101 Awesome Things to do on Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and the oldest settled one in Hawaii. The Polynesian culture and history is very much a part of life here, and evident where ever you go. The beaches in Kauai are pristine and beautiful.

You will think you have stepped right into a postcard of the most amazing tropical beaches in the word while the beaches are the top attraction for anyone vacationing on the island, there are many more things you will want to fit into your schedule. The stunning landscape with many canyons, waterfalls, sea caves and lush tropical vegetation is second to none.

The nightlife, luaus, shopping, scuba diving and so much more is just waiting for you to take part in. You will have the vacation of a lifetime if you plan to add some of these other adventures into your trip.

Here is a list of 101 awesome things to do in Kauai that will make it the greatest trip ever!

 

101 of the Best Things to do on Kauai

 

1. View the Polihale State Park

View the Polihale State Park
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This historical state beach park has breathtaking views and spectacular landscape. It is a bit off the beaten path, which makes it that much better. Very few people visit here compared to other beaches, so you could have it all to yourself, or at least with plenty of room to enjoy the day.

2. Dive with Makana O Kauai Scuba Adventures

Get the VIP treatment when you dive with Makana O Kauai Scuba Adventures. The best diving is around the magnificent coral reefs that surround the island, and you will see the most amazingly colorful coral and marine life you could imagine. Scuba diving is the absolutely best way to take it all in.

Also check out our Guide to Scuba Diving Hawaii

3. Hike the Kalalau Trail

This trail will take you along the famed Na Pali coast where you will get some spectacular views. It is a challenging hike, crossing streams, rocks and many steep sections on you way to a beautiful waterfall. Well worth the effort!

4. Enjoy a Na Pali Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take this adventure on a smooth sailing catamaran for a romantic view of the sunset. Sip on your favorite cocktail while viewing gorgeous landscapes, waterfalls and caves and watch dolphins, whales and turtles play. Throw in a great buffet and you have the best evening ever.

5. Experience the Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner

Experience the Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner
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No visit to Kauai would be complete without experiencing the sights and sounds of a traditional luau. This is concidered the best by many, including the Lonely Planet. Located on the historical Kilohana Plantation, this is one not to miss!

6. Shop at Boss Frog’s Dive & Surf

This shop has it all! You can rent equipment for any watersport you want to do. Plus they have golf clubs, bikes of all types, beach gear, cameras and more. They also have retail sales of clothing, equipment, shoes, sunglasses, gifts and most anything else you need to make your vacation perfect.

7. Create the perfect vacation with Kauai By Stephanie

Stephanie can create the dream vacation for you. She can take you on tours of Kauai and show all of the hot spots that only locals know how to find. Whether on land, sea or air, she can make it happen.

8. Snorkel with Kauai Sea Riders

Take a magnificent eco tour with Kauai Sea Riders, who will search out the best, and least crowded, places to snorkel. A certified divemaster will guide your group to the places that are less common so you can get a true sense of what the ocean and its inhabitants have to offer.

9. Find peace & healing at Lawai International Center

This beautiful and serene place is rich with spiritual history. You get a sense of peace the moment you step onto the property. There are 88 tiny shrines scattered about the hillside, and a large temple that graces the area. It is a healing site where you can feel the earth’s healing energy.

10. Explore caves with Ancient Kauai Excursions

Explore caves with Ancient Kauai Excursions
Flickr Credit: Steve Gifford

Travel to another world when yo explore some of the amazing caves that are part of the island. Professional Archaeologist guides will lead you through these while telling you the history and legends of these magical places.

11. Stroll through Prince Kuhio Park

This historic park built in honor of Prince Kuhio has a wonderful pavilion where you can have a nice picnic, using the grills, water and tables provided. Once a year there is Prince Kuhio Day, which is one of the native Hawaiian celebrations that you will want to take in.

12. Visit Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum

This beautiful place was one of the original sugar plantations. The original family mansion is still on the property, as is the worker’s quarters. It has several magnificent gardens that you can stroll through and feel like you are back in that time. While tours are only by reservation, it is well worth visiting.

13. Join in on the Fire Show at Anaina Hou

Every week there is an amazing Polynesian ahi lele “fire dancing” show on the campus of Anaina Hou Community Park. It includes a wonderful dinner and cocktails and will keep you entertained all evening.

14. Happy hour at Kauai Island Brewing Company

This brewery is not only good for happy hour and evenings, but they serve a wonderful lunch. They have several locally crafted beers on tap, but their own house beers they brew are some of the best you have ever tasted.

15. Explore with Explore Kauai Scuba

Explore with Explore Kauai Scuba
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These guys can take you to places along the Na Pali Coast where you will explore some amazing waterfalls and sea cliffs. Then dive right in where deep below you will discover even more exciting things. Exotic fish, colorful coral and so much more is just waiting for you to enjoy.

16. Get away with Blue Ocean Adventure Tours

This company will personalize the ideal vacation for you. Take a whale watching tour, or snorkel along the Napali Coast. Whatever adventure you can dream up, they can probably make it happen, whether it is for the entire family, a honeymoon or just an amazing day.

17. Take part in the Smith Family Garden Luau

This luau is held in a magnificent garden. It is full of activity, from the ceremony when they bring the pig out of the ground to the awesome fire dance at the end. The food and drinks are wonderful, and the entire family will have the time of your lives.

18. Shop at the Kapaia Stitchery

This is the best store for all things quilting related. Not only that, but they have everything you could think of for sewing, and they even do custom sewing. So for that special souvenir shirt made from the fabric of your choice, this is the place to go.

19. Enjoy Smiths Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise

Taking this large flat boat up the river will make you feel like you are on a raft. Enjoy fun stories and jokes about the legends of the area and hear some great live Hawaiian music. Then take a nice walk to the magnificent Fern Grotto to see some amazing tropical beauty.

20. Gain a new skill at Kauai Surf School

Gain a new skill at Kauai Surf School
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Located at the Kiahuna Beach in Poipu, this company offers both private and group lessons and has clinics where you can improve on what you already know. In less that 90 minutes, they will have even the greenest rookie surfing like a pro!

21. Get a thrill at Princeville Ranch

This ranch is famous for all that it offers. They have horseback riding, off road 4×4 tours, ziplines, hiking and biking trails and kayaking just to name some of the adventures. They cater to special events as well such as weddings or reunions. The scenery here, including magnificent waterfalls and lush vegetation, will take your breath away.

22. Fly with Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours

The absolutely best way to discover Kauai and all of its hidden wonders is by air, and this is one of the premier companies on the island. Designed for just 1-3 people, it guarantees that each person has a window seat and unobstructed view of the island’s beauty.

23. Laugh at The Complete History of America: Abridged

After a delicious 3-course dinner, you will spend the evening laughing so hard you will cry at this show. Talented actors present an abridged version of over 500 years of American history, all the while changing costumes and characters. One if the funniest shows ever.

24. Go through the Kokee Natural History Museum

Kokeʻe Natural History Museum, in Waimea Canyon, is a wealth of information about the area. There are fantastic exhibits showing the natural and cultural history of the area, and has maps and knowledgeable staff that can help you find the best trails to hike. The gift shop has many unique items you will want to get as souvenirs.

25. Take a tour with Na Pali Catamaran

Take a tour with Na Pali Catamaran
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This beautiful 35′ catamaran uses no sail so can get into places others can not. Explore secret and sacred sea caves or snorkel in Kauai’s world renown Nualolo State Park and watch the amazing Humpback whales and dolphins. A perfect way to spend the day!

26. Step back in time at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma

This ancient Hawaiian village is being fully restored, and is a real cultural wonder. There are many educational signs that help you learn how they did things like navigate the ocean before any modern technology. Ancient totem poles and many other items are visible with more being restored each day.

27. Snorkel and dive at Tunnels Beach

This beautiful beach is in the northern part of Kauai near Hanalei. It is an idyllic beach with a lot of great opportunities to snorkel and Scuba dive, and you could see plenty of turtles. It is a long, sandy beach, giving ample room for everyone to enjoy.

