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Best things to do in Kauai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“This is by far my favorite Beach on the island, good thing it's a 3 minute drive from our island home. Swim, snorkel, watch the honu (green sea turtles) in the water or sunning themselves on the beach. The honu will be sharing beach space with the highly endangered Hawaiian monk seals that seem to enjoy Poipu Beach frequently. Waves permitting, you can go out and explore the tombolo, a small islet that is occassionally accessible by land bridge. Next door to Poipu is Brenneke's Beach which is used exclusively for boogie boarding.”
27 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Safeway a great grocery store for those who need a great late night Ice cream, or pickup a movie from the local red box. Has a local deli- bakery & more.”
19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our Favorite restaurants.....Yes not all Burgers are created equal....”
20 locals recommend
Lodging
“Best views around!! Terrific brunch or sunset-viewing spot! Lovely bar with patio seating overlooking the entirety of Hanalei Bay, Makana Mountain/Bali Hai...and along the coast toward the end of the road. Great pool bar and dining area steps from the sand, too! Plus, you can rent SUPs, surfboards & more seaside...or get a day pass to enjoy their full seaside pool experience! ”
37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Upscale shopping center with several food and shopping options. Wednesday farmers market from 3-6 is packed full of produce, food and entertainment. ”
25 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“At Princeville Center you will find a collection of shopping, dining and business services to meet your every need. Princeville Center is a comfortable rest stop while on the North Shore of Kaua’i. ”
27 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Great scenic overlook into Hanalei Valley with a patchwork of taro fields surrounded by dramatic mountains. Spectacular photo opportunities of the 900-acre Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, helping to provide wetland habitat for four species of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds.”
3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Best beach in Kapaa for boogie boarding and swimming. It has a lifeguard. Always be careful about rip tides.”
18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Our favorite spot for a nice meal in a tropical setting. You can make reservations.”
28 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Really fun place to go for easy breakfasts...snacks...also a great place to get pizza...”
29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This small Hawaiian chain is quite well stocked with whatever and Aloha. It has a small-town local feel with really friendly people. Employees are easy to find for help and will often walk you to the item. Customer Service Counter is always maned. They have a deli and hot food take-out which is fresh and tasty as well as full line of groceries, produce, personal items, a pharmacy and Red Box. The bathrooms are to the right at the front door. Bakery items are good except the donuts. (go to Safeway for these). ”
12 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Casual taco place with the yummy basics. No chips etc. The tacos are big and the tortillas are homemade corn. The True Imu Pig is a local favorite.”
21 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“Restaurant located behind the Marriott in Lihue. Same menu as Keoki's out in Poipu, but overlooks a lagoon where you can watch stand up paddle boarders, etc ”
5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Gorgeous views and the start point for the Kalepa Ridge Trail or airplane trail. It is unofficial and located to the left of the chain link fence. You will see a trail that goes behind the fence and down the hill. For experienced hikers and may be closed.”
9 locals recommend
Café
“Health food grocery store with a cafe for light lunch. Many items in bulk. ”
22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Anini boasts the longest and widest fringing reef in the Hawaiian Islands and because of the unique conditions it usually has well protected waters and some of the most consistent conditions for water activities. Enjoy snorkeling, beach walks, picnicking, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Anini beach is known to have strong currents in the channels and outside the protective reef. Always use caution especially during high surf.”
14 locals recommend