Makauwahi Cave Reserve

To get to Maha’ulepu Beach you’ll have to take a beautiful beach stroll along the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, or drive down a rough, rutted out, old dirt road in your car. No brainer, right? There is a treat not to miss on this trail as you’re nearing the two-mile point.
Just before reaching Maha’ulepu Beach, you’ll be approaching the Makauwahi Cave Reserve, the largest limestone cave found in Hawaii. The Makauwahi Sinkhole is the main attraction here and is accessible not far from the trail. To get there, turn left when you reach a small stream and follow the trail to a small entrance in the wall on the north side of the sinkhole.

Maha’ulepu Beach is located just past the Makauwahi Cave Reserve area after getting back on the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail. It is a raw, untamed yet equally stunning beach. It boasts a majestic long stretch of dazzling white sand, a beautiful piece of secluded shoreline bordered by high sand dunes and sea cliffs. Ironwood trees offer a nice shady area for relaxing. It has excellent snorkeling opportunities when conditions cooperate. Further down the beach is Kawailoa Bay, a popular spot for windsurfing and kite surfing.

Makaleha Mountains

The Makaleha Mountains are immediately north and west of the town of Kapaa and are often drenched by a number of rainstorms. However, it has an abundance of rock that receives direct sunlight and dries quickly.
 The Makaleha Falls hike is a popular tourist attraction and will take you to the base of the range. The hike is about 1.5 hours of strenuous hiking with difficult trail finding for first timers.
The Makaleha Mountainsare a mountain range in Kauai County on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The highest point is 3,071 feet (936.04 meters) above sea level

Wailua River and Fern Grotto Tours on Kauai

One of the most popular things to do on the island of Kauai is a boat tour up the Wailua River to Fern Grotto, one of the island’s most beautiful natural attractions. Fern Grotto is a natural lava rock cave covered with tropical ferns and surrounded by a tropical rainforest. It is one of the most romantic locations in all of Hawaii, and many weddings have been performed here in the past. Another unique feature of Fern Grotto is its excellent acoustics – it is a natural amphitheater.

This is a very beautiful area on Kauai – covered in dense vegetation in all shades of green. Mangrove trees line the river’s banks, and the lush mountains provide a scenic backdrop. You’ll see tropical grasslands lining the river and cloud-capped Mount Wai’ale’ale looming in the distance, one of the wettest spots in the world.

Fern Grotto tours are a very popular Kauai activity. The grotto is only accessible by boat, and tours up the Wailua River are offered daily. You can also select the combo tour that combines a visit to Waimea Canyon with a Wailua River boat cruise to Fern Grotto. Another popular activity that takes place after the Wailua River boat tour is Smith’s Garden Luau, a traditional Hawaiian luau held at the river’s banks.

Camp Naue YMCA

YMCA of Kauai Camp Naue: Right on the beach at Haena and close to the start of Na Pali’s Kalalau Trail, this is a simple four-acre compound of two large bunkhouses with shared bathrooms (but separate facilities for men and women) plus tent sites and a small cottage.

Camp Nauʻe YMCA is a 12-acre (4.9 hectare) beachfront campground on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It contains five bunkhouses (cabins), bathrooms, showers, a pavilion, a kitchen and a dining hall. It is used by visiting campers as well as local youth groups. The campground is located directly on Haena Beach. Naue literally means “to move” in Hawaiian

McBryde Garden

McBryde Garden is part of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden.

McBryde Garden is a botanical ark for threatened and endangered plants of the tropics. Located in the verdant Lawai Valley, it is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian species outside the wild, and extensive plantings of palms, flowering trees, ornamentals, orchids, and other plants from tropical regions. The landscape is a combination of sprawling expanses and niches of plantings, bordering a meandering stream. The Conservation & Horticulture Center serves as an intensive car unit for endangered species. The garden is adjacent to NTBG’s Allerton Garden. Garden vehicles bring visitors into these valley gardens from the Southshore Visitors Center in Poipu.

Throughout this beautiful Lawai Valley, there are indications of traditional Hawaiian archaeological sites. The historic property was purchased from Queen Emma’s estate by the McByrde family in the 19th century and used as a sugar plantation. In the 1930’s, philanthropist Robert Allerton acquired the property and with architect partner, John Gregg Allerton, built a home and transformed the plantation to a garden of rooms with interconnecting pathways.