28. Ride the waves with Poipu Beach Surf School

This school is owned and operated by a professional bodyboarder with a real passion for the waves. They not only will teach you to surf like a pro, but their enthusiasm and love of the ocean is infectious.

29. Stop by the Wai`oli Hui`ia Church

This beautiful church and attached cemetery has some amazing architecture. Established in 1834, it has fantastic landscaping on the grounds which add to the serenity of the place. Whether you join in a service or not, you will want to visit this church.

30. Take a Napali Raft Adventure

Take a Napali Raft Adventure
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Napali Raft Adventure is an exciting way to see the Napali coastline. The rigid-hull inflatable raft will take you to see spectacular waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, caves, white sandy beaches and so much more as you learn the legends and history of the area and watch for whales, dolphins and other sea life. A truly magical day!

31. Browse Hanalei Farmer’s Market

Not only does this farmer’s market have a wide variety of local fruits and vegetables, but there are many food vendors, arts and crafts booths and so much more. With live music going on, it is a wonderful way to spend your Saturday morning.

32. Take in a movie at the Waimea Theater

This vintage 1938 theater is worth the price of admission. It has been renovated, but has kept much of the original things intact. This includes two rows of special seats of nice wide cushioned rattan . These are traditionally for the “Aunties”, or older ladies, but you can sit in them. However, if one of these ladies shows up, show her the honor of giving her your seat.

33. Create the best vacation with Kauai Soul Travel

With a passion to help people enjoy Kauai at its best, these folks will help you see the island in the way you want. They can take you on hikes or motorized tours or even up in a helicopter! Where you go, how you go and with whom is up to you, and they can make it all happen.

34. Soar along with Safari Helicopters

This company has been in business for decades and really knows where all of the best places to see in Kauai are. They will take you to some of the most inaccessible and beautiful sights you never knew existed.

35. Search out the Waioli Mission House

Search out the Waioli Mission House
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This grand old house, built in 1837, is a bit hard to find, but well worth the effort. Built by the Wilcox family who were missionaries to the island, this museum depicts life as missionaries back then. A guided tour will help make it all come to life.

36. Get muddy with Kauai ATV tours

This fun adventure will take you through amazing scenery, by waterfalls and through mud puddles. It is a blast, and with the GoPro on your helmet you will have it all recorded to watch over and over.

37. Tour the coast with Catamaran Kahanu

The Na Pali Coast comes alive as you tour it aboard the catamaran Kahanu. Not only will you see the spectacular cliffs and fascinating sea caves, but you will stop at places where you can swim and snorkel. You will see, and swim with, some amazing and colorful marine life while spending the day with fun and knowledgeable guides.

38. Experience the Aulii Luau

This luau is the only one that is right on the ocean. This really makes it amazing as the sun sets over the ocean. The authentic music and dancing combined with a delicious buffet is fantastic, and the dancers take you through tales of Kaua’i and Polynesia. It is a wonderful experience.

39. Visit The Shops at Kukui’ula Village

The Village is chock full of quaint little stores that are so much fun to shop in. There is everything you could need or want here without having to go to a big box store. Many options for eating as well, from sandwich shoppes to more elegant restaurants.

40. Soak in the beauty of Hanalei Bay

Morning on Hanalei Bay
Flickr Credit: Mary Sheft

This magnificent beach will make you feel as if you just stepped out of a movie set! Two miles of pristine sand that curves around the majestic ocean, with mountains and waterfalls in the background make this one of the most idyllic beach in Kauai.

41. Make plans with Hawaii Adventure Center

This is the place to go in Kauai for the most convenient way to plan the best activities for your vacation. They will guide you to those things you want to do while here and will even make the reservations for you. Makes planning that perfect trip a breeze.

42. Dive the south shore with Fathom Five Divers

Some of the best diving in Kauai is off the south shore, and this company knows where to find them. They can also teach you how to dive, and even offer full PADI eLearning courses so you can get started learning early and on your own schedule.

