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Kauai - My favorite places to eat and see.

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We have been coming to Kauai for two weeks a year for the last 13 years. This guide will help you decide what to see and where to eat from an experienced visitors perspective.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler

45 Places

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45 Places

Lotus Garden Chinese & Thai Cusine

Restaurants

Kalypso Island Bar and Grill

Restaurants

Bubba's Burger

Restaurants

Federico's Fresh Mex Cuisine

Restaurants

Lei Petite Bakery & Coffee Shop

Restaurants

Shrimp Station

Restaurants

McDonald's

Restaurants

Smith Family Garden Luau

Luaus

Tiki Man Pizza

Restaurants

Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe

Restaurants

Lydgate Farms Hawaiian Chocolate

Food Tours

Tamarind Thai Restaurant

Restaurants

Wailua Falls

Waterfalls

The Bull Shed Restaurant

Restaurants

Olympic Cafe

Restaurants

CJ's Steak & Seafood

Restaurants

Princeville Center

Shopping Malls

Bubba Burgers

Restaurants

North Shore General Store

Restaurants

Hanalei Bay Resort

Hotels

Nanea Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants

Poipu Beach Park

Beaches, Parks

Spouting Horn

Geologic Formations

Waimea Canyon

Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts

Hanalei Beach

Beaches

Hanalei Valley Lookout

Scenic Drives, Lookouts

Queen's Bath

Geologic Formations

Na Pali Coast State Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks

Coconut Marketplace

Gift & Specialty Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farmers Markets

Hanalei Bay

Beaches

Kilohana Plantation Estate

Historic Sites

Hanalei Pier

Lihu'e

Civic Centers

Anahola Beach Park

Beaches

Anini Beach

Beaches

Fern Grotto

Caverns & Caves

Opaekaa Falls

Waterfalls

Kauai Coffee Company

Farms

Ke'e Beach

Beaches

Hanalei River

Bodies of Water

Lumahai Beach

Beaches

Ha'ena State Park

State Parks

Smiths Tropical Paradise

Gardens

Wailua River State Park

State Parks

Waimea Canyon State Park

Canyons, Parks, State Parks

Glenn S's City Tips

  • Bring adequate cash to use in places where the servers appear to be beach bums. We have had our credit cards compromised and had charges attempted at electronics stores in Ca.
  • Lotus Garden Chinese & Thai Cusine
    Restaurants (Chinese, Fast Food, Asian, Thai)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Located in Princeville shopping center food court this is a reasonable priced tasty place to have a quick meal.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Easy and quick service
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #242 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Good Chinese takeout 12/11/2018
    • Best Thai food in Princeville 12/11/2018
    • Lotus Garden Chinese & Thai Cusine
    Address:
    Princeville Center
    5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Unit C-101
    Princeville, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-9999
    Price range:
    $7 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Kalypso Island Bar and Grill
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Located in the center of Hanalei Town this place has a wonder Island atmosphere. Great menu, reasonable prices, open air booths. We have had many items on the menu and have not been disappointed. Favorites include their Loco Moco, coconut shrimp, and of course a lava flow to drink

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Best Loco Moco on the Island
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Happy Hour 🍻 12/16/2018
    • Fish Taco 12/12/2018
    • Kalypso Island Bar and Grill
    Address:
    4483 Aku Road
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-9700
    Price range:
    $7 - $20
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bubba's Burger
    Restaurants
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    Glenn S Says:

    There are two of these, one in Kapaa and one in Hanalei. Wonderful hamburgers. All the rich and famous have eaten here and many of their photos are posted on the walls. Buy any clothing item, wear it and you get a free drink. I have paid for my hat many times over

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Double Bubba, chili & rice bowl, and frings
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great Burgers! 10/02/2018
    • Best burgers in ages 09/14/2018
    • Bubba's Burger
    Address:
    5-5183 Kuhio Highway
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-7839
    Price range:
    $1 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Federico's Fresh Mex Cuisine
    Restaurants (Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Another gem in the Princeville Shopping Center food courtyard. Wonderful selection of tasty traditional Mexican food. Tasty and reasonably priced.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #172 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Some good fresh fish tacos 12/04/2018
    • Pretty Tasty and Reasonably Priced 11/08/2018
    • Federico's Fresh Mex Cuisine
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, C-102
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-7177
    Price range:
    $1 - $15
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
    Other:
  • Lei Petite Bakery & Coffee Shop
    Restaurants
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    Glenn S Says:

    Another gem in the Princeville s Shopping Center Food Court. Yummy pastry treats and wonderful coffee drinks

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Easy & Quick service
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed due to the pasing of the owner 07/10/2018
    • Crowded! 05/27/2018
    • Lei Petite Bakery & Coffee Shop
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Hwy
    Princeville Center Food Court
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5438
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-7277
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Shrimp Station
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast Food, Hawaiian, American)
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    Glenn S Says:

    There are two of these, one in Kapaa and the other Waimai where to start up to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We've been hearing for years how great this place was so finally stopped. Most the entree's come served over rice with various type of sauce over the top. It was tasty BUT all the shrimp had the skin and tails on it. What a mess trying to get those off with all the gravy stuff on it. I went through a lot of paper towels. A lot of work! I don't plan on going back.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tasty but messy!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Well worth the stop! 12/15/2018
    • Good food - try the shrimp burger 12/09/2018
    • Shrimp Station
    Address:
    9652 Kaumualii Hwy
    Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
    Phone:
    +1 808-338-1242
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • McDonald's
    Restaurants
    Glenn S Says:

    This is the one place that isn't any different because it is in Hawaii. All the regular menu items at a reasonable price. Nothing Special.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Same as any other Mickey D's
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Local McDonald's has added Local Foods 08/27/2018
    • Quick service 06/21/2018
    • McDonald's
    Address:
    4-0771 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-7290
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Smith Family Garden Luau
    Luaus
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    Glenn S Says:

    We have been to MANY Luau's on Kauai and this is perhaps the best for a first time visitor. Everything that you would expect at a reasonable price. Tour their gardens before you go to the Luau.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to use insect spray if you go on the garden tour
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Concerts & Shows in Lihue
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Total enjoyment 12/13/2018
    • Amazing 12/12/2018
    • Smith Family Garden Luau
    Address:
    Highway 56 and Wailua Marina State Park
    Lihue, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-821-6895
    Other:
  • Tiki Man Pizza
    Restaurants (Bar, Pizza, Pub)
    Glenn S Says:

    This is a hidden gem located in Hanalei Town. Look closely on the right hand side as you enter Hanalei because you might miss it. Good Pizza, even better other menu items. Live music many of the nights. Many locals eat here so it may be crowded.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a favorite of the locals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #330 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Sometimes they are wonderful. Sometimes not. 11/09/2018
    • Terrible service 07/11/2018
    • Tiki Man Pizza
    Address:
    5 Kuhio Hwy 5134
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-1788
    Other:
  • Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Glenn S Says:

    One of the few good breakfast places in Hanalei Town. Everyone raves about their cinnamon rolls, however while good I found them just average. Many other breakfast items at traditional Hawaii prices.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They are only open for breakfast so come early.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #345 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Nope 12/13/2018
    • Love it 12/07/2018
    • Hanalei Wake-Up Cafe
    Address:
    5- 5144 Kuhio Highway
    Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-5551
    Price range:
    $0 - $8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Other:
  • Lydgate Farms Hawaiian Chocolate
    Food Tours
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    Glenn S Says:

    This was an interesting tour of a chocolate farm. You get to see how it is grown, along with a lot of other fruits. During the tour you get to sample and rate many different chocolates from around the world. You can then buy your favorites at the gift shop. The price of the tour, and the chocolates, was very high. Buy you chocolates at the grocery store and save a bundle. I wouldn't do this again.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • They provide the insect spray and you BETTER USE LOTS of it, or you will be on the sample menu for the mosquito tour group.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 Food & Drink in Kapaa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun and informative 12/17/2018
    • WONDERFUL CHOCOLATE TOUR 12/16/2018
    • Lydgate Farms Hawaiian Chocolate
    Address:
    5730 Olohena Rd
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-8808
    Phone:
    +1 808-821-1857
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tamarind Thai Restaurant
    Restaurants (Thai)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Good food at reasonable prices. Nothing really special

