Adventurous Activities at Your Finger Tips
Whether you feel like relaxing on the beach amidst perfect breezes, warm sand, and tranquil blue water, or hiking through Waimea Canyon on a picturesque adventure-by-foot, Plantation Hale Suites provides plentiful options to quench every Kauai vacationer’s thirst.
Below are Just a Few of the Many Kauai Attractions in
At the south side of the Wailua River, witness a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. At the grotto, you will be greeted by traditional Hawaiian musicians playing beautiful island songs. The area serves as a natural amphitheater, providing powerful acoustics and enhanced vocals. The trip up this historic and sacred river takes about 40 minutes via a long flat-bottom riverboat. Boats depart from the south side of the river every 30 minutes.
Kauai Coffee Company
Kauai Coffee started in the early 1800’s as McBryde Sugar Company, one of the first sugar growers in Hawaii. It transformed into Kauai Coffee in 1987. Coffee production and processing has become a staple part of creating the delicious estate coffee that Kauai Coffee has become known for. Stop by for a tour, partake of some coffee samples, and wander leisurely through their Gift Shop and Museum.
The Kauai Museum is a cultural sanctuary housing numerous Hawaiian artifacts and art of Native Hawaiians. The Kauai Museum gift shop is also a must-see Kauai attraction, offering an extensive book collection, unique Hawaiian crafts, Ni’ihau shell leis, and vintage collectibles.
Visit this prominent landmark which was used to light the way for mariners back in 1913, serving as a pivotal navigation aid for ships sailing along the Orient run. The lighthouse remains functional and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It continues to be a popular destination for sighting rare sea birds and whale watching in season. It is offers a great viewing opportunity since it is the northern-most point of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Kokee Natural History Museum
This quaint but charming museum provides programs and exhibitions focused on Kauai’ s ecology, geology and climatology. Kokee Museum also provides basic information on trail conditions in Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. When looking for educational things to do in Kauai, this is certainly a top pick!
Napali Coast has cliffs towering 3,000 feet into the air, dropping into lush valleys, with mysterious sea caves and numerous waterfalls. This is a popular destination for hiking, camping and outdoor activities. Take a helicopter, catamaran or zodiac ride to truly experience the beauty of the Napali Coast.
In Wailua River State Park, enjoy a stunning 151–foot waterfall that overflows over basalt from ancient volcanic eruptions. The name “Opaeka’a” means rolling shrimp, “opae” being Hawaiian for “shrimp,” and “ka’a” for “rolling.” The name dates back to days when the native freshwater shrimp were plentiful in the stream and were seen rolling and tumbling down the falls and into the churning waters at the fall’s base.
Princeville Botanical Gardens
A hands-on tour located in the Princeville area that will excite your senses! Take a guided tour through beautiful gardens, experience rare, exotic plants and fauna, learn how native plants have been used by many cultures for medicinal purposes, and discover how to process cacao into homemade chocolate. This tour comes highly recommended by many visitors to the island of Kauai.
Smith’s Family Garden Luau
The sacred Wailua River Valley, a space once reserved only for Hawaiian Royalty, is home to the famed and always anticipated Smith’s Family Garden Luau. Carrying on a family tradition that began over 60 years ago, food, music, dance, and much more are shared with all who attend this unparalleled Hawaiian celebration. An event you must experience when visiting Kauai!
Smith’s Tropical Paradise
With so many offerings in one historic area, it’s no wonder Smith’s Tropical Paradise remains one of the most popular tourist attractions year after year. Home to the famed Garden Luau, Fern Grotto, and Tropical Paradise botanical gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this celebrated location.
An incredible sight to see during your Kauai vacation! Water, forced into a lava tube by the surf, propels into the air making a loud hissing noise. The ancient Hawaiians believed the hiss came from Kaikapu, a lizard goddess, who was trapped by a clever fisherman in the lava tube.
This majestic 173-foot waterfall was brought to fame when it was featured on the opening credits of the popular television show Fantasy Island. Driving up Highway 56, visitors can break at the roadside lookout for an astonishing view of the falls.
Wailua Golf Course
Wailua Golf Course was first built as a nine hole golf course in the 1930’s. The second nine holes were added in 1961. Toyo Shirai designed this expansive course, landing it three USGA Amateur Public Links Championships and a vote by Golf Digest as one of Hawaii’s best 15 golf courses. One of the best things to do in Kauai is golf, and the Wailua Golf Course is just minutes from Plantation Hale Suites.
Wailua River is a long, meandering river that starts at the Wai’ale’ale Crater and is fueled by several tributaries on its way to the ocean. This is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii and one of the best Kauai attractions to explore. Several forks in the river lead to waterfalls and can be adventurously explored by kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle board).
Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific, measuring ten miles long, one mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. One of the best Kauai activities, numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder.