Kauai Things to Do

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Kauai Things to Do

  • Waimea Canyon

    Kauai Things to Do

    Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet deep.The drive up is on a twisty mountainous road and took more than an hour from where our ship was docked.Once at the lookout point you are at the mercy of...

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  • Na Pali Coast

    Kauai Things to Do

    Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is impressive enough. Extra lure is its remoteness. There is no road traversing it and the only means of transport are boats, helicopters and “bare” feet....

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  • Visit Waimea Canyon

    Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet deep.The drive up is on a twisty mountainous road and took more than an hour from where our ship was docked.Once at the lookout point you are at the mercy of...

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  • Hanalei Bay

    Not worth a stop unless you are staying in that area for days. Just a normal beach, nothing special.

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  • Kauai's Hindu Monastery

    I am not Hindu, but once I arrived there I felt inspired to worship. They could tell I was a newbie and one lady there did help me by telling me what to do next. As far as going just as a tourist, it is worth seeing just for that too. Beautiful scenery, great place for people that love photography. They do have wraps once you walk in incase you are...

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  • Must see

    This is beautiful, but be warned it is a very long drive with no place to get food or drink for hours. I got nauseous and lightheaded and even driving down quickly to try to get something, it took over an hour from the top. Be careful if you go hiking near the top because like I said I was lightheaded even though it isn't that high in elevation...

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  • Allerton Gardens

    It is very expensive. Check into the website more if you are a Hawaii resident because there are certain days you can get in free or deeply discounted. It is gorgeous and you get to taste a lot of the plants there. It is an easy walk around the garden and there is an appropriate number of people on the tour. So, you get lots of opportunity to talk...

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  • Lydgate State Park

    The playground here is huge and I took a lot of pictures of it due to all the detail in the design. Plus, it is a great beach for families to play at. There is also picnic tables and bathrooms, so you really could stay all day. You do need to bring food and drink.

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  • Hike, backpack, camp, and make leis in...

    Clean, well made gear including tents, trekking backpacks and hiking poles make all inclusive trips enjoyable and keep you traveling light! Book a luxury camping trip or an ultimate challenge backpacking tour with Nature Walk Kauai. Hike, backpack, camp, and surf with Nature Walk Kauai, the travelers guide to outdoor activities on Kauai.Also...

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  • Thrilling Zipline Tours with a bird's...

    Kauai is home to a variety of ziplining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island's landscapes. Ziplining is thrilling and fun. You are strapped securely into the harness but you do fly up to 34 miles per hour, pretty fast to zoom through the air!Princeville Ranch Adventures (North Shore)Princeville Ranch Adventures...

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  • Bicycle down Waimea Canyon!

    Bicycling down Waimea Canyon is a something you should not miss! Spectacular scenery in Hawaii's colorful "Mini-Grand Canyon." Gorgeous foliage you can see at your own pace on bicycles, and it's all downhill so no stress! Transportation provided.At Outfitters Kauai also take Wailua and Hidden Valley Falls river kayak adventures. Kipu Falls Zipline...

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  • Water Tours

    Kauai Sea ToursFor special Savings reserve online. Na Pali Kauai catamaran snorkel sunset dinner cruises. Beach landing raft adventures, see dolphins daily and whale watch in season.4353 Waialo Rd, Suite 2B-3B, Eleele, HI‎1 (888) 436 9370Kauai Bound is a locally owned snorkel, golf, underwater camera, and beach rental and retail shop located...

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  • Rugged beauty

    Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is impressive enough. Extra lure is its remoteness. There is no road traversing it and the only means of transport are boats, helicopters and “bare” feet....

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  • Wailua Falls

    Waimea falls is an easy trip from Lihue. Armed with a rental vehicle one can reach it within 10 min and spend another half an hour or so ogling at it. The inconvenience is that the lookout point is only one and at the top of the falls so it becomes difficult to grasp the might of the water flow and bathing is rendered impossible. Even if there are...

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  • Filing up the belly

    Diet reflects culture everywhere and Hawaii is no exception to the rule with a very vivid example on offer. It is a public knowledge that the archipelago has been coveted by many different countries but eventually became part of the USA. In the process of settling the islands though, a population of mostly Asian origins has been established firmly...

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  • Doors-off or doors-on

    Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and scenery of the island. Another aspect to consider is whether the helicopter has its doors attached or they have been removed for an extra bit of thrill,...

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  • Russian Fort

    The Russian fort is conveniently located on the way to the Waimea canyon. Flanking the river that stems out of the exuberant gorge, the fort has fared better than its twin across the river albeit not much better. What is left is mostly a silhouette of a defensive structure where one can deduce the original shape of the walls with their zigzag...