Honopū Valley

Honopū Valley is a landmark valley within Nā Pali Coast State Park along the northwest shore of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. It is known for its distinctive natural arch, which at approximately 90 feet (27 m) tall is the tallest in Hawaii. At the lower end of the valley is Honopū’s secluded, 0.25-mile (0.40 km) beach, also known as Cathedral Beach.
Honopū Valley and Beach sit along the northwest shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi, on the Na Pali coast. Honopū Valley is isolated and not easily accessible except by water. No landing of any aircraft or boat is allowed in Honopū Valley or on its beach, so visitors must swim from an offshore boat or from neighboring Kalalau Beach.

The valley, because of the mystery surrounding the exodus of the people who lived there until the mid-19th century, is sometimes called “The Valley of the Lost Tribe.” In 1922, visiting archaeologists found several skulls thought to be primitive, pre-Hawaiian people. Later studies of the valley and its artifacts determined all of its residents were clearly Hawaiian, but the erroneous legend endures.

As the valley is so hidden and isolated, it is believed to be spiritual: it is a place of temples and burial grounds, and the source of many Hawaiian legends and myths. The burial site for the local chiefs was located on the surrounding cliffs. It was believed that once a chief died, his bones held a supernatural power, and if found by others they could be used against the chief’s tribe. When chiefs died, their bones were collected and taken to the cliffs, and the warrior who transported the bones had to die in order to ensure the secrecy of the location of the bones.

Lawai Beach – Kauai

This beach is a popular surf and body boarding spot. If you don’t wish to participate, you can watch from the shore, or the grass area next to the beach house. Look for experienced surfers catching waves past the reef. Snorkeling can also be good here (small pool near the rock wall) when the ocean is calm and the water clear. Turtles and seals are common here also.

Further to the west on Spouting Horn Road is Lawai Beach, a delightful snorkeling spot fronted by a resort of the same name. Although the strip of sand is narrow, the snorkeling is good and in calm waters. Further out is an offshore reef that provides several exciting surf breaks that are quite popular with local surfers.

Shipwrecks Beach

This sandy beach also known as Keoneloa Beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It’s usually sunny and a good family beach. The movie “6 Days and 7 Nights” was filmed in part at this location which is right in front of the Hyatt Regency. Just on the other side of the lithified sand dune called Makawehi Point is Mahaulepu Beach.
During most of the year, the waters here are best for advanced surfers due to a short shore-break. This is a great beach however, to walk along, wade a little, sunbathe or hook up with a spectacular shoreline trail that goes east for a couple miles.

Kekaha Beach

Located on the far west side of Kauai, Kekaha Beach Park is best left for watching the sunset and beach combing. This beach marks the start of the the longest stretch of white sand beach in the state. Strong wind, waves and river run off leave the water brown at times. Local surfers and and local fishermen enjoy Kekaha Beach. The island of Niihau and Lehua rock can be seen from here. This is the dry side of the island and if raining elsewhere you are sure to find a lot of sunshine here.

This is the last lifegaurded beach on the west side. You can find picnic area and restroom facilities here. This is a good stop for a restroom break before venturing further

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn Beach Park is located on Lawa’i Road in Po’ipu in south Kauai. The ocean attraction can be viewed from the top of a small hill with a guard-rail. This is a popular spot for tour buses, so expect to share some space at the rail. Like other blowholes, Spouting Horn is caused by a hole in a lava shelf. The ocean rushes under the shelf and up through the hole with a mighty force that sends water shooting into the air. What makes this blowhole slightly different is the addition of a second hole that only emits wind and creates a great moaning sound.

Spouting Horn puts on quite a show at high tide but is equally entertaining most of the time. It is possible, although not encouraged, to go beyond the guard-rail and explore the lava bench. This activity is done at your own risk as some unfortunate souls have been injured or killed when a large wave sucked them into the blowhole. There are rest rooms in the park. It seems that this area is also popular with local merchants who will set up booths of souvenirs. If you have some time, be sure to take a second to peruse your way through their booths. You might just find a treasure worth taking home. Take Highway 50 from Hanapepe toward Lawa’i. Just past Mile Marker #11 turn right on Koloa Road (Highway 530). Continue to Po’ipu Road and turn right again. The road forks near the ocean, go right on Lawa’i Road. Spouting Horn is approximately one mile down the road on the left. Park and walk down to the overlook.