Kauai Hawaii was the first of the Hawaiian Islands to be settled. It is the smallest and Northernmost island. Kauai gets 460 inches of rainfall per year; it is green and lush. Kauai is famous for its Na Pali Coastline, Waimea Canyon and Weeping Wall Waterfalls. Beautiful does not begin to describe Kauai. Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii (1961) and Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) here.  Since then 100+ films and 250+ TV shows have been filmed on the Garden Island, including Jurassic Park. Remember Peter, Paul and Mary’s Puff the Magic Dragon? It appears Peter spelled Honnah Lee wrong and Puff actually lives above Hanalei Bay! There’s so many great things to see and do in Kauai. A helicopter ride over Kauai’s many waterfalls, Waimea Canyon, and Na Pali Coastline is money well spent. A zodiac boat ride into the Na Pali Caves and snorkeling is also a great excursion.

Kauai Hawaii Kilauea Lighthouse

The Best Things to do in Kauai Hawaii

Check out the Kilauea Lighthouse

Watch the sunset at Hanalei Valley Overlook

Walk the famous Hanalei Pier and locate Puff the Magic Dragon

Kauai Hawaii Hanalei Pier

Attend Luau Kalamaku

Drive under the tree tunnel

Spend an afternoon at McBryde & Allerton Gardens

Search out some treasures at Glass Beach

Explore Ahukini Pier

Kauai Hawaii Ahukini Pier

Snorkel with sea turtles at Tunnel’s Beach

Watch Hawaiian monk seals at Po’ipu Beach

Walk through the coconut grove at the Coco Palms

Gaze at Opeaka’a Falls and Waima Falls

Walk the rim of Waimea Canyon

Kauai Hawaii Waimea Canyon

Sample coffee at Kauai Coffee Plantation

Explore Na ʻĀina Kai Botanical Gardens

Lounge in the Queen’s Bath during low tide

Explore Kauai’s Open-Ceiling Sea Cave by zodiac boat

Hike the 11 mile Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast

Kauai Hawaii Na Pali Coast

Visit Polihale Beach, Hawaii’s longest beach

Snorkle Ke’e Beaches reef

Kayak the Wailua River and take a swim in the Uluwehi Falls

Shop in Old Kapaa Town and stop for shaved ice

Kauai Hawaii Kapaa Town

Stop in Koloa Rum Company for a tasting

Tube through the forest along the old sugar cane canals

Take a tour of the Kauai Coffee Plantation

Chase waterfalls with a helicopter tour

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Kauai Hawaii is famous for its Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon and Weeping Wall Waterfalls. Here are the best things to do, eat and see on this Garden Island.