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Top Six Things to do on Kauai

Kauai, the Garden Island, is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. It’s less developed than Oahu and Maui, and has a laid-back, “small town” atmosphere. An abundance of white sand beaches, soaring cliffs, and dramatic waterfalls make Kauai a nature-lover’s paradise, and despite its small size, there are plenty of things to do on Kauai. Here are six must-do activities while you’re on the Garden Isle.

  1. Na Pali Coast - Kauai

    Tour the Na Pali Coast

    If you do nothing else while visiting Kauai, take a boat or air tour along the Na Pali coast. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, the towering cliffs and hidden valleys of Na Pali are unforgettable—whether you view them from a whale-watching catamaran or the cockpit of a tour plane.

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  2. Hike Kalalau Trail

    Hike the Kalalau Trail

    One of the most adventurous things to do on Kauai is to hike the Kalalau Trail, a challenging hiking trail across the Na Pali. Explore hidden valleys and hike up to stunning waterfalls, but be warned—the Na Pali trail is not for the inexperienced hiker.

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  3. Waila Falls on Kauai

    Visit Wailua Falls

    You don't have to hike miles to see beauty on Kauai. A short drive from Lihue, the county seat of Kauai, lies Wailua Falls. Simply park your car, walk the few steps to the viewing area, and admire one of the most famous double-tiered waterfalls in the world.

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  4. Waimea Canyon on Kauai

    Explore Waimea Canyon

    Kauai is an island of ever-changing scenery. Drive up to Waimea State Park to view what Mark Twain called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” then stay on the road to look down into the rainforest-filled Kalalau Valley. It’s hard to believe that two such different environments are only a few minutes’ drive from each other.

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  5. Polihale State Park on Kauai

    The White Sands of Polihale

    Polihale Beach and State Park is where you'll find the longest stretch of white sand beach in the state. It is the last beach on the west side of the island and the beginning of the Na Pali Coast. Watching the sunset from Polihale is one of the most memorable things to do on Kauai, and one of the most romantic.

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  6. Monk Seals on Poipu Beach

    Watch Monk Seals at Poipu Beach

    Poipu Beach Park is one of the most popular locations on Kauai, where you can picnic, swim, snorkel and boogie board. It’s also one of the few locations where you can see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and watch turtles bob in the waves.

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