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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


Erin's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Living foods in Poipu. A lovely small deli/grocery and the restaurant part was delicious.

Visited Kauai in January

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Loved Sueoka’s Snack Shop! It’s a little hole in the wall by Sueoka’s market. Their pricing was unbeatable and the food was great too! Highly recommend a loco moco!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Loved shipwreck beach! Especially hiking from Shipwreck beach to Makauwahi Cave.

Visited Kauai in January

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


JENNIFER's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

The Lava Lava Beach had great views and excellent food! Quick service.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We enjoyed the luau at the Sheraton. The kids really enjoyed the Kauai Plantation Railway. Poipu beach was perfect for the family!

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

Traveling from the midwest, we packed lots of activities for our journey. With the time change we maintained a flexible schedule as well.

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Paige's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking Waimea Canyon was the highlight of our time in Kauai. We also very much loved hiking and visiting several waterfalls, and relaxing at Poipu Beach.

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Moloa'a Bay

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Heather's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

The Beach House was delicious and the view cannot be beat!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved hanging out on Poipu Beach seeing the turtles and monk seals and snorkeling in the bay,

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Dylan's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Hanalei Dolphin and Kalpyso

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hanalei Beach. Hanakapi’ai Falls and Blue Ocean Adventure Tour!

Visited Kauai in December

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michaela in Kauai for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

The Hukilau Lanai is a great spot for a relaxing dinner. They had a delicious tasting menu and we enjoyed every course.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking in Waimea Canyon, snorkeling with the kids in Lydgate beach park and playing at the wonderful playground there, visiting Hanalei, seeing sea turtles in Poipu beach.

Visited Kauai in November

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michaela in Kauai for Flytographer


Mary's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Aloha Sweet Delights Bakery was a family favorite!

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

We loved snorkeling in Salt Pond, great place for kids!

Visited Kauai in November

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Koloa Fish Market—yummy poke

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Blue Dolphin Na’pali coast trip—great fun, great snorkeling, great crew.

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

Kalapaki beach is great for kids; Shipwreck beach is beautiful but powerful waves, Baby Beach is pretty rocky and small. We loved the pool at Koloa Landing Resort. Go see turtles as they come up to the beach in the evening at Poipu beach.

Visited Kauai in October

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Kelly's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

The Dolphin - great sushi!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hiking Waimea, Luau, beach time!

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

They loved the beach but make sure to factor in some down time as well!

Visited Kauai in October

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


Danielle's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Kayaking to secret falls and hiking the canyon trail!

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Jennifer's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Honestly our favorite place was Smith's Family Garden's. It was our photo shoot location, I also got married there in 2016, plus we went to the Luau after the shoot. The Smith family understands how to make someone feel special and cared for. The entertainment and food was outstanding. Loved every aspect of it.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We enjoyed all of the major spots like Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Lighthouse, Allerton Botanical Gardens and many more. Tons of opportunities for fantastic photos. Great food everywhere and wonderful people.

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

Poipu Beach is really nice with a shallow area for kids and great spot to see Sea Turtles on the beach.

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Abi's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

We loved the Kountry Kitchen, Wailua Shave Ice, and Pono Bakery! Shoutout to the Starbucks at the Kauai Village Shopping Center, they were great!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Hanalei Bay Beach, Spouting Horns, Poipu Beach

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

The time change was an adjustment for us, but we just rolled with it!

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michaela in Kauai for Flytographer


Nicole's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

My favorite restaurant in Kauai is Holoholo Grill located in Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu. Everything exceeded my expectations there, but most notably the crab and artichoke dip, Moscow mule, and the amazing servers who greeted us like family/locals.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

My favorite activity was swimming at Queen's Bath, a natural swimming hole. The view of the ocean and mountains was incredible.

What is your best travel tip for Kauai?

Bring plenty of athleisure clothing. There is so much to do outdoors from canyon exploring, and hiking, to snorkeling.

