Kauai

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  • Hanalei Bay

    1. Hanalei Bay

    Beach–Sight

    This 2-mile crescent beach cradles a wide bay in a setting that is quintessential Hawaii. The sea is on one side, and behind you are the mountains...Read More

    Hanalei Bay
  • Poipu Beach Park

    2. Poipu Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    The most popular beach on the South Shore is Poipu Beach Park. During calm seas, the snorkeling and swimming are good, and when the surf's up...Read More

    Poipu Beach Park
  • 3. Anini Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A great family park, Anini features one of the longest and widest fringing reefs in all Hawaii, creating a shallow lagoon that is good for snorkeling...Read More

  • 4. Baby Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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. Kalapaki Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Five minutes south of the airport in Lihue, you'll find this wide, sandy-bottom beach fronting the Kauai Marriott. This beach is almost always...Read More

  • 6. Kamokila Hawaiian Village

    Town/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

  • 7. Kilohana Plantation

    Museum/Gallery

    This estate dates back to 1850, shortly after the "Great Mahele"—the division of land by the Hawaiian people. Plantation manager Albert Spencer...Read More

  • 8. Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor

    Beach–Sight

    This is a great beach to sit and people-watch as diving and fishing boats, kayakers, and canoe paddlers head out to sea. Shore and throw-net...Read More

  • 9. Lydgate State Park

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Salt Pond Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A great family spot, Salt Pond Beach Park features a naturally made, shallow swimming pond behind a curling finger of rock where keiki (children...Read More

  • 12. Smith's Tropical Paradise

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

  • 13. 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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