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Fast Service
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • 3 stars on a good day... 04/21/2015
    • Great for a quick meal 01/15/2015
    • Tamarind Thai Restaurant
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Highway, Unit C-101
    Princeville Center
    Princeville, Kauai, HI
  • Wailua Falls
    Waterfalls
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    Glenn S Says:

    Da Plane! Da Plane! The falls shown at the opening of Fantasy Island. Nice photo stop.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking can be a real problem, especially if a tour bus is there.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 22 things to do in Lihue
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful falls 12/16/2018
    • Beautu 12/15/2018
    • Wailua Falls
    Address:
    Maalo Rd
    off Hwy 580
    Lihue, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • The Bull Shed Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Steakhouse)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Ok, here's the deal! You really have to have dinner here. It's kind of hard to find so look for the sign on the beach side of the road as you come through central Kapaa. It down a narrow road toward the beach. It is located right on the beach and if you have a window table you can almost reach out and touch it. They have the BEST steaks. We love the filet and lobster tail, somewhere around $38. Our friends had a monster sized prime rib, bone in, that hung over the side of the plate. I call it the brontosaurus steak. A meal you will not forget.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Filet and lobster tail and the Monster size prime rib.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Steak, its whats for dinner! 12/13/2018
    • Room temperature food and no flavor! 12/11/2018
    • The Bull Shed Restaurant
    Address:
    4-796 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1544
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-3791
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
  • Olympic Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Cafe, Hawaiian)
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    Glenn S Says:

    For 10 years we drove by this place in Kapaa and didn't give it a second glance. Three years ago our friends suggested it and we stop by every visit now. It one of those restaurant's above street level shops. Park in the back and walk up the steps to the open air eating area. Great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Huge portions. Prices have increased over the last couple years but still good. A couple could share one entrée and no leave hungry.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Huge coconut pancakes and other delights.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    • Take in the view 12/13/2018
    • Outstanding Service 12/12/2018
    • Olympic Cafe
    Address:
    1354 Kuhio Highway
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-5825
    Price range:
    $0 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • CJ's Steak & Seafood
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Seafood)
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    Glenn S Says:

    This usually the first place we go to eat after checking in to our room. It is located in the Princeville Shopping Center next to the Hardware store. Reservations are suggested and they fill up rapidly. All meals include a nice salad bar. They have a seniors menu with several selections with more modest, but adequate size portions.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Reservations are suggested
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • So Sad 03/03/2016
    • Blah 02/20/2016
    • CJ's Steak & Seafood
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, #F
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-6211
    Price range:
    $12 - $30
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Princeville Center
    Shopping Malls
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    Glenn S Says:

    The center is located right off the hiway as you enter Princeville. There is a Foodland grocery store, several shops, a food court, hardware store, post office and several offices.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Good food in the shop at the gas station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 10 things to do in Princeville
    • Convenient to Princeville Resort Area 10/16/2018
    • Closest to our resort 10/15/2018
    • Princeville Center
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Highway
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-6688
    Other:
  • Bubba Burgers
    Restaurants (American, Fast Food)
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    I think I already commented on this one. Good place to get a good burger and lube your joints.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Double Bubba is a favorite
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #118 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ugh 12/16/2018
    • Fresh off the grill 12/04/2018
    • Bubba Burgers
    Address:
    4-1421 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1714
    Phone:
    +1 808-823-0069
    Price range:
    $10 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • North Shore General Store
    Restaurants (American, Pizza, Fast Food)
    Glenn S Says:

    A convenient place on the North Shore for all your essentials

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Fast & convenient
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #161 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • North Shore General Food Truck at Anini Beach 12/14/2018
    • Hit or Miss 12/08/2018
    • North Shore General Store
    Address:
    5-4280 Kuhio Hwy
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5438
    Phone:
    +1 808-826-7992
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hanalei Bay Resort
    Hotels
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    Glenn S Says:

