Kauai Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Na Pali Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 370 Reviews

With its emerald mountains, secluded beaches, and turquoise sea, Kauai’s Na Pali Coast State Park (or Napali Coast) is a natural treasure trove that begs to ...  Read more

Waimea Canyon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 297 Reviews

A geological kaleidoscope of reds and browns, Kauai’s impressive Waimea Canyon—at 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) long, one mile (1.6 kilometers) wide, and 3,600 ...  Read more

Wailua River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 272 Reviews

Kauai’s Wailua River runs from the volcanic Wailua crater to the coast, flowing through the Wailua River State Park. It’s Hawaii’s only navigable river, ...  Read more

Lihue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 141 Reviews

Kauai’s capital city is Lihue, though with a population in the low thousands, ‘city’ may be overstating things a little. It is the island’s main ...  Read more

Kipu Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 98 Reviews

Kipu Falls is a gorgeous retreat on the Huleia River, just outside Lihue. Reached by a short walk along a former sugarcane trail, a lovely waterfall ...  Read more

Hanalei Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 93 Reviews

One of Kauai’s most beautiful stretches of water, Hanalei Bay is a hub for watersports on the island’s north shore. Flanked by idyllic stretches of beach ...  Read more

Kilauea Lighthouse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Guarding the tip of Kilauea Point since 1913, this historic Kilauea Lighthouse is one of Kauai’s most visited attractions. One of the most intact historic ...  Read more

Koke'e State Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

When compared to the sun-drenched beaches of Poipu or Hanalei, Koke’e State Park is a brisk mountain outpost where bikinis and boardshorts are replaced by ...  Read more

Kilohana Plantation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

About as touristy as you can get on sleepy Kauai, Kilohana Plantation, the former estate of a sugar baron, now boasts a short train ride through tropical ...  Read more

Waimea Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Once named the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain, Waimea Valley is the gateway to one of Kauai’s most impressive natural sights, Waimea Canyon. At ...  Read more

Anini Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

A sprawling expanse of reef—1,600 feet at its widest and one of Hawaii’s longest spanning two miles—looms just off the thin strip of white sand at Anini ...  Read more

Makua Beach (Tunnels Beach)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

In the shadow of verdant mountains, and shaded by palm and ironwood trees, Makua Beach has golden sand and baby blue waters. The post-card-perfect setting was ...  Read more

Kalalau Lookout

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Napali Coast tops nearly everyone’s Kauai bucketlists with its sheer green undulating cliffs dropping directly into cerulean waters. The Kalalau Trail ...  Read more

Kauai Coffee Company

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

There was once a time when the island of Kauai was awash in waving green sugar. When the last mill closed down, however, in October of 2009, the island was ...  Read more

Niihau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Nicknamed the "Forbidden Isle" because private ownership has restricted access to outsiders for more than 150 years, Niihau is an enclave of Hawaiian ...  Read more

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