43. Go shooting at Kauai Sporting Clays

Shooting at flying clay pigeons is one of the newest and most fun things to do on Kauai. Using either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun provided for you, you will have an amazing time. They provide lessons for even those that have never picked up a gun before, and all of the gear and safety instructions needed.

44. Enjoy the Lydgate Farms Chocolate Farm Tour

This farm tour is one of the tastiest things to do in Kauai! They grow some of the best cacao in the world which is made into the finest craft chocolate around. They also grow award-winning vanilla and honey, all of which you can sample as you tour this lush and gorgeous farm.

45. Have fun with Kayak Hanalei

Have fun with Kayak Hanalei
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Kayaking around the beautiful waters of Kauai is one of the best ways to see this tropical paradise. Not only do they rent kayaks, but they give tours of the area by kayak. They also rent and give lessons on the stand up paddleboard and even surfing.
46. Try it all at Hoku Water Sports

This company is great at giving lessons for snorkeling, stand up paddling and surfing. They will also take you out for amazing outrigger canoe rides and so much more. For any of your ocean or beach rental needs, they handle that as well.

47. See Jurassic Falls with Island Helicopters Kauai

This company is the only one on the island that is permitted to land at Manawaiopuna (Jurassic Falls), which is one of the real gems of the island. They have experienced pilots that can take you and the family to many other wonders of Kauai.

48. Take the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail

This trail will take you through a sandy beach, up and over rocks through fern trees and over red dirt. There are volunteers that can guide you or you can take it on your own. You will be rewarded with spectacular scenery, the Makauwahi Cave to explore and so much more.

49. Dive deep with the Kauai Down Under Dive Team

PADI 5 Star Dive Resorts earn their reputation, and this one has certainly earned theirs. They will provide you with an amazing adventure diving some of the best sites, while focusing not only on the safety of everyone involved, but being environmentally aware of the world underwater.

50. Putt away at Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens

Putt away at Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens
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This 18 hole course is set in an amazing botanical garden that depicts the different eras of Hawaii’s culture. As you work your way through the various obstacles, water hazards and pipe shots, you will gain a knowledge of the tropical flora and history of the island in a very fun way.
51. Soak it all in with Na Pali Experience

This five hour adventure will take you by boat to the Na Pali Coast, where you can get tight into the many sea caves. Never have you been able to get such a great close up look into some amazing formations.

52. So much to see at Luau Maka’iwa

This authentic luau has some of the best hula dancing and breathtaking fire-knife dancing along with a delicious feast. It is unique in the fact that it also includes cultural arts and exhibitions, a torch lighting ceremony and a classy cocktail reception.

53. Get some fine art at Art House Hawaii

This small gallery in Old Koloa Town is a wonderful place to stop. There are art objects of all types from local artists. Sculptures, paintings, jewelry, etc. Something for everyone.

54. Be chauffeured by Best of Kauai Tour

Sit back and relax as you get chauffeured by their personable and entertaining tour guides as they take you to the best places to see in Kauai. They will show you the most scenic places, teach you much of the island’s history and culture and give advice on the best places to visit on your vacation. You could even tour the island by air with them!

55. Find peace at St. Raphael Church

Find peace at St. Raphael Church
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Built in 1841, this is the oldest Catholic Church in Hawaii. It overlooks the ocean with some beautiful green mountains in the background. Walk the stations of the cross as you visit the magnificent gardens and grounds.

56. Take a picture at Menehune Fish Pond

Legend has it that this pond was built in one night by Menehune as a gift for a princess and her brother around 1000 years ago. It is a beautiful overlook that is an ideal spot for taking great pictures.

57. Be regaled at McMaster Slack Key Concerts

Presented in several different venues around the island, these affordable concerts are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy some traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele music. The McMasters are some of the best at this, and their love of carrying on the tradition of this art is evident.

