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Kauai Top 10 Attractions

Kauai Top 10 Attractions

Kauai’s Top 10 Sights & Attractions

Hawaii’s “Garden Island” presents a variety of sights and points of interest from its rugged cliffs, botanical gardens, waterfalls, to its historic small cities and colourful tradition.


Kauai is the oldest of the primary Hawaiian islands, and its panorama and shoreline has been created from almost eight million years of publicity to wind, waves and rain.

Right here’s an inventory of prime issues to do shared by the Kauai Tourism Workplace, together with a few our favourite experiences.  We’ve got explored about half of this record, and plan to return to expertise the remaining.



There are lots of issues to do and see on Kauai — zip line over tropical rainforest, cycle coastal trails, kayak sacred rivers, snorkel Anini Seashore, tour the botanical gardens (268 species of uncommon native crops) at Allerton, watch the sundown at Polihale Seashore & extra — horseback journey, ATV rides, golf, scuba!  Among the best methods to see the island is to take a helicopter flight and a Na Pali boat cruise.

Right here’s our listing of favorites:

1.  Cruise the Na Pali Coast on Captain Andy’s Yacht!

The 22-miles Na Pali shoreline is a wide ranging coastal vary with majestic cliffs, lava tubes, seashores, caves, waterfalls and verdant valleys that may solely be accessed by climbing, sea tour or helicopter tour. This can be a particular should from our Kauai prime 10 points of interest!

We advocate reserving a Na Pali Coast cruise on Captain Andy’s Yacht — click on right here to make a reservation.  They’ve been providing boat excursions since 1980.  Select from their  65′ Star Yachts, Basic Crusing Catamarans, or Moist & Wild Raft Expeditions, or go on all of those distinctive and enjoyable excursions.


We boarded the customized 65′ Star Class luxurious catamaran for a nicely organized 5-hour tour of the Na Pali Coast that included a scrumptious breakfast and a Hawaiian BBQ lunch with drinks.  Our Captain Mike was skillful and educated of the traditional legends and shared Kauai’s historical past & tradition.  The pleasant crew Maddy & Cassie noticed an enormous pod of Hawaiian spinner dolphins, pilot whales, inexperienced turtles, and faculties of tropical fish.

Our journey left on an early departure from Port Allen on the West shore of Kauai, and we noticed views of Niihau, Polihale and the ridges of Kokee, as we sailed towards the coast of Napali.


2.  Waimea Canyon, Kauai –

The three,587-foot-deep Waimea Canyon is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” with dozens of trails to select from.  We hiked the Waipo’o Falls Path, a few four mile loop, that follows the identical path because the Cliff path, beginning alongside Halemanu Street.  On the finish of this path, hikers could have panoramic views of Waimea Canyon whereas standing on the prime of one among Kauai’s highest falls.

Click on right here to discover a record of trails and updates.


three.  Kayak the Wailua River with Rainbow Kayaks 

Kauai has the one navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River is among the hottest.  We paddled the sacred river that was house to the primary Hawaiians 1500 years in the past.

Our information Thomas shared the historical past, flora & fauna as we visited an historic Hawaiian village alongside this  jungle river.  He ready a freshly minimize pineapple for us to style and we soaked in the great thing about this space.

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four.  Cycle the Kapaa Coast with Coconut Coasters!

One other spotlight was biking the lengthy shoreline of Kapaa with Coconut Coasters. We cycled miles alongside the bike path that hugs the seashores and glowing blue Pacific Ocean on the eastside of the island.  A whole lot of coconut palms line the trail and we rode in consolation on new Trek Seashore Cruisers.

We beloved our 10 miles of pedaling into paradise alongside the Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the trail that goes alongside the coast.

Click on right here for particulars and to lease a motorcycle!  View path map right here


5.  Poipu Seashore Park, Kauai –

The seashores at Poipu are a few of the island’s greatest locations to soak within the solar, catch a wave and snorkel.  The Poipu Seashore Park, on Kauai’s south shore, was as soon as voted “America’s Best Beach.”  Don’t Miss!  Hike the 10 mile Koloa to Poipu path, the Koloa Heritage Path, generally known as Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Ho’olina o Koloa,.

6. Go to the Waterfalls  

Wailua Falls, Kauai – Wailua Falls is a cascading 80-foot-high waterfall situated north of Lihue.

Opaekaa Falls, Kauai – With a roadside lookout, that is one among Kauai’s most accessible main waterfalls.

7. Expertise the Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Kauai

Thought-about to be Kauai’s greatest luau, the Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Kauai gives a standard dance efficiency with native dancers and storytelling informed by islanders about their ancestors who got here to this 5 million yr previous island in 400 AD.


Be able to be entertained … “by graceful hula dancers, traditional fire knife dancing, fire poi-ball exhibition, dramatic torch lighting and imu ceremonies blended with Tahitian music and Hawaiian food & drink to bring you the ultimate island experience.”

