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My husband and I have been to Kauai four times and we already have our reservations for next year. Kauai's beaches are superb, but what keeps us coming back is all the natural beauty and a laid-back vibe that is very relaxing. In this guide I'll be sharing info on the botanical gardens, hikes, attractions and activities we have enjoyed in Kauai.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

27 Places

2 City Tips

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27 Places

Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens

Game & Entertainment Centres, Mini Golf

Princeville Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Kauai Path

Hiking Trails

Lydgate State Park

Parks

Kalalea Juice Hale

Restaurants

Bouchons Grill and Sushi Bar

Restaurants

Lawai International Center

Historic Sites

Limahuli Garden and Preserve

Gardens

Allerton Garden

Gardens

Wailua Falls

Waterfalls

Spouting Horn

Geologic Formations

Waimea Canyon

Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts

Sleeping Giant Trail

Hiking Trails, Lookouts

Makawehi Lithified Cliffs

Beaches, Geologic Formations

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Gardens

Anini Beach

Beaches

Fern Grotto

Caverns & Caves

Salt Pond Beach Park

Beaches

Opaekaa Falls

Waterfalls

Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

Gardens

McBryde Garden

Gardens

Menehune Fish Pond

Historic Sites, Bodies of Water

Hanalei River

Bodies of Water

Kauai's Hindu Monastery

Sacred & Religious Sites

Kamokila Hawaiian Vllage

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kalalau Lookout

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

RamblingRoses's City Tips

  • Food is expensive in Hawaii, but farmer's markets are plentiful. If you book lodging with a microwave and refrigerator it can really help out your budget.
  • Although there are some hiking trails and lovely bike paths, you will need to rent a car if you really want to see all the beauty Kauai has to offer.
  • Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Mini Golf
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    The creators of this mini-golf course did more than design an interesting course. They added beautiful tropical landscaping and -- a touch I've never seen elsewhere -- signs explaining Hawaiian spirituality and history. I'm an avid reader of guide books, but I learned a lot reading the signs at this mini-golf. There is also the Wai Koa Loop Trail that starts just behind the mini-golf. You can walk or ride dirt bikes on this trail through acres of mahogany trees, but they request you sign-in at the same office area that houses the mini-golf cashier.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Kilauea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun and educational mini golf 16/04/2019
    • Lovely educational garden with mini golf 05/04/2019
    • Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    5-2723 Kuhio Hwy
    Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754-5144
    Phone:
    +1 808-828-2118
    Price range:
    US$ 18 - US$ 18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Princeville Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This tropical garden is smaller and the plantings are younger (not as big and 'lush') than some other gardens, and there are no sculptures or water features, but they have added a unique dimension to their tours -- TASTE! Here is your chance to sample local honey and fruits. What seriously sets them apart from other botanical gardens is their chocolate sampling at the end of the tour. This is far more than just having samples sitting out for people to nibble. You are guided through comparisons between different types of chocolate -- checking not only taste, but scent and texture as well. Although only one or two of the chocolate samples on offer was made on premises, that didn't diminish our enjoyment of the experience. It gave us a chance to learn how chocolate is made and really think about chocolate in a new way -- its cacao content, its TEXTURE, and even its 'terroir' (not sure if I spelled it right).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Princeville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • #bestfruit 14/04/2019
    • Great property to visit 13/04/2019
    • Princeville Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    3840 Ahonui Pl
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5530
    Phone:
    +1 808-634-5505
    Price range:
    US$ 76 - US$ 76
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Thu
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Other:
  • Kauai Path
    Hiking Trails
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    Don't miss the opportunity to ride a bike on the Kauai Path (also called the Coastal Path). This well-paved bike path is completely separate from car traffic and takes you right next to the ocean. There are a few public restrooms and several beaches you can access without leaving the trail. Between Kealia Beach and Kapaa there is a wonderful overlook for whale watching. There are signs in the area telling you about the whales. We saw quite a few in January. There are also several picnic shelters along the way. This path is not flat but not terribly steep either. I'm out of shape but have no trouble. The views are stunning. Rent a bike lock if you plan to go swimming at one of the beaches.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lots of places rent colorful bikes in Kapaa, most have unweildly wide handle bars and a wobbly feel to them. We prefer to rent a bike from Kauai Cycle on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Kapaa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't skip this 16/04/2019
    • Rent a bike! 09/04/2019
    • Kauai Path
    Address:
    1121 Moanakai Rd
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1524
    Phone:
    +1 808-639-1018
    Other:
  • Lydgate State Park
    Parks
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    If you want to swim, I think this is the best beach in Kauai. There are three types of beach experience here: an enclosed shallow area for children, an enclosed area deep enough for adults to swim and snorkel, and unenclosed ocean for more adventurous swimmers. The enclosures are made of giant rocks that keep the large waves away, and yet there is enough flow that the water is exchanged and lots of fish are there for snorkellers to view. Some people feed the fish (there seems to be a debate over whether or not this should be done) which ensures there will be lots of fish for you to see and there is a large sign with color photos of the types of fish you are most likely to find. Like all the beaches on Kauai, this beach is free. Parking is free. It is vendor-free. There is shade. This beach has a lifeguard, outdoor showers and covered picnic pavillions. In the park is a very large playground for children. Bring your own food as there is none for sale here. Less well known is an HEIAU area. This beach was once part of a sacred area for the ancient Hawaiians. The remnants of this Hikinaakala are off limits to tourists, but the remaining stones can be seen and the signage explains the history and some of the significance of the area. This area is on the end of the park closest to the bridge that crosses over the Wailua River.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Wailua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach 07/04/2019
    • Great beach with 2 sections: calm lagoon and open ocean 03/04/2019
    • Lydgate State Park
    Address:
    Nalu Road, Uninc Kauai County, Hawaii
    Wailua, Kauai, HI 96746
    Phone:
    +1 808-241-4463
    Other:
  • Kalalea Juice Hale
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    Love the juice here. It is our favorite juice stand on the island. Plus it has a gorgeous view of the mountains!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 446 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fresh, organic, and BEST SHAVE ICE on the island! 15/04/2019