Visited Kauai in September

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Emma's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

We really enjoyed Stephenson’s. The sushi was phenomenal and the ambiance of the restaurant was very cool. They have great service and delicious drinks. The Hyatt itself is very fun to explore.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

The Napoli Coast and the Canyon were very cool to see by helicopter and boat - but the dolphins that swam next to our boat cruise were very cool.

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

Bring the people you want to celebrate with!

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Marie's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Duke’s was amazing. The ambiance, service and food were all excellent. We had zero complaints as we celebrated a birthday there while on a family vacation.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

ATV’ing is a MUST!!! Poipu for snorkeling is amazing. Princeville horseback riding is magical! Waterfalls, SUP, zip lining… There are so many things to do in Kauai! My favorite island by far ❤️❤️❤️

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Kalapaki Bay

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Emily's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

We liked the Lava Lava Beach Club at our hotel.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved all of it!

Visited Kauai in August

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michaela in Kauai for Flytographer


Cathy's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Bar Acuda. Amazing food and drinks!

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Helicopter tour. Snorkeling and hiking along Kalalua trail.

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

Bring shoes you can get dirty!

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Joshua's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

• The Hanalei Bay Dolphin is a hot spot for dinner. It sits along an ocean channel and has lots of great outdoor seating, with even better local seafood. • Tahiti Nui is a great place for dinner. It's very busy, but worth the wait. They have a wide range of foods to choose from on their menu. • Chicken In A Barrel is a fantastic Hawaiian BBQ quick-serve lunch joint. They offer plates with lots of BBQ variety so you can try lots of different items in one order. • Jojo's Shave Ice has the best shave ice in all of Hawaii. Don't visit Kauai without stopping at Jojo's for their flavored shave ice with macadamia nut ice cream and a creamy snow cap.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We had a great experience at Garden Island Chocolate, a cacao plantation on the east side of the island. You get several hours with a tour and a ton of chocolate taste testing.

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

Enjoy as much beach time as you can. You might choose one more expensive family activity, but you can create so many memories snorkeling near Hanalei Pier or boogie boarding on the waves on the other side of the bay. Some of our most memorable times in Kauai were just relaxing on the beach and walking downtown Hanalei afterward for dinner and some shave ice.

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Michaela in Kauai for Flytographer


Rachel's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

We absolutely loved finding food trucks to explore all over the island. There are so many delicious options.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We spent time hiking and driving around the island to explore the different areas and all they had to offer.

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

Pick a few “must-do” items and use the rest of your item to explore and see where the fun takes you!

Visited Kauai in July

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


Mindy's Travel Tips for Kauai

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Snorkel tour on the Nepali coast

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Tina's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

The Lava Lava Beach Club! Beautiful location & great food! The only place we ate at twice.

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Shipwreck Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


Katy's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Tough one! We had so much great food on Kauai. The standout service experience was the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei. Our server had kids and totally understood how we were down to the wire with our toddler and dinner/bedtime. They fired all of our orders really quickly and everything was so delicious! The Beach House on the south side was also memorable for the epic views.

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

We loved sailing the Napali Coast with Captain Andy's, exploring Waimea Canyon State Park, and the Kauai Safaris tour. Lunch at the Shrimp Station followed by a shave ice at JoJo's in Waimea were a highlight for sure!

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

Hanalei Colony Resort was great for families and has a Baby Beach that was a perfect little cove for our little one. We also enjoyed Baby Beach on the south shore near the Beach House restaurant. Anaina Hou farmers market and playground were a highlight for our family and the epic views from the Poipu Beach Playground are hard to beat!

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


Lisa's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Dukes and the hula pie

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Dolphin Cruises sunset coast dinner cruise

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

Be adventurous and don’t miss Poi’pu shoos and beach

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Maha'Ulepu Beach, South Shore

Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer


Andrea's Travel Tips for Kauai

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

Tahiti Nui

What are the best things to do in Kauai?

Ziplining, Catamaran, Smith's Luau

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

Don't plan too many things. The kids enjoyed just hanging out at the beach and the pool.

Visited Kauai in June

Photo Shoot Location: Hanalei Bay Beach

Elana in Kauai for Flytographer


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