This theatrical luau takes place at Kauai’s legendary Kilohana plantation property.

eight. Go to the Charming Cities on the Island

Hanapepe City, Kauai – Often known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” Hanapepe City is the artwork capital of Kauai.  It additionally has a superb sushi restaurant referred to as Japanese Grandma’s Sushi, and subsequent door there is a wonderful clothes & souvenirs boutique referred to as Blu Umi.  Simply throughout the road and also you’ll discover a number of the freshest multi-grain breads baked at Midnight Bear Breads.

Don’t Miss!  Friday nights when locals and guests come to see the artwork galleries and style some native delicacies from the meals vans.

Lihue  –  Decide up a recent floral lei at WalMart or Costco (discover quite a lot of leis within the retailer fridges).

Koloa –  Quaint city with typical Hawaiian cottages, artwork galleries.  Discover floral leis and groceries at 90 yr previous Sueoka grocery retailer or store at Huge Save grocery retailer.  Decide up some recent poke for lunch at Koloa Fish Market situated at:  5482 Koloa Rd.

Kapaa – You’ll uncover cafes, boutiques and some of the colourful fruit stands on the island – papayas, mangos, coconuts!  Charming boutique referred to as Kiko’s and decide up one of the best frozen yogurt at The Spot @TheSpotKauai.  Keep wholesome and cease by the Kauai Juice Co. for the freshest and healthiest chilly pressed juices.

Kilauea – Cease to go to the historic Kilauea Lighthouse as you head to the northern shore.


Hanalei City, Kauai – Subsequent on our Kauai prime 10 points of interest is the timeless Hanalei City is house to taro farms, artwork galleries and the Hanalei Pier overlooking lovely Hanalei Bay.  Search for the Aloha Juice Meals Truck in Hanalei – greatest smoothies and island granola.

9.  Take a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Flight!

Undoubtedly top-of-the-line methods to see the island in 1 hour!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters excursions supply helicopter sightseeing rides in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Massive Island.  “Blue Hawaiian has been Hawaii’s air-tour leader for over 25 years and is the only helicopter company serving all four major Hawaiian Islands” based on our pilot Marty.

“Blue Hawaiian Helicopters uses state-of-the-art most advanced 21st century helicopter technology—ultra quiet, smooth, and fuel efficient, and is Hawaii’s #1 helicopter tour company.”

We attended a security briefing earlier than our flight across the island.  It’s one of the simplest ways to get a tour of the island in 50 minutes “starting over the Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Manawaiopuna, commonly referred to as “Jurassic Park Falls.” Subsequent it’s up the Olokele Canyon earlier than shifting on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast provides method to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort space. Climate permitted us to go to Mt Waialeale, the guts of the traditional volcano. That is the wettest spot on earth, with a mean rainfall of 450-500 inches yearly! Flying into the middle of the crater with its 5000-foot partitions towering above and its 3000-foot waterfalls surrounding us!”  A very awe-inspiring end to our ECO Journey over the Backyard Isle. Our skilled pilot was skilled, informative and interesting.

Our flight is described by Blue Hawaiian as a first-class ECO Journey over the Backyard Isle of Kauai within the unimaginable new Airbus Eco-Star. This state-of-the-art marvel provides you 23% extra inside room, particular person Enterprise Class type seats, two-way communication together with your pilot, and expansive glass for excellent sweeping views of Kauai’s incomparable pure magnificence.


Good to notice: tour routes and sights visited might differ in response to wind and climate circumstances.

Security is their prime precedence and we have been assured that their plane upkeep technicians acquired the FAA’s coveted “Certificate of Excellence, Diamond Award” yearly since 1998. Blue Hawaiian was honored by the FAA for a report 12th straight yr in January, 2009, at a ceremony in Honolulu, and the FAA additional honored Blue Hawaiian with the very first “Certificate of Excellence, Platinum Award.”

Blue Hawaiian has acquired awards from  Nationwide Geographic Journal, Frommer’s Hawaii, The Journey Channel and extra.

10.  Spend a Day at Anara Spa –

Examine right into a heavenly and tropical oasis, the Anara Spa on the Grand Hyatt Kauai for a soothing spa remedy, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi soak.  Surrounded by peaceable swimming pools, Eden-like gardens and waterfalls, Anara Spa presents remedies that mix historic Hawaiian therapeutic traditions with the soothing powers of nature to encourage lokahi – stability or concord.


I discovered lokahi once I heard Charlita and Melanie prolong a heat “Aloha” welcome as they thoughtfully attended to my wants.  The smooth and pure ambient music set a relaxed tone, and the candy sounds of birds and delicate ocean winds crammed the air in my open-air personal pavilion, as I loved a stunning Lomi Lomi therapeutic massage in a Hau (backyard room) at Anara.

Adopted by a eucalyptus steam bathe, sauna, and jacuzzi, I reclined on the spa lounge chair, and loved wholesome snacks and chilly pineapple infused water.

I can’t keep in mind a time once I felt extra relaxed.  As you propose your subsequent journey to Kauai, remember to take pleasure in a day on the Anara Spa!