    • This is a must! 21/03/2019
    • Kalalea Juice Hale
    Address:
    4390 Pu'u hale Loop
    Anahola, Kauai, HI 96703
    Phone:
    +1 808-346-0074
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bouchons Grill and Sushi Bar
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi)
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    We have found a surprising number of restaurants on Kauai where you can't get grilled fish, only fried fish. So when we asked out server at Bouchons if we could get our 'fish and chips' with the fish grilled, instead of battered and fried, we were delighted to find they were willing to do that. The fish was fresh and grilled to perfection. They also have a dedicated sushi bar and sushi chef at one end of their dining room. They also have a nice selection of beverages, both with and without alcohol. It is on the second level but there is an elevator if needed. This restaurant is located within walking distance of Hanalei Beach and is surrounded by several shops and a grocery store.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to get a window seat for an unobstructed view of the mountains and for 'people watching.'
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Worst Dining Experience Ever - anywhere 18/02/2018
    • Sushi and Cocktails 23/01/2018
    • Bouchons Grill and Sushi Bar
    Address:
    5-5190 Kuhio Hwy.
    Hanalei
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-9701
    Price range:
    US$ 9 - US$ 32
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lawai International Center
    Historic Sites
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is an interesting cultural site. In Japan there is an island named Shikoku, which has been a place of Buddhist pilgimage for several centuries. The entire circuit in Japan is approximately 800 miles. In 1904 Japanese immigrants to Hawaii sought to recreate this pilgrimage route by creating 88 miniature shrines on the side of a hill in the lush Lawai valley. It is believed that the site had been used for religious purposes by the ancient Hawaiians before them, but it is unclear what evidence supports this belief. The steep zigzag path to visit these shrines became disused roughly around 1960 when the pineapple cannery closed. A dedicated group of volunteers decided to reclaim the site and it became open to the public in late 2013. As of January 2015 it was open only the second and last Sundays of each month for tours at 10am, noon and 2pm. It is a little tricky to find -- you turn off the main highway onto a tiny road that almost looks like a driveway from the main highway. This tiny road is quite close to the turn off for Koloa and really only wide enough for one car. But at least you only have to drive on it a short while before parking in a field. We were warmly received and greeted with a warm cup of jasmine tea and a small tea cake. You start with an introductory lecture -- which was informative and well-organized. Then you are free to go into the recently constructed Buddhist temple to meditate and/or traverse the mini-pilgrimage with a stout walking staff. This path through the shrines is quite steep and narrow in many places.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • This site is not generally staffed and only open to the public once or twice a month, so check ahead.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Kalaheo
    • Definitely worth the stop! 05/03/2019
    • Find your inner peace 17/01/2019
    • Lawai International Center
    Address:
    3381 Wawae Rd
    Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96741-9529
    Phone:
    +1 808-639-5952
    Other:
  • Limahuli Garden and Preserve
    Gardens
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    Included in the price of admission is an amazing booklet that is very descriptive of the major plants you will see as well as the history of the people living in this valley. It is thoughtfully arranged so you can educate yourself while you walk around the grounds. I recommend reading it as you go!!! You will learn about the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle as well as the plants because they are so intertwined. The views of the Makana mountain range and the Pacific Ocean are incomparable. Benches and water stations are provided along the self-guided trail. They warned us about mosquitos but we didn't use any spray and were not bothered by any bugs (it was January).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bidda 10/03/2019
    • Heaven on Earth 26/02/2019
    • Limahuli Garden and Preserve
    Address:
    5-8291 Kuhio Hwy
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-1053
    Other:
  • Allerton Garden
    Gardens
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    Note: I am combining Allerton and McBryde Gardens in this review because they are contiguous with each other and you pay for both at the same cashier place. First -- I want to give a shout out to the guides on these tours. We have taken eight tours here and each and every guide has been extremely knowledgeable and articulate. They do not speak from a 'canned script.' Second -- if you are looking for LUSH, large mature trees and shrubbery this is the place to find it. The Allertons bought this place in the 1930s and started planting most of the plants you will see today. With Hawaii's climate these 70+ years are generations of growth. If you are a movie buff you will recognize many places in the gardens where parts of various films have been made. [Although if I ever go and find the gardens closed during MY vacation due to filming I will be inconsolable.] There are also many lovely water features and a few statues placed by the Allertons. My favorites are the Moreton Bay Fig Trees, brought from Australia and planted by the Allertons. These giants have incredible root systems that fascinate me. They warn you a lot about insects and sell insect repellent where you buy tickets. We have never been bothered by insects there. If you don't like guided tours, you can take an open-ended self-guided tour in McBryde. They drop you off by tram and you can stay as long as you want as long as you return by the last tram pick up. This is ideal for us serious amateur photographers as we can spend as long as we like photographing a flower or section of bark. Unfortunately, the Moreton Bay Fig trees are not in this park of the gardens.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Treat yourself to a Sunset Allerton tour. You will have the garden nearly all to yourself. It includes dinner on the patio of the Allerton home with an incredible view of the bay.
    • If you are a serious photographer take the self-guided McBryde tour, you can take your tripod.
    • If you are on a budget and can't afford a tour, just go to the entrance area and walk around -- there are lovely plantings there to rival many other gardens. And it is free.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Guided Tour 16/04/2019
    • Fun and informative 10/04/2019
    • Allerton Garden
    Address:
    4425 Lawai Road
    Poipu, Kauai, HI 96741
    Phone:
    +1 808-332-7324
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Wailua Falls
    Waterfalls
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    Actually this is one of the few places on Kauai that I don't recommend. It is a long drive to get there from anywhere (it appears to be surrounded by private land, although my map showed it as state park, but entrances were blocked). When you get to the falls the parking lot is quite small and you can barely turn around in it to leave. The view of the falls is limited and the area around the falls is not very picturesque. There is no educational signage about the falls either. There isn't even a walking path in the area once you get there. And no restroom.

