore.

1. Napali Coast Wilderness Area

When you see pictures of Kauai, they’re usually showing the Napali Coast. Napali Coast State Wilderness Park covers the northwest coast of Kauai and is relatively untouched natural beauty. The cathedral cliffs along the ocean are remote, rugged, and romantic for honeymooners to hikers.

The coast is full of sea caves, waterfalls, and ancient Hawaiian villages. While most people explore this area via boat (see our favorite NaPali Coast boat tours here ), you can hike into the wilderness area with a permit .

Directions: Napali Coast State Wilderness Park

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I was fortunate to hike the Kalalau Trail (11 miles), swim to the Honopu Arch, and sleep on Kalalau Beach with friends years ago. It was one of my most memorable Kauai vacations. But exhausting. 

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You can also choose to visit Ha’ena State Park to walk part of the Kalalau Trail, see our next thing to do on Kauai for details.

2. The Best Beach on Kauai

Kauai has many pristine beaches, but Ke’e Beach is our favorite beach on Kauai . Located at the end of the Kuhio Highway, Ha’ena State Park is home to working lo’i kalo (taro patches), heiau (temple), trailheads for the Kalalau Trail and Hanakapi’ai Beach and waterfall, and the popular Ke’e Beach.

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Ke’e Beach is a small bay tucked under towering cliffs. With a lifeguard on duty, showers, and restrooms, the beach is great for kids . The reef makes for a natural lagoon for snorkeling and swimming. But during the winter the high surf makes this beach a no-go. See our 7 Best Beaches on Kauai in the Winter for safer spots to visit.

Due to the popularity of Ke’e Beach, entry and parking reservations are required for access to the state park. Shuttle reservations are available.

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You can hike a portion of the Kalalau Trail with your Ha’ena State Park entry fee. Hiking from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapi’ai Beach is 2 miles. You will be rewarded with amazing views of the coast and a sandy beach during the summer (not a good swimming beach due to strong currents). The waterfall hike is 8 miles roundtrip. 

Directions: Ha’ena State Park 6CC9+8R Wainiha, Hawaii, Kapaʻa, HI 96746

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3. Kauai’s Best Botanical Garden

Limahuli Garden & Preserve is an ecological preserve built to protect the diverse plant and animal life in the valley. Settled for the last 1,500 centuries, the valley is home to native forests, endangered animals, and archaeological complexes. Visiting Limahuli is part of having an authentic Hawaii experience .

We love this place for its tranquility and for seeing the workings of the ancient lo’i kalo (taro patches). Take a self-guided tour of the grounds (about 1.5 hours), appreciate the history, and enjoy a day in this jungle paradise. Learn more about Limahuli Gardens here .

Directions: Limahuli Garden & Preserve 5-8291 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714

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4. Ha’ena Beach

Ha’ena Beach, despite the name, is not part of Ha’ena State Park so no reservation is required. The beach park is located immediately off the Kuhio Highway. The long sandy beach is known for swimming (during calm conditions) and beach walks under the pali (cliffs).

There is a lifeguard on duty, showers, a snack shack (trailer) with fresh fruit, and restrooms. 

Directions: Haena Beach Park HI-560, Kapaʻa, HI 96746

As this is a popular North Shore beach, the small parking lot fills up fast and spills over onto the road. Come early for parking. Many people park here to walk down the beach to the popular snorkel spot of Tunnels (Makua Beach). 

See our 5 Best Snorkel Spots on Kauai for information on snorkeling Tunnels beach.

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5. Maniniholo Dry Cave

Across the street from Ha’ena Beach, come explore the Maniniholo Dry Cave. The low-ceiling cave is an expansive room with a sand floor. 

Directions: 5-7878 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754

The cave was formed, per the legend, that Polynesian settlers were chasing the Menehune from Waimea Canyon. The Menehune escaped into a tunnel that connected to the North Shore. Upon making their escape through the tunnel, they collapsed the ceiling making the dry cave. 

Things to Do on Kauai - Maniniholo Dry Cave

If you’re heading to Kauai, be sure to check out our ultimate Kauai Travel Guide . From where to stay to what to do, this guide will help you plan your perfect Kauai vacation. 

6. Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay has nearly two miles of beach and in the summer the water is as calm as can be. 

To swim at Hanalei Beach, we prefer to park on the east side of Hanalei Bay, near the Hanalei Pier and Black Pot Beach. From here you can get a great view of the bay and play on the pier. Directions below are to the public parking lot.

Directions: Hanalei Bay near Black Pot Beach

Beware in the winter, waves here get rough. There may be some days that the beach is closed and swimming here (especially with kids) is really only ideal in the summer. 

Hanalei Bay made our 7 Best Kid-Friendly Beaches on Kauai and 9 Best Beaches on Kauai for Swimming .

Headed to Kauai with kids? Check out our 24 things to do with kids on Kauai .

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7. Hanalei Town

The town of Hanalei is built along Hanalei Bay, so you’ll have all the amenities you need at your fingertips: food, shave ice, and SUP rentals. 

Hanalei Town is a great place to shop, have breakfast or lunch, and explore the town. Some of our favorite places to grab a bite are the following:

  • Hanalei Poke
  • Hanalei Food Truck Park with Holey Grail Donuts and Fresh Bite Kauai
  • Hanalei Bread Company

8. Hanalei Bridge

Originally built in 1912, the through-truss bridge is a replica of the original but still has all the charm. Spanning 113 feet across the Hanalei River, you will cross the one-lane bridge when entering and leaving Hanalei Town. 

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Due to the popularity of Hanalei Town, delays on the one-lane bridge are becoming more common. We will see if they install a traffic light (it would be the first in Hanalei) to help ease the congestion.

9. Hanalei Lookout

A quick stop when passing through Princeville on the way to Hanalei is Hanalei Valley Lookout. Pull over across the street from the Foodland grocery store to take in the grandeur of Kauai. 

The lookout is a panoramic view of the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and Kawaikini mountain range. The taro field patchwork with the mountains in the background is my favorite view on Kauai.

Directions: Hanalei Valley Lookout Kuhio Hwy, Princeville, HI 96722

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10. Anini Beach

Another North Shore Beach that made our 7 Best Kid-Friendly Kauai Beaches is Anini Beach.

When you first drive to Anini beach in Kilauea, you might not be sure you’re heading to the correct spot. But when you finally arrive, you realize that this beach is beautiful. 

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White sand beach with calm, shallow water, this beach is great for kids in the summer. There’s even a big grassy beach park area, so if your little one gets tired of the sand, they can head to the grass to play.

Directions: Anini Beach Kalihiwai, HI 96754

One note: bring your own food and beverages. Unlike some of the other beaches that have food trucks or restaurants nearby, Anini beach is a bit secluded. See our video below for more details on Anini Beach.

11. Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Located past the village of Kilauea is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Many come for the short walk to the historic Kilauea Point Lighthouse built in 1913. As you are perched on 180-foot high cliffs, the views of the coast are wonderful but this place is really about the wildlife. 

Watch red-footed boobies. The birds soar along the cliffs for a stunning experience. Hopefully get to see Hawaii’s state bird, the nene. Reservations are required to enter the refuge.

Directions: 3580 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

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If you know you’ll be spending a lot of time on the North Shore, we have even more to do in and around Hanalei .

Things to Do on Kauai: East Side

Nicknamed the Royal Coconut Coast, from Wailua to Kealia, for the large stands of coconut trees and because this area was the playground for Hawaiian royalty. 

Now, you can explore local towns, go inland for waterfalls accessible by car, and explore the beaches. This is also a popular area to stay in due to its central location on Kauai. 

See our guide on Where to Stay on Kauai for hotels and for choosing the best place to stay for your Kauai vacation. You’d hate to be far from the best things to do on Kauai, like on the map below.

12. Kapa’a Town

Don’t make the mistake of driving through Kapa’a on the way to North Shore without stopping.

Kapa’a is full of coffee shops, like Mokihana Coffee (formerly Small Town Coffee) and Java Kai , restaurants, and shopping. The cute town located along the ocean is worth checking out. You’d never guess it is the most populous town on the island.

If you do nothing else here, at least grab a plate lunch from Pono Market .

