OVER 100 THINGS TO DO ON KAUAI
1. Swim, surf, boogie board, body surf, windsurf, or STAND UP PADDLE at least 50 beaches.
2. Take a cruise boat with live Hawaiian music to the Fern Grotto.
3. Snorkel the Blue Lagoon, Anini Beach, Ke’e Lagoon, and a zillion other places.
4. Scuba fantastic dive spots with lots of certified dive companies.
5. Light tackle sport fish rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
6. Explore countless waterfalls.
7. Photograph flying rainbows.
8. See Kauai by plane.
9. See Kauai by helicopter.
10. Go to Poipu.
11. Hike and view Waimea Canyon. (The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.)
12. Hike the Kalalau trail; 3 lengths: 1/2 mile, 2 miles, 11 miles to camping.
13. Golf around nine 18 hole golf courses.
14. Horseback ride to a waterfall.
15. Cruise the awesome Na Pali Coast.
16. Learn to surf and windsurf, snorkel, dive, and boogie board.
17. Go on a micro-glider flight.
18. Take a bike ride from the mountains to the ocean.
19. Rent dirt bikes, mountain bikes, Harley Davidson motorcycles.
20. Go touring on all these bikes.
21. Rent jeeps, exotic cars and tour the islands.
22. Rent kayaks and canoes and zodiacs and explore 10 rivers.
23. Cross the top of the island on the Power Line Trail.
24. Hike to waterfalls and swimming holes.
25. See sea turtles, porpoises, and whales.
26. Deep Sea Fish for Ono (wahoo to 70 lbs.), mahimahi (dorado to 60 lbs.); au (marlin to 1,000 lbs. plus), and ahi (yellow fin tuna to 220 lbs.).
27. Hike to and swim in the Wailua River or Hike the Blue Hole of Waialeale surrounded by 100 waterfalls.
28. Boat around the Forbidden Island of Niihau…or Helicopter there for a swim and a lunch.
29. Explore the wet and dry caves.
30. Polo at Anini.
31. See and heat the blow hole at the Spouting Horn.
32. See the man made beautiful Kauai Lagoons at Kalapaki Bay.
33. Visit our small boat harbors at Nawiliwili, Kikialoa, Port Allen, Anini, Kapa’a, Hanalei.
34. Walk the Hanalei Pier to view the 20 foot surf (in season) and the mountains and
waterfalls and rainbows.
35. Visit a Coffee Plantation in Eleele.
36. Drive through miles of sugar cane fields.
37. Learn to make Hawaiian Crafts.
38. 4-Wheel Drive mountain exploring.
39. See the National Botanical Gardens, Allerton’s Gardens, Queen Emma’s Garden.
40. Art Galleries galore, especially Hanapepe.
41. Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau Dinner and Pacific Islands Hula Show after the Luau.
42. Bird Watch at the 5, 200 ft high Alakai Swamp on top of our world. Only
600 inches of rain a year, when it is wet.