    Good for
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 22 things to do in Lihue
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous 18/04/2019
    • Overlook of Wailua is equally amazing!!! 17/04/2019
    • Wailua Falls
    Address:
    Maalo Rd
    off Hwy 580
    Lihue, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Spouting Horn
    Geologic Formations
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is one of those 'iconic' sights of Kauai that you really must see, although it won't take very long. There is a nice local crafts market next to the parking lot.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Evening cruise 17/04/2019
    • Beautiful to see 17/04/2019
    • Spouting Horn
    Address:
    South Shore
    Poipu, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-742-7444
    Other:
  • Waimea Canyon
    Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is an 'iconic' sight of Kauai. But when you go, only go on a clear day. There will be nothing to see on a drizzly, rainy or foggy day. Try to go as early in the day as possible before the tour buses arrive. We were there at 8:30am and had the place to ourselves. If you have driven this far into the interior, keep on driving to the Kalalau look out. Truly stunning view of the NaPali coast.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Waimea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved this drive - a must do when on the island 17/04/2019
    • Pretty Amazing 17/04/2019
    • Waimea Canyon
    Address:
    Koke'e Road
    Waimea, Kauai, HI 96752
  • Sleeping Giant Trail
    Hiking Trails, Lookouts
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    You will see the shape of the "Sleeping GIant" mountain as you drive around the island. Why not hike there? There are at least two trails, or branches of the trail. We chose the one with an entrance on Kamalu Road for the simple reason that there is a little parking area there. The trail starts off quite easy, a flat grassy path behind some nice houses, horses in a field. Then you cross a picturesque wooden bridge and then begins the ascent. Trail then gets steeper and steeper. And the vegetation thicker and the roots covering the trail more dense. We are in our early 60s and found this path fairly strenuous. We only got as far as the lookout picnic point -- which has a wonderful view and makes a nice hike in and of itself without going to the top. We also saw some interesting petroglyphs on rocks along the trail, which we assume are authentic. My advice is -- do not undertake this trail without a map as there is more than one branch. And take plenty of water as there are no places to refill your water bottle.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Kapaa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Glad to be on flat ground 17/04/2019
    • Great Hike - Could be Challenging for some 10/04/2019
    • Sleeping Giant Trail
    Address:
    Haleilio Road
    Nonou West Trail
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
  • Makawehi Lithified Cliffs
    Beaches, Geologic Formations
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    I've also seen this as part of the Makauwahi Cave Trail, which is a very interesting hiking trail to see to these cliffs. Gorgeous views of the ocean and of the cliffs. My husband, a geologist, enjoyed all the geological points of interest. Altough not terribly steep, some of the trail is deep sand, some is bare rock -- wear sturdy shoes, not open-toed sandals. I think this is a fairly unknown place as we never heard about it until our third visit and when we hiked it we saw very few other people.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Park in the parking lot at "Shipwreck Beach" and start the trail there.
    • Bring plenty of water as there is no place to buy water or refill a water bottle on the trail.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    • Easy hike and great views 18/03/2019
    • Beautiful 13/03/2019
    • Makawehi Lithified Cliffs
    Address:
    near Shipwreck Beach
    Poipu, Kauai, HI
  • National Tropical Botanical Garden
    Gardens
    See more photos
    RamblingRoses Says:

