Kauai’s east coast town of Kapa’a is Kauai’s largest residential area and home to many of the island’s best restaurants and boutique shopping opportunities. If you are wondering where to go in Kauai, be sure to pay a visit to Kapa’a.
What to Do
The main road in Kapa’a town is lined with small shops and restaurants great for exploring. In the north area of town, brightly painted shipping containers project an island aura and are an invitation to shop some of Kauai’s highest quality local vendors. The NoKa Fair shops are connected by a boardwalk and are a great place to pick up gifts and locally made products.
Kealia Beach, located on the northern end of Kapa’a, is a long stretch of sand ideal for swimming, boogie boarding, and surfing for those with experience. Lydgate State Park in the adjacent town of Wailua is ideal for families, offering a calm swimming area protected by an outer rock barrier. Delve into the underwater world at Lydgate to snorkel among tropical fish in the tranquil waters.
Kapa’a offers the best access points for enjoying the Kauai Multiuse Path, which follows the contour of the island’s east coast and offers unparalleled biking, walking, and jogging views. Rent bikes from one of the shops located in Kapa’a Town and cruise alongside beautiful coastline and beaches!
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Where to Eat
From upscale eateries like JO2 Natural Cuisine and Hukilau Lanai to casual eats like Street Burger and Pono Market, there is no shortage of food options in Kapa’a. Be sure to stop in the brightly painted Java Kai for a cup of coffee and freshly baked pastries.
Where to Stay in Kapaa
Islander on the Beach, Lae Nani, and Pono Kai Resort all offer oceanfront vacation accommodations along Kauai’s coconut coast. All of these accommodations offer a central location for enjoying Kapa’a and its many attractions and also keep the popular sights on the island’s north shore in under an hour’s drive.
Kapaa is situated just north of Wailua town, where you will find a handful of Kauai’s natural attractions. Home to Wailua Falls, Opaeka’a Falls, and Secret Falls, Wailua is a good place to chase dreams of those tropical waterfalls. The spectacular 173-foot Wailua Falls is perhaps Kauai’s most beautiful cascade that doesn’t require some serious effort to see. With a parking area adjacent to the viewing platform, enjoying Wailua Falls is as simple as making the drive and securing a spot in the small parking lot. The viewing area is situated near the top of the falls, making it easy to admire the drastic drop to the pool below. When the lighting is right, a rainbow can often be seen extending from the fall’s base. Nearby Opaeka’a Falls is also easily viewable, with a parking lot, picnic tables, and restroom facilities. This 151-foot waterfall is viewed from across the valley, so it does not offer as dramatic a view as neighboring Wailua Falls. Nonetheless, it is still worth a visit and also offers views down the Wailua River Valley if you cross the road from the lookout.
Don’t be fooled by Secret Fall’s name, as it is definitely no longer a secret. Though there will likely be plenty of other people trekking their way to Secret Falls, also known as Uluwehi Falls, it is for good reason. This spectacular waterfall drops 100 feet, and this time you can enjoy the waterfall from the base. However, it will require some effort to get there. First you will need to rent a kayak to paddle up the Wailua River, which can be rented from Kayak Kauai near the river mouth or Kamokila Hawaiian Village further upriver. If you’re starting from the base of the river, the paddle time takes approximately 45-60 minutes. After taking the righthand fork in the river and pulling the kayak up onto the riverbank, a further hike (approximately 45 minutes) will take you to Secret Falls. Though the trail is flat, it includes a river crossing with a rope and is extremely muddy for its entirety. Because flash flooding can be a serious danger on the island, this excursion should not be completed when there has been significant rain. In good weather, you will be treated at the end of your efforts to a dip in the waterfall’s cold pool before tracing your steps back to the start!
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