    This is one of the best places to stay on the Island. Located on the hills above Hanalei Bay and next door to the St Regis Hotel, this place have the best views of the Bay. You will be transported back to the days of South Pacific. Some of the movie was filmed on premises. Rooms have recently been remodeled and the Bali Hai Restaurant and Happy Talk lounge are recently rebuilt after a fire a few years ago. This is where we bought our timeshare 13 years ago and have been staying here two weeks every year. Come check it out even if you aren't staying here. Many weddings are held here because of the backdrop views. Great place to take sunset photos.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera for great sunset photos.
    • Eat at the Bali Hai restaurant or Happy Talk Lounge
    • If you are not an owner, trade your timeshare for here, or rent an available room.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Princeville
    • Amazing! 12/17/2018
    • Ryan at the bar 12/17/2018
    • Hanalei Bay Resort
    Address:
    5380 Honoiki Road
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5109
    Phone:
    +1 877-866-7965
    Other:
  • Nanea Restaurant and Bar
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion)
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    Glenn S Says:

    Located in Hanalei Town above the shopping center. We checked it out, found it just average but expensive. Not really to our liking. Food was too fancy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Upstairs, Upscale
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #140 of 451 restaurants in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely farewell to Kauai dinner 12/10/2018
    • Comfort food. 12/07/2018
    • Nanea Restaurant and Bar
    Address:
    3838 Wyllie Rd
    Westin Princeville Resort
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722-5507
    Phone:
    +1 808-827-8808
    Price range:
    $1 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Other:
  • Poipu Beach Park
    Beaches, Parks
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Located in upscale Poipu this beach is sharply sloping toward the ocean. I think it is a bit on the dangerous side, especially for children.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are better beaches, but if this is where you are staying then that's what you got.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Winter snorkeling salvation 12/13/2018
    • excellent location for a variety of activies 12/13/2018
    • Poipu Beach Park
    Address:
    Hoona Rd
    Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
    Phone:
    +1 808-742-7444
    Other:
  • Spouting Horn
    Geologic Formations
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    Glenn S Says:

    A common tourist trap with jewelry and trinket vendors. Prices are reasonable and you can dicker some. All tour buses stop here. Good photo op.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera for a photo op. Have someone take your photo.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 17 things to do in Poipu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If u have been to Yellowstone this is no biggie! 12/17/2018
    • Fun and Free Attraction! 12/17/2018
    • Spouting Horn
    Address:
    South Shore
    Poipu, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-742-7444
    Other:
  • Waimea Canyon
    Canyons, State Parks, Lookouts
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    Glenn S Says:

    Be sure to check the weather before you start up the hill. You want to be able to get all the way to the top and view the Napali Coast. Nice views of the canyon with several spots to stop, get out, and take photos. If you come up about an hour before sunset, you will have some wonderful photo ops on the way down.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera and walking shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Waimea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent Canyon view 12/17/2018
    • Don't miss this! 12/17/2018
    • Waimea Canyon
    Address:
    Koke'e Road
    Waimea, Kauai, HI 96752
  • Hanalei Beach
    Beaches
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    Glenn S Says:

    So much history here. Home of the movie South Pacific. Wonderful protected bay with a nice sandy beach. Popular for surfers and paddle boards. Home of Kayak Hanalei for tours in the ocean and up the Hanalei river.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Perfect for all beach lovers
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING IS ALL I CAN SAY 12/17/2018
    • Puff the Magic Dragon is right - this beach is a gem! 12/16/2018
    • Hanalei Beach
  • Hanalei Valley Lookout
    Scenic Drives, Lookouts
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    Glenn S Says:

    This is a viewpoint right across the street from the Princeville shopping center. A great photo op of the Taro fields down in Hanalei.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera for great photos
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SEE THE OLD HAWAII 12/13/2018
    • Great view 11/23/2018
    • Hanalei Valley Lookout
    Address:
    Hwy 56
    Hanalei, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Queen's Bath
    Geologic Formations
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    Glenn S Says:

    This is a really cool recess in the rocks that forms a pool. It is hard to find the trail to get there so you will probably have to ask a local. The trail starts in a residential area in Princeville. Do not wear flip flops as it is slippery and dangerous. Several people have been swept out to sea, never to be found, so do not come here alone or when the surf is high.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dangerous! Do not do this if you aren't in good shape and agile.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Princeville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be very careful 12/16/2018
    • Tread lightly 12/13/2018
    • Queen's Bath
    Address:
    Kapiolani Rd
    Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
    Other:
  • Na Pali Coast State Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks
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    Glenn S Says:

