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Kauai Vacations

There are so many things to do in Kauai to keep you happy and active, or happy and relaxed.

Things to do in Kauai
"Jurassic Park Canyon" As We Called It


From beach combing or sun tanning on many of the exquisite beaches to boogie boarding or taking one of the many tours like a helicopter tour over Na Pali and Waimea Canyon.


Here we list some of the more popular things to do in Kauai including:


Beaches and Beach Combing

With over 140 miles (or 225 km) of beaches in Kauai, there are lots of choices of where to bake out on the beach or do beach activities.

Things to do in Kauai
The Princeville Resort Beach


This island is the oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands, it has more sand beaches per mile of shoreline than any other. Some are easy to access, some are hotel beaches, some are secluded, some you will have to hike to, or take a boat to.


Some examples are:

  • Poipu Beach (one of the most popular beaches on this island)
  • Sealodge Beach
  • Waiakalua Beach
  • Lydgate Beach
  • Glass Beach

Ask around for non tourist beaches or pick up a copy of "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, Kauai Revealed" by Andrew Doughty. It is a great guide to secluded and not well known beaches.


 This is a great video from of a North Shore beach on the island



Adventurous Things to Do in Kauai

There are many adventurous things to do in Kauai. They include:

  • ATV Tours
  • SCUBA diving, snorkeling
  • Boogie Boarding, Surfing
  • Windsurfing/Kite surfing
  • Hiking, Zip lining
  • Helicopter/Airplane Tours
  • Parasailing

Check out this Video of Zip Lining we did with Kauai Backcountry Tours. There were honeymooners, older people and a 12 year old in our group. This was one of the coolest adventures of our trip!


Zip Lining with Kauai Back Country Tours



Kauai offers the best hiking in all the Hawaiian Islands.

Things to do in Kauai
Hiking in Kauai

The trails are amazing and you could spend weeks upon weeks trying to hike them all. There are officially maintained trails and more that aren't "Official".


You can rent camping gear on the island if you would like really make it an adventure.


Some areas for hiking are:

  • Waimea Canyon Area
  • Po'omau Canyon Ditch Trail
  • Pihea Trail
  • Canyon Trail to Waipo'o Falls
  • Secret Lava Pools
  • The Na'Pali Trails

Helicopter Tours

A trip to Kauai is not complete without a Helicopter Tour over Waimea Canyon and the world famous Na'Pali Coast.


Whatever your budget, make sure you budget this tour in. There are only 3 ways to see the Na'Pali Coast - by air, sea or hiking in 11 miles. We have been fortunate to see the Na'Pali Coast by air and by sea.


I was so moved by the beauty of the island I actually cried while on this tour - yah I know what a baby - but really it is quite incredible!

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