Things to do in Kauai

Top Things to Do in Kauai

Things to Do in Kauai

Top Attractions in Kauai

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  • zinear
    Washington DC, DC278 contributions
    I like this spot because, although it's crowded, it feels more like a local's spot than touristy (though I'm sure there are plenty of tourists there). Beyond that, though, the bay itself is beautiful, and you can see not just the ocean but mountains from it as well. In my most recent trip, we were there in the late afternoon and it was quite crowded but still enjoyable.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • baylen
    2 contributions
    We hiked the entirety of the kalalau trail down to kalalau beach. The trail was absolutely gorgeous with the view from every bend being exceeded by the following corner. There are fruiting trees along the trail; guavas, mangos, avocados, and oranges (all depending on the month), the view from kalalau beach is amazing as well with plenty of areas to explore and relax by, along with a nice sunset view that lights up the mountains.

    The treachery of crawlers ledge is EXTREMELY over exaggerated it is a flat stone cutout from a cliff that is about 4 feet wide, most videos on YouTube are filmed with fisheyed or over the shoulder go pros making it seem worse. It is also not a total cliff but a steep edge, as someone who’s afraid of heights this was not a concerning section for me.

    The difficulty of the trail itself isn’t horrendous if you pack smart and can comfortably run a few miles you will be okay. While the elevation change on the hike is significant, the inclines are steep and not bouldery so we found them to be typically shorter than other trails and not as taxing due to NO boulder scrambling. The treacherous portions of the hike consisted of cliff side loose gravel and river crossings which vary quickly and significantly depending on weather.

    A couple recommendations:
    - plan to do in one night if possible, we found it to be the perfect amount of time
    - bring the means to treat more water than you would typically expect, we went through six liters a piece each way due to the heat and humidity
    - bring a towel or chair preferably to sit on at the beach, there are a ton of ants and bugs on kalalau beach due to all the fruit trees and you want to keep sand out of your tent / hammock
    - make sure you get your permits 90 days in advance, they sell out in minutes and THEY DO CHECK
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Ccherbonnier
    Baton Rouge, LA2 contributions
    This is a good beach to visit. Plenty of parking and the water and sand is great. If your willing to swim out a bit there is good smirking as well.
    Written 22 July 2022
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  • Joe K
    Oak Island, NC8 contributions
    Great short, but difficult hike to a beautiful view from the bottom of the falls. If you're going to disregard fence and danger signs, please respect the falls and local emergency personnel and wear proper gear for this decent and ascent. This is not a trip to take lightly.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • dpotter78
    8 contributions
    The beauty of this lookout is amazing. Looks like something out of a storybook. You won't be disappointed driving up here.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • Jay
    Honolulu, HI48 contributions
    Be sure to sign up and schedule the rum tasting! The 45 minute presentation tasting was the most fun I had the entire day. I'll definitely be back just for that...
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • mcdaniel284
    Penn Valley, CA1 contribution
    Definitely do the longer walking tour if you have the opportunity. Guided tour of the plantation, great info, small group size, picking many fruits right from the trees to try, absolutely delicious and we even got to take what we could pick with us . We snacked on it for the remainder of our trip on Kauai.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Amy P
    Sugar Land, TX2 contributions
    This is a great trail with excellent views. My son and I really enjoyed it. It has numerous switchbacks which make it accessible to all. The feral chickens and roosters in the parking area made for some great photo's.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • Tori D
    Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
    This is a really fun tour for anyone interested in the beauty of local plant life and deliciousness of chocolate. I learned a lot about where different plants came from and their purposes. Mostly is was a beautiful walk outdoors through a huge range of plantlife, including carnivorous! Don't forget to wear bug repellant.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • TMish
    25 contributions
    After a three week visit in Hawaii, this was the best beach we visited. Lots of space to sit on the Sand or grassy area to suntan or read a book. Ocean on the left-hand side of the beach is calm. Soft sand and easy swimming and snorkeling. Water in the middle is a little rocky but great for snorkeling. Ocean on the right leads to a small island about 100 yards offshore. Lifeguards are there to tell you when it is safe, or unsafe, to swim in that area. 6 to 10 turtles sleep on the beach at night. In the mornings you can watch them go out to see. And in the evenings, just before sunset, you can watch them return.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Jessica Erban
    Honolulu, HI2 contributions
    Overall: this is a must do on Kauai!

    4/5 because there was no parking so we had to park at the golf course which was $20 and a little far walk but nothing too bad

    The queens bath itself was mediocre. We went during the summer and it was calm but water was green and very still. As we kept walking along the rocks it got better. There were other inclosed tide pools that had clearer water and less people. Warning: the tide is strong so don’t go in the water if you’re not a good swimmer.

    We saw a bunch of turtles and little fish with amazing mountains in the background.

    The hike down and up from queens bath isn’t too bad. It’s about 15min and not too strenuous. My group age range was 19-25 so we didn’t struggle at all but I can see it being hard for an older group of people but definitely still doable.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • melissaraejames
    Buda, TX6 contributions
    This beach was breathtaking. Maybe 20 people there when we went mid afternoon. The beauty and peace is worth the hike down the cliff. The waves were breaking strong so we only got in to our knees. No boogie boarding or swimming were possible.

    The parking is tricky and feels like you are on private property but we found some. The trail in between 2 homes. Easy dirt trail at first then super steep down to beach. It was strenuous but our 9 year old managed okay. Calves were burning on the way back up! Would not be manageable if it had rained.

    Definitely a highlight and a memorable adventure. Highly recommend checking it out!
    Written 14 June 2022
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  • LarsieB
    Denver, Colorado, USA1 210 contributions
    We loved riding the paved Kauai bike path during our vacation. Unfortunately, I can't tell you the name of the bike rental shop we hired our bikes from as there was no name for the shop front and the owner said they don't actually want to go on Trip Advisor. However, we did hire our bikes easily for 2 hours near a car park facing the beach along the path, and it cost approximately $60 for our family of four. The coastline is really beautiful and it was an easy ride for our family. As other people said we simply wished this paved path was a longer distance. We highly recommend riding the Kauai Path!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Gregg
    New Palestine, IN2 contributions
    We did this hike on Saturday, July 9th and made sure to get an early start. We didn't get a parking pass for the state park, but did manage to get a shuttle pass for the first shuttle of the day (6:30 AM). You'll need one or the other and they se out fast. Passes can be purchased at gohaena.com 30 days in advance.

    As for the hike, the last 1/2 mile before the waterfall was probably the most difficult but definitely manageable. You will get muddy on this hike....so wear good hiking shoes that can handle it. There are 5 stream crossings, 3 of which you might be able to do without getting in the water (stepping on rocks). But the water was super refreshing, so we chose to get in.

    Don't underestimate how much water to take with you. They recommend a minimum of 2 liters per person, and you'll want every bit of that. Take some snacks, too. There isn't anywhere to refill along the way, and you can't drink the water from the creek or waterfall. We did, however, take a swim at the falls and it was great.

    I wouldn't recommend this for completely inexperienced hikers or really young kids. If you go early enough, you'll probably have the falls and the trails nearly to yourself.
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • Marla Johnson
    Englewood, CO18 contributions
    We were staying in Poipu and the beginning of the week the waves were gigantic! We were unable to get in the water for snorkeling and swimming. We headed to the north shore and it was recommended that we go to Tunnels since you need a permit to access the beach and trails further down. There was scattered shade near the bushes and trees, public restrooms and showers, and decent snorkeling with interesting coral canyons, etc.
    Written 24 July 2022
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