By Na Pali Coast Magazine

Na Pali Coast. Photo courtesy of Na Pali Coast Magazine

Na Pali Coast. Photo courtesy of Na Pali Coast Magazine

Trying to figure out what to do on your trip to Kaua‘i this year?

The Garden Isle, the lushest of all Hawaiian Islands, has quite a lot to offer in the way of activities.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the “Top 10 Must Do Things in Kaua‘i” to help get you pointed in the right direction.

  1. Na Pali Coast Boat Tour

The Na Pali Coast is hands down one of the most beautiful places in all the world. Sea caves, whales, dolphins, monk seals, pristine water, secluded beaches, waterfalls; it’s all here on Kaua‘i’s Na Pali Coast for you to experience. Need help finding the right outfitter? Visit Na Pali Riders.

  1. Helicopter Tour

Taking in the island from above offers a rare glimpse of the beauty that is the Garden Isle of Kaua‘i. Helicopters tours run daily, most from right next to the airport in Lihu‘e.

  1. Hike Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale’s summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

  1. Learn to Surf

What trip to Kauai would be complete without learning the sport of Hawaiian kings? Surf lessons are offered island-wide. For more info and our recommendations, please visit our Surf Lessons page.

  1. Learn to Scuba Dive

Feeling adventurous? Or maybe you already know the ropes when it comes to scuba diving. Either way, exploring Kaua‘i’s sea life is an exhilarating way to experience the island’s underwater scenery.

  1. Sail to Ni‘ihau

The Forbidden Island of Ni‘ihau is a popular destination for many visitors. Though access to the island is not allowed, the views and the sea life that are present there make it a worthwhile trip. Niʻihau has approximately 130 permanent inhabitants, nearly all of whom are Native Hawaiians.

  1. ATV Tour

Kaua‘i has more than just amazing beaches to offer. Take a day to ramble on an ATV through the vast open lands of the island and experience the majestic and ancient mountain terrain and jungle that has become the backdrop for many Hollywood movies.

  1. Hawaiian Luau

At some point, you’re going to get hungry, especially if you’ve done at least a few of the things on this list. The luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment. It may feature food such as poikalua pigpokelomi salmonopihihaupia, and beer and entertainment such as traditional Hawaiian music, fire dancing and hula.

  1. Sky Dive

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, sky diving is a unique (and daring) way to see Kaua‘i – although you must keep your eyes open to do so. Don’t be scared.

  1. Zipline

Zipline tours are sprouting up more and more these days in Kauai, and for good reason: it’s fun! Zip your way through gorgeous countryside and take in the fresh mountain air.



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