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My Recommended Kauai Must See and Must Do
- Helicopter Tour Ride (doors off are an option) For doors off: Jack Harter Helicopters www.helicopters-kauai.com
- Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours http://maunaloahelicoptertours.com
- Na Pali Boat Ride (for the more adventurous as myself I recommend riding on the Zodiac, I don't want to spoil the surprise as to why.
- Waimea Canyon: Located on the West side of the island, also referred to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific Check Waimea weather before taking the drive. For less of a chance of clouds to allow for greater visibility, go in the morning. There are also hikes off of the Waimea Canyon
- Na Pali/ Kalalau Trail: (closed until further notice) The trailhead starts at "the end of the road", also known as Kee Beach, past Haena State Park. If you hike just .75 miles (steep incline, but you can do it!) you will be able to see the scenic Na Pali outlook coast. Hiking about another mile and a half will bring you to Hanakapia Beach. The ocean is extremely dangerous and I strongly advise against going into the water here. Hike another 2 miles (it will me so worth it) to the Hanakapia Falls. This will involve some stream crossing which is subject to flash flooding, so use caution. It is best to do this hike on a dry sunny day. You can hike a full 12 miles to Kalalau Beach or Kalalau Valley but you will need camping permits. If you have any questions in regards to the hike, ask to the join the Facebook page "Kalalau Trail" is a great place to discuss: www.facebook.com/groups/kalalau/ . *The trailhead is currently closed until further notice . You can still view the breathtaking Na Pali coast via boat or Helicopter.
- Hanalei Bay: STILL OPEN! Located on the northshore, a few miles north of Princeville, Hanalei Bay consists of 3 miles of beach, surrounded by majestic mountains, and waterfalls, which may make you feel like you are standing in a painting. The bay offers something for everybody, whether you just want to soak in the sun, stand up paddle board, take a surfing lesson, ride small waves, or paddle out for bigger waves (depending on the swell). Hanalei Bay is also equipped with Life Guards and bathrooms. Within walking distance of Hanalei bay, lays the town of Hanalei, filled with shops and restaurants, as well as a small grocery store Big Save, and a natural and organic market Hanalei Harvest Market. the rest of Hanalei Town is open and I am happy to take you there!
Where to dine
- Baracuda www.restaurantbaracuda.com Tapa style restaurant located in Hanalei. Reservations are strongly recommended. Everything on the menu is absolutely mouth watering delish, making Baracuda one of the best restaurants on Kauai.
- Kalypso www.kalypsokauai.com Also located in Hanalei, a casual, family friendly restaurant with a vast array of tasty large portion entrees at an affordable price.
- AMA www.amahanalei.com Open air, indoor/out door seating with a fire pit and mountain view, AMA's food is just as spectacular as its view.
- The Dolphin http://www.hanaleidolphin.com/index.htm My personal favorite place for sushi.