Kauai is rich in diversity and you will find an amazing range of activities that will allow you to explore Kauai’s best-kept secrets. Kauai is full of rainforest, waterfalls, and miles of secluded white sand beaches, hiking, ocean and fresh water fun. Discover Kauai’s interior by foot, explore one of the three main rivers in a single or double Kayak, zip line above a spectacular canopy of trees and gorges or float through a maze of old plantation tunnels on an innertube.
Kauai has so much to offer all visitors. The most popular activities here on Kauai would be a boat trip down the enchanting Na Pali coast, a helicopter tour, golfing, hiking and horseback riding. There are many other activities to choose from to keep you busy while on vacation.
Kauai’s choices for the seafarer include fishing trips, sailing, whale watching, and snorkeling trips. The Na Pali coast is the main attraction for boat tours. You are sure to see dolphins and other marine life on any of the trips. The Na Pali coast is a must see and is not accessible to cars. A boat tour will save you the 6-26 mile hike.
In the winter months whale watching is popular along the south shore. Most tour companies leave from Port Allen in Eleele; there are some that leave from Nawiliwili in Lihue, or Kikiaola on the west side in Waimea.
Beach is the ideal spot for a surfing spree especially
during summer. A prominent spot is Brennecke's Beach known
as a world class boogie boarding spot and the body surfing
capital of Hawaii. If you are there during winter, the
best place would be the North Shore of Kauai and the Kalihiwai
Bay. Hanalei Bay is a professional surfers paradise. There’s
no place like is Kalapaki Beach at The Marriott where
gentle waves coax beginners to get wet.
The abundance beaches are specialized for various activities-
swimming beaches, shelling beaches, sunset beaches, beaches
with lots of activity and alternatively those where you
can spend a quiet private evening with not much crowd.
Many beaches offer safe swimming, good snorkeling, picnic
tables, and outdoor showers. Kauai beaches will leave
you with great memories of a wonderful holiday. Always
use caution on and in the water.
The equestrian facilities at Kauai are excellent. They
include 3 stables -
in Poipu ,offers daily trail rides along the shores of
the remote Mahalepu coastline. Princeville, where both
Silver Falls Ranch and Princeville Stables offer 3 hour
trail rides through Kauai's back country to a private
waterfall ideal for a picnics.
There are shops
offering equipment rentals as well as snorkeling tours.
There is no shortage of snorkeling spots on Kauai Poipu.
Dive into a magical world of sea life and colorful corals.
Anini Beach, on Kauai’s North shore offers the best
diving along with along a 3 mile coastline enclosed by
a long outer reef. Tunnels beach is a popular spot for
snorkeling. Ke’e beach (pronounced kay- ay ) at
the end of the road in Haena, offers crystal clear waters
and breathtaking backdrops.
Hiking on Kauai is no less fascinating than snorkeling.
The trail head gateway to the Napali Coast is a picturesque
must-do. The first two miles along the Na Pali will lead
you into the Hanakapiai Valley, which houses the magnificent
Hanakapiai Falls. The remaining 9 miles to Kalalau Beach
will require a permit which can be obtained from the Department
of parks and Recreation (tel. 245-24 Kokee State Park
offers an abundance of flora and fauna as well as a variety
of day hikes through rain forest, canyon rim trails and
vistas of the Na Pali coast.
There are some places in Kauai where nights are as exciting
as the day. Local groups play music of all kinds from
reggae to rock and the place becomes a hub of activity.
The most popular hangouts include the Sushi & Blues,
in Ching Young Village, (tel. 808/826-4105) at Hanalei
and also at the Hanalei Bay Resort (tel. 808/826-6522).
It is advisable to call and check the schedules as the
bands keep changing. The resort has a Sunday Jazz Jam
in its Happy Talk Lounge from 3 to 7pm Sundays and contemporary
Hawaiian music at the Happy Talk Lounge Monday through
Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30pm. It has been graced by the
likes of Al Jarreau and Quincy Jones besides being frequented
by many popular Hawaiian jammers. Saturday Nights are
especially exciting as Kenny Emerson, a fabulous guitar
and steel guitar player teams up Michelle Edwards to enthrall
Kauai is not all water sports, there are excellent tennis
courts, for example in Poipu ( at Poipu Kai, and The Poipu
Hyatt there are well equipped Pro shops, daily clinics
and round robins. There are two fine tennis clubs on the
north shore Princeville Resort club has 6 courts. The
Hanalei Bay Resort has 7 courts overlooking Hanalei Bay.
These clubs are fully equipped with everything from on
site tennis pros, a racquet shop, and equipment rentals
which the public can make use of. Other spots include
The Kauai Lagoons, near the Marriott at Kalapaki Beach.
30 minutes by drive away one can water ski along the Wailua
River, the only navigable river in the state of Hawaii.
Facilities include equipment rentals, boats for towing
skiers, and ski instruction.
If angling is your cup of tea, get ready to fish some
exciting varieties such as sailfish, marlin, yellow fin
tuna and so on by making use of the many deep sea fishing
charter boats. Companies offer private and group charters
to offshore areas ideal for fishing. You have a choice
of charters- Half and full day charters, with all fishing
gear included, are available at KukiulaHarbor, Nawiliwili
and from Hanalei.
The Polo at Kauai’s Anini beach matches any other
in the world. The Polo season is time for warm Sunday
matches against the backdrop of the balmy blue skies of
the Pacific on the field across from Anini Beach Park.
3:00 on Sundays during season.
There are spots in Kauai that have good facilities for
windsurfing, with both the novice and the expert in mind.
The latter can go to the Mahalapu near Shipwreck Beach
in Poipu, The former on the other hand can go to other
spots in Poipu which offer equipment rentals and lessons.
Some of the noted spots for great surfing are Tunnels
Beach and Anini Beach, to the North.
Its easy to go mobile with ocean and fresh water kayaks
available for rent from a variety of vendors island wide.
is a very popular activity in Kauai because of its clear
offshore waters. Add to this easy accessibility of all
the equipment needed and instruction classes for beginners.
Scuba lessons and certification for beginners is available
from most hotels as well as many independent companies.
A number of onshore and offshore scuba tours can be taken
from Poipu or Port Allen in Eleele where the companies
provide a package complete with equipment rental, lessons,
as well as certification.
There is no lack of variety in sailing tours, boat companies
host tours on large ocean sailing and power catamarans.
Definitely don’t go home without experiencing a
cruise down the Napali coast. You may also opt for a romantic
sunset cocktail cruise. Sailing tours commence at different
times of the day from Poipu and in nearby Port Allen.
To explore the unseen and untouched fantasies stored away
in the interiors of Kauai, you have to have a bird’s
eye view, which a helicopter tour will provide. The experience
promises to be a breathtaking one. Tours commence from
Lihue and Princeville airports.
Shopping at Kauai promises to be a totally different experience
with small shops selling interesting stuff like local
crafts, roadside stands selling exotic tropical fruits,
organic produce, and flower leis. There is also a flea
market at Spouting Horn Park, where tourists can buy trinkets
of their choice. This by no way goes to suggest that there
is an abundance of modern shopping centers on Kauai. Kauai's
largest shopping center the Kukui Grove Center is found
in Lihue . Kapaa, Koloa, Poipu, and Hanalei offer a variety
of shopping, great restaurants, art galleries, clothing
stores, and crafts.