58. Try some mead at Nani Moon Mead

This is the only producer of mead, a delicious honey wine, on the island. Their mead is made from locally produced fruits, honey and spices, without adding chemicals, making it one of the best handcrafted meads in the world. You will definitely want to take a couple of bottles home with you.

59. Find treasures with Na Pali Pirates

Explore the sea caves along the Na Pali Coast on a genuine pirate raft! A very fun, , fast, exciting – and safe – way to tour the area.

60. Search out Secret Beach

Search out Secret Beach
Flickr Credit: Emily Miller

This not-so-secret gem is worth getting to. A half mile trail will take you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Kauai which is one of the favorites for surfers. Great rocks and a view of the lighthouse makes this a wonderful place to take pictures.

61. So much to see at Kilohana Plantation Estate

Ride their Kauai Plantation Railway and see the amazing working farms and orchards here, then enjoy a great meal at one of the restaurants where they serve fresh farm to table food. Learn of the history and culture at one of the many assorted island-style activities and even do a little shopping. So may things to see and do here.

62. View history at the Kauai Museum

For any one that loves history, this museum is the place to go in Kauai. There are so many artifacts, paintings and displays here that give an in-depth view of how the island came to be what it is today. The gift shop has many wonderful souvenirs that you won’t find elsewhere.

63. Explore with Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours

Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours will take you on a great adventure along the coast while regaling you with stories and legends about old Hawaiian history. Visit ancient Hawaiian sites, tropical reefs, majestic valleys, sea caves and thousand-foot waterfalls aboard a beautiful catamaran.

64. Test your skill at Kauai Escape Room

You have one hour once you enter one of the themed rooms to search for clues, solve riddles and figure out how to escape! Loads of fun with friends and family to test your abilities to solve problems and make your way out.

65. Everything Scuba with Seasport Divers

Everything Scuba with Seasport Divers
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Take in some of the best diving on the island with this all-inclusive dive shop. As the largest dive shop in the island, they can rent you everything you possibly need. Not only do they have dive equipment, they can rent spearfishing gear, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards and so much more.

66. Play on Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway Beach)

This beach near Princeville is in two parts. The best section is accessed by a fairly steep trail that has a rope running along it as a hand rail. It is a more secluded beach, meaning less crowds. It is a beautiful place to snorkel and see the turtles and myriads of colorful tropical fish.

67. Hike to the Makawehi Lithified Cliffs

This easy hike that takes off from Shipwreck Beach will take you so some breathtaking cliffs. Watching the ocean waves crashing into these rocks is completely mesmerizing. There are two trails, both with unique views, so be sure to check them both out.

68. Visit Kamokila Hawaiian Village

This quaint little village is a great place to visit and really experience the authentic Hawaiian lifestyle. No hustle and bustle here, just a true, laid back atmosphere typical of the island. From here you can rent a kayak to get to Secret Falls quickly for a great hike.

69. Watch the Kauai Community Players

This community theater is an unexpected treat for anyone savvy enough to go see it. These high quality productions are held in a small black box theater in a fairly out-of-the way location but are well worth the effort to go see.

70. Enjoy Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures

Enjoy Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures
Flickr Credit: Michael Rubenstein

Enjoy a beautiful Kauai sunset while on a catamaran cruise with cocktails after spending the day hiking, snorkeling and having a wonderful picnic on the beach. A perfect way to spend the day!

71. Take part in Hawaii Alive Luau Show & Dinner

This show includes traditional chants, music, drumming and dancing from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa. It showcases both traditional and modern hula and gives you an opportunity to learn to hula. The wonderful Hawaiian buffet will add to the authentic Polynesian experience.

72. Enjoy LightWave Pottery

Just outside of Kapaa is this little studio that is big on beautifully pottery. The things they can do with the colorful clays they use is amazing. It is fun to browse through and see all of their items and talk to the owner about each of them, and you will undoubtedly find one you just have to have.

73. Sample the goodies on the Tasting Kauai Food Tours

This tasty tour takes you to out of the way places where you will sample the unique food and drink that are a part of the Hawaiian culture. You will learn how to buy and make local foods and delicacies while taking in some of the sights, sounds and smells of the island that not many experience.