43. Experience SNUBA.
44. Go to a Butterfly Farm.
45. Collect on the beach or dive for shells.
46. Tour numerous Hollywood old and recent movie locations.
47. Kamokila Hawaiian Village.
48. Take the Coconut Coast Trolley.
49. Koloa Plantation Town Days.
50. Mokihana Festival.
51. Keahua Arboretum.
52. Hawaiian Heiau’s.
53. Luau’s and Hula Dances.
54. Dancing to live Music.
55. Loop Rd. Trail and rope swing pond.
56. Take a natural jacuzzi at Hanakapiai.
57. Marry your loved one.
58. Kayak the Na Pali.
59. Sunset at Polihale.
60. Cassette Tours.
61. Russian Fort.
62. Carriage tours.
63. Kilauea Light House.
64. Kokee Museum.
65. Lihue Museum
66. Old Kapa’a Town Museum and Walking Tour.
67. Haena Beaches.
68. Kalihiwai River and Beach.
69. Historic Churches and Temples.
70. Roaming Farmers’ Markets.
71. Tropical Fruit and Juice and Vegetable Stands.
72. Get fresh fish right off the boat from the Captains.
73. Health Spa’s.
74. Tropical Soap Factory.
75. Hike The Sleeping Giant’s Nonou Trail. 2 sides.
76. Menehune Fishpond and the Menehune Ditch.
77. Ola Pua Gardens.
78. Shooting Range.
79. Time Share Presentations.
80. Tide Pools.
81. Set Fishing Nets.
82. Hunt goat and pig and pheasant and deer.
83. Kamalani Playground and the Lydgate Salt Water Rock Kiddie and Adult Pools.
84. Walk to Baby Beach.
85. Hang out at O’B Beach
86. Bar-B-Que with a Sunset.
87. Wake to a technicolor sunrise over the Blue Lagoon from the Lanai of The Kapa’a BeachHouse.
88. Try a shave ice.
89. Eat Hawaiian food.
90. Enjoy local food.
91. Dine on delicious sea foods and fine wines.
92. Take the kids to a Free Hula Show.
93. Camping and Hiking.
94. Live theatre and jazz.
95. Hau’ola Place of Refuge.
96. Sing Karaoke.
97. Hike to Moalepe Volcano.
98. View the edge of the cauldron of the Kilauea Volcano right into the ocean.
99. Anahola Beach Park.
100. Kealia Family Beach.
101. Tradewinds Hawaiian and Dance Music.
102. Relax at Lumahai Nurses’ Beach Where Movie SOUTH PACIFIC Filmed.
103. Kapa’a Lookout.
104. Kipu Kai Boat and Snorkel tours.
105. Rob’s Good Times Grille Live Dance Music.
106. There are now 4 different ATV rides on island
107. ZIP-Lines, swimming under waterfalls and enjoying a nice lunch.
108. Big Wave Dave’s music
109. Eastside evening music
110. There are Movie Sights to visit like Jurrasic Park and others back to the 1930’s to 2013.
You can walk to 20 restaurants and there are 60 in our Kapa’a Town
We have a booklet of the restaurants IN KAPA’A…ask for it.
Exploring Places on Kauai
THIS IS A TIP OF THE ICEBERG…OR WARMBERG…
THESE PLACES ARE JUST A FEW PLACES OUT OF 100’S TO
SEE AND EXPLORE. GET UP EARLY YOU’LL NEED A FEW WEEKS.
AT LEAST SEE BOTH EXTREMES OF THE ROAD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS…
THE MOUNTAINS, THE SOUTH SIDE…KALALAU TRIAL FOR A 1/2 MILE.
NA PALI COAST BY BOAT OR COPTER.
AND THESE AS A SMALL STARTER.
TAKE THE TOURS.
FERN GROTTO ON THE WAILUA RIVER…
YOU CAN KAYAK HERE
East Side, Wailua River near Kapa’a, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle,
Outrigger canoe practice most days and races on weekends. TRANQUIL.
Princeville, North Shore…Taro fields, former rice fields. Shopping c
enter with restaurants and shops right there across the road.
GREAT VIEW ON THE WAY TO HANALEI AND HAENA
Hanapepe Town, West Side. the Town has an Art Walk. Food.
SLOW MOTION TOWN.
Kokee State Park, West Side mountains…go up from Kekaha follow
signs. This is a must see…best in the morning for clear skies. There
is only 1 restaurant up here at the Kokee Lodge and Museum.
SPECTACULAR VIEWS. GO HERE 1ST PAST THE WAIMEA CANYON
VIEWS. THE CANYON STAYS SUNNY ALL DAY.
Kapaa…this Hike / Bike Path touches the Kauai BeacH House Hostel
EXTRAORDINARY BY FOOT OR BIKE (RENTALS). PAST KEALIA IS BEST.
Upper Wailua, East Side…don’t cross the road if more than 6″ of
water in on the road. Just go up from the main highway at the Wailua
River. Kuamoo Rd, Hwy #580 all the way to the top past the residential.
Do not stay after dark. Warning: streams are dangerous.
SOMETHING TO DMO…NOT SPECTACULAR IT IS CLOSE TO THE
JURASIC PARK FIL AREA.
Kilauea Town, North Shore. Town has restaurants and shops and food.