Directions: Kapa’a Town Central

13. Kapa’a Food Truck Parks

Kapa’a has the most food trucks per capita on Kauai. Is that an official stat? Absolutely not but there are a lot of food trucks littered around the town. 

The two main food truck parks are located near Kapa’a Beach Park and All Saint’s Church. But don’t miss the standalone trucks mentioned in our Ultimate Kauai Food Truck Guide .

14. Kapa’a Beach Bike Trail

Don’t miss the multi-use path that follows the coast along Kapa’a Town. Explore the beaches, enjoy views of the coast, and just take in the sun. You can rent beach cruisers and e-bikes in Kapa’a for a few hours to enjoy a relaxing ride.

We rented our bikes from Hele on Kauai in central Kapa’a. They are located 30-seconds off the beach path.

Directions to Bike Rental: 4-1302 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746

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15. Kayak and Hike to Secret Falls

Perhaps no longer a secret waterfall, Uluwehi Falls (Secret Falls) is only accessible via a kayak tour down the Wailua River . Land the kayaks to go on a 1.5-mile roundtrip hike to the large waterfall. Such an experience is one of those Things You Can Only Do in Hawaii type experiences.

This easy kayak and hike tour is a great way to explore the Wailua River. Perhaps stay the evening to see the Fern Grotto and one of the best luaus on Kauai – Smith’s Family Luau .

Click for directions to Wailua River .

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16. ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls

One of Kauai’s largest waterfalls is easily accessible by car. Make the short drive from Kapa’a Town to ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls, a roadside lookout. The falls are 151 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

Directions: ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls

Across the street from the falls is a lookout of the Wailua River and valley. Watch kayakers journey up the class 0 river.

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17. Kid-Friendly Beach: Lydgate Beach Park

This is one of our favorite beaches on Kauai for swimming . Lydgate Beach Park is a long beach that can have rough surf for swimming, especially during the winter, but there are the Lydgate Park Pools. 

The pools on the north end of the beach are protected from the waves by a large stone wall. The water is calm, there are large fish inside the pools for easy snorkeling, and the beach is sandy. There are lifeguards on duty, picnic tables, and lots of parking.

There is also a large, community playground called Kamalani Playground across from the pools. 

Directions: Lydgate Beach Leho Dr, Lihue, HI 96766

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18. Wailua Falls

Another Kauai waterfall that is easily accessible by car, Wailua Falls is located off the road on the south end of the Wailua River. The falls cascade into two streams that drop over 80 feet into a pool.

The best viewing is along the road, just before the parking lot for the falls. The size of the stream is dictated by the rainfall uphill. During our last visit, Kauai was hit by a tropical storm so the waterfall was roaring. 

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Wailua Falls is known in pop culture as the opening scene in the television show Fantasy Island . Kauai is famous for most of the filming of Jurassic Park and other movies. You can go on a guided tour of Kauai’s famous movie and TV scenes with pickup at your hotel.

Directions: Wailua Falls Hawaii 96746

19. Mountain Tubing Adventure

After a 4WD ride through a jungle, hop on a tube to float down a 100-year-old, hand-dug plantation canal system that will take you through caves and small waterfalls. Get wet and have a blast!

This tour is Kauai’s only tubing adventure through irrigation canals. Read more about the Mountain Tubing Adventure here .

Things to do on Kauai - Mountain tubing

Directions: Mountain Tubing 3-4131 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

Find more great things to do in Kapa’a .

Things to Do on Kauai: South Shore

South Shore Kauai is the most popular place to stay on Kauai. With many things to do on Kauai out your backdoor and the best weather on the island, it is no surprise visitors park themselves near Poipu.

The South Shore gets the best weather due to being on the leeward side of Kauai, or the dry side. You can expect less rain and slightly warmer temperatures than Princeville and Hanalei ( find Kauai weather data here ). Also, waves are smaller during the winter on the South Shore compared to North Shore.

See our Princeville vs Poipu Where to Stay article if you’re on the fence about where to stay on Kauai. South Shore Kauai is also home to many of our 7 Best Kauai Honeymoon Resorts . It’s also just a quick 25 minute drive from Lihue airport, so you go from plane to resort pretty quickly.