    One of natures special wonders. The best way to see it is by helicopter or a boat tour. Many boats do half day tours. Make sure you do it during calm seas. About middle October the seas get rough and it is a thrill ride. Not for those with queasy stomachs. The helicopter tour is a special treat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't do the boat tours in rough seas, usually November through March
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wainiha
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome 12/14/2018
    • Every other hiking trail envies Na Pali 12/13/2018
    • Na Pali Coast State Park
    Phone:
    +1 808-335-6833
    Other:
  • Coconut Marketplace
    Gift & Specialty Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farmers Markets
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    Glenn S Says:

    The downturn in the economy has devastated this place. For the last five years half the shops have been empty. I don't think the tour buses even stop here anymore. You can find some decent buys on clothes, trinkets etc. and most shop owners are hungry.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Used to be a main stop, now it's a Ghost Shopping Center.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 4 Food & Drink in Kapaa
    • Quaint stop for some shopping and restaurants 12/15/2018
    • Marketplace 12/13/2018
    • Coconut Marketplace
    Address:
    4-484 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1403
    Phone:
    +1 808-822-3641
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hanalei Bay
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Most the beaches in Hanalei are beautiful and safe.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wonderful beaches
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beutiful Bay on the North Shore. 12/17/2018
    • Chill Beach 12/15/2018
    • Hanalei Bay
  • Kilohana Plantation Estate
    Historic Sites
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    Glenn S Says:

    This is the place for those who want an upscale and historical Luau. (I wouldn't recommend it for children) Start your evening with a train tour of the plantation. Nice tour with information on local fruit and wildlife. On a stop you get to feed the pigs and goats. Nice upscale restaurant here as well (Gaylords)

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take the train ride around the estate
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 22 things to do in Lihue
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice peaceful lunch 12/01/2018
    • Fun experience 11/29/2018
    • Kilohana Plantation Estate
    Address:
    3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy
    Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505
    Phone:
    +1 808-245-5608
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hanalei Pier
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    Glenn S Says:

