You’re going to Kauai??! You’re going to have soooo much fun! I’ve put together my ultimate bucket list of things to do on Kauai, all 101 of them! Now of course you won’t get to all of these one one trip, but use this list to pick and choose what sounds best to you so you’ll be on your way to planning the perfect Kauai vacation!
UPDATE: In April 2018, Kauai experienced record setting flooding especially on its north shore. As a result, the road west of Hanalei town is currently closed cutting off access to the popular Kalalau Trail, Ke’e beach, and snorkeling at Tunnels. I encourage you to check local news coverage before your trip to obtain the most current conditions, and I will also update this as things reopen.
1.Helicopter Tour: This is easily the #1 MUST DO on Kauai. Not only will you see the amazing Waimea Canyon and stunning Napali Coast, but you’ll see parts of Kauai you won’t be able to see any other way.
2.Waimea Canyon: Mark Twain called Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and it doesn’t disappoint.
3.Queen’s Bath: Only venture out to this swimming hole on the north shore when the water’s calm!
4.Napali Coast Boat Tour: The best bang for your buck way to see the Napali Coast.
5.Search for Hawaiian Monk Seals: The sunny south shore of Kauai is a favorite resting area for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals.
6.Wailua Falls: The 80-foot waterfall just outside of Lihue is practically a drive up waterfall, making it a popular spot.
7.Kayak the Wailua River: It’s the only navigable river in the state.
8.Fern Grotto: Kayak or take a boat tour up the Wailua River to this iconic spot.
9.Go tubing down old sugar can irrigation ditches: “Float da ditch” with Kauai Backcountry Adventures.
10.Smith Family Luau: Kauai’s most charming luau.
11.Kilauea Lighthouse: Kauai’s only lighthouse can be found on the north shore.
12.Spouting Horn: Kauai’s famous blowhole is easily accessible (there’s a big parking lot and souvenir booths set up) and quite a sight.
13.Opaekaa Falls: Another drive by waterfall, this one has a great overlook and is easy to find.
14.Kalalau Overlook: This gorgeous overlook at Waimea Canyon will give you a bird’s eye view of part of the Napali Coast.
15.Hanalei Pier: Walk out onto Hanalei pier for spectacular views of the bay and mountains.
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16.Paddleboard or surf in Hanalei Bay: Rent boards at a place in town and paddle around the bay, or take surf lessons with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures.
17.Kapaa Beach Path: Bike or walk for miles on this paved oceanfront pathway.
18.Horseback riding at Silver Falls Ranch: Do a trail ride through this tropical oasis, which stops for lunch near a waterfall.
19.Koloa Zipline: This lush course is the place to go if ziplining is on your Hawaii bucket list.
20.Ride ATVs: Kipu Ranch offers some great ATV tours of “undiscovered” Kauai.