Below are all the best things to do on Kauai’s South Shore. See the Google Maps for directions.

20. Kauai Plantation Railway

Located just outside Lihue is the Kilohana Plantation , a 105-acre historic plantation. If you’re looking for something for the whole family, take a ride on the Kauai Plantation Train . 

The 2.5-mile track (40-minute long tour) is a conductor-narrated journey through the history of the plantation. See plantation crops like sugar cane and taro plus tropical plants like mango, banana, pineapple, and others. Then, stop to get out to feed pigs, goats, sheep, and a donkey. Trains depart five to seven times per day.

For the parents, Koloa Rum is on the site for tastings and dining at Plantation House and Mahiko Lounge. But the luau is perhaps the main attraction.

Directions: Kilohana Plantation Depot, 3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766

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21. Luau Kalamaku

​Located next to Kauai Plantation Train in Kilohana Plantation is Luau Kalamaku. The luau centers on a theatrical show of a family voyaging across the Pacific from Tahiti to Hawaii. Located in a large outdoor pavilion, the theater show with Tahitian drumming, Samoan fire dancing, and Hawaiian hula make for an immersive experience. 

See if a luau is right for you in our Hawaii luau review discussion.

Highlights include:

  • Open bar and full buffet
  • Theatrical luau
  • Explore 60-acre plantation
  • Fire dancers and poi ball twirlers

Why we love it: The plantation grounds where the luau is located are beautiful and Henry loved going on the plantation train ride.

  • Location: Lihue, Kauai
  • Length: approximately 3 hours

Learn more and book Luau Kalamaku here . You can check out the other Kauai luaus that we recommend .

22. Historic Koloa Town

Established in 1835, the old plantation town is a walk down memory lane. Visit the Old Koloa Town Shops in plantation-era style, see the Old Sugar Mill Memorial, and have a local plate lunch.

We visit Koloa Town to grab food before hitting Poipu Beach in the south. Grab a plate lunch at Koloa Fish Market or one of the many food trucks. There are two food truck parks with award-winning food trucks in Koloa, see our Kauai Food Truck Guide for details.

Shave ice! South Shore Kauai is full of the best shave ice on Kauai. Visit The Fresh Shave or explore our other favorite shave ice on Kauai .

Directions: Old Koloa Town ​​Koloa Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

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23. Shipwreck Beach

Poipu Beach is the most popular beach on Kauai, but Shipwreck Beach is worth a visit. 

Located in front of the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa , Shipwreck Beach is one of the best beaches for sunsets and beachcombing. Locals come here for surfing and bodyboarding. While a south swell can make for excellent surfing, it can also make for dangerous swimming so check ocean conditions before you enter the water. Shipwreck Beach did not make our list of the best beaches on Kauai for swimming .

There is no lifeguard on duty so only experienced swimmers for this beach. There are restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and a large public parking lot.

Directions: Shipwreck Beach  

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24. Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail

The Maha’ulepu Heritage Trailhead starts at Shipwreck Beach. The easy-to-moderate hiking trail follows the coast along dunes, under kiawe trees (wear closed-toed shoes), and cliffs.

The trail is significant for being one of the last undeveloped spots along the South Shore. Also, this is a sacred place so leave only footprints behind.

Directions: Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, Koloa, HI 96756

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25. Most Popular Beach: Poipu Beach

If you’re looking for something to do on Kauai, this is more than a beach . 

Not only does the beach have calm waters (heavier surf during the summer) and is beautiful with two crescent-shaped bays, it has a playground that kept our son entertained when he was done playing in the sand. 

There are lifeguards on duty, picnic tables, limited shade, showers, and restrooms at the beach.

Plus, there’s a deli right across the street so whatever food or drink you need is easily accessible. Grab a puka dog with lilikoi mustard!

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Poipu Beach does get busy so don’t expect a secluded beach day. Walk over to Brenneck’s Beach as that is less busy and known for bodyboarding. 

Quick Tip: Never turn your back on the Pacific. While the waters may look calm, don’t let your guard down. Keep your body facing the waves so one doesn’t sneak up on you.

