Outdoor Recreation in Kauai

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  • Even though the island of Kauai isn't that large, it is jam packed with tons of things to do. The five areas of Kauai each provide for unique experiences including natural wonders, lookouts, monuments, botanical gardens, a wildlife refuge, state parks, and the spectacular Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

    The endless array of beaches and the diversity of Kauai's landscape provides for unlimited recreational activities for visitors. Kauai is popular for hikers for both day trips and overnight; Kauai offers several campground locations around the island. Water activities are also abundant ranging from swimming and surfing to snorkeling and scuba diving.

    Kauai is home to three of the top five rated golf courses throughout the state of Hawaii. With over 153 holes in total, golfers can enjoy the scenery and challenges offered by both public and resort based courses. Kauai also offers some of the best horseback riding trails in Hawaii which includes trips down into Waimea Canyon.

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    Wailua Falls

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    Off Highway 583 (Ma'alo Road) in Kapaia Valley
    (North of Hanamaulu)

    A double waterfall flowing 80 feet over a ledge into a pool... read more

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    Poipu Beach Park

    Hoowili Road & Hoone Road

    A very popular beach, perfect for families...
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    Spouting Horn

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    Lawai Road
    At Kukuiula Bay, beyond Prince Kuhio Park

    Natural phenomenon---stay back... read more

    Sleeping Giant

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    Off Kuhio Highway 56

    Or the man in repose... read more

    Tree Tunnel

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    Highway 520

    A special kind of canopy... read more
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