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Kauai

Best Things to Do in Kauai

Kauai is an excellent destination for an outdoor enthusiast, whether you're looking to hike and kayak, or swim and relax on the beach. The island's traveler-recommended activities include exploring the Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Trail, or hiking through Waimea Canyon. Getting to know the fabulous beaches is also a must; Po'ipu Beach or Kalapaki on the south coast can't be missed. The north coast's Hanalei Bay and Hanakapi'ai Beach are also nice.

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#1
Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park
Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Travelers insist that visiting the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is a must. This 10-mile ... read more»

#2
Na Pali Coast Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Na Pali, or "the cliffs," is a 15-mile expanse of rocky, steep, but oh-so-gorgeous coastline ... read more»

#3
Kalalau Trail Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Many people come to Kauai with high hopes of backpacking through Kalalau Trail on the ... read more»

#4
Kalapaki Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Kalapaki Beach, often overlooked by tourists, is a relatively quiet local hangout. This stretch of ... read more»

#5
Po'ipu Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Po'ipu's perfection is both its greatest asset and largest flaw. On the one ... read more»

#6
Hanalei Bay Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: So few northern Kauai beaches are safe for swimming; the choice few are coveted by ... read more»

#7
Lumahai Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Do you remember when Nurse Nellie tried to wash that man right out of her ... read more»

#8
Hanakapi'ai Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Even if you don't trek all of the Kalalau Trail's 11 miles, visitors ... read more»

#9
Kauai Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Before you begin your outdoor Kauai adventure, don't you want to know a little ... read more»

#10
Poipu Bay Golf Course
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. didn't overindulge in sand traps or water ... read more»

#11
Kilauea Lighthouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse hasn't been an active structure since 1976, but it remains ... read more»

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