Directions: Poipu Beach Koloa, HI 96756

26. Kauai’s Best Blowhole

Spouting Horn Park is home to a 50-foot blowhole. Powerful waves along the coast push up through a small hole in the lava rock, making for large geysers and a big roar.

The blowhole is a fun place to stop to watch the blowhole. Allerton Botanical Gardens is across the street if you’re looking for more things to do on Kauai’s South Shore.

Things to do on Kauai - Spouting Horn

Directions: Spouting Horn Park Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

If you’re going to spend a lot of time in Poipu, check out our full list of our favorite things to do in Poipu .

Things to Do on Kauai: West Side

Welcome to the West Side. Home to Waimea Town, Hanapepe Town, and so many things to do on Kauai.

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We like to stay in the Poipu area and make day trips to this side of the island as there are few places to stay over here. Located firmly on the leeward side of the island, the Waimea area is dry and hot making for nice hiking and exploring the popular Waimea Canyon.

Here are the things to do on Kauai’s West Side in the map below.

27. Na pali Coast Tour

Finally, let’s talk about Napali Coast tours. The most popular thing to do on Kauai and for good reason. We included this in our 3-can’t-miss Kauai activities video . 

Best viewed from a boat, the Napali Coast is a stretch of sea cliffs full of waterfalls, ancient Hawaiian fishing villages, sea arches, sea caves, and stories told by captains and crews. 

Go on a snorkel tour , power raft and snorkel tour , helicopter tour , or a sunset dinner cruise . Just make sure you get out there to see the coast. 

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Most tours leave from Port Allen in Eleele on the West Side. Only a select few, like this power raft and snorkel tour , leave from Hanalei Bay during the summer (less surf).

You will find many of the popular boat tour companies here for the start of tours.

Directions: Port Allen in Eleele, Kauai

28. Forbidden Island of Ni’ihau

As the name implies, visitors are forbidden from visiting the Hawaiian Island of Ni’ihau . Owned by the Robinson Family since 1864, the island is home to the Robinson family and native Hawaiians who live a traditional way of life. Hawaiian is the primary language spoken on the island, with a population of about 80 people.

The closest way to get to the island is on a snorkeling tour to the Napali Coast and Lehua . 

Lehua is a seabird sanctuary and crescent-shaped volcanic crater with crystal clear snorkeling. See monk seals, seabirds, and turtles along the coast. 

The snorkel tour is a lot of fun and it is interesting to get close, but respectfully away from Ni’ihau. Watch my experience below to see if the tour is right for your Kauai vacation.

29. Hanapepe Town

Hanapepe is a small town along the Hanapepe River. The town is built in plantation-style architecture but is one of the few towns on Kauai not built by a plantation. 

The entrepreneurial attitude of the town is present to this day with small coffee shops, art galleries, the westernmost bookstore in America, and restaurants. It is also home to an art market on Friday nights. Stop for morning coffee or for lunch as you explore the west side of Kauai.

Hanapepe was also the inspiration for the town in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch .

30. Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Crossing the Hanapepe River near the center of town is the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. The old wood bridge definitely swings when you walk across it. When you’re in downtown Hanapepe, look for the opening between the buildings to get to the bridge.

Directions: Swinging Bridge 3857 Iona Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716

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31. Taro Ko Chip Company

In an old green with white trim house are the best taro chips in Hawaii. Boiled in a kettle, Taro Ko Chip Company has been operating quietly for years in Hanapepe Town. Not pretentious with fancy packaging, check to see if they are open when you visit Hanapepe.

Directions: 3940 Iona Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716

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32. Waimea Town

Waimea Town is deep in Hawaiian history. Thought to be one of the first settlements for early Polynesian explorers and the first landing spot of Captain Cook in 1778, the town has had a large-sized role in maritime trading for Hawaii. 

Today, the town is popular for visitors to explore before or after a trip to Waimea Canyon. We like to stop here for lunch and shopping as there are a lot of great, small restaurants in town.

Directions: Waimea Town

33. Waimea Canyon

Another popular thing to do on Kauai is heading to Waimea Canyon State Park . Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain, the stunning canyon is full of waterfalls, lookouts, hiking trails, views of Ni’ihau island, a scenic drive. 