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  • Little Grand Canyon

    Kauai has a canyon that might evoke images of the “real” thing in the Southwest. Well, it does not quite compete with the renowned relative but it is certainly impressive. There are two approaches to the canyon with two different effects on the viewer. The more promoted one (off Kekaha, Koke’e Road 550) is leading you through the backyard till it...

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  • Waimea Canyon: Kauai's Grand Canyon

    On the drier west side of the island is the Waimea Canyon State Park (1,866 acres) and the Koke's State Park (4,345 acres) that include the Waimea Canyon of Kauai. This is reportedly the largest canyon of its kind in the Pacific Ocean. The canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. Carved thousands of years ago by rivers...

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  • Visit the Kauai Coffee Company

    Kauai Coffee Company is Hawaii's largest coffee grower. Near here, over 150 years ago, Hawaii's first commercial coffee plantation was planted. Here you can shop for many, many different types of coffee...some of them you can only find at this plantation. Also, there are 3 stations set up where you can sample different flavors and also watch a...

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  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge...

    Kilauea Point was the highlight of my first visit to Kaua'i. I was so completely mesmerized by the flight of the seabirds, so effortless in taking to the air, that I even thought, "I wouldn't mind being here on the last day of my life; and as I expire, my soul would become a bird and take off and mingle with other birds, before flying off to the...

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  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge...

    Of course, if you arrive here and find the refuge closed, you should definitely come back. This place can get crowded, but it's definitely worth it. The lighthouse peninsula is an exhilarating and refreshing place to experience the sea, and watching these seabirds fly does good to one's soul. On my return visit, I got to see most of the birds the...

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  • Kamukila Hawaiian Village

    Kamukila Hawaiian Village is small theme village actually, in fact you can see how a Polynesian village looks like with thatched huts and some native craft making (you see demonstrations of them). There’s a small guided tour and it doesn’t take more than 30’. The entrance fee is only $5 ($3 for children) and they are open 9.00 to 16.30 Monday to...

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  • Queen’s Bath

    If you havent been tired of hiking in Kauai (so many choices) there is a small one at the north side of Princeville! We drove at the end of Punahele Road (you will find it on the right hand after driving down 2 km on the main road). There’s no free parking area but hopefully we didnt get any fee and I noticed many other rental cars there too. Dont...

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  • Kilauea

    One morning we drove north. We turned right between 22 and 23 mile and we approached Kilauea town, actually the area with stores (pic 2) and cafes so we had our breakfast there. It used to be another plantation town, a big sugar company had its base here at the end of 19th century and closed down in 1971. We drove a bit more to reach the Kilauea...

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  • Kapaa

    The first thing I remember from Kapaa town is the colorful front walls of the several stores. It used to be one of the previous century plantation towns (till 1960) but now is more focused on tourism. There are many stores to rent a surf board here or book other tours and even pubs for you that prefer to live during the night (but you’ll miss the...

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  • Smith’s tropical PARADISE

    Smith’s Tropical Paradise is a nice theme garden where you can walk around the 1,5 km long pathway and enjoy the 30 acres of gardens and small or big lagoons. We loved some beautiful corners here, like some small bridges, some colorful flowers and the numerous birds. Of course, the most funny were the roosters that were running behind us all the...

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  • Ha’ena beach and some dry and wet Caves

    As you keep driving up north the 560 highway you will notice many locals relaxing at the noumerous big or small beaches along the way. We prefered to stop at Ha’ena Beach Park(pics 1-2) that has many facilities like bathroooms, picnic tables, huge parking area etc We enjoyed some shaved ice from the lunch wagon(pic 3) that also serves beverages,...

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  • Hanalei bay

    Exiting the Princeville we stopped at the Hanalei Valley Overlook. Pic 1 shows a familiar image of Kauai because every book and postcard includes this one. It’s really beautiful to look down the gorgeous valley and the Hanalei river splitting the numerous green fields and mountains around it. The hawaian people have grown taro in the valley for...

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  • Princeville

    Betwen Anini beach and Hanalei bay you can visit the 11,000 acres of Princeville. First you will see the fountain (pic 1) and then you will start drive at the almost empty wide roads (pic 2) with trees on both sides. We started to wonder how much the residents of the houses (pic 3) pay here and then I’ve read that it’s a place for really rich...

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  • St Raphaels Church

    St. Raphael’s church is the oldest catholic church in the island of Kauai. It was founded in 1841 by Robert Arsenius Walsh who did the first Mass on december 25 of the same year. Walsh established the parish two years after Catolics were granted religious freedom in Hawaii. of the first catholic missionaries that arrived in Hawai’i in 1827 but they...

