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Best Activities in Kauai for a 3 Day Trip

If you’re planning a three-day trip to Kauai, be sure to experience some of the sights that make this island distinctly unique during your stay. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best activities in Kauai to enjoy during your stay!

Day 1: The Na Pali Coast

The sheer sea cliffs of Kauai’s northwest shore, known as the Na Pali Coast, extend for 16 miles from Polihale State Park to Ke’e Beach and are an unforgettable sight. These emerald green spires rise as much as 4,000 feet of vertical grandeur over the ocean below. Narrow valleys, streams, and waterfalls punctuate the area, making it a lush, untouched region that is impassible by land vehicle. The only way to get a glimpse of this magical area during your trip to Kauai is by air, sea, or footpath. A hike down the Awaawapuhi Trail or Nualolo Trail in Koke’e State Park end in dramatic views of the Na Pali. However, to experience the entire dramatic coastline, you’ll need to book an excursion by air or sea, for which there are several helicopter and boat tour companies that offer scenic excursions along this coastline.

Day 2: Waimea Canyon

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon is accessible from Kauai’s west coast and ranks among one of the best activities in Kauai. The brown and red cliffs of this canyon, which lies at approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, stand in stark contrast to the tropical climate on the north and south sides of the island. Dramatic waterfalls, including the 800-foot Waipo’o Falls, make this an otherworldly landscape. Driving up Highway 550 provides for a number of pull-off points, where you can stop to admire the views. To experience the true depth and beauty of the canyon, you can take on a number of hikes along the rim, or if you’re up to the challenge, to the bottom of the canyon (and then back up!).

Day 3: Hanalei Bay

This two-mile stretch of beach surrounded by mountains and punctuated by a picturesque fishing pier is considered one of the best on the island. The protected bay provides calm water ideal for water sports, especially during summer months. Swim, boogie board, stand up paddle board, or take a surf lesson on these gently rolling waves, and be sure to stay long enough to catch the sunset during your trip to Kauai.

Contact Us to Plan Your Trip to Kauai

We have vacation rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores, putting you in close proximity to Kauai’s best sights so you can spend more time enjoying the island and less time driving. Many of our vacation rentals offer amenities such as refreshing swimