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There are many travel guides for Kauai, but not many of them will tell you secrets the locals know. Beaches that are nearly deserted, cheap but good eats, and funky little places to go.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

14 Places

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14 Places

Wailua Falls

Waterfalls

Spouting Horn

Geologic Formations

Hanalei Beach

Beaches

Hanalei Valley Lookout

Scenic Drives, Lookouts

Fern Grotto

Caverns & Caves

Opaekaa Falls

Waterfalls

Ke'e Beach

Beaches

Anini Beach

Beaches

Coconut Marketplace

Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farmers Markets

TC's Island Grill

Restaurants

Hee Fat General Store

Restaurants

Ono Family Restaurant and Shave Ice

Restaurants

The Bull Shed Restaurant

Restaurants

Harley's Tropical Barbeque

Restaurants

  • Wailua Falls
    Waterfalls
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Wailua Falls is spectacular, especially after a heavy rainfall. If you're old enough to remember Fantasy Island, this will look familiar. If you're not that old, but remember Jurassic Park, you'll recognize it. There are no facilities there, so bring your camera and a bottle of water.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Lihue
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but needs upkeep 12/11/2018
    • A must see 12/11/2018
    • Wailua Falls
    Address:
    Maalo Rd
    off Hwy 580
    Lihue, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Spouting Horn
    Geologic Formations
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Spouting Horn is one of those places you have to visit. It's beautiful in itself, and the view is fabulous. If the kids get bored, make a game of it. Guess how far they can count between spouts.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear shoes that can get dirty, because it gets muddy in the parking lot after a rain.
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting but make sure you have other things to do in Poipu 13/11/2018
    • Nice Stop for a Quick view 12/11/2018
    • Spouting Horn
    Address:
    South Shore
    Poipu, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-742-7444
    Other:
  • Hanalei Beach
    Beaches
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Beautiful beach and not usually really crowded. The surf can get rough as there is no fringing reef, so watch the kiddos. Great view.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your own food and water.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The sand is deep and warm. 13/11/2018
    • Pretty Beach 11/11/2018
    • Hanalei Beach
  • Hanalei Valley Lookout
    Scenic Drives, Lookouts
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    Cheryl G Says:

    If you're headed to the North Shore, you absolutely must stop here. The view is incredible.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The parking lot is small, but it's across the street from a shopping center, so if the lot is full park at the center and walk across the street. The center has gas, food, etc.
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Views 08/11/2018
    • Gorgeous view 27/10/2018
    • Hanalei Valley Lookout
    Address:
    Hwy 56
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Fern Grotto
    Caverns & Caves
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    Cheryl G Says:

    This is obligatory for first-timers. It's very pretty and the short show is nice. Great place to get married.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You take a boat up the river and then have to walk about a 1/4 mile. Be sure to wear non-slip shoes, as the walkway is slippery after rain.
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 239 things to do in Kauai
    • Lovely little place and boat trip 09/11/2018
    • If you really want to be a tourist... 31/10/2018
    • Fern Grotto
    Address:
    Wailua Marina
    At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park
    Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-821-6892
  • Opaekaa Falls
    Waterfalls
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    Cheryl G Says:

    These falls are not as spectacular as others, but they are the easiest to get to. Watch for the sign on the main road. The scenery is very nice and there is a large parking lot.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 239 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good views, easy to get there 30/10/2018
    • Cute place to stop off the road 25/10/2018
    • Opaekaa Falls
    Phone:
    +1 808-933-0416
    Other:
  • Ke'e Beach
    Beaches
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    Cheryl G Says:

