The beautiful island of Kauai is filled with wonderful ways to spend your time, have fun and create long-lasting memories with your family, friends, or that special someone. From exploring lush hiking trails and indulging in water sports to savoring delicious local cuisine and immersing yourself in the rich Hawaiian culture, you will never run out of must-do activities in Kauai. If you plan an upcoming trip, you’ll need to know the 10 best things to do on Kauai, including where to go, how to spend your time, and more. Use the following list to get to know some of the best sites and activities on the big island of Kauai.
Top 10 Activities in Kauai
1. Waimea Canyon
Explore Waimea Canyon, known as the grand canyon of the Pacific. It is probably at the top of every list of things to do and see in Kauai today. The Waimea Canyon is a gorgeous 10 miles and goes 3,600 feet deep. There’s a great, scenic off-road for driving and stopping along designated viewpoints. Continue into Koke’e State Park for a wonderful nature reserve of 4,000 acres.
2. Na Pali Coast
Is this the most beautiful coastline in the world? Na Pali Coast just might be. With 17 miles of beautiful coastline, mile-high cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, and more, you’ll need to see it to believe it. Embarking on a boat trip along this remarkable stretch allows one to fully immerse in its breathtaking splendor.
The Na Pali Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world and during whale watching season, it becomes an even more amazing place to see.
The whales can be seen from December through April as they migrate to the Hawaiian island to give birth and nurse their young. Whale watching in Kauai is best on a boat tour.
3. Kauai’s Beaches
Kauai is known for its spectacular sandy beaches. From the north shore’s dramatic waves to the east side’s laid-back atmosphere, there’s a beach for everyone on Kauai. Here are some of the best Kauai beaches.
Poipu Beach Park
The world-famous, breathtaking Poipu Beach happens to be right next door and immediately accessible from our very own Koloa Landing® Resort!
This beautiful beach is located on the north shore of the garden island and offers stunning views of the Na Pali Coast. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling, and is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike.
Tunnels Beach is located on Kauai’s North Shore. This beach is known for its dramatic, rocky coastline and impressive sea caves -aka the Tunnels. It’s a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!
One of the South shore beaches is the striking and wild Shipwreck Beach. The beach’s name is derived from an old shipwreck that once rested nearby, according to locals. Although the remains of the wreckage are no longer visible, it is still a popular destination for hikers and explorers of the wild coast.
4. Hanalei Bay
If you’re looking to visit a second beach destination, Hanalei Bay is a top choice, a serene two-mile crescent bay, with calm waters great for swimming, boating, and more.
5. Kilauea Lighthouse
Come for the Lighthouse, stay for the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and its migratory seabirds, and have the chance to see humpback whales swimming off the coast.
6. Hiking Trails at Koke’e State Park
There’s really an unending collection of hiking trails in Kauai, including parks, beaches, and sites. In Koke’e State Park alone, for instance, are 45 separate hiker trails. Take in as much as you can, and know there’s always another beautiful, hidden spot waiting to be found.
7. Kauai Museum
For a bit of history, visit the Kauai Museum, replete with old maps and relics dating back hundreds of years, indigenous Hawaiian islands art and artifacts dating back much farther than that, and more. Don’t be afraid though, this is a small and fun museum which will be great for the whole family.
8. Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to find fresh, local produce. This vibrant market offers a variety of delicious fruits and vegetables, along with freshly-baked breads and pastries, locally-made jams and jellies, and much more. If you’re looking for the perfect place to shop for fresh, local Kauai produce, the Farmer’s Market is definitely the place to be!
9. Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
For amazing, unique sights, along with some adrenaline-pumping excitement, a helicopter tour over the island and around its various mountains, cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, and more is a top choice.
10. Water Activities on Kauai’s North Shore
There are endless water sports and activities to keep you busy on the north shore. From kayaking to snorkeling with sea turtles and tropical fish, paddle boarding, and surfing, there’s something for everyone, along with group or individual lessons, guided tours, and more.
Aloha to Leisure & Lounging at Our Scenic Kauai Resort
Many people believe that of each of these fun things to do in Kauai, Hawaii, the first and foremost of them all is simply enjoying the best of leisure, lounging, and relaxation. Relax on the beautiful beaches or pool front, enjoy the weather and the scenery, sip on a beverage and unwind!
One of the great benefits of staying at our Kauai beach resort is the on-site concierge who can help plan, organize and reserve tickets for the majority of the activities listed above. We can also help you with the rental car in Kauai so that you can explore the island easier. Contact Koloa Landing Resort today and give us a call at (808)240-6600 to book your vacation and enjoy all the best things to do in Kauai during your stay.