Things to Do on your Kauai Vacation
Should your Kauai Vacation start with a breathtaking Napali Coast boat tour? Perhaps a drive out to the Pacific’s own “Grand Canyon” (the Waimea Canyon), or take a kayak ride up one of Kauai's scenic rivers? When you stay at the Kauai Palms Hotel you are conveniently located at mid-point between the North and West sides of the Island of Kauai.
After settling into your room at the Kauai Palms Hotel the only difficulty may be what to experience first! Whatever your taste in “things to do”, Kauai gives you ample opportunity to experience it’s many sights and activities.
Since the Kauai Palms Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to dining, shopping, scenic attractions and things to do, you may decide to stay nearby. If you decide you want a rental car (at rates lower than booking direct) click here for Discount Car Rentals.
Some of the Many Activities & Things To Do in the Lihue Area
-Swimming & Snorkeling
-ATV & Zipline Tours
-Ocean, Land & Air Tours
-Kukui Grove Shopping Center
To learn more about the many great restaurants in Lihue, visit our area page.
Also visit this great restaurant in Kapaa Town.
Lihue, Kauai's county seat is the center for business and transportation. In addition to the shopping and dining opportunities in Lihue, you may want to take some time to explore the Kauai Museum and tour extensive exhibits of Hawaiiana along with memorabilia from the sugar plantation era.
You could start off a little closer to the Kauai Palms Hotel and see the Menehune Fish pond (just ten minutes from the Hotel) or go catch some rays on the white sands of Kalapaki beach - perfect for swimming, sunning and beach combing. Kauai Lagoons, contains 40 acres of freshwater lagoons, a wildlife sanctuary and hosts two Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf courses.
There are many shopping centers to choose from in Nawiliwili including Harbor Mall, Anchor Cove, the Kalapaki Marketplace and the Aloha Center. Choose from the many offerings of local artisans, Hawaiian images and prints, and endulge in the many eateries available in this quaint harbor-front town.
At the end of the day, watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail, local music and "pupus" at Duke's Barefoot Bar & Grill located at the Kauai Marriott.
Kauai Farmers' Markets - Buy locally grown vegetables, fruits and tropical flowers at any one of the Island's many weekly Farmers' Markets.
Koloa -12:00pm at Knudsen Ball Park on Maluhia Road
Lihue--3:00pm at Kukui Grove Pavillion
Kalaheo--2:00pm at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center
Hanalei - 2:00pm Hawaiian Farmer’s market at Waipa
Kapaa - 2:45pm at Kapaa New Town Park
Kilauea - 4:30pm at Kilauea Neighborhood Center
Hanapepe - 3:00pm at Hanapepe Town Park
Lihue - 2:45pm at Vidinha Stadium Parking Lot
Lihue - 10:00am Kauai Community College
Kekaha - 9:00pm at Kekaha Neighborhood Center
Kilauea - 9:00pm at Christ Memorial Church
Kilauea - 11:00pm next to new Kilauea Post Office
Activities & Tours
Kauai Snorkel Tours
Marine Biologist-Guided South Shore and Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tours and whale watching adventures. Small groups BIG fun!
Puakea Golf Course
Imagine yourself walking up to the first tee with a view of the Pacific Ocean behind you and Mount Haupu towering over you. This isn't a dream.... this is Puakea Golf Course. Robin Nelson, Hawaii’s most prolific golf course architect, designed the course to play around deep ravines and streams fed by fresh mountain rain water. With the inspirational terrain and calming mountain range backdrop, you'll find Puakea Golf Course to play differently under a variety of weather conditions of wind and water. Nelson’s masterful architecture clearly conveys the routes one should take to achieve textbook pars. He hints enticingly at ways to achieve challenging birdies, but that gamble can quickly turn into bogey or worse. For nearly 7 years, Puakea was a glorious oddity – a 10-hole truncation thanks to Hurricane Iniki. She halted course development in mid-stream and wreaked havoc on the local economy, which forced the golf course to change hands before completion. In 2003, the new ownership chose to complete this unfinished diamond and gave acclaimed golf course architect Robin Nelson a mulligan for the remaining eight holes. That was the best news imaginable because, even in its incompleteness, Sports Illustrated thought enough of Puakea to name it one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the United States. When all 18 holes were opened in July 2003, Nelson was finally able to realize his vision for Puakea. The result is Hawaii’s newest, 18-hole championship course – a gorgeous and gratifying golf layout for which the delay was well worth the wait.
National Tropical Botanical Gardens
Tours of NTBG's four gardens in Hawai`i and its garden in Florida are offered as part of our public education program. We invite you to delight in each garden's unique character and hope that you will find visits to these gardens enjoyable and informative.
Na Aina Kai
Countless magical moments await you at Na ‘Āina Kai. Come experience the many moods of this botanical paradise tucked on the north shore of Kauai, Hawai'i's exquisite Garden Isle. Here, natural treasures awaken your senses and tropical wonders never cease.
Best of Kauai Tour - Explore the best of Kauai in comfort with professional and entertaining guides.
NaPali Explorer - NaPali Coast sight-seeing charters
Outfitters Kauai - Cycling, kayaking and adventure tours and equipment rentals
Kayak Wailua - kayaking adventures and guided kayak waterfall tours
True Blue Charters - Sport Fishing
Kipu Tours - ATV off-road tours
Sea Sports Divers - Scuba charters
Kauai Movie Tours - See Kauai thru Hollywood's Eyes
Back Country Adventures - Zip line, tubing, and more back country fun...
Inter Island Helicopters - Flight-seeing tours
Kauai Yoga Classes - Take a beach front yoga class in Waimea, click the link for a weekly class schedule.
The Waimea Canyon - Koke'e State Park
Travel up the Waimea Canyon to Koke'e State Park and visit Koke'e Natural History Museum where you will find a display of flora, fauna, natural history of the area and collections of shells and Hawaiian artifacts. If you like to hike or just take a short stroll, this area offers numerous hiking trails and scenic viewpoints where you will encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in Hawaii.
State Parks/Camping Permits
Kauai Parks & Beaches
Kauai Beaches & Ocean Safety
Kauai search guide and directory with all of the best sites for Kauai on the Internet
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