Kauai Points of Interest and Places to Visit


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Na Pali Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 354 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 286 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 266 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 136 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

Kilauea Lighthouse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 83 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

Hanalei Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 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

Kipu Falls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 61 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

Kilohana Plantation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 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


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

Fern Grotto

4.5 star rating: Recommended 213 Reviews

Perfect acoustics and gorgeous scenery come together at Fern Grotto, the highlight of a cruise on the Wailua River. A natural amphitheater, the ...  Read more

Poipu Beach Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 190 Reviews

Poipu Beach Park is Kauai’s most popular beach resort for families, with a natural ocean pool, golden sand and an endless array of watersports. This beach ...  Read more

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