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Best Things to Do in Kauai

Featured Kauai Travel Tips
  • Walk the pier and take in mountain views at Hanalei Bay Beach
  • Wander to Shipwreck Beach on the South Shore
  • Take in the sunset at Moloa'a Bay
  • Experience the cliffs of Maha'Ulepu Beach
  • Visit the coral reef in the North Shore at Anini Beach
  • Capture memories on a Flytographer photoshoot

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Cora's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

I had a lovely and delicious birthday dinner at Tidepools - it was worth the splurge to celebrate a special occasion.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking to Ho’opi falls was an overall family favorite. Anini beach was also great for our kiddo. After a couple nights at a big resort, Waimea Plantation Cottages was the perfect change of pace and we loved our time on the west coast and having Waimea Canyon and the lookouts practically to ourselves early in the day.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

We usually planned one big activity per day. If we got to do more, great, but we didn’t put pressure on ourselves to see and do everything. Coming from the west coast of the mainland, we scheduled our Flytographer shoot early in our trip when we were all waking up early anyway - sunrise pics meant gorgeous pictures AND and empty beach! We also brought lots of sunscreen.

Visited Kauai in May

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Michael in Kauai for Flytographer


Rachel's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

The Beach House - the food and views were amazing!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Boat ride to the Na Pali Cost

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Enjoy every minute!

Visited Kauai in April

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


Stephanie's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Grandma's Japanese Cafe, Waikomo Shave Ice, Trucking Delicious and The Fish Express are must try places for food!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Haena State Park and Waimea Canyon state park. Boogie boarding at Brennecke's beach.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

If you're coming from mainland US, take advantage of the time difference and book yourself a sunrise photo shoot. The beaches are empty and the lighting is magical.

Visited Kauai in March

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Mary's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hanalei and the north shore.

Visited Kauai in March

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Teresa's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Beach House for the best sunsets.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Find a way to see the Na Pali coast, whether it is by foot, boat or helicopter. It is absolutely stunning! If there is only one thing you see in Kauai, it is this coastline.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Leave lots of room for beach/pool time and do a maximum one "big" excursion a day. The whole family will love tubing in irrigation tunnels with Kauai Backcountry Adventures. Also, you are likely to encounter turtles and monk seals on the beach - teach you kids to respect these amazing animals and don't get too close to them.

Visited Kauai in March

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Duke's for Hula pie Tahiti Nui for Mai Tais Smith's family Luau for great beautiful garden, great food and show

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking Kalapua trail Captain Andy's BBQ snorkel sail Poipu Beach Flytographer photos shoot at Hanalei bay (mom's favorite!)

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Ipad and snacks for the long flight Beaches that were good for young kids - Lydgate beach park, Poipu, Anini Some of their favorite experiences were simple like stopping at a roadside fruit stand and opening up a coconut to drink the water inside. Try sampling shave ice from multiple places to find a favorite

Visited Kauai in March

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michael in Kauai for Flytographer


Jessica's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

The beach house had an excellent view for sunset. Great waitstaff and menu options.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We enjoyed kayaking on the Wailua river. We also loved exploring the island and snorkeling at Anini beach-sea turtles were in shallow waters and interacted with us.

Visited Kauai in February

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Felicity's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Kalypso in Hanalei for any meal, but especially for weekend brunch! My husband loves the peaches and cream French Toast!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Kauai Backcountry Adventures has a fantastic mountain tubing trip that is perfect for all ages and we go every year. Capt. Andy’s Catamarans are great fun!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

We love Hanalei! Rent some Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards and spend a day enjoying the ocean!

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Julia's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Some musts on the south shore and west side: Koloa Fish Market, Kalaheo Cafe, Anuenue Cafe, Kauai Brewing Company. On the North Shore: The Dolphin, Hanalei Poke, Tahiti Nui, Wake up Cafe. On the east side: Kountry Kitchen, Java Kai, and the Fish Express.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Waimea canyon is an absolute must- it is a trek to get out there but worth it. Our favorite place to hang out was Hanalei Bay - park near the beach and watch the sunrise, then walk into town for breakfast and coffee, and come back to play in the surf the rest of the day.

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Kauai?

Two things- one, definitely do a helicopter ride, it is an amazing experience and a perfect way to celebrate. Two, most flights out of Lihue leave in the late evening - book a spa treatment at the Grand Hyatt for the afternoon so you can frolic at the beach in the morning, and relax and enjoy their spa facilities, including a hot shower, before getting on the plane. They discount treatments for anniversaries and honeymoons!