Parking and entrance fees are now required, and paid on site. Enjoy half a day to a full day here to explore the area.

We like to drive up the canyon to stop at Red Dirt Waterfall, Waimea Canyon lookout, and finally to the top which turns into Koke’e State Park with Kalalau Valley Lookout. Our Kauai Itinerary has a full route with stops!

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34. Kalalau Lookout

If you can’t hike the Kalalau Trail, head to Kalalau Lookout for stunning views of this hard-to-reach valley. The cathedral cliffs give way to a lush, tropical valley that leads down to Kalalau Beach. From high above, you will watch helicopter tours and boat tours explore the coast. 

The drive up is long and windy but the views are worth it. We have had bad luck in the past of being socked in with fog and clouds.

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35. Longest Beach in Hawaii

At the end of the road in West Kauai, is the longest beach in Hawaii. At over 17 miles long, the white sand beach has 100-foot sand dunes, desert cactus, and little relief from the sun. 

Polihale Beach and State Park has restrooms, picnic tables, and showers. Camping is available by permit only. 

Caution when visiting this beach for multiple reasons. First, access to the beach is by an unimproved dirt road that has deep sand. During rains, floods and mud make the road impassable. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended and rental car companies may prohibit driving on the road.

The beach has little shade, high winds at times, and no food available making for a long day out.  I’m not trying to scare you away but helping to make sure you have a good trip to Kauai, and not be stuck on the beach.

Directions: Polihale Beach Access Point – Lower Saki Mana Rd, Waimea, HI 96796

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Kauai Backcountry Adventures Mountain Tubing Tour with Lunch


Tubing fun!

3.5 hour(s), available daily, pick-up not available, not accessible, what to expect.

  • The sugar cane plantation is on private land and the only way to access the area is on this tour.
  • The longest tunnel is a full mile in length and can take around 20 minutes to get through
  • The water in the irrigation ditches is some of the cleanest water on the island and comes down from Mount Waialeale, the wettest spot on Earth
  • A photographer will be on hand for the majority of the tour, so be sure to check out the professional photos upon your return
  • At the end of your tour, you will have lunch at a swimming hole that is fed by a small waterfall
  • For the feline fans, keep your eye out for Mochi, the resident swimming hole cat!

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Check-in at Kauai Backcountry Adventures


Hop in a four-wheel-drive vehicle and travel deep into the former Lihue Plantation's pristine territory. Witness spectacular vistas and scenery as your driver shares with you the history and background of Kauai and the plantation.


Take some time to soak in the sight of this lush paradise, and snap a few photos and selfies while you there! Your guide will be happy to take your photo as a lasting keepsake of your Kauai adventure.


Before embarking on your tubing trek, your guide will explain all of the necessary information you will need for a safe and fun adventure.


Grab a tube, a headlamp and safety gear and get ready to get wet as you ride down old irrigation canals that will gently lead you through the former Lihue Plantation. Go through multiple tunnels, lean back and take in the beautiful views, and hang on as you go down a a couple bouncy slopes.

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Pick-up/check-in time & location.

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Location, direction and description

  • For Cruise Ship Passengers, the check-in is located approximately 15 minutes from the pier by taxi.

Important activity information


  • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.
  • Guests must be at least 43 in (109 cm) tall to participate in this activity.
  • Guests must be below 300 lbs (136 kg) to participate in this activity.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Not recommended for anyone claustrophobic or those with back problems.
  • Each person will be in their own tube, no tandem tubes allowed.
  • Women up to the second trimester of pregnancy may participate with written physical approval.

Additional notes

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.
  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.
  • Gratuity is not included in the price.
  • Throughout the adventure, the water will be shallow enough to stand in.
  • Your activity photos are available to purchase after the tour. (*Subject to change without notice.)
  • Lunch Menu: Build your own sandwich with croissants, veggies, salami, turkey, ham, and cheese. Complete your delicious lunch with chips, cookies, and cold water. You can bring your own lunch if you have special dietary restrictions. Gluten bread is not provided.

