The lushest, greenest, and arguably the most naturally stunning of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is paradise on earth. Known as The Garden Isle, there is so much to see and do on Kauai for anyone that loves the great outdoors. Consider making your next vacation to the Hawaiian Islands a trip to Kauai if it’s rugged beauty you’re after.
Here’s a list of 8 activities you need to try when you visit Kauai.
1. Take a helicopter tour
If you’ve never been in a helicopter before, or only plan on doing this adventure once – you have to do it when you visit Kauai. There are helicopter tours that will take you along the Napali Coast to see the stunning views, and you can even book a trip in a doors-off helicopter if you’re feeling adventurous.
2. Sail the Napali Coast
Most tours leave from Waimea, and they do not disappoint. Book with a reputable tour provider to enjoy the views of Napali, most tourists who sail the Napali Coast say that it’s their favorite part of visiting the island.
3. Go tubing in the Sugar Plantation Canals
Slow things down with a tube through the Sugar Plantation Canals. This three-hour tour includes lunch and is fun for the whole family. A tube and a headlamp is all you’ll need to have a day’s worth of fun.
4. Drive to the Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon sits on the southern side of the island, and is often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Stretching 14 miles long, 1 mile wide, and over 3,600 feet deep, the views at Waimea Canyon will take your breath away.
5. Hike in Kokeʻe State Park
Beyond Waimea Canyon, Kokeʻe State Park offers some amazing views of the Napali Coast. Hike the Pihea Trail that follows the rim of the valley, and be sure to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints. If you want to meet a four-pawed friend, you can even take a shelter dog on a field trip for a hike with you.
6. See turtles and monk seals at Poipu Beach
This is the most popular beach on the South Shore, recently named America’s Top Beach by the Travel Channel. Respect the wildlife, look but never touch or get close.
7. Visit the Spouting Horn blowhole
Located on Kauai’s South Shore near Poipu, the Spouting Horn blowhole is one of the most photographed spots in all of Kauai. There’s plenty of parking and the blowhole is best viewed at sunset.
8. See Wailua Falls
Lastly, a trip to Kauai wouldn’t be complete without viewing the powerful Wailua Falls. Located north of Lihue, at the south end of the Wailua River, the two streams of Wailua Falls drop somewhere between 100-200 feet – though it feels like much more than that! Visit in the morning, which is when you’re most likely to see a rainbow and snap that unforgettable photo.