Kalaheo, South Side
Lawai, South ShoreAnd visit Allerton Gardens…WOW. And the
and the NTBG, National Topical Botanical Garden. WOW
Drive this coastline, Kukuiula Harbor OR IT IS THE KIKIALOA HARBOR?
THE GARDEMS ARE SPECTACULAR.
Heana, North Shore near end of the road. The caves are very big,
you can walk in this one. A SUPER AREA OF THE ISLAND.
WITH WAVES…IT IS EXTREME DANGER.
Nawiliwili, East Side…near Lihue. Hand made at night by the
Menehune people; all rocks. Near the N a w i l i w i l i Harbor
FROM LIHUE IT IS BACK ROAD TO THE SOUTH AND WEST
SIDE OF THE ISLAND
Haena, North Shore…requires boat or helicopter..there are lots…
Spectacular…you will never forget this. Not when big surf…
REPEAT: S P E C TA C U L A R ! ! !
Wailua, East Side…Kapa’a area. Right off the main road 1 mile up at
the Wailu River. WHEN RAINING ON THE MOUNTAIN THE
FALLS ARE ROARING
Poipu, South Side…pretty cool, nice ride along the water…when
waves are big…the spouting is huge…and dangerous…do not walk
down there…view from the railings provided. YOU CAN HEAR THE DRAGON.after Hurricane INIKI.
Kapaia, East Side…4 mile ride up…but an nice ride. Start at bottom
of hill near the Wilcox Hospital. The road is next to the bridge at bottom.
signs point the way…comes down vis Waimea Town for
the Views of Niihau the Forbidden Island. Waimea has
restaurants and store…Kekaha has smaller ones.
Look for the Waimea Canyon view turnouts…with Hawaiian names…
BEACHES YOU CAN VISIT WITH CAUTION
and some you should NOT VISIT or at least DO NOT GO IN THE WATER.
Clockwise order around the island starting in the north
1. Ke’e Lagoon – Life Guard
2. Hanalei Bay by the Pier – Life Guard
3. Anini Lagoon by the Boat Launch – No LifeGuard
4. Kealia BeacH the Life Guard is only at the far, NORTH, End.
5. Lydgate Beach in the ROCK WALL POOLS – LIFE GUARD
6. Kalapaki Beach in front of the Marriott Hotel
7. Poipu Beach Park by the LifeGuard
8. Polihale Beach to see only but not to go in the water. Danger and No Lifeguard
9. Hanakapiai Beach is beautiful and Alluring but too dangerous except in summer…and even then NO LIFE GUARD. This is a famous DROWNING Beach. TOO MANY SWEPT OUT TO SEA.
DO NOT GO IN THE WATER.
10. Queen’s Bath…if you can find it; it is too dangerous most of the year…AVOID. AND NO LIFEGUARD. Rogue waves SWAMP the whole ROCK POOL and suck people out to sea.
11. Kapa’a Neighborhood Swimming Pool is 3 doors down and has Life Guard at all times.
Sorry but OCEAN CAUTION is very IMPORTANT HERE.
WHEN IN DOUBT DO NOT GO OUT.
DROWNING is a BAD WAY to END your VACATION
LET’S SAY THAT AGAIN…
ALMOST 2 VISITORS A MONTH DO NOT RETURN HOME…
GO TO ALL THE BEACHES AND ENJOY. JUST DO NOT GO IN THE WATER EXCEPT WHERE THERE ARE LIFE GUARDS.
BRING SUN PROTECTING CLOTHING AND HATS. COVER YOUR WHOLE BODY ON SUNNY DAYS. THE SUN IS STRONG HERE.
STAY IN THE SHADE, UMBRELLA, BUT DO NOT SIT UNDER A COCONUT TREE WITH COCONUT…BOMBS…THEY KILL PEOPLE.
SWIM ONLY WHERE THERE ARE LIFE GUARDS.
LIFE GUARDS ARE VERY HAPPY TO MEET YOU AND TELL YOU WHERE IT IS SAFE TO SWIM THAT DAY OR NOT AT ALL.
There are many many more beaches than what are listed here.