    One of the best beaches on the island, so it is almost always packed. The parking lot isn't huge and there may not be a place to park. Plan to get there very early to be guaranteed a parking spot.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 239 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Road is closed in Hanalei no access to Haena, Ke’e beach, Kalalau trail etc. 04/11/2018
    • Love ke’e but closed and may be a year or forever 31/10/2018
    • Ke'e Beach
    Address:
    Highway 560 kauai
    North Shore
    Kauai, HI 96716
  • Anini Beach
    Beaches
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Turn off the main highway and follow the signs for Anini Beach. There are three parts to the beach. The first part is just after you make a left turn and have the water on your right. This part of the beach is small and parking is limited. The water here is shallow and there is a tide pool that is perfect for very young children to play in. No facilities here. Further down, you will come around a corner and down a grade and see a large house on your right. After the first house is a walkway to the beach. Parking is limited. This part of the beach is the least known and mostly used by locals. There is lots of shade. There is coral and fish and it's a lovely little spot. There are no facilities. Keep going, past the last of the houses on the right, and you will come to the main part of the beach. There is a boat ramp, a large grassy area, restrooms, usually a food truck, until about 3:00 and lots of parking. This part of the beach is popular with windsurfers, so be alert when swimming or snorkeling.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're stopping at either of the first two sections of beach, bring whatever you need with you as there are no facilities.
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 239 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful mellow beach! 09/11/2018
    • Snorkeling with turtles 08/11/2018
    • Anini Beach
    Address:
    Anini Road
    off Kalihiwai Road, North Shore
    Kauai, HI
  • Coconut Marketplace
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farmers Markets
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Unfortunately, Coconut Marketplace isn't the thriving center it once was, but the new owners are renovating it and hopefully it will once again be a bustling center. There are several places to eat and shop remaining. There is a free hula show once a week and a farmer's market. There are restrooms and a grassy area in the middle where the kids can play while you shop.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 4 Food & Drink in Kapaa
    • Great farmer’s market 12/11/2018
    • Nice and convenient 09/11/2018
    • Coconut Marketplace
    Address:
    4-484 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1403
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-3641
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • TC's Island Grill
    Restaurants (American)
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Located in the Coconut Marketplace, this little eatery has good burgers, teriyaki chicken, salads, saimin soup, and many more items. The prices are good and it's not fancy, but it's clean. Get there early if you want a seat by the rail to watch the hula show. Service is always fast and friendly. No liquor, but they invite you to bring your own from the nearby Whaler's Market.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Good place for the kids as they have kid-friendly food and the kids can go run in the grassy area while the adults linger.
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Perfect For Any Day & Any Occasion 07/01/2016
    • We loved the place, no longer in business 16/10/2015
    • TC's Island Grill
    Address:
    Kuhio Highway
    Coconut Marketplace
    Kauai, HI
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 20:30
  • Hee Fat General Store
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Located in historic Kapaa, this store has great shave ice and lots of items you won't find in every other store on Kauai. They will securely package your fragile purchases to travel home with you.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 453 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GET YOUR SHAVE ICE HERE!!!! 14/11/2018
    • A surprising stop 12/11/2018
    • Hee Fat General Store
    Address:
    4-1354 Kuhio Hwy
    Ste 1
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1669
    Phone:
    +1 808-823-6169
    Other:
  • Ono Family Restaurant and Shave Ice
    Restaurants (American, Hawaiian)
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Best breakfast on Kauai! Their breakfast menu is huge and everything is delicious! Their banana mac nut pancakes are the best I've found. Yummy omelets and other dishes. They are also open for lunch and their lunch menu is great. Shave ice is on the outside of the restaurant and is reportedly the best on the island. The parking lot isn't huge, but you can park on the street behind. You may have to wait because the locals love this place too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 453 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxed Atmosphere with good food 12/11/2018
    • Local family restaurant in Kapaa 11/11/2018
    • Ono Family Restaurant and Shave Ice
    Address:
    4-1292 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1659
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-1710
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • The Bull Shed Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse, Seafood)
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    Cheryl G Says:

    This place is hard to find. There is a sign on the main highway, but you can miss it. Call and ask for directions. Great view, full bar with the best Blue Hawaii I've ever tasted and great Mai-tais. They have a salad bar which comes with all meals. They specialize in steak and seafood. One of my favorite places to eat on Kauai.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there early to get a window seat.
    From the community
    Ranked #173 of 453 restaurants in Kauai
    • What a great view, and recommended by everyone 11/11/2018
    • Dinner with Live Music 09/11/2018
    • The Bull Shed Restaurant
    Address:
    4-796 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1544
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-3791
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:30 - 21:30
    Other:
  • Harley's Tropical Barbeque
    Restaurants (Barbecue)
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    Cheryl G Says:

    Located in the Coconut Marketplace, this place has lots of variety. Their teriyaki beef and ribs are my favorites. It's very casual with outdoor seating. You order at the window and pick it up when it's ready. You can call ahead to save time. Good prices.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The kids can play in the grassy area when they finish eating.
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Excellent Food and great prices 09/11/2016
    • Not so sure about this place 01/07/2015
    • Harley's Tropical Barbeque
    Address:
    4-484 Kuhio Hwy
    Puki Industrial
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1403
    Phone:
    +1 808-652-4568
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 22:00
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