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Things to do on Kauai

E komo mai to the vacation of a lifetime. Kauai embraces some of the most spectacular sceneryand activities.  You can explore the island from land, sea or air to experience our natural wonders and most unforgettable memories.  Favorite activities on Kauai include: 

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Kauai has more (more than 60) than any other Hawaiian island. Even on weekends and holidays, most beaches are uncrowded. Try Tunnels Beach on the north shore for snorkeling, Anini Beach for puka shells collecting or Barking Sands for squeaky sands and wide open beaches to explore.

Kaua’i Cities and Towns
Visitors are often surprised to learn that the island of Kaua`i has a mayor for the entire island and that cities and towns on Kaua`i do not have individual mayors.

As the Garden Island, Kauai is well known for its daily farmers’ markets with fresh fruit juices and smoothies, luaus, and an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers. Try some poi or shave ice or a plate lunch. Lappert’s ice cream is a real treat with flavors you will not easily find back home. Kauai coffee, rum, chocolate, and honey are not to be missed, either.

Hike the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon of Kauai, Waimea Canyon; or try Captain Andy’s Catamarans to view the breathtaking Napali Coast for snorkeling, or sunset cruises and whale watching in the winter months. Kauai offers several ziplines on north and south shores from the tree tops to the valleys over the rivers in the jungle. Experience a swim with honu (our sea turtles) or relax in Queen’s bath.

Kauai is the Garden Island, with beauty all around. Watch the sunset over the Napali Coast; view any number of beautiful waterfalls, including Opaeka Falls. Marvel at our red dirt. Visit Spouting Horn. Look for King Kong and a Sleeping Giant. McBryde Garden has the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora.

Step back in time and embrace an lauau at Smith Family Ranch with traditional Polynesian to Gaylord Plantation House. Feeling like a little romance? Take a boat ride up the river on the east side to Fern Grotto with Hawaiian dancers and musicians. Explore Captain Cook’s monument and landing site; learn the hula or how to make a lei. Tour Coco Palms Hotel and grounds and see if Elvis is in the house.