Attractions and Things to Do
Soak up the Aloha spirit in Princeville on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai where activities are as abundant as leis and luaus. Soar above Waimea Canyon courtesy of a scenic helicopter ride. Hike or sail along the renowned Na Pali Coast. Travel to Bali Hai on the North Shore for spectacular snorkeling and views of where they filmed the famous movie "South Pacific." Take a walking tour of a working sugar plantation or check out the Hanalei Valley Lookout for one of the most famous views on Kauai.
Immerse yourself in all that Kauai, Hawaii has to offer by exploring this captivating island's rich history and diverse culture. Discover the ancient sea caves at Haena State Park. Experience a horseback riding adventure like no other at Princeville Ranch. Take a sailing and snorkeling tour of the renowned Na Pali Coast. The unending splendor of Kauai serves up memories that will last a lifetime.
- Packing - Hiking shoes, snorkeling, and golf gear. You may want to bring an umbrella/poncho; the rains are what keep this beautiful Garden Island green and in bloom.
- Best Attraction/Tourist Spot - Everyone will flip for a helicopter ride over Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The Na Pali Coast is a sight to behold either by hiking the trail or from aboard a zodiac or sailboat. The recently renovated championship Princeville Makai Golf Course has some of the most epic ocean/mountain views Hawaii golf has to offer.
- Great Time of Year to Visit - Whale watching in Hawaii is incredible and the season runs from December through April.
- Princeville Airport
- Lihue Airport
- Port Allen Airport
4970 Pepelani Loop
Princeville, Kauai, HI
Come see the last sunset in the United States each evening at Bali Hai, a pyramid-shaped peak on the north shore of Kauai. This majestic point is the start of the striking cliffs off the Na Pali Coast.
It can be enjoyed many different ways: aboard an ocean cruise, via helicopter, and along several striking hiking trails. The peak's real Hawaiian name is Makana but it was given the moniker Bali Hai from the 1958 film “South Pacific."
Picture yourself playing like royalty on an island golf course in Princeville, Hawaii. Your game will be nothing short of a relaxing reprieve with the light breeze of the trade winds at your back. Just know that every other golf vacation will forever be compared to this one.
4-484 Kuhio Hwy in Kapaa
Kauai, Hawaii 96746
With restaurants, snack shops, art galleries, one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, jewelry shops and free hula shows, this open-air gathering place is a pleasant place to explore. You can also browse a farmers market every Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM to noon.
3-5971 Kuhio Highway
Adventure seekers will want to seek out Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto rich in tropical ferns. Travel to this far-and-away special place via flat bottom riverboat up the historic and sacred Wailua River.
Once there, you'll be treated to traditional, local songs that are played by a troupe of Hawaiian musicians. The acoustics within the natural amphitheater are stunning and provide visitors with an exquisite and magical experience.
Explore the wonderful wild-land that lies at the heart of Haena State Park on Kauai's north shore. Ancient sea caves, which were formed 4,000 years ago, beckon with the mysteries of the past.
A wide range of beach activities abound, including shore fishing, swimming, and snorkeling where colorful reef fish and playful turtles welcome you. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach or picnic along the inviting turquoise cove.
You've never seen a waterfall like the one that will greet you at Hanakapiai Falls, which was named for a Menehune Princess. Almost as beautiful as the cascading waterfall is the hike required to get to this positively spiritual destination.
The Kalalau Trail is 11 miles long but you don't have to walk the entire distance to get to Hanakapiai Falls. It's about a four-mile trek and without a doubt it's worth it to see the amazing 100-foot-high cascading fall and pool. Halfway to the falls is Hanakapiae Beach.
One of the most well-known views on Kauai can be experienced in all its glory at the Hanalei Valley Lookout. The wondrous one-mile wide and six-mile-long valley boasts a one-way bridge that was constructed in 1912. It's also where much of Hawaii's taro is grown. There's a Hawaiian legend that says rainbows came to the islands from the hills beyond the Hanalei Valley when a piece of colored kappa cloth was thrown into the water just below Namolokama Falls, causing its bright colors to rise up in the mist.
Himalayan Academy Kauai's Hindu Monastery
107 Kaholalele Road
Kapaa, HI 96746-9304
Visit a traditional South Indian-style Hindu temple complex, which is spread across 363 acres of tropical grounds. Meditate under the amazing banyan tree, learn about the monastery and mingle with monks. Visitors are allowed into the temple from 9AM to noon only.
4428 Rice St.
Learn all about the island of Kauai the Kauai Museum. Discover geological wonders, its natural history, and the arrival of the Hawaiian people. In addition, there are sugar plantation exhibits, a life-size camp house, videos.
