Top 5 Things to See in Kauai, Hawaii

Top 5 Things You Should Do In Kauai

The lush landscape of Kauai, Hawaii is what paradise is made of! For real, Kauai is beautiful and there is so much to see and do! We spent 3 days on Kauai, although honestly, I wish it were a month. If you are short on time, however, (I see you cruise people), or you prefer to spend most of your time by the pool, just make sure you see these top 5 Kauai things!

Napali Coast view of the ocean and tropical jungle

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1. Napali Coast

Whether you take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour, boat tour, or hike the coast, the Napali Coast should be #1 on your list! We chose to hike the Napali Coast because I am not fond of helicopters and Alex doesn’t do well on boats.

We trekked to the 2-mile marker and saw a stunning panoramic view of the coastline. The view is genuinely unreal even from land, however, the best views do come from the sea or sky! This was by far our favorite thing to do on Kauai!

Address: Kapaʻa, HI 96746

Napali Coast, Kauai is a must on your Itinerary with beautiful mountain and ocean views.
Napali Coast, Kauai

2. Waimea Canyon

Known as the Grand Canyon of Hawaii, Waimea Canyon provides stunning views throughout your drive up to the lookout. Enjoy vistas of lush greens contrasted by red canyon dirt making the canyon unique. The Canyon is around 10 miles long and up to 3,000 ft. deep!

Besides the lookout, you can also enjoy a viewpoint of Ni‘ihau Island, a picnic, and/or hike. It is also one of the top things to do in Kauai with kids. Check the weather and go early to avoid the clouds!

All non-Hawaiian residents of Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park must purchase Entrance and Parking tickets. Learn more about Waimea Canyon admission here.

It is easily one of the best things to see in Kauai!

Address: Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI 96796

Kauai, Hawaii grand canyon Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon, Kauai

3. Spouting Horn

When driving down from Waimea Canyon, don’t forget to stop by Spouting Horn. This is a very popular spot to see the ocean waves crash on the coastline and shoot out of a lava tube. The spout has been able to reach up to 50 feet!

Address: Spouting Horn Park Booth # 3, Koloa, HI 96756

Visit Spouting horn with 3 days in Kauai
Spouting Horn

4. Secret Falls

Only accessed by some type of water transportation, Secret falls is a very popular spot despite the name. The cool thing about this waterfall is that you are allowed to swim in the pool of water and even go under the falls if you don’t mind the many signs saying “Danger, Falling rocks, Could cause Injury”!

We chose a Kayaking tour that included a short hike to the waterfall. You have to walk through the river a bit to get to the falls, so I would recommend a waterproof bag and water shoes. The tide was high and was up to my belly button ( I’m 5’3 on a good day). Check my post on Secret Falls to get tips!

Secret Falls Waterfall tips - Kauai Hawaii
Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

5. Wailua Falls

One of the more accessible falls of Kauai, Wailua Falls will not disappoint! Drive right up to these falls and score a jaw-dropping view. I was told in the past there were trails that bring you to the top of the falls but they have been closed off with fences due to safety concerns.

During our visit, we noticed a handful of people breaking the rules and I wouldn’t recommend it. This was one of the most beautiful waterfalls we visited in Kauai, Hawaii, and easily one of the best things to see during a visit.

Waliua Waterfall Kauai

Top 5 Kauai must-see Attractions: Wrap up

This wraps up the top 5 things to see in Kauai, Hawaii. While Kauai does have many beautiful places, this will cover some of the main attractions for you! Have more time in Kauai? Here is a detailed 3 day Kauai itinerary.

Other guides you might enjoy: One Day in Kauai | Maui in 5 Days | Driving the Road to Hana | Mt. Haleakala Sunrise | Finding Sea Turtles in Maui

Find additional Kauai tours and guides with Get Your Guide here. Check for the best flights with Skyscanner and the best car rentals here.

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Things to See in Kauai, Hawaii”

  1. Hawaii has been on my bucket list for so long and I’ve always wanted to visit Kauai! This post and the photos are absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing these gems!

  2. This looks like an insanely beautiful place and I’ll definitely keep this guide handy for when I visit in the future! Thank you! 🙂

  3. I love Kauai. It’s so pretty there. I agree with your top five picks, and loved this as it brought back such lovely memories.

  4. Wish I was in Hawaii right now – that waterfall looks so lush and serene! I’ve never been to Hawaii but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

  5. Woooow! Waimea Canyon looks amaaaaazing! What a seriously stunning view! I was expecting to see lots of beaches and waterfalls, but that canyon is the best part! Hiking on the Napali Coast looks great too. <3

  6. Hawaii has been on my bucket list for so so long. I’m totally sold on Kauai after seeing the pics of these waterfalls!


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