74. Celebrate at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

This beautiful church loves to have visitors for their service. They give you a shell lei to welcome you into the fold. Some of the servers will be in traditional Hawaiian dress, and with windows that pivot to let in the ocean breeze, it has that amazing tropical feel.

75. Recharge at Elevate Wellness

Recharge at Elevate Wellness
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For the best massage and acupuncture services on the island, you will want to stop by here. They provide all types of massages that will relax and rejuvenate the entire body. Acupuncture service include moxabustion, cupping, tuning forks and E-Stim. Individuals, couples or groups welcome.

76. Join the captain on Liko Kauai Cruises

This half-day cruise is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful ocean with a knowledgeable captain and crew. They will take you out for some of the best snorkeling in the area and make sure everyone on board has an opportunity to see some amazing marine life.

77. Splash around Poipu Beach Park

This is a wonderful beach that has an ideal combination of grass and trees as well as shaded picnic areas. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling around the rocky areas, and you will very likely get to see some turtles and maybe even a seal or two.

78. Watch them work at The Glass Shack

This live studio/gallery is so much fun to visit, as you can watch them actually blowing glass and making beautiful pieces of art. They not only make art, but functional items as well. You can even have something custom made, often while you watch.

79. Take the Blair Estate Coffee and Cigar Private Tours

This fun and interesting tour is one of the more unique things to do in Kauai. Learn all the processes, from growing to making the final product, for both coffee and cigars. Sample the various coffees and fruits grown on the plantation, and roll your own cigar from the tobacco grown here as well.

80. Enjoy a Kauai Couples Massage

Enjoy a Kauai Couples Massage
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This company specializes in couples massages, and you and your partner will be more relaxed than you ever thought possible. Their real specialty is the Hawaiian LOMI LOMI which will leave you with that true Hawaiian tone and feel, especially if you have it done on the beach with all the sights, sounds and smells that go along with it.

81. Snorkel with turtles at Haena Beach Park

The magnificent white sand at Ha’ena Beach with the typical tropical jungle as a backdrop makes this a wonderful beach to stroll along and look for seashells. The beautiful turquoise water can be rough enough that surfing can be a blast.

82. Sail along with Blue Dolphin Charters

These large motor sailing catamarans are an ideal way to explore the Na Pali Coast. They will design your trip to fit, whether it is for a honeymoon, the entire family or group of friends. This will make it the vacation of a lifetime!

83. Take a 4×4 tour with Kipu Ranch Adventures

Ride through some beautiful and rugged country on this exciting adventure. They will take you to the top of majestic Haupu for a breathtaking view of Kipu Kai, and down into the tropics of Hule’ia Valley and so much more.
84. Enjoy the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church

This simple stone church is on of the oldest churches in Kauai. It has magnificent grounds and a very interesting cemetery surrounding it. The charming chapel is very serene and a wonderful place to join one of their weekend services.

85. Choose your adventure with Kauai Sea Tours

Choose your adventure with Kauai Sea Tours
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This fun-loving company can take you on a wide variety of adventures. Opt for their exciting raft trip to a remote beach, or take a catamaran to do some snorkeling or exploring sea caves. Taking a romantic sunset dinner cruise while watching for dolphins, whales and turtles is also fantastic.

86. All things rum at Koloa Rum Company

The Koloa Rum Company is all about rum, and anything you can think of to make with rum, they probably sell it here. From rum cakes, rum fudge sauce, Kukui Brand Mai Tai Mix, jams, jellies and syrups, and rum-themed souvenirs, they have it all. Of course, they have a tasting room where you can sample their award winning rums before you buy.

87. Hike the Kuilau Ridge Trail

On this easy to moderate hike, you will pass a great picnic area, cross an old wooden bridge on your way to some spectacular views. There is even a small waterfall near the bridge that helps make this a magical hike.

88. Cruise with The Otherside

Take this van to some exciting adventures and hidden gems of the island. Whether you want to do some cliff jumping, or swim in a waterfall or explore some amazing places, this is a fun way to do it. End your adventure by watching the sunset while relaxing on a beautiful white sand beach.

89. Shop, and more, at Kauai Culinary Market

This is one of the best farmers markets on the island. There is all sorts of local fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams and jellies, pastries and so much more. There are culinary demonstrations where you can get samples, or pick up something to eat at any number of booths or restaurants nearby. All this, plus live music, make this the best way to spend your Wednesdays.

90. Take the challenge with Canyon Trail

Take the challenge with Canyon Trail
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This moderate to difficult hike can get a bit slippery at time, but is well worth the effort. Not only are there amazing views all along the way, but there is a swimming hole at the end so you can cool off before heading back.

91. Get a thrill with Na Pali Odyssey

Explore the many sea caves along the coast and go under some of the most majestic waterfalls around. You can do some snorkeling on a beautiful beach while enjoying some of the fresh fruit and snacks they provide. Be sure to watch for dolphins, whales and turtles as well as the many treasures underwater.

92. Eat at Keoki’s Paradise

This restaurant has great décor and ambiance with their palm trees, water pond, tiki bar, and lush gardens, and the fresh fish dishes are delicious. Many evenings they have wonderful live music and performances that really make the night special. Very close to Poipu Beach, it is the perfect place for either lunch or dinner.

93. Visit the Kokee Museum

This natural history museum is a very nice place to visit in Kauai. They have various sections, including one on the local birds, history and more regarding Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coast. They will also guide you to some of the best trails in the area. They also have a small gift shop to browse through.

94. Get the Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience

This guided tour through the canyon is the best way to explore it. Learn of the history and geology of the area. They will also take you through the historic town of Hanapepe and to see the Spouting Horn blowhole. They take care of all the details and make it a wonderful day.

95. Surfers dream at Shipwreck Beach

Surfers dream at Shipwreck Beach
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This beautiful beach is ideal for surfers and the waves and riptide can get pretty exciting. As part of the Hyatt, there are wonderfully landscaped gardens and benches to enjoy, or sit in the soft sand and watch the action.

96. Enjoy a musical at South Pacific Dinner & Theatre

This wonderful musical show is a great way to spend the evening. Following a delicious buffet, you will be treated to a magical evening of music and great acting. A bar is right there as well so you can enjoy a nightcap during the show.

97. Take Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops

Take your photography to the next level by joining this hands on immersive workshop where they take you out on an adventure and teach you the technical and conceptual aspects of on-location photography. You will have a wonderful day and learn a lot to boot!

98. Nosh at Seaview Terrace

Breakfast here is amazing when you sip on a cappuccino and enjoy a fresh pastry while looking out at the magnificent view of the ocean. At night, watching the sun set over the ocean is more special with a tropical drink in hand and eating off their lite fare menu. They have island entertainment every night, and the Keiki hula show twice a week. Great for the entire family.

99. Wander through the Koloa History Center

This center has amazing pictures that depict the history of the sugar industry and how it influenced the culture of Kauai. Located in a beautiful garden area, you can stroll through these at your leisure and learn so much about the area.

100. Visit Nā Pali Coast State Park

Visit Nā Pali Coast State Park
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This breathtaking park is known for its towering pali, or sea cliffs, amazing waterfalls, beautiful beaches and so much more. Ke’e Beach and sandy Kalalau Beach are both within its borders as are 5 valleys, numerous hiking trails including Kalalau Trail, and so much more. You could spend several days and not see it all.

101. Enjoy the Mailani Dinner Show

This dinner show/luau is one of the best on Kauai. It is a smaller, more intimate luau where you can really enjoy the entire show. From the traditional Polynesian dancing and music, the fire dance and the delicious food, it is a very classy and fun evening.

As you can see, Kauai has a whole lot to offer everyone of all ages and interests. Adding just a few of these things into your schedule will make this the best vacation ever. Come and have the time of your life. Aloha!

 

Also read:

101 Awesome Things to do in Maui

50 Things to do in Hawaii

 

 

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