Kauai’s Top 10 Sights & Attractions
Hawaii’s “Garden Island” offers a range of sights and attractions from its rugged coastline, botanical gardens, waterfalls, to its historic small towns and colorful culture.
Here’s a list of top sights and attractions shared by the Kauai Tourism Office, along with a couple of our favorite experiences. We have explored about half of this list, and plan to return to experience the rest.
1. Napali Coast, Kauai –
The Napali Coast is a breathtaking coastal range that can only be accessed by hiking, sea tour or helicopter tour. This is a definite must from our Kauai top 10 attractions!
2. Waimea Canyon, Kauai –
Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s west side, is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
3. Wailua River, Kauai –
Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River is one of the most popular.
4. Hanalei Town, Kauai –
Next on our Kauai top 10 attractions is the timeless Hanalei Town is home to taro farms, art galleries and the Hanalei Pier overlooking beautiful Hanalei Bay.
Poipu Beach Park, on Kauai’s south shore, was once voted “America’s Best Beach.”
6. Wailua Falls, Kauai –
Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, 80-foot-high waterfall located north of Lihue.
7. Opaekaa Falls, Kauai –
With a roadside lookout, this is one of Kauai’s most accessible major waterfalls.
8. Hanapepe Town, Kauai –
Known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” charming Hanapepe Town is the art capital of Kauai.
9. Island Helicopter Flight –
Definitely one of the best ways to see the island’s waterfalls and canyons and so many kauai top 10 attractions!
10. Spend a Day at Anara Spa –
Check into a heavenly and tropical oasis, the Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for a relaxing spa treatment, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi soak. Surrounded by peaceful pools, Eden-like gardens and waterfalls, Anara Spa offers treatments that combine ancient Hawaiian healing traditions with the soothing powers of nature to inspire lokahi – balance or harmony.
I found lokahi when I heard Jayme and Raphaela extend a warm “Aloha” welcome as they thoughtfully attended to my needs. The soft and natural ambient music set a calm tone, and the sweet sounds of birds and subtle ocean winds filled the air, as I enjoyed a lovely Lokahi Facial in a Hau (garden room) at Anara.
This customized facial was exquisite as I was enveloped in soft bamboo fiber bedding and received first class restorative treatment by Laola and her skilled, sensitive hands. Followed by a eucalyptus steam shower, sauna, and jacuzzi, I reclined on the spa lounge chair, and enjoyed healthy snacks and cold watermelon infused water.
I can’t remember a time when I felt more relaxed. As you plan your next trip to Kauai, be sure to enjoy a day at the Anara Spa!
Kauai Top Restaurant Picks
First on our top Kauai attractions–If you want to dine and watch a beautiful Kauai sunset, make a reservation at the Beach House! Tim Obert, General Manager, describes the setting “Gracious Hawaiian service and innovative Pacific Rim Cuisine are complemented by breathtaking oceanfront views.” We ordered the fresh fish tacos and grilled catch of the day. Be sure to order a tropical drink with an umbrella on top!
For a romantic evening, be sure to dine at Tidepools located at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. After walking through tropical gardens and palm-lined oceanfront, you arrive to the thatch roof bungalow next to a koi filled pond for Hawaiian inspired cuisine. One of our favorites is the macadamia crusted mahi mahi and the coconut flavored rice tied in a banana leaf.
Located in the South Shore area of Kauai, you’ll want to reserve an evening at Roy’s for an “Old Hawaii” dining experience. Roy’s Poipu offers a distinct feeling of “Old Hawaii,” and is a place where indulgent dining meets total relaxation.
Tiki torches light the way through beautiful Moir Gardens of orchids and bromeliads surrounded by coconut and kou trees, at the restored Koloa sugar plantation home located at the Kiahuna Resort. Guests dine on fresh catch of the day caught by local fishermen and salads are created from organically grown vegetables and herbs picked fresh on nearby farms and from the plantation’s gardens.
While shopping at Kukui’ula Village in Poipu, stop by Merriman’s Pizza & Burgers for a lunch. We ordered a grilled shrimp salad and the freshly squeezed pineapple & guava drink. There’s also the Merriman’s Fish House upstairs where you can experience the authentic flavors of Hawaii – we hope to dine there on the next trip!
Lihue Airport (ideal to book a direct flight to Lihue Airport on Kauai)
Oahu Airport (if unable to find a direct flight to Lihue Airport, you can fly through Oahu Airport, then catch a flight to Lihue Airport on Kauai)
Global Adventuress thanks Anara Spa for hosting this spa treatment.