The Wailua River can be toured on an old-fashioned flat riverboat, or by kayak. A perfect excursion for families, the ride up the tranquil river weaves through gorgeous waterfalls and lush, jungle landscapes along the island’s East Side.
On the island’s west side, Waimea Canyon lookout offers magnificent views into the heart of Kauai. As one of Hawaii’s top geological wonders, the lookout point offers a place to admire the vistas of deep gorges and steep crags spanning 14 miles and 3,600 feet deep. There are several trails to traverse for beginners and advanced hikers.
Famous Hanalei Bay is a 2-mile half-moon bay where Hanalei River meets the ocean. An absolutely breathtaking scene of white sandy beach surrounded by majestic mountains and seacliffs. A beautiful ocean playground for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and fishing, this beach was rated “Best Beach in the U.S. for 2009″ by Dr. Beach.
This scenic wildland park lies at the “end of the road” on Kauai’s north shore, and is an extremely popular destination for both visitors and locals. View wet cavesancient sea caves formed during a higher stand of sea close to 4,000 years ago, enjoy beach-related activities, shore fishing, viewing of spectacular Na Pali Coast and swimming at Ke‘e Beach. The turquoise cove provides a picturesque setting to enjoy a picnic or stroll on the beach.
Translated as “the cliffs,” Na Pali is a 15 mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai. Much of the coast cannot be accessed because of its steep cliffs that drop straight down thousands of feet into the ocean below. One of the most popular ways to experience Na Pali is to take a sailing catamaran boat tour. If you’re lucky, you may spot dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
Sample a taste of Kauai at Smith’s Garden Luau, a family-owned luau that has been entertaining guests for more than 50 years. Located in Wailua River Valley, this popular luau showcases live Polynesian entertainment and a feast of authentic Hawaiian food like kalua pig, poi and other delicious local specialties. A place to relax, enjoy lively entertainment, and experience the spirit of aloha!