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Parks & nature in Kauai

Scenic Lookout
“Gorgeous Canyon with beautiful scenery, views and colors. Lots of hiking options for all abilities”
32 locals recommend
Park
“It's the Grand Canyon of the Pacific! Our favorite hike there is to Waipoo Falls, along the Canyon Trail, where you are in the canyon, with amazing views, and can swim in a small waterfall pond, and stand at the top of Waipoo Falls, a cascading 800 foot waterfall.”
33 locals recommend
Beach
“Queen's bath is a gorgeous spot very close to the condo. You can walk there from HBR or drive and park at the trailhead. The trail down to the bath is slightly steep, but very breathtaking and picturesque. Once on the lava rocks you can walk out to the protected Queen's Bath where you can jump in and enjoy watching the ocean crash up on the lava rocks. ”
31 locals recommend
Beach
“It is simply breath taking scenery of a land lost in time. Land of ancient sea farers and the makaʻāinana of Kalalau. Majestic cliffs, sea caves, secluded beaches. An awesome adventure by foot, sea or air. ”
24 locals recommend
Park
“Polihale is framed on the west end by the Na Pali Cliffs and offers sweeping sand dunes and a 7-mile stretch of white sand beach. Polihale is typically hot and sunny and offers amazing sunset views over Niihau and is excellent for stargazing. Surfing and swimming should be left to those who are familiar with Poihale as there are some strong offshore currents that make swimming dangerous. Camping by permit only. Dirt parking lot. Public bathrooms and showers. No lifeguard on duty.”
16 locals recommend
Park
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“It combines the campy flavor of old Hawaii with historical local traditions. Come early and watch the kalua pig being lifted from the pit. Then experience a traditional Hawaiian feast, while you watch an eye-popping Polynesian show with hula dancers, Tahitian dancers, and fire dancers!”
20 locals recommend
Park
“Its a little piece of heaven. A lush, mountainous park with waterfalls, a campground, a museum & panoramic ocean & valley views. You must have reservations to camp here. Sometimes as much as a year in advance. Be prepared for a long drive about 1.5 hours from the airport. But worth it.”
17 locals recommend
Trail
“one of the most beautiful hikes along the Napali coast Please reserve your spot in advance at https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/haena-state-park/”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Hike to the top of Sleeping Giant Mountain, where you'll have great views of the eastern side of the island out to sea. Moderate difficulty.”
17 locals recommend
Park
“Salt Pond Beach Park is almost always sunny and perfect for families with shade pavilions and shallow pool areas for keiki to swim. Picnic or BBQ in the park. Lifeguard and facilities available.”
9 locals recommend
Park
“This is a cool little spot to see a blow hole, There is a swap meet you can walk through on your way to and from it with all kinds of hawaii stuff for you to spend your hard earned money on!”
12 locals recommend
Park
“Beyond the raw natural landscape, Kauai has several renowned Botanical Gardens to explore. If you love wandering down picturesque garden paths, there are botanical gardens on every side of the island. ”
9 locals recommend
Garden
“Take the tour or at least the time to read the self guided booklet! It is an amazing and spiritual place and you will come away with a very different understanding of Kauai culture and the landscape and foliage all around you! Call ahead to see when open.”
7 locals recommend
Beach
“Pretty beach, good for snorkeling. The Kalalau Trailhead is here. VERY limited parking, get there early. Also a nice place to watch the sunset.”
13 locals recommend
Beach
“you can start the Napili Hiking trail and then come back for a swim with turtles”
8 locals recommend
Garden
“If you have any interest at all in the unique flora of the Hawaiian Islands, stop in to visit this lovely garden. If you have time, take the tour - very much worth it.”
11 locals recommend