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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Lighthouse Road, Kilauea, Kauai, HI 96754
Phone Number: 808-828-1413
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Ranked #22 of 228 things to do in Kilauea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Whale watching, Viewing wildlife
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Lighthouses, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Whale watching, Viewing wildlife
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We stop at the lighthouse several times during our trip. The views are fantastic and we often see whales, sea turtles and countless birds. The staff is knowledgeable and are always willing to answer questions!

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Minnesota
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50 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

There is limited parking, but the view is incredible. We saw whales in the distance and the lighthouse just finishes the wonderful scenery. The road is a nice road, not narrow or winding and is easily accessible.

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Olympia, Washington
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155 reviews 155 reviews
43 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The historic Kilauea light house is a great place to see the south pacific seabirds, including the Red Leg Boobie and the amazing Albatross that can live for months floating over the Pacific. It is also a wonderful location in the winter to see the great gray whales as they calve around the island. While the light house is completely... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We love this place! This visit they have added a lighthouse tour on Saturday and Wednesday, 10:30a to 2:30p each half hour. Nice add! No charge for the tour, but donations gladly accepted. Hope the funds are used to keep the site fresh. Take a photo from above on arrival, then auto on down (don't park above and walk down,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you enjoy nature and wonderful views, this is a must! As others have noted, a National Parks Pass will get you in for free; otherwise it's only $5.00. When we were there on January 22, the sky was blue and a spectacular surf was crashing on the rocks, throwing up high sprays. Humpback whales were spouting and albatrosses were... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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34 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stopped first at the free overlook to see the waves crashing against the cliff where the lighthouse resides. Very nice! Then we paid extra to go into the wildlife refuge - NOT worth the money. I suggest just go to the free overlook and journey on.

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Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A beautiful view from here. Well worth the trip and $5 per person admission. If you are a senior (my dad) you can get a lifetime park pass for $10 or $15 (I can't remember which). It is well worth it. The lighthouse is very cool. We saw whales from up there also. Beautiful views from all angles!

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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great views, interesting history, and maybe a nene goose sighting in the parking lot - they are apparently good beggars. Bring your National Parks pass to avoid paying admission.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We visited on a beautiful day in late January and really enjoyed the vistas from the Kilauea Point in the refuge. There were a number of folks camped out along the fence watching for whales which are prevalent in these waters in winter. We did not see a lot of wildlife on our short visit but it is worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

At first my husband and I debated about driving 21 miles but it was worth it!! The drive was very scenic!! The $5 for each person was so worth it!!

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