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  • Old Town of Koloa and Poipu

    The day we drove to the south of Kauai we passed through a Tunnel of Trees. From Lihue we took Kaumuli’i Highway(hw 50) and then turned left on highway 520(maluhia road) which is actually a highway covered with trees from both sides (pic 1). The double row of eucalyptus trees were planted by Alexander McBryde in 1911 and they cover about 1,5km...

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  • helicopter ride

    Definitely one of the most expensive things to do in Kaua’i is to take a helicopter tour. You have to pay about $200 dollars depending on the company, the type of helicopter and where your seat will be. We tried the first class seat which is next to the pilot and we didn’t regret it, the ride was amazing and the reason is that in the island of...

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  • Opaeka’a falls

    I have to say that I enjoyed the Opaeka’a waterfalls much more than Wailua waterfalls. The view point is much better here, just walk along the short path. The Opaeka’a waterfalls (pic 1) are 61meters high and you can see the twin cascades fall smoothly while the whole area is full in green. The pool area at the base supposed to have shrimps so no...

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  • Hindu monastery

    I always thought of Hindu monasteries that are something exotic and far from the Greek culture and then I’ve heard about this one on the banks of the Wailua River here in Hawaii, a weird feeling visiting this monastery temple complex that covers 458 acres. It was founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001) and has two temple the...

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  • Memorial Gardens and Lydgate State Park

    We stopped at the Memorial Gardens on our way back from Wailua waterfalls. This cemetery was full of flower upon small graves of Japanese people. The worker seemed focus on his job but the sun was so strong that we could barely stand there more than some minutes. So, we just walked around a bit, we saw the statues and went back to our car.Back into...

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  • Wailua river and waterfalls

    Wailua river (pic 1-2) was always important since the ancient Hawai’i. The kings chose this area as their capital, I guess because it was a garden of plenty because the river gave them the water and the ground was fertile. So they have everything they need, vegetables, bananas, coconut trees and fish from the ocean.Wailua river is 16km long and its...

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  • Menehune Fishpond

    I have read about Menehune before we visited the Menehune fishpond. Actually, you can’t visit the fishpond because it’s private but you can see (and admire) it from the view point which is up the road. It is a huge dam that used to have three gaps. That was until 1800s when some Chinese farmers filled two of them so they could raise mullet in the...

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  • Lihue

    Lihu’e is the capital of Kauai and the only big city actually. It’s the commercial center and the main roads are always busy (it was the only place we noticed traffic in the island). The ancient name of the area was Kala’iamea (calm reddish brown place) but in 1837 Kaiki’oewa planted sugar cane here, moved the capital from Waimea and the first...

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  • Snow in PARADISE !!!!!

    One must do when on Kauai is try some "Shave Ice". Don't make the mistake of calling it a snow cone. Shave ice is a block of ice that is shaved on a machine that works kind of like a lathe, then the finely shaven ice is topped with sweet syrups. One of the best places to try shave ice while on Kauai is Shaka shave ice. right near the beach. make it...

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  • Hike the Kalalau trail,

    One must to do activity on Kauai is hike on the Kalalau trail. The Kalalau trail is in 11 mi. treck through the Na Pali coast: "the cliffs" 2,ooo ft. cliffs fall dramaticaly into the ocean. You dont have to hike the whole 11 miles to get an apreciation of the coast line. about a half mile up there is a stunning view of the entire coast.. Two miles...

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  • Ke'e Beach

    Ke’e Beach is the end of the road in this direction. It’s the gateway to the Na Pali coast. Bring your hiking shoes when you visit as adventure and breathtaking views await. The trailhead for the Na Pali coast hikes is clearly marked. But bring proper footwear because the trail quickly becomes steep and slippery. You won’t be disappointed if you...

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  • Walking the beach

    Walk along the beaches to see if a Monk Seal has come up to rest. Please respect these animals because they are endangered. They will be roped off by wonderful dedicated volunteers on the island. The seals come up to sleep on the beach after they have eaten because they slow down so much that a shark could attack them. They sleep on the beach and...

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  • Helicopter tour

    I highly recommend going for a helicopter tour of the island. A lot of Kauai is inaccessible to cars so we chose to take a helicopter tour. The island is really beautiful.We rode with the door off which was great because our pictures and view were unobstructed. However I would not ride with our tour company again. The pilot was very racist, and he...

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  • Take a surfing lesson

    There are several companies and locations to try surfing on Kauai. We asked around a little and decided that the north shore, at Hanalei, would be the best place to try. The beach at Poipu on the other end of the island isn't as big and the surf area for beginners didn't look as good. Our recommendation was for an operation set up right by the...

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