Any beach with waves breaking can be dangerous at any time. Ask the Life Guards where it is safe to swim.
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE WAVES…ROGUE WAVES SWEEP YOU OPUT TO SEA.
Kauai Beaches are famous for long stretches of secluded white sand, warm turquoise waters and tropical backdrops. It is no surprise that Kauai’s beaches are voted amongst the top beaches on the planet. BE SURE TO NOT LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS BEHIND AT THE BEACH . ESPECIALLY YOUR BODY.
KAUAI HAS MORE BEACHES THAN ANY OTHER HAWAIIAN ISLAND; AND MORE THAN SOME COMBINED.
THESE ARE JUST A VERY FEW OF THE BEACHES ON KAUAI
…IT IS BEAUTIFUL HERE
Anini Beach, North Shore, between Kilauea Town and PrincevilleSafe in front of the boat ramp, bathrooms, and big covered picnic tables.
Poipu Beach, South Shore…exciting body surfing but can be dangerous.Very good restaurant across the treat and small store for beach stuff,
drinks, snacks, sandwiches.
Kapaa, at medium tide and no breaking waves it is safe
for toddlers and is a short walk from center of Kapa’a Town across
from the Burger King on the highway. Shower there.
Haena, past Hanalei almost to the end of the road. Dry Cabe across
the street. Lunch wagon on edge of the road.
Hanalei Bay, at the near center of the Bay but closer to the Pier.Hanalei town has lots shops, a shop center, restaurants, and
Tropical Taco on the main road…and Titus Kiniimaka Surf Shop.
Hanalei Bay safe if only small waves…summer.
Kalapaki Bay in Lihue, near the harbor. Fronts the Marriott Hotel and
Anchor Cove both with lots restaurants and shops.
Kealia. past Kapa’a going north. Life Guard is at the parking lot near
the north end of the Beach at the portable toilets. Ask the Life Guard
where it is safe to swim each day…it changes.There is a store across the highway…se safe crossing highway…not for kids to go alone.
Haena, North Shore end of the road…safe when it is a lake or pond.
Fabulousmust see. This is the beginning of the Kalalau Trail. Hike
the 1st 1/2 mile to the views…Spectacular.
Wailua, near Kapa’a, off shore the Wailua River and the 2 bridges.
Big rock wall pools
Poipu, South Shore, safe when no waves. Restaurant and store on road there.
There are books available on this Kauai subject listing very many hikes.
a. The Hike and Bike Path touching our property in back is safe all DAY between our place and the Life Guard Tower at Kealia Beach to the north and to its end in the other direction (south) at BABY BEACH along Fuji Beach (across the highway out to the water across from the Burger King / SHELL Gas Station on the main road. Past the Life Guard Tower at Kealia it is very beautiful but you should always have a buddy with you. We highly recommend the Path not be used anywhere after sundown unless a whole crowd of people were going for a walk or ride. There are no lights. b. Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast. The first 1/2 mile is beautiful and safe and arrives at a both ways view area of Kauai shorelines. Cliffs one way, beaches the other. It is a rocky trail…visitors seem to be fine with hiking boots as it is a jumble of rocks and hand made earthen steps. Local people use bare feet or rubber slippers. The beach 2 miles in on this, Kalalau Trail, is the Hanakapiai Beach and Valley and up stream 2 miles a waterfall…caution rocks and coconuts come over waterfalls…KONK…you’re dead.HOWEVER the Beach at Hanakapiai is the most DROWNING beach in the world on a monthly basis. The water’s currents, even when there are no waves, can suck you out to sea, never to be seen again. In summer if there are 20 people in the water and they are not being pulled left or right or out, and not clawing their way out of the water, it may be safe to swim at that exact time..but do not wait till later as the tide will change and suck you out.
c. We are not going to mention any more of the very many hiking trails because most bring you to remote areas where even cell phones do not work and any emergency you may have, no matter how small it is, could become life threatening. Or you may lose track of time and get lost in the dark, and be stranded all night…very very dangerous.
Expert experienced hikers may have no problem…but you adventurous souls should stay safe…there are short little hikes to views that are only a 100 yards or meters. and they are at most awesome places.