Things to do in kauai
Explore the island’s natural beauty, breathtaking sights and annual events
Few places on earth are blessed with as much unspoiled natural beauty as Kauai – home to stunning beaches, majestic mountains, and cascading waterfalls. Tucked along the island’s gorgeous western shore, Waimea Plantation Cottages offers a peaceful home base from which to explore all that the Garden Isle has to offer.
Check out Waimea Canyon, one of Kauai’s most iconic natural landmarks, or tour the Kauai Coffee Estate.
Cruise along the water or take a helicopter trip to see the Na Pali cliffs. Interested in a little retail therapy? The Shops at Kukui'ula are just a short drive away. A full calendar of events, including farmers markets, athletic competitions, festivals and cultural celebrations, ensures you’ll never be bored.
If you’d like additional advice on things to do, see and experience in Kauai, please don’t hesitate to ask us.
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Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park
Distance from Hotel: 7.8 miles
The "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" features plenty of scenic lookout points via Koke'e Road; stop and gaze at the red cliffs and verdant vegetation.
Swinging Bridge, Hanapepe
Distance from Hotel: 7 Miles
First built over 100 years ago (and rebuilt in the 90s), the Swinging Bridge is suspended over the pipe suppling water to Hanapepe Town.
Distance from Hotel: 9 Miles
Tour the plantation and sip a cup of perfectly brewed Kauai coffee.
Distance from Hotel: 15 miles
On the way to Waimea Canyon is a small charming museum showcasing the natural and cultural history of Koke’e State Park and Waimea Canyon.
Distance from Hotel: 55 Miles
The largest bay on the North Shore, Hanalei Bay features almost two miles of beach, flanked by mountains.
Lihue Town & Kalapaki Beach
Distance from Hotel: 24 Miles
There are plenty of shopping and dining possibilities in Lihue Town; Kalapaki Beach offers opportunities to surf, boogie board and paddle board.
Distance from Hotel: 28 Miles
Located at the south end of the Wailua River, Wailua Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall that divides into two streams.
The Shops at Kukui'ula
Distance from Hotel: 17 Miles
Shop, dine and explore the art galleries at the island's foremost retail destination. Be sure to visit the weekly culinary market, too!
Distance from Hotel: 3 Miles
Built in 1817 by the Russian-American Company to establish a trading and fueling station.
Distance from Hotel: 4 Miles
Long, wide sandy beach known for beachcombing, fishing, surfing & sunsets, The beach has a picnic area and has lifeguards on duty.
Salt Pond Beach
Distance from Hotel: 7 miles
Salt Pond Beach Park is a great beach to snorkel with fairly calm waters in a semi protected bay off the ocean. This beach is a perfect place to bring the family and an excellent location for small children to play.
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Annual Robbie Burns Supper
Located right here at Waimea Plantation Cottages, this event celebrates the birthday of Robert Burns, the acclaimed Scottish poet.
Kilohana Long-Distance Canoe Race
Catch a glimpse of traditional Outrigger canoes going head to head in this annual race, which is part of the Waimea Town Celebration.
Kauai Bon Dance Festival
One of the most anticipated events of the summer, Kauai Bon Dance occurs over nine weeks at different locations throughout the island.
Kauai Orchid and Art Festival
Tropical orchids take center stage at this Festival, which is held every March and features great music, food, a silent auction and even painting workshops.
Hale Puna Farmers Market
This Market takes place under the old monkeypod tree at the historic Hale Puna House (formerly known as the Gulick-Rowell House) near the Kauaʻi Veterans Memorial Hospital. Street parking available.
Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival
Celebrate chocolate and coffee at this unforgettable festival! From samples to workshops, displays and entertainment, there's plenty here to satisfy your cravings.
Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run/Walk
Enjoy the beauty of Kauai's South Shore as you race one of four different courses, geared toward different skill and experience levels.
Annual Kauai Hospice Concert in the Sky
Commemorate July 4th at Lihue’s Vidinha Stadium with family fun, great food, live entertainment and fireworks.
Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival
Paying homage to Queen Emma's life and accomplishments, this event features Hawaiian music, dancing and chants.
King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea
The King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea takes place in June, and is part of a week-long celebration of Hawaii's first ruler.
Heiva I Kauai
2021-07-31 00:00:00 - 2021-08-01 00:00:00 : 10:00am - 5:00pm
This annual event provides a venue for performers of all ages to present talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1,000 attendees daily.
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