Want to maximize your island visit with as much fun and adventure possible and not spend too much time driving or stuck in traffic?
If so, read our suggestions below –
Welcome to Day 1 of Vacation Planner for Kauai
Day One: Island-wide
Take an exciting boat trip down the incredibly scenic Na Pali Coast.
From the Westside, depart year-round or from the Northshore, depart during the calmer ocean months of May-Oct. Morning boat tours take about 5 hours. Afternoon or sunset tours are 3-4 hours. See Adventure Romance & Magazine, Na Pali Coast Boating.
Dine for lunch at a local restaurant. From a Westside boat departure, visit the Kauai Museum, Kauai Coffee Estate, or National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Visit Kokee State Park and Museum.
Afternoon Snorkel adventure at local beaches, surf conditions permitting. Go for a hike, depending on the weather.
Enjoy a restaurant dinner or take in a Hawaiian Luau, which includes dinner. See Adventure & Romance Magazine, Authentic Hawaiian Luau.
Welcome to Day 2 of Vacation Planner for Kauai
Day Two: Northshore
Drive and sightsee around the beautiful North Shore.
Snorkel at Tunnels Beach, depending on weather and ocean conditions. Visit the dry caves near Haena State Park. Hike part of the Na Pali Coast trail to Hanakapia’i Beach. Return to view the sunset at Ke’e Beach or Tunnels. Visit Limahuli Gardens and take a cool dip in the Limahuli stream that passes under road. Snorkel or swim at the end of the road, beautiful Ke’e Beach.
Hike the Na Pali Coast Trail for scenic views, or 2-miles in to exotic Hanakapiai Valley.
Lunch at local Haena, Hanalei, Princeville, or Kilauea restaurant options.
Take a surfing lesson at Hanalei Bay. Rent a SUP board or Kayak for a paddle up the picturesque Hanalei River. Walk the soft sands or swim in crescent shaped of Hanalei Bay. Jump in the water from Hanalei Pier or picnic at the adjacent riverside park. Ocean and weather conditions permitting.
Golf at two world–class Princeville courses. Shop at Princeville center, Hanalei Town or in Kilauea.
Visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Lighthouse, for scenic views and amazing bird life. Whale watch form there, Nov-Apr.
In Kilauea, play mini-golf at the Aina Hou Mini-Golf and Skate Park, also they offer a hiking adventure. Next door, you will find Garden Island Chocolate Farm with samples, tours and great food.
The Northshore offers a wide variety of evening dining experiences in Haena, Hanalei, Princeville and Kilauea.
Welcome to Day 3 of Vacation Planner for Kauai
Day Three: The Eastside, Lihue & Central Kauai
Take a kayak and hiking adventure tour on the Wailua River to a scenic and secluded waterfall. Waterski boats available for skiing or far wakeboarding the only navigable river in Hawaii. SUP board rentals are also available for the Wailua River. See Adventure & Romance Magazine, Adventures on Kayak. Rain and river conditions permitting.
Bike or walk the beautiful Eastside Bike Path in Kapaa. Visit Donkey’s Beach and Kealia Beach, both on the north-end of the Bike Path.
Hike to the top of the Sleeping Giant in Wailua. Lunch in Kapaa and Wailua, Kilohana or in Lihue restaurants.
View breathtaking Opaekaa and Wailua Waterfalls. See Adventure & Romance Magazine, Waterfalls on Kauai.
Sport fish or take a sail tour out of Nawiliwili Harbor, Lihue. Have blast on Just Live! Ziplines and take in incredible adventure with Kipu Kai ATV tours.
Golf the world-class Ocean Course at Hokuala in Lihue.
Take an indescribably beautiful helicopter tour of Kauai from Lihue Airport. Adventure & Romance Magazine, View Kauai From Above.
Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Kapaa, Wailua, Lihue or Kilohana. Don’t forget to catch a sunrise or a full moon rise over the ocean from an eastside beach.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise offers an Polynesian storytelling luau in Wailua.
Welcome to Day 4 of Vacation Planner for Kauai
Day Four: The Southside
Go on an exciting Zipline trip with Koloa Zipline or Outfitters Kauai, or take an ATV adventure with Kauai ATV. Have fun bass fishing, kayaking or SUP’ing at Waita reservoir in Koloa. Enjoy shoreline horseback riding at CJM Stables in Poipu. Golf at Poipu’s two excellent courses. Go for a tour at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Allerton Garden site.
In Poipu or Koloa Town, and dine at a great restaurant, shop, and visit local art galleries. Visit the Spouting Horn blow hole and pick up gifts there as well. Visit Mahalepu Beach and hike its coastal trail, starting on the shoreline past the Hyatt Resort.
Beach it at Brennecke’s or Poipu Beach Park, for snorkeling, bodyboarding, or surfing, it is the perfect place to catch the sunset. Take a surf, scuba, or snuba lesson in Poipu.
The Southshore has a delicious array of restaurants, some offering live evening entertainment. See Adventure Romance Magazine, Dinning and Nightlife.
Welcome to Day 5 of Vacation Planner for Kauai
Day Five: The Westside
Drive to Kokee and hike the amazing trails at Kokee, Waimea Canyon or Alakai Swamp. Weather permitting.
Bus and biking tours may be available from Eastside and Southshore areas. Visit the Kokee museum, camp-out with a camping permit or rent a cabin in Kokee.
Swim and snorkel Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe.
Go on a beach adventure in Kekaha, Barking Sands, or Polihale State Park or camp at Polihale, with a camping permit.
Na Pali Boat trips and sport fishing tours depart from Port Allen Harbor. Lunch at Hanapepe Town, Kokee, or Waimea. Shop at local art galleries. Friday night is art walk night in Old Hanapepe Town. Walk across the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
Take a helicopter tour from Port Allen airport. Enjoy a Na Pali Coast Sunset cruise departing from the Port Allen. The Westside has the best beaches to catch a sunset. Watch for the Green Flash as the sun goes under the horizon.
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy your vacation.