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Free Things to Do

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Kauai is a place of extreme natural beauty, sparkling oceans and spectacular and dramatic sites. Explore our island with the best free things to do.

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn Beach Park is a delightful lookout where you can watch a blowhole spout a plume of sea water into the air. This waterspout occurs whenever waves are forced under the lava shelf and up through an opening in the rocky coast. Depending on the tide and ocean conditions, the water may spout as far as 50 feet into the air. If the light is right, you may be able to catch a rainbow in the sea spray.
Lawai Rd, Koloa 808-241-4460 View More Details

Kuilau Ridge Trail

The Kuilau Trail is a great walk for enjoying the many species of plant life on Kauai. Follow the old road that turns into a trail that leads you to amazing panoramas of Makaleha Mountains. The beginning of the trail will introduce you to a variety of native and non-native plants. At about the one mile point you can take a break in a grassy field bordered by an Ohia forest, a picnic table and sweeping views of lush valleys and Mount Waialeale and the Makaleha Mountain Range.
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Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon on Kaua'i is a geographic marvel. Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this glorious gulch contains 3,000-foot tall cliffs with lush green foliage amidst red pops of color, sprinkled with waterfalls. Millions of years ago, volcanic activity as well as the Waimea River, helped carve out this mini canyon. Erosion and rainfall are among the factors that continue to chisel away at this mountainous beauty.
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Hanapepe Art Night

Come and experience Hanapepe Town Art Walk every Friday night from 6-9pm. Meet and enjoy local artists, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors and craftsmen. Grab a bite to eat and and enjoy the hidden treasures of Kauai's West Side. The Art Walk in Hanapepe has been around for years, a gem of a town, with unique shops, galleries, local artist, and eateries. Put it on your itinerary to explore the streets of Hanapepe on a Friday night and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Hanalei Valley Overlook

Pull off the the road at the Hanalei Valley Lookout to get your shot of one of the most photographed lookouts in all Hawaii. The Hanalei Valley is an enchanted site charmed with the likes of countless waterfalls, rainbows, fields of taro and hidden treasures waiting to be explored. Set against the backdrop of the carved out and waterfall bejeweled Namolokama mountain, this magical place is not to be missed. The one lane steel truss bridge built in1912 is the gateway to Hanalei town and the first of seven one way bridges along this stretch of highway. Plan a day on Kauai's North Shore and explore the quaint town of Hanalei and the array of water activities, unique shopping and local dining spots.
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Ha`ena Beach Park

Haena Beach is a slice of heaven where lush tropical jungle meets white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The popular and very recognizable Mount Makana (Bali Hai) looms mysteriously above Haena Beach and offers a spectacular backdrop for sunsets and photo opportunities. Haena Beach Park offers good swimming and snorkeling during calm conditions. This is a fun beach to explore and do a bit of beach-combing and great shell collecting. During the winter months the surf can be extremely large causing dangerous shore-break and strong currents. You can watch from shore as experienced water-men and women ride these awe inspiring giant waves. Haena Beach Park has a lifeguard station, restrooms showers and camp sites. Camping permit only. One of the popular North Shore attractions the Maniniholo dry cave is across the street from Haena Beach Park.
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Wailua Falls

Legend has it that this enchanting waterfall was where Hawaiian kane (men), possibly ali'i (royalty), would test their endurance by jumping the some 80-feet into the shallow 30-foot pool below. Folklore also has it that some of these daredevils who willingly risked their lives never survived the cliff-diving fall. What makes Wailua Falls one of the top items on visitors to do lists is that it's easily accessible and located adjacent to a parking lot. In other words, it's one of the few waterfalls you don't have to hike to for miles in order to get up close and personal.
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Koke`e State Park

The park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.
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Lydgate Beach Park

Lydgate Beach Park is located on the East side of Kauai adjacent to the Wailua River. The two rock enclosed ponds create a safe haven from the open ocean waves, while still allowing the small reef fish to move into the pond through the crevices. This spot will almost guarantee that you will see a variety of tropical fish. The protected calm waters, posted lifeguard and variety of fish make this the perfect beginner beach for snorkeling. Lydgate State Park is a great family beach for swimming, picnicking and snorkeling in two protected lagoons. Lifeguards, full facilities, picnic areas, Kamalani Play ground and the 2.5 mile paved coastal path makes this a great choice for the whole family.
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Poipu Beach

Poipu Beach is actually two beaches in one. A tombola (known as Nukumoi Point) separates the two bays. A tombola is a narrow sand spit that extends from shore to an island. The tombola at Poipu Beach is the favorite spot for the napping , endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The area on the western side of the beach, is a favorite for beginning body boarders. Small waves break gently on the shallow sandbar and create a fun area for children to play. On the left of the sandbar is a lava rock protected and shallow area for swimming. This is usually the play area for families with small children. Poipu Beach Park has been voted the #1 beach in America. During the weekends this is a favorite spot for birthday parties, picnics, lawn games and family activities. The outdoor playground was built by donations from the community. You can find parking , snorkel rental and surfboard rentals near by.
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Beaches

Beautiful beaches dot the coastline of the Garden Island, Kauai. Whether you’re looking for long stretches of soft white sand or secluded coves, Kauai beaches have it all. Truly a beach lover’s paradise.
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