    Please see my review of the Allerton Garden as it is the same place.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing & Humbling 11/04/2019
    • Truly Beautiful 10/04/2019
    • National Tropical Botanical Garden
    Address:
    4425 Lawai Road
    Poipu, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-332-7324
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Anini Beach
    Beaches
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    We love Anini Beach. There are large lovely shade trees giving the place a nice 'park-like' feel and you can sit on the beach in sun or shade depending on your preference. The public restrooms are generally clean and there is an outdoor shower. There is often a food truck parking in the parking lot as well as covered picnic pavillions. The parking lot is good size. There is a natural coral breakwater about 1/4 mile out from the shore that keeps the water along the coast nice and calm. It is also quite shallow and the bottom is a combination of sand and coral making it difficult to walk on. This all makes is an ideal place for paddle boarding and snorkelling. Lots of fish and sea turtles are frequently sighted there. It isn't really deep enough for adults to really get a good swim.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • favorite beach on the island 17/04/2019
    • Best beach on east side of Kauai 13/04/2019
    • Anini Beach
    Address:
    Anini Road
    off Kalihiwai Road, North Shore
    Kauai, HI
  • Fern Grotto
    Caverns & Caves
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    The fern grotto itself isn't much to see, and the little walk from the boat to the fern grotto is meant to be a nature trail, but also isn't much to see. But the boat ride to the fern grotto gives you an opportunity to hear Hawaiian music sung and played on ukeles and provides a nice relaxing ride on the river.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    • Temporarily closed to public 14/04/2019
    • A low key visit to the Fern Grotto. 14/04/2019
    • Fern Grotto
    Address:
    Wailua Marina
    At the mouth of the Wailua River; turn off Kuhio Hwy. into Wailua Marine State Park
    Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-821-6892
    Other:
  • Salt Pond Beach Park
    Beaches
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is a good place for people with children to swim in a protected area.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Hanapepe
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Beach Area 13/04/2019
    • Great beach! 28/03/2019
    • Salt Pond Beach Park
    Address:
    Lokokai Road
    Hwy 50
    Hanapepe, Kauai, HI
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Opaekaa Falls
    Waterfalls
    RamblingRoses Says:

