Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Dr_Xaos
    Palatine, Illinois1,178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short Visit / Breathtaking Views
    Wildlife Refuge isn’t very large and has a capacity limit, which is controlled by having to book your reservation in advance. Wife and I had an earlier appointment in the morning, so there weren’t a lot of other visitors already at the refuge. There were several cars waiting at the gate, and several groups of people standing near the fence/cliff taking pictures. When our tour time arrived, we were able to enter through the gates and drive the short but narrow path down and around to the refuge parking area(s). We walked over to the visitor center and gift shop before continuing on the path up to the point. We saw several types of birds, although most of them were either in flight or nesting on the far away cliffs. Refuge provides binoculars for visitors to use, which was helpful to get better views of the birds. There was a ranger patrolling the area and helping guide people and/or answer questions. There were also a number of signs with information posted around the area. Not very elaborate, but the visit was worth the short drive and the hour walkabout. At only about $10 per person, it’s a fairly inexpensive way to experience an aspect of Kauai that you might not otherwise be able to do so.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Cheryl H
    Kansas19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!!
    Beautiful views of the ocean, birds, and lighthouse even before the closed gate. Must have reservations, and there is a fee, but they take drive up reservations after 12:30pm. We got in pretty quickly after 1:00. It's free with a senior parks pass. Must do if you love lighthouses. also a golf cart for assistance on the walk.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 9 June 2023
  • FSUgonoles
    Littleton, Colorado12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely national wildlife refuge
    Outstanding views from this refuge point. We were able to see many birds both on the cliffs and walking around the property. Be sure to use the binoculars they allow you to borrow! There aren't many paths to walk along but they do let you walk around the lighthouse. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time through recreation.gov because you need a timed entry reservation to get in!! Because the paths are gentle, you can walk around in any shoes; my husband easily walked around in flip flops. And bring a sun hat with a rim because out on the point there isn't much shade.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
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Steve B
Turlock, CA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Worth the stop. Need to get $10 per person reservations before entering. Nice views. Lots of birds. We did not see any whales.
Would rate an 8 out of 10.
Written 29 February 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Not quite what we expected, but definitely worth the stop. Make sure you make a reservation on recreation.gov first. Lighthouse and birds
Written 3 January 2024
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FSUgonoles
Littleton, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Outstanding views from this refuge point. We were able to see many birds both on the cliffs and walking around the property. Be sure to use the binoculars they allow you to borrow! There aren't many paths to walk along but they do let you walk around the lighthouse. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time through recreation.gov because you need a timed entry reservation to get in!! Because the paths are gentle, you can walk around in any shoes; my husband easily walked around in flip flops. And bring a sun hat with a rim because out on the point there isn't much shade.
Written 25 December 2023
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Gary F
Castle Rock, CO677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views of coastline, a historic lighthouse and birds. Parking is tight, so show up around your scheduled time as they control the flow into this park.
Written 28 November 2023
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Cheryl H
Kansas19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Beautiful views of the ocean, birds, and lighthouse even before the closed gate. Must have reservations, and there is a fee, but they take drive up reservations after 12:30pm. We got in pretty quickly after 1:00. It's free with a senior parks pass. Must do if you love lighthouses. also a golf cart for assistance on the walk.
Written 9 June 2023
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einstein2
Colorado91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Our day was rainy, but we were able to see a lot of the birds in the distance. My daughter also enjoyed the Junior Ranger activity.
Written 8 June 2023
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN990 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is must do when you are in Kauai in my opinion. The area is small, but very peaceful and beautiful. There were a lot of birds in the area, I loved seeing them flying around. I was there in May, so there was no whales.
Written 21 May 2023
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Wildlife Refuge isn’t very large and has a capacity limit, which is controlled by having to book your reservation in advance. Wife and I had an earlier appointment in the morning, so there weren’t a lot of other visitors already at the refuge. There were several cars waiting at the gate, and several groups of people standing near the fence/cliff taking pictures.

When our tour time arrived, we were able to enter through the gates and drive the short but narrow path down and around to the refuge parking area(s). We walked over to the visitor center and gift shop before continuing on the path up to the point. We saw several types of birds, although most of them were either in flight or nesting on the far away cliffs. Refuge provides binoculars for visitors to use, which was helpful to get better views of the birds. There was a ranger patrolling the area and helping guide people and/or answer questions. There were also a number of signs with information posted around the area.

Not very elaborate, but the visit was worth the short drive and the hour walkabout. At only about $10 per person, it’s a fairly inexpensive way to experience an aspect of Kauai that you might not otherwise be able to do so.
Written 10 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sweetra
United States223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We obtained tickets online for the opening hour. When we arrived, there were a few cars waiting for the gate to open. There were many people near the cliff taking photos and viewing the birds and the ocean. It was pretty easy getting inside once they opened the gate.

There was not much going on inside the refuge. We did not see many birds besides the ones in the distance, as well as some nene. There was a ranger available and they provided free binoculars that you could self-check out but we were not able to see much.

Bring your good camera and a tripod. You might be able to spot some cool birds.
Written 2 March 2023
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john b
Valparaiso, IN863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
One of the most beautiful spots on Kauai. We went twice and because we were on the North shore it was very easy. Have to make a reservation now but go at least once. The birds are beautiful and we loved watching for whales out over the horizon. We saw many. Great place for people of all ages.
Written 10 February 2023
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