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Best Things To Do in Kauai

Kauai is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts, 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
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Travelers insist that visiting the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is a must. This 10-mile-long, mile-wide, and approximately 3,500-feet ... 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 that stretches along Kauai's ... 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 Na Pali Coast. And many ... 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 shoreline draws resident surfers because ... 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 hand, you won't find ... 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 locals and tourists alike. Such ... 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 hair in the 1958 film ... 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 urge you to tough out ... 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 bit about the history of ... 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 hazards to challenge putters on ... read more»

#11
Kilauea Lighthouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

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

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