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

We loved Kalypso’s for great service and food!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved the Kauai Coffee Company and the Fern Grotto!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Have plenty of beach and pool time!

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Trinity's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Japanese Grandma Cafe, delicious sushi, awesome atmosphere and Hawaiian music during dinner.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Driving up Waimea Canyon, hiking the Kalalau Trail, kayaking the Wailua River with the a hike to secret falls. Eating fresh açaí bowl and drinking Kauai coffee every morning.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Koala Landing resort has pools and slides to entertain young kids. Take them to Poipu beach at sunset to see the sea turtles swim ashore to rest.

Visited Kauai in November

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Michael in Kauai for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Kountry Kitchen is amazing for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! The location is great, the staff is very kind, and the food is amazing!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Poipu for beach and snorkeling, Baby Beach, Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club Beach, Smith's Family Garden Luau, Ke'e Beach, Tunnel's Beach, Ha'ena Beach, Wailua Falls-hike and swimming, Waipouli Beach Resort

Visited Kauai in October

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Fresh Bite food truck in Hanalei Bay. The food truck scene is Kauai is big and there’s so many unique things to try!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking the Napoli Coast and touring the island by boat and helicopter.

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Kauai?

There are so many remote beaches and cliff side hikes in Kauai. Pack a small cooler with drinks or a picnic and go for a romantic stroll.

Visited Kauai in October

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Jena's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Kilauea Fish Market was delicious!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure and Napali Coast Express Catamaran tour.

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Denise's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

We love Hanalei pizza!

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Travis's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Sunset Golf Cart Tour at Makai Golf Course in Princeville, amazing! Not to be missed!

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michael in Kauai for Flytographer


Deepika's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

None--we weren't big on the food scene!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Loved the water tubing

What is your best travel tip for Kauai?

Bring swimsuits and towels!

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Nishi's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

1.) J02- amazing cuisine. Fusion of Japanese, Thai, and Indian flavors. Great for people who are meat lovers and vegetarian! 2.) Kauai Beer Company- great flights of beers

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

1.) Back-country Mountain Tubing 2.) Kipu ATV Tour 3.) Rum Tasting

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Try to fly during their normal nap time. Embrace the time change!

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Kyle's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Olympic Cafe

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hanalei Bay

What is your best travel tip for Kauai?

Understand Weather

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Alanna's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Tiki Iniki was just a lot of fun and the food was great, reasonable priced and huge portions.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Queens bath was our most memorable day.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Kauai?

Book a photo shoot, completely worth it. Explore local markets and TRY the fresh fruits.

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Rachael's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hike up the cliff to enjoy Sunrise at Shipwreck beach, Poipu beach go at night and see the turtles sleeping, Waimea Canyon, we also enjoyed seeing glass sand beach.

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Caitlin in Kauai for Flytographer


Pam's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Eating House 1849, Umeke Kitchen, sushi at Stevenson’s

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Helicopter tour (Jurassic Park), beach days, outrigger rides and sailing

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


carol's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

The Cabana beach bar at Poipu Beach Club The Dolphin Savage Shrimp

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Holo Holo charters sunset tour of the napali coast

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Snacks! We rode the train at the kilohana plantation and fed the pigs and donkeys they liked that

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Caitlin in Kauai for Flytographer


Merry's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

For the best shave ice, try Wishing Well in Hanalei. The Caffeine Monkey is incredible and definitely worth the wait in line.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved our helicopter tour of the island as a way to get oriented on the first day, and a boat tour of the Nepali Coast is a must.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Kauai?

Plan some relaxation time to hang out at a local beach. Be sure to pack plenty of reef-safe sunscreen and water.

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Holly's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Eating house 1849

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Chaka tour guide app Waimea Canyon Capt. Andy’s Napali Coast Cruise Back Country Tubing Adventure Lydgate Beach Salt Pond Beach Snorkel Bob’s

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Michael in Kauai for Flytographer


Lyndsey's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best places to eat and drink in Kauai?

Dukes serves an amazing meal but also has Hula Pie! Definitely a favorite!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We highly recommend seeing Kauai by foot (hiking), land (ATVs), sea (snorkle/ boat tour), and sky (a helicopter tour). We did it all and it was all uniquely gorgeous!

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


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