    There are actually two 'view points' here. One at the parking lot of the falls and one across the street. Both are gorgeous views. There is also a restroom at the parking lot.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful falls 17/04/2019
    • Great falls, very nice views 27/03/2019
    • Opaekaa Falls
    Phone:
    +1 808-933-0416
    Other:
  • Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This botanical garden has the plethora of tropical plants you would expect at a botanical garden, but it also has dozens of interesting sculptures. They have several tours to choose from, but as far as I know they do not have any unguided ones that let you roam on your own. Which, for us amateur photographers, is a bit of a disappointment. They also have a little recreated village and other areas of particular interest to children. My main disappointment with these gardens is that the tour guides are volunteers and as a result the quality of guides is 'uneven.' We had one who was excellent. If they have an unguided tour when you are there I would opt for that.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a good place for Seniors as most of the tours are via little trams and if need be you can stay on the tram and skip the walking part.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Kilauea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trees,flowers,statues,villages 21/03/2019
    • An incredible and generous gift to the peoples of Kauai 20/03/2019
    • Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    4101 Wailapa Rd
    Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
    Phone:
    +1 808-828-0525
    Other:
  • McBryde Garden
    Gardens
    See more photos
    RamblingRoses Says:

    See my review of Allerton Gardens as, in my view, they are basically the same place. Do not miss the opportunity go to the Allerton/McBryde Tropical Botanical Gardens!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Botanical Paradise 01/04/2019
    • Fabulous gardens! 31/03/2019
    • McBryde Garden
    Address:
    4425 Lawai Rd
    Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9669
    Phone:
    +1 808-742-2623
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Menehune Fish Pond
    Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
    RamblingRoses Says:

    This place is a disappointment as there is nothing to DO here except stand at the guardrail and look at the pond. There is no walking trail. We drove past it TWICE not realizing it was even the 'point of interest' we were looking for.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    • Overlook stop 23/03/2019
    • Quick stop! 21/02/2019
    • Menehune Fish Pond
    Address:
    Hulemalu Rd.
    Niumalu
    Kauai, HI
  • Hanalei River
    Bodies of Water
    RamblingRoses Says:

    One of the loveliest experiences in my life was the day we rented a bright red kayak and paddled the serene Hanalei River. I could hardly believe my eyes at first because I was seeing FLOWERS, lots of flowers floating past us on the river. Was there a festival or wedding upstream where people were tossing flowers into the river? No! It was the tall shrubs of hibiscus flowers (and another type I didn't know) dropping its flowers on the river. This would be the perfect place to learn to paddle board and we saw several while we were on the river. There were also outrigger canoe teams. Take plenty of water and use sunscreen. We were not bothered by any insects.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    • Wonderful opportunity to see the shores of the river as you travel inland! 06/10/2018
    • ok 20/08/2018
    • Hanalei River
  • Kauai's Hindu Monastery
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is the home of an active religious group. They have instructive signage so you can learn about the various scultptures you see. They also have a nice bookshop. The scenary is beautiful and architecture is interesting. Definitely worth a visit, but call first because there are rules about when visits are permitted and tours are usually only on Fridays.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open toed shoes are not allowed. Sarongs are provided for you to wear while there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Kapaa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and Peaceful 09/04/2019
    • Lovely Hindu Temple tucked away in Kauai 08/04/2019
    • Kauai's Hindu Monastery
    Address:
    107 Kaholalele Rd
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-9304
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-3012
    Other:
  • Kamokila Hawaiian Vllage
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    This is a relatively new addition to sightseeing in Kauai. The driveway entrance is quite close to the overlook for Opaeka Falls. There is ample parking when you reach the bottom of the driveway. At Kamokila you can rent kayaks for the Wailua River. And you can tour the Hawaiian Village. I think it is wonderful that this attraction is providing an opportunity to learn more about ancient Hawaiian culture. There are a few explanatory signs -- and hopefully they will add more in the future. It would also be great if they had a few docents on hand. Perhaps in the future. In the meantime, it is one of the best bargains price-wise on Kauais. And is in a lovely setting on the river, so definitely worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Wailua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kayaking 03/04/2019
    • So glad we rented kayaks from here 14/03/2019
    • Kamokila Hawaiian Vllage
    Address:
    Hwy 580
    Wailua, Kauai, HI 96746
    Phone:
    +1 808-823-0559
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kalalau Lookout
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    RamblingRoses Says:

    I REALLY recommend a visit to the Kalalau lookout. The terms 'breathtaking' and 'awesome' are overused, but in this case they are the only ones that seem appropriate. This view is stunning. This is the 'end of the line' for the paved road. If you want to go further there are hiking trails. We were there on a beautiful clear day but even so the surface of the trails was so uneven that we gave up after only about 10 minutes. When wet I think they would be impossible. But even if you can't hike just soak up the glorious view! Good restroom facility at the parking lot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 245 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A view worth the drive! 17/04/2019
    • Go early to see view 09/04/2019
    • Kalalau Lookout
    Address:
    Waimea Canyon Dr.
    Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
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