Kauai Travel Guide

Areas to Explore


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Hawaii’s “Garden Island”

Discover the allure of sun-kissed shores, emerald valleys, towering mountain peaks, and jagged cliffs eroded by time on Hawaii’s oldest island, Kauai. Ride a zipline through lush jungle canopies, snorkel with sea turtles in the waters of Poipu Beach, and kayak down Wailua River to see gorgeous waterfalls and take in the landscape. As you explore the island, you’ll likely encounter many of the best Kauai attractions along your journey.

A Tropical Dream Vacation

Enjoy the laid-back island life at our vacation rentals in Kauai, which include condos, homes, townhouses, and oceanfront villas in the center of the action on this island paradise. Step out onto your vacation rental porch overlooking Waimai river, sink your feet into the beach sands of Hanalei, or listen to the tropical birds sing each morning from your room. With all the things to do and see, Kauai is a tropical adventure like no other.

Top Sights in Kauai

Waimea Canyon State Park

Waimea Canyon State Park is home to one of the world's most scenic canyons. It’s the filming location of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters like Jurassic Park and The Raiders of the Lost Ark—and for good reason. The scenic cliffside views give you the perfect vantage point. Witness the dry lowlands give way to rainforest as the elevation increases. From hiking to birdwatching, Waimea Canyon is a breathtaking experience you can’t miss.

Wailua River

The longest in Kauai, the Wailua is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii. Take a guided tour to the famous Fern Grotto, or rent a kayak and head down the river at your own pace. Many of the guided tours also involve hiking into the jungle, where your guides will point out all the amazing sites and creatures that inhabit the tropical forests. And don’t forget to check out Opaeka and Wailua waterfalls while you’re exploring.

Kalapaki Beach

With white sands and gentle surf, Kalapaki Beach is the perfect spot for your keiki to enjoy a day (or two) at the beach. Bring sandcastle supplies, a handful of beach towels, and lots of sunscreen—then, kick back for a fun, relaxing day in the sun while the kids splash around in the gentle surf. It’s a safe, inexpensive way to spend a day of fun in the tropical sun.

Top Experiences in Kauai

Go Whale Watching

From December through April, the Humpback Whale (or Kohala, as the natives call it) makes its annual migration to Hawaiian waters. Head out to sea with Captain Andy’s Boat Tour and scan the horizon for this endangered species. Or, you can rent an inflatable raft through Wet & Wild Raft Expeditions to get even closer to the action. The sight of these majestic creatures breaching the water makes for some incredible photos and memories.

Hike Deep into the Rainforest

Have an expert guide take you to the heart of Kauai on a rainforest hike. Travel in an air-conditioned van across streams and through the rainforest—then, go by foot into the center of the island. Learn about history, culture, flora, and fauna of Hawaii and witness natural wonders like Opaekaa Falls, or check out the view from Keahua Arboretum. It’s one of the best things to do in Kauai.

Eat Local at Keoki’s Paradise

Hawaii eateries island-wide are turning their focus to local ingredients—and Keoki’s Paradise is no exception. This open-air eatery is an island dream. Enjoy exotic tropical drinks and cold Hawaiian draft beers in the Bamboo Bar, satiate your appetite with island-style food, and listen to contemporary Hawaiian music playing live every night.