We’ve compiled the best of the best in Kauai - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Poliahu Heiau

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Storyboards near this ancient heiau (sacred site) recount the significance of the many sacred structures found along the Wailua River. It...Read More

  • 2. Aliomanu Beach


    This narrow beach is lined with homes, most of them set back a bit and screened with vegetation that blocks access along the sand in a number...Read More

  • 3. Anahola Beach Park


    Anahola is part of the Hawaiian Homelands on Kauai, so Anahola Beach Park is definitely a locals' hangout, especially for families with small...Read More

  • 4. Baby Beach


    There aren't many safe swimming beaches on Kauai's East Side; however, this one usually ranks highly with parents because there's a narrow,...Read More

  • 5. Donkey Beach


    This beach gets its unusual name from the former Lihue Plantation Company, which once kept a herd of mules and donkeys in the pasture adjacent...Read More

  • 6. Fern Grotto

    Geological Site

    The Fern Grotto has a long history on Kauai, and though it's really not much to look at, visitors seem to like it. Perhaps it's the serenity...Read More

  • 7. Kamokila Hawaiian Village


    The village is dramatically ensconced at the base of a steep, long, winding road right down to the Wailua River. In the days of King Kaumualii...Read More

  • 8. Keahua Forestry Arboretum


    Tree-lined and grassy, this is a perfect spot for a picnic—and there are lots of picnic tables scattered throughout the parklike setting. A...Read More

  • 9. Kealia Beach


    A half mile long and adjacent to the highway heading north out of Kapaa, Kealia Beach attracts body boarders and surfers year-round. It's a...Read More

  • 10. Kealia Scenic Viewpoint

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This ocean overlook is perfect for spotting whales during their winter migration. In fact, on three Saturdays in winter, the Hawaiian Islands...Read More

  • 11. Lydgate State Park


    This is by far the best family beach park on Kauai. The waters off the beach are protected by a hand-built breakwater, creating two boulder...Read More

  • 12. Opaekaa Falls

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The mighty Wailua River produces many dramatic waterfalls, and Opaekaa (pronounced oh-pie-kah-ah) is one of the best. It plunges hundreds of...Read More

  • 13. Sleeping Giant

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Although its true name is Nounou, this landmark mountain ridge is better known as the Sleeping Giant because of its resemblance to a very large...Read More

  • 14. Smith's Tropical Paradise


    Nestled next to Wailua Marina along the mighty Wailua River, this 30-acre botanical and cultural garden offers a glimpse of exotic foliage,...Read More

  • 15. Spalding Monument

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The Colonel Zephaniah Spalding monument commemorates the Civil War veteran who purchased this splendid property overlooking an area from Anahola...Read More

  • 16. Steelgrass Chocolate Farm


    Hawaii is the only state in the country where theobroma cacao grows. As every chocolate connoisseur knows, the tree that grows the precious...Read More

  • 17. Wailua Beach


    At the mouth of Hawaii's only navigable river, Wailua Beach has considerable cultural significance. At the river's mouth, petroglyphs carved...Read More

  • 18. Wailua Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    You may recognize this impressive cascade from the opening sequences of the Fantasy Island television series. Kauai has plenty of noteworthy...Read More

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