Whether you’re staying in Kauai for the weekend or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do attractions and activities to fit your schedule.
1 - 3 Days
When it comes to short stays on Kauai, your schedule will depend greatly on where you’ll be staying. Wherever you stay you’ll be close to one of Kauai’s incredible beaches, from Hanalei Bay on the North Shore to Poipu Beach Park on the South Shore.
A visit to Kauai’s small towns will also give you a taste of the island’s culture, from Hanalei Town in the north to Old Koloa Town in the south and Hanapepe Town to the southwest. You may be able squeeze in seeing a waterfall like the easily accessible Opaekaa Falls or a natural attraction like Spouting Horn on your travels. And no trip is complete without seeing one of Kauai’s iconic natural wonders, so be sure to take a drive to Waimea Canyon on the West Side.
4 - 7 Days
With a longer stay you’ll have time to explore Kauai’s iconic Napali Coast. Whether you, take a boat tour or see it from the Kalalau Valley Lookout in Kokee State Park, this may be the highlight of your trip. You’ll also have time to hike the trails of Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon or other spots like Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant). Relax and take a leisurely kayak trip down the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto or tour one of the Kauai’s vast botanical gardens. Take some time to visit historical spots like Kilohana Estate, experience a luau or go shopping for souvenirs in Kapaa Town to round out your Kauai getaway.
With an extended stay you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island the Kauai way – with no rush. Spend a day playing a round of golf on one of Kauai’s fine courses. Visit one of Kauai’s many festivals or learn more about Kauai’s history at places like Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond and along the Koloa Heritage Trail. Or take a break from the sun and see the artifacts and exhibits at the Kauai Museum, the Waioli Mission House and Church or the West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center in Waimea Town. But the most important thing to do on a long stay in Kauai is to kick back, relax and soak in the beauty and tranquility of Kauai.