Kauai

Kauai Travel Guide

For a funky, homegrown look into the Hawaii of yesteryear, the Tahiti Nui in the beachside hamlet of Hanalei is the real thing. The unpretentious bar-restaurant caters to the locals, and it was the first watering hole to open up on Kauai’s north shore a half-century ago.

Island and European styles merge in the Allerton Garden, located in Poipu’s Lāwa`i Valley. Allerton and the nearby McBryde Garden are run by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and share a visitor center near the Spouting Horn.

Explore the North Pacific waters and observe marine animals in their native habitat with guidance from the staff at Bubbles Below Scuba Charters.

With its name meaning “bay sprinkling food,” the remote Hanakapi’ai Beach on the rugged Na Pali coast sits at the end of the Kalalau Trail, a challeging hike that takes about three hours round trip.

A number of sea tours, from kayaking to sailing charters, explore Kauai’s dramatically carved Na Pali Coast, but this is one of the best.

Visitors get to know the Garden Island through the trails of Koke’e State Park in Waimea. With the Koke’e Museum as a starting point, trails take hikers to the scenic Waimea Canyon rim and Waipo’o Falls.

Soaring eight stories over the surf on a cliffside, several holes on the back nine of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa’s Poipu Bay Golf Course find the golfer very close to the blue Pacific.

The most popular outfitter on the island offers ziplining, ocean and river kayaking, and more.

Cliffs rise 4,000 feet out of the ocean. Falling rocks, copious mud, rain, and flash floods are commonplace.

The six-acre Kahuna Valley retreat draws healing masters from around the globe to teach Qigong, Taoism, Reiki, and Hawaiian Kahuna healing. At the spa, choose from hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue massage, or a starlit watsu session with mineral-rich waters from the nearby Makaleha Mountains.

A 1930s Tudor-style mansion and adjacent restored plantation cottages have been transformed into a collection of 10 upscale shopping boutiques. The bedrooms, closets, and even bathrooms of the former home display artwork, antiques, clothing, and handicrafts.