Required items to bring & attire

  • Clothing that can get wet
  • Change of clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Secure water shoes are required and NO flip-flops/slippers during the activity. Water shoes are available for rent for $5. (*Price subject to change.)
  • Hat (recommended but not required)

Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)

  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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We really enjoyed the tubing adventure. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon and cool off.

My girlfriend and I had a blast! We will recommend to others visiting the beautiful island of Kauai! Thank you Tia. She was awesome. Very entertaining.

Loads of fun!!

What a morning, more than you think when you think of river tubing, they have a great pathing set out on this traiL!

Activity Provider Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Activity provider, payment / cancellation policy.

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  • Any cancellations made after 17:00, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 5 or less) Any cancellations made after 17:00, 4 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 6 to 9 people) Any cancellations made after 17:00, 8 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 10 people) Any cancellations made after 17:00, 15 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (Parties of 11 or more)

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Do i need to be able to swim to participate.

No, being able to swim is not required. The water level is about waist deep, and you can easily stand up in the water.

Is this activity suitable for all ages?

Yes, but you must be at least 5 yrs old and 43 inches in height to go tubing.

What is the lunch menu?

"Build Your Own" Deli Sandwiches with a croissant, fresh veggies, salami, turkey, ham, and cheese. Comes with chips, cookies, and cold water.

Why do we need to wear a headlamp?

The flumes take you through several different tunnels, each of which takes about 10 minutes to float through. A helmet and headlamp are provided for your safety, so you can see in the tunnels and so you don't bump your head!

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Hour Glass Duration:  3 hours

Users Age Minimum:  5 years or older

User Height Minimum: Must be at least 43 inches tall

User Weight Limit: 300 pounds maximum

Checkmark Included: Delicious lunch and cold water

Sun Weather: Unless extreme weather prohibits, tours go out rain or shine


Witness Kauai’s spectacular, historic engineering feats as you float down the open canals and through five amazing tunnels and flumes engineered and hand-dug circa 1870!

This tubing adventure is perfect for people ages 5 and over and in generally good physical condition. The gently flowing waters, beautiful scenery, flumes, and tunnels create a relaxing, fun, and fascinating experience. And when we say we are unique, we mean it! This is the only tubing activity of this type on Kaua’i, and we are the only eco-tour company with access to these 17,000 acres of former plantation lands.


Hop in one of our four-wheel-drive vehicles and traverse the former Lihue Plantation lands as we ride deep into Kauai’s pristine emerald green interior, where your exclusive tubing adventure begins! Start off by enjoying breathtaking vistas of Mt. Wai’ale’ale, deemed one of the wettest spots in the world and the second highest point on the island of Kaua’i.  Witness her spectacular waterfalls before arriving at our launch site, where you will grab a tube, don a headlamp, and jump in the gently flowing waters. Float 2.5 miles of open canals and enjoy the wonder and magic of 5 tunnels illuminated by your headlamp. At the end of your adventure, you are guided to an enchanted picnic area for a delicious lunch and a cool dip in a natural swimming hole. There’s no better way to experience the Kaua’i mountains!


The historic Lihue Plantation ditch and tunnel system that once irrigated vast sugar crops had been unused since sugar was taken out of production in 2000. In January 2003, Kaua’i Backcountry opened a section for exclusive tubing tours. This water system runs through some of the most beautiful and remote lands on the island. It includes spectacular views of the ocean, coastline, mountains, and valleys. The waters that originate near the top of Mount Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots in the world, are channeled through ditches and tunnels hand-dug by plantation workers over a century ago!

If you want to get off the beaten track, don’t miss this exclusive Kaua’i backcountry tubing tour. From start to finish, we take you on an amazing, fun-filled journey that you’re not likely to forget. Our customers tell us time and time again that our tours were the highlight of their vacation and often return for more of our tropical adventures.

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  • All guests are weighed at check-in. Those outside the 300 pound range are not able to participate.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This activity is not recommended for those with back, hip, or knee problems.
  • Women in first trimester of pregnancy only may participate with written physician approval
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Try Kauai’s most scenic zipline! Traverse a beautiful valley with Mt Wai’ale’ale as your backdrop. We have 7 lines that add up to approximately one mile of zipping. Round out the tour with a fresh water swim and delicious lunch!

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