    Famous pier extends out into Hanalei Bay. Great place for photos.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great place for photos
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still great but hard to get to 12/15/2018
    • Hanalei Pier 11/11/2018
    • Hanalei Pier
    Phone:
    +1 800-464-2924
    Other:
  • Lihu'e
    Civic Centers
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    The capitol city of Kauai. Lot's to do and see. This is where the airport is.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Every trip to Kauai starts and ends here at the airport
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    • Quiet and lush island 06/20/2018
    • Local commercial center supporting northeastern Kauai 05/14/2018
    • Lihu'e
    Address:
    Rtes. 56 and 50
    Kauai, HI
    Other:
  • Anahola Beach Park
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    A quiet out of the way secluded beach where you can get away from it all.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nice quiet beach
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Anahola
    • Sketchy Park 11/10/2018
    • Private 11/03/2018
    • Anahola Beach Park
    Address:
    Anahola Road
    Mile Marker 13
    Anahola, Kauai, HI 96703
    Other:
  • Anini Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Quiet, secluded beach. Good snorkeling because it is protected by a reef. It's located off the highway about 5 miles South of Princeville.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Very Secluded, Great for snorkeling
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great find 12/17/2018
    • Neat beach 12/13/2018
    • Anini Beach
    Address:
    Anini Road
    off Kalihiwai Road, North Shore
    Kauai, HI
  • Fern Grotto
    Caverns & Caves
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    This place was made famous by the movie Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley. This is where he sung the Hawaiian Wedding Song. The only way to get here is on the Smith Family boat tour. It's not what it used to be as past storms have collapsed much of the fern grotto. We used to be able to walk right into the grotto, now it's too dangerous. They built a viewing platform away from the actual grotto. The Smith family will sing the Hawaiian Wedding Song when you get there.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A used to be Special Place, now just a tourist trap.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    • Could be more. 12/08/2018
    • Just OK 12/01/2018
    • 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
  • Opaekaa Falls
    Waterfalls
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    You have seen these fall in several movies. Might as well see them in person and take some photos home.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Good photo op
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Opaekaa Falls 12/13/2018
    • Super easy access 12/11/2018
    • Opaekaa Falls
    Phone:
    +1 808-933-0416
    Other:
  • Kauai Coffee Company
    Farms
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Aaah, I'm wearing my "Peace, Love & Coffee" shirt right now. A must stop for all coffee lovers. See how it's made, taste many, many samples and buy a t-shirt to prove you've been there. I always buy some coffee for friends back home.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • For the coffee lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Kalaheo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice shop; Amazingly large coffee plantation 12/15/2018
    • Learned more than I thought about coffee 12/12/2018
    • Kauai Coffee Company
    Address:
    870 Halewili Road
    Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96741
    Phone:
    +1 808-335-0813
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ke'e Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    If you follow the road out of Hanalei Town this is where it ends. Hard to find a parking place. Nice secluded beach and the trailhead for trails leading to the Napali Coast.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You may have to park a couple blocks away so bring your walking slippas.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Road is closed in Hanalei no access to Haena, Ke’e beach, Kalalau trail etc. 11/04/2018
    • Love ke’e but closed and may be a year or forever 10/31/2018
    • Ke'e Beach
    Address:
    Highway 560 kauai
    North Shore
    Kauai, HI 96716
  • Hanalei River
    Bodies of Water
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    The river begins at the mountains above Hanalei and runs down to the ocean. There are hiking and kayak tours that go up river to scenic spots and trails.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best way to see it is to take a tour with Kayak Hanalei
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #140 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    • Wonderful opportunity to see the shores of the river as you travel inland! 10/06/2018
    • ok 08/20/2018
    • Hanalei River
  • Lumahai Beach
    Beaches
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    This is where Mitzy Gainor sang "I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair" in the movie South Pacific. Much of the movie was filmed here as well. Located near Hanalei on the road to Ke'e Beach.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • the South Pacific beach
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Memorable 04/07/2018
    • Lumahai beach 02/16/2018
    • Lumahai Beach
    Address:
    Highway 560
    Kauai, HI
    Other:
  • Ha'ena State Park
    State Parks
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    This is where a lot of the "beach bums" camp and hang out.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • I don't think you want to spend any time here. Look out the window as you drive by.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 240 things to do in Kauai
    • Beautiful, largely preserved area 08/20/2018
    • A Dreamlike Tropical Beach 04/30/2018
    • Ha'ena State Park
    Address:
    End of Kuhio Highway
    Hwy 56
    Kauai, HI 96714
    Phone:
    +1 808-241-6670
    Other:
  • Smiths Tropical Paradise
    Gardens
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Located at the home of the Smith Family Luau. They have these wonderful gardens and also the flatbottom boat rides up the river to the Fern Grotto as well. Nice place to visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nice place to visit, family friendly, affordable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Kapaa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • underwhelming 12/13/2018
    • Gardens 11/25/2018
    • Smiths Tropical Paradise
    Address:
    3-5971 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1435
    Phone:
    +1 808-821-6895
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Wailua River State Park
    State Parks
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    Nice park, nice views, good for a lookie loo or two.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great place for a Kayak trip
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Wailua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Overlook 12/13/2018
    • Hikinaakala Heiau 11/30/2018
    • Wailua River State Park
    Address:
    Highway 56
    Wailua, Kauai, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-933-0416
    Other:
  • Waimea Canyon State Park
    Canyons, Parks, State Parks
    See more photos
    Glenn S Says:

    If it is a clear day this is a wonderful view and a great spot for photos. You are above where the helicopter tours fly. The wettest spot on earth is near with an average of 484 inches of rain a year.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great view, check the weather before starting up the hill. It's an hour drive that will disappoint you if it is cloudy when you get to the top.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Waimea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You may need perseverance to see this wonder! 12/13/2018
    • It Is Called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" for Good Reason! 12/12/2018
    • Waimea Canyon State Park
    Address:
    Waimea Canyon Dr
    Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
    Phone:
    +1 808-274-3444
    Other:
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