Attractions in Kauai



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  • Lihue airport
  • Poipu
  • Princeville
  • Kauai beaches are attractions in their own right, and all of them are public beaches. They are stunningly beautiful, and each is drastically different from the others. Some offer calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling and kids, while others bring on the waves. The North Shore Beaches are great winter attractions for those adventurers who want to experience the art of surfing. During the summer months, the North Shore beaches remain calm. Kee Beach, at the north end of the island where the highway ends, offers a lagoon providing protection to reef and vibrant fish. A little down the road, Tunnels Beach is a popular spot to Hawaiian Monk seals, reef fish and snorkelers. Visit Hanalei Bay for a pick of five beaches, all providing calm water during the summer for paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. Anini Beach, located between Kilauea and Princeville, is the perfect place to share the view with a few chickens and sand crabs. The South Shore provides summer surfing, but the waves never really get as big as the winter ones on the North Shore. Poipu Beach is a popular place for both surfing and water board sports, and it is known as the sunniest beach on Kauai. On the east side, Lydgate Beach Park features two rock-rimmed pools that break the waves and Kealia Beach is popular for vacationers who simply want to walk along the beach. Beaches with lifeguards are the best to place on an itinerary, especially for those with children as well as those who are not strong swimmers. In Kauai, choose from one of the nine guarded beaches, including Poipu, Salt Pond, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels, Kee, Lydgate, Kealia, Anahola and Kekaha.

    Kamalani Playground

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    Lydgate Lane
    (Lydgate Park)

    Playground created for kids... read more

    Tunnel of Trees

    Highway 520

    A natural tree tunnel made of eucalyptus trees weaving together above the road... read more

    Kihahouna Heiau

    1941 Poipu Rd

    A sacred Hawaiian heiau, or temple... read more

    Sugar Monument

    Maluhia Road

    A monument paying tribute to Hawaii's first sugar plantation in Koloa and the people who worked on it... read more

    Koloa Heritage Trail

    A trail winding back through 5 million years of natural, cultural, and historical significance... read more

    Waioli Huiia Church

    5-5393A Po Box 231

    A historic church, pleasing to the eye with colorful stained glass windows... read more

    Captain Cook Monuments

    Highway 50

    Captain Cook is remembered in Waimea with two monuments dedicated to the explorer, a statue of Cook and a modest market attached to a boulder... read more

    Russian Fort Elizabeth

    Highway 50

    A state historical park that is home to a Russian fort built in the name of Czar Nicholas in 1817... read more

    Maniniholo Dry Cave

    Along Kuhio HIghway
    mile marker 9, across from Ha'ena Beach Park

    A Haena landmark and fun photo opportunity...
    read more

    Hanalei Valley Lookout

    off Kuhio Highway/Highway 56
    at Kapa Ka Street

    Tropical Vistas... read more

    Waikanaloa Wet Cave

    Near the End of Kuhio Highway

    Roadside Pond Cave in Haena... read more

    Kapa'a Beach Park

    Kauai Path & Niu Street
    North Kohala

    Native American Celebration... read more

    Menehune (Alekoko) Fishpond

    A historic fish pond that according to myth, was constructed by the little people in one night for a prince and princess... read more

    Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge

    end of Kilauea Lighthouse Road
    one mile north of Kilauea

    Rare Bird Species... read more

    Na Pali Coast

    Northwest Shore
    North end of Highway 550

    Majesty Of Nature... read more

    Limahuli Valley Gardens

    5-8291 Kūhiō Hwy.
    (North Shore)

    Tropical Preserve... read more

    Princeville Ranch

    5-4430 Kuhio Highway

    Horseback, hiking, wagon rides... read more
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