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“Must-see for birdwatchers”

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Private Tour: Kauai Sightseeing Adventure with Picnic Lunch
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land River and Air
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Kilauea
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Laysan albatross, wedge-tailed shearwaters (not all year), red footed boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, brown boobies, nene .... need I say more? All of these soaring around your heads --- except the nene grazing at teh foot of the lighthouse, and the shearwaters resting in pairs after their long voyage. You may also spot whales. A gorgeous location.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Small entrance fee but gorgeous view. Lighthouse with gorgeous ocean view with water smashing against the rocks. We didn't see any whales but whales and porpoises had been seen earlier in the day. Hundreds of red footed boobies and tropical birds nesting on the rocks. Nenes seen on the lawn near the lighthouse - special grass planted so they would return to the area.

Thank Cory L
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Talk about vista's. You are almost leaning out over the Pacific Ocean hundreds of feet below. There are plenty of pelagic birds so bring binoculars and if you don't have a bird book for Hawaii, they sell it in the gift shop. You can see whales spouts. Caves. And massive rolling swells coming into the cliff bases. Even in the rain the views were spectacular. Well worth the $5 entrance fee. There is one overlook that is before the entrance to the area that is free however you will miss being able to see an entire hillside full of birds nesting.

Thank greatpond
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Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

Nice little walk, good views. $5 entrance fee but it goes to the wildlife fund so worth it. Saw whales, spinner dolphins and of course lots of birds.

Thank teachergirl23
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

My biggest regret was we didn't visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge during our first visit in 2011. During this visit to Kauai, we brought my wife's parents and brother. My wife and I agreed during the TripAdvisor planning phase, we need to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. It was a beautiful surprise at the end of the road, and not far from our condo in Princeville. Drive time was less than 15 minutes from Princeville. If you don't want to pay the entrance fee, there is a small turn around prior to the refuge entrance. You will sadly miss out on Kauai's rocky shoreline beauty if you don't enter the refuge. I would recommend the refuge as a rainy or cloudy day activity, otherwise get there early for parking. Our visit was on an overcast day, 50% chance of rain and we all agreed it was the perfect backdrop.

Large variety of birds, and informative plaques of their role in the Kauai ecosystem. The lighthouse restoration is amazing. You can not enter the lighthouse, but a majority of the tourist photos occur in its doorway. Whale watching is prime from this location, and binoculars are free for use on the grounds. A well kept gift shop with bathrooms in on site. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge may not be the biggest wildlife refuge in the US, it makes up for this in sheer beauty. Due to government cutbacks, there are limited days and hours of operation. Don't make the same mistake we did on our first Kauai visit, stop and visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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