Lives in San Rafael, California
Since Jul 2012
Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks
Beaches, Geologic Formations
Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts
A great place to bike ride for a few hours. You can jump in for a swim along the way! You will be in Ka'paa, a town smack in the middle of Kauai, so after your ride, or during it, stop off for a bite to eat. See the Kapaa listing for more info on food, shopping and practicalities
This place is a hidden gem. It's a slice of Old Hawaii. The condos are priced right,. The pool bar serves good food and drinks at great prices. There is a brief walk to shops for sundries and for souvenirs. There are some good eateries right around this hotel, or you can cook in, or out, using the barbecues provided. Or just relax in the ocean view jacuzzi! Also, as a side note, a top rated restaurant on the island is here, Hukilau Lanai. Incredible food at decent (for Hawaii) prices.
A must see for all visitors! Dramatic lush cliffs plunge into the sea, and sea caves dot the coastline. Best seen by boat. You can also hike along the coast, at minimum a two day adventure that is not for the faint of heart (or the minimally fit either). The hike takes you to a camp spot right on the beach, but along the way you will be on narrow paths along high cliffs, so be forewarned. The hike is truly an adventure!
This is truly a novelty visit. You will tube down old irrigation canals, plunging in and out of tunnels while riding on moderately speedy water. Hard hats and gloves are provided, water shoes are required. You take a fun jeep ride through old cane and pineapple plantation grounds to get to the jumping off point. Parts of Jurassic Park were filmed here! The lunch provided is nothing fancy, sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies, but it will hit the spot after your ride.
Lightly visited, this place is a hidden gem. When you think of Bali Hai, this is the place you are picturing. Gorgeous vistas and an easy trail make this place accessible to all. Native flowers and trees are labeled. Come here and take vacation photos of a lifetime.
If you want to feel local, come here! Most of the people who live in Kauai live here or in Lihue. This town boasts a great street fair with local artists once monthly, sometimes twice. There are lots of places to buy quality, handmade souvenirs. There is a gem shop (you have to go up a flight of stairs to get there) that sells amazing handmade jewelry. These are not cheap trinkets but instead are quality pieces to take home and treasure. The hippie vibe in some parts of town mean you will have no problem finding raw, vegan and vegetarian food here. You can also rent bikes for the nearby bike path, and go to a grocery store with reasonable prices. Ask around for cheap eats. This is where the locals go out to eat, to get a decent meal without paying a fortune. Some options here are sushi, Mexican and family type restaurants.
Take a completely deserted hike along white cliffs, with beach access and eerie "whistling" cliffs where tunnels in the bluffs echo the surf up to the hiking path. The combination of the blue water and white cliffs, with wind sculpted trees, is really beautiful. You will most likely have this place to yourself, especially if you go in the morning.
To get here is half the fun. You will drive through many ecosystems, and be treated to scenic and dramatic views of the ocean and of Waimea canyon. Once in the park, there is a hike (about 8 miles) that takes you through the worlds highest swamp. It has a boardwalk that runs through the swamp, so don't worry that you will have to get wet. The end of the hike is at an overlook directly above the Na Pali coast. If the weather is in your favor, you will have a fantastic view. If you are socked in by clouds, your consolation is how cool and shaded these clouds will keep you. The swamp trail Alakai is reached by starting out on Pihea trail.
Very accessible and totally beautiful, every trip to Kauai requires at lest a quick visit. You can hike into the canyon if you are daring and very fit, or just enjoy it from the many viewpoints.
Best boat tour to the Na Pali coast. Why? First, you head out into the way the winds start blowing (in the afternoon) and come back with the winds at your back. Second, the tour is very small, so if you have a party of six, you are the only ones on the boat. Third, the captains will maneuver the boats into the various sea caves you pass. As you go in and out of the sea caves, wave at the other, larger boats that don't go in the caves, filled with envious passengers who wish they were in your boat. Finally, enjoy the pods of Dolphins who will swim five feet from your boat. Oh, and don't forget to enjoy the beauty of the coastline that you can only really see from a boat.
The iconic pier in Hanalei Bay is a great spot to jump off, or to go and watch others take the leap.
A beautiful hotel with an amazing beach. You will pay a pretty penny to stay here but the view is splendid, and the beach has great kid friendly snorkeling with tons of fish. If you want the beauty but not the price tag, go down to the beach front restaurant, get a snack and a drink, and then wander out to the beach. Or, get a drink at the hotel up above, and watch the sunset.
Beautiful pools and condo accommodations make this a very comfortable stay. You also get visitation privileges at the St. Regis right down the street.
One of the best places to eat in Kauai, as ranked by your fellow tripadvisor users! Indoor or outdoor seating, great service, local ingredients and reasonable prices, with a nice view of gardens, makes this place a winner.