3500 Kilauea Rd.
Situated on the northernmost part of the Hawaiian Islands, Kilauea Lighthouse has been in existence for nearly 100 years. Visitors come to gather information at the visitor center as well as to bird watch and soak up the stunning views.
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 310
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
Soak up inspiring views of lush Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet above sea level, and explore a rain forest along the rim of Waimea Canyon. Observe native plants, tropical insects, and forest birds in this reserve and discover numerous trails for hiking.
5-8291 Kuhio Highway
Limahuli Garden and Preserve is located in a tropical valley on Kauai's north shore. The majestic Makana Mountain is the gorgeous backdrop for this must-see botanical garden, which offers breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
Kalaheo Neighborhood Center - 808-332-9770 (Jason Caldeira)
4480 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741
Feed fish, learn to snorkel and enjoy calm conditions most days at this scenic beach park. Man-made ponds make it easy to swim, and you'll also encounter a large grassy field, children's playground, picnic areas, bike paths, public parking, bathrooms, and showers.
Check out this 300-yard-deep dry sea cave, which is one of several in the area. According to legend, Manini-holo, the chief fisherman of the Menehune, dug the cave to track down akua, a supernatural beast accused of stealing their fish.
Without a doubt, the Na Pali Coast is a veritable wonder of the world. Take an inspiring sailing tour of this classic Hawaii destination. Chills will inevitably make their way up and down your spine when you set your eyes on the amazing sea cliffs, eye-popping waterfalls, and unique lava tubes.
Stop at a tropical reef where you can snorkel through a magical underwater world. Hiking on several scenic trails along the sea cliffs is an equally wonderful way to achieve an unparalleled thrill you'll never forget.
5-4280 Kuhio Hwy.
Experience a piece of Hawaiian history by spending the day at Princeville Ranch. One of the oldest working cattle ranches in the Aloha State, Princeville offers unbelievable horseback riding adventures led by seasoned cowboy guides.
While you're there, you must take advantage of a hike through a rainforest that leads to a splendid private waterfall. Add a little zip to your day by getting hooked up to a zip-line and going on one unforgettable ride.
5-4280 Kuhio Hwy.
Adventure is waiting for you at this family-owned ranch, which offers zip lining, horseback tours, jungle kayaking, waterfall hikes, and private trails through the rainforest. Combine different experiences to create an amazing vacation story to make your friends jealous.
Go for a unique and refreshing swim at Queen's Bath, a saltwater spa originally built for royalty that's located at the base of a ravine that runs through Wyndham Bali Hai Villas. The bath is actually carved into a lava shelf and is about the size of a several big swimming pools.
Small fish and tiny sea creatures make their home at Queen's Bath, which also features high flying spray when waves come crashing onto the rocks. What's more, there are terrific ocean and rocky shoreline views.
The sleeping giant is a recognizable landmark feature of Kauai, and you can follow a forested trail 1,000 feet up to a sheltered picnic area at the peak. Reach the viewpoint and enjoy expansive views of Wailua River, Mount Waialeale, and the Pacific Ocean.
PO Box 2185
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Stand in awe as you gaze at this 80-foot tiered waterfall, which is located near the roadside lookout for easy access by car. Featured in the opening scene of TV show Fantasy Island, this stunning cascade is best after a rain. You'll also find a trail to the bottom for the sure-footed.
3-5350 Kuhio Highway
3 miles north of Lihue Airport on Highway 56, Hawaii
One of the top 15 golf courses on the Hawaiian Islands according to Golf Digest, this beautiful course features 18 holes where you can practice your swing and play in the balmy breeze. It also offers a putting green, driving range, practice bunker, shop, restaurant, and bar.
Beginning at the Wai'ale'ale Crater and fed by various tributaries, the Wailua River is the only river in Hawaii that can be navigated. Kayakers and water-skiers are common sights on the river, which offers views of several waterfalls along the way.
At the mouth of the Wailua are many big stones with ancient petro glyphs on them. Sand has been known to cover up the carvings but if your timing is right you might get to see them if the heavy rains come and wash the sand away.
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 310
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
There are not enough adjectives to describe Waimea Canyon but rest assured you will be dazzled, astounded, and just plain blown away. Considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon was carved out thousands of years ago by a wealth of rivers and floods. It is 10 miles long, one mile wide, and over 3,500 feet deep.
An array of stunning lookouts and picturesque hikes combine to make your visit to Kauai one of the most pleasurable and memorable.
59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.
Stroll through Waimea Valley Audubon Center and you'll encounter both Hawaiian tropical plants along with many other varieties from around the globe. Check out the waterfall where divers and hula dancers entertain visitors with shows.