Experience the Island of Discovery
Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is known as the “Garden Isle” and “Island of Discovery.” The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. Make your escape to Kauai and discover the undeniable allure for yourself!
Ways you can explore the island...
Helicopter and Biplane Tours
Get a bird’s eye view of some of the most famous attractions and all that Kauai has to offer. See areas that are otherwise inaccessible by this amazing viewpoint.
Great for all ages and the best way to experience a waterfall.
Soar through the air and view Kauai’s waterfalls, tree tops and breathtaking hidden natural pools.
Ride along the scenery of many Hollywood films aboard an All-Terrain Vehicle. Get ready for a bumpy drive through natural tunnels and more.
Home to dolphins, turtles, monk seals and whales, the 15-mile Napali Coast is a must-see attraction.
Explore the island coast with tours including: rafting, sunset cruises, snorkeling, picnics and whale-watching.
Make your sweet tooth sweeter at the only remaining working plantation in Kauai and one of two remaining in Hawaii.
Take a guided tour by bus or limousine through scenes of movies including Jurassic Park.
Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park
Indulge in 240 acres of lush greenery featuring 13 gardens, a hardwood plantation, a moss-and-fern-draped canyon and an immaculate beach.
Float through man-made ditches and tunnels of a sugar plantation.
Explore attractions by region
Spanning 17 miles along Kauai’s North Shore, the Napali Coast is a sacred place defined by extraordinary natural beauty. These emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges tower above the Pacific Ocean, revealing beautiful beaches and waterfalls that plummet to the lush valley floor. There are many ways to explore, but the safest access and best views are found by sea or air. Boat tours depart from Port Allen on the West Side. When conditions are right, raft tours are available.
Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off and has been replaced by an automatic beacon, it still serves as one of the island’s most frequented attractions.
This charming small town on Kauai’s north shore is home to everything from historic places to contemporary art galleries. Hanalei Town is an unforgettable stop on your visit to Kauai.
Po’ipu Beach Park
This crescent-shaped beach offers crystal-clear waters with lifeguards, picnic facilities, showers and a natural wading pool for young swimmers, it’s a great destination for a family beach day.
The Spouting Horn blowhole is one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. The Poipu surf channels into a natural lava tube and releases a huge spout of water that can reach as high as 50 feet into the air.
Koloa Heritage Trail
A 14-stop, self-guided 10-mile tour of the Koloa and Poipu area’s most important cultural, historical and geological sites.
Also known as Lawai Kai, this botanical garden serves as a refuge for those who appreciate beauty in nature carefully cultivated and balanced with human artistry and ingenuity.
Old Koloa Town
The Koloa district spans from Old Koloa Town to Kauai’s beautiful South Shore in Poipu. Stroll by old-fashioned storefronts and discover special local gifts. Stop by the Koloa History Center to learn about the town’s sweet heritage.
East Side (Royal Coconut Coast)
This 151-foot-tall, 40-foot-wide waterfall is one of the island’s most accessible major waterfalls. Located on the East Side at this convenient stop offers visitors a great view from a scenic lookout and access to picnic tables and restrooms.
This 20-mile long river, once flowed through the settings of seven different heiau (temples) now flows from the 5,148-foot Mount Waialeale in the center of the island. The Wailua River feeds two popular and accessible waterfalls: Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls. The scenic river itself can be explored by boat, kayak, SUP or outrigger canoe.
The Fern Grotto is one of Kauai’s signature attractions. Accessible only by boat up the Wailua River, the grotto is a natural lava-rock grotto, lush with hanging ferns and tropical foliage, cooled by the mists of a waterfall.
Grove Farm Homestead Museum
This 100-acre, historic site showcases life during Kauai’s plantation era more than a century ago. Tours take visitors throughout the property, situated amidst tropical gardens, orchards and rolling lawns.
Learn about the geological formation of the Hawaiian Islands, early native Hawaiian life, Captain Cook’s arrival in Waimea and the Hawaiian Monarchy. Plus, view galleries showcasing the work of multi-cultural artists, sculptors and craftsmen.
Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Alekoko Fishpond, is one of the finest examples of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture.
Located at the south end of the Wailua River, it cascades into two streams, dropping 80 feet below. Easily accessible, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so leave your hiking boots behind.
Kilohana Estate Kauai
The site of a 16,000 square-foot Tudor mansion is a picturesque venue for tours, gatherings and a theatrical luau. Manicured green lawns surround the estate, and now features Gaylord’s restaurant and unique shops like the Koloa Rum Company.
North of Wailua is the unique local town of Kappa with the best shopping and eateries on the island.
Described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Stretching 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges.
This historic seaport town is rich in paniolo history (Hawaiian cowboys) and is home to a variety of small shops and businesses as well as a growing number of tech companies.
Koke’e State Park
Spread over 4,345 acres on plateau 3,200 to 4,200 feet above sea level, Kokee State Park is covered in forest, wild flowers and hiking trails, making it an excellent spot to see native plants and colorful endemic Hawaiian forest birds. It also offers roughly 45 miles of the state’s finest hiking trails.
More charming shops, local eateries and more art galleries than any other spot on Kauai.