Kauai is a gorgeous mix of stunning scenery, amazing food and adventurous activities that can been enjoyed by young and old.
Here's a list of some of the top places to eat, things to do and places to see. Enjoy.
- Just got back from Kauai yesterday. Loved our zodiac tour with Captain Andy’s. Also did tubing with Kauai backcountry. There’s a Kauai Life FB page you may want to join for tons of info. We loved the Grand Hyatt Kauai and also stayed at the Princeville resort.
- We enjoyed the back country tubing trip too! A helicopter tour is a great way to see the whole island since the road doesn’t completely circle the island.
- We had a great experience with Blue Hawaiian helicopters on Kauai. Na Pali coast is exquisite and you need a boat trip to see it. Waimea Canyon is also a must see. Get The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. It has great hikes, dive and snorkel spots, adventures, restaurants etc.
- The swamp hike is amazing and affords you a little of a lot of different terrains and views. Napali coast has a fabulous hike. 2 miles each way to get to a private beach and 4 miles each way to get to the waterfall. It’s utterly gorgeous. It was a tough hike but we are older than any of you and did it fine. Just start early in the day. We went right after sunrise. Highlight of our trip
- Would recommend getting a rental car and checking out both sides of the island. Hanalei Bay is beautiful. So quaint. Grab a drink at sunset at the Princeville Resort.
- Rent an 4WD vehicle and make the drive out to Polihale State Park. It is absolutely breathtaking and something that shouldn’t be missed. Also do the drive through Waimea Canyon State Park and stop at overlooks along the way. If you have time to do some hiking there are also trails for that. I would also recommend a boat tour of the Na Pali coast. I don’t have any in particular that I can recommend, ours was done on our cruise ship, but it is definitely a must do.
- Tubing through sugarcane plantation irrigation tunnels with Kauai Backcountry Adventures and the morning magic tour with Na Pali Experience were my favorite!
- I was there in January. Yes, everything West of Hanalei is closed so you cannot do the Kalalau trail, but there are many more hikes and activities to do. We did Awa'awapui to see the Na Pali from above and a Captain Andy's catamaran tour to see Na Pali from the ocean. I also recommend doing the Alaka'i Swamp trail since it's so unique. Also hike to Waipo'o falls. There are also more hikes on the north shore and on the east, but we only had time for Sleeping Giant.
- Food - Chicken in a Barrel, JoJo's Shave Ice, Ono Family Restaurant, and
- Sleeping Giant Grill
- Check out kipu ranch adventures and Allerton Gardens. Check out the food tours as well. I went to one that focused on the north coast. The gas station at princeville was one of the stops. Really good chicken and rice.