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Things to do in Kauai County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
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“Great little bar/restaurant. Best mai tai in town and for the best price! Live music and a weekly Luau. The bar was made famous by the movie The Descendants.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Lounge
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“This is such a great place for happy hour and watching the sunset! You can see Hanalei Bay from your table! The food is average in my opinion, but they have live music daily and you can't beat the view! Plus is has the coldest beer on island and my go-to cocktail is the spicy margarita! They take reservations or you can walk up. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hanalei Bay has a beautiful, large beach. The scenery is breathtaking. The town has a multitude of shops and restaurants. I highly recommend taking a day to visit Hanalei Bay.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Pier
“I always suggest grabbing your coffee or tea and taking a quick drive down to Hanalei Pier on your first morning here - it's such an amazing way to start your trip! Then go for a morning walk on the bay - it's my fav thing to do!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Small plates to share. Great ambiance and wonderful food. Recommend a reservation.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“So beautiful and picturesque, winding drive up the mountain, it can be cool up there so bring a light jacket.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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“I recommend purchasing a cooler bag to use as a carry-on. This is a multi-purpose bag that you can take to the beach and use it as a cooler too. I love traveling with this bag! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a Kauai county campgrounds. It is located on the north shore. This is one of our favorite campgrounds on island. Itʻs got a beautiful beach. Itʻs got adequate bathrooms and showers. The county requires you to use a ground tent at all of their campgrounds.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Safeway in the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapaa. There is a Starbucks, Many places to eat and Restrooms.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, bowls, pastries, and hot breakfast sandwiches. Hip local vibe. Check out the attached clothing boutique, too”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful lookout spot. Fairly easy parking. Vendors are next to the parking should you wish to purchase souvenirs. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Do you have a special occasion to celebrate? This is the perfect place to do it! There is mixed grilled fish, steak, and other fine dining options.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Eat and drink with your toes in the sand! SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options MEALS Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks CUISINES American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, International FEATURES Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach”
  • 23 locals recommend
Mini Golf
“I am in the green. Wind 5mph to the east. Slight 10-degree angle downhill. Now, maybe if I just ricochet this off the cave wall hard enough… Located in Kilauea on the North Shore is Kauai Miniature Golf and Botanical Garden. It is the only mini golf course on the island. For those that have yet to test their putting game in this 18-hole course, there will undoubtedly be preconceived notions of mini golf being somewhat of a wacky carnival experience. Instead, you find yourself surrounded by greenery. As you make your way through the 18 holes you receive an introductory course on the diverse history of the islands. Visitors will learn about the Polynesian discovery of the islands, indigenous gardens containing endangered species, Zen gardens showcasing the influence of the Japanese and Chinese during the plantation period, and some insight on the plantation town that was alive and thriving in Kilauea in the late 1800’s. Do not let the garden scenery discount the fun of this course. You begin the first hole with a simple, short, straight line putt. Easy enough, right? Well, as you progress so does the difficulty. Add ponds, curves, elevations, and obstructions that will test one’s shot creativity. Take hole 16, for example. The path bends left with a dip, but there is also a small log tunnel that creates a straight shot to the hole. From personal experience, if you’re going to “Shooter McGavin” your way through that shortcut, don’t be bashful with it. You don’t want your ball stuck in the tunnel, especially now that your friend knows exactly what not do and reminds you of the losing bet you made at the start of the game. The entire course is fit for every one of all ages and skill levels. Bring a friend, a date, even your family. It’s first come, first served, so no time to waste. Be prepared to fish your ball out the water. Trust me. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Poipu beach is world renowned, for the beauty, accessibility, wildlife, snorkeling and swim safety. Definitely a great beach to relax.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“Great views. Worth driving to the entrance to park and observe the nesting albatross and boobies even if you don't want to pay to go to the visitor center. Also great view of a cove.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great little bar/restaurant. Best mai tai in town and for the best price! Live music and a weekly Luau. The bar was made famous by the movie The Descendants.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Lounge
“This is such a great place for happy hour and watching the sunset! You can see Hanalei Bay from your table! The food is average in my opinion, but they have live music daily and you can't beat the view! Plus is has the coldest beer on island and my go-to cocktail is the spicy margarita! They take reservations or you can walk up. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Small plates to share. Great ambiance and wonderful food. Recommend a reservation.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee, bowls, pastries, and hot breakfast sandwiches. Hip local vibe. Check out the attached clothing boutique, too”
  • 27 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
“Eat and drink with your toes in the sand! SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options MEALS Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks CUISINES American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, International FEATURES Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach”
  • 23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Do you have a special occasion to celebrate? This is the perfect place to do it! There is mixed grilled fish, steak, and other fine dining options.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious! It gets very crowded for dinner better to go for Lunch. They also have an oyster bar next door.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“Really fun place to go for easy breakfasts...snacks...also a great place to get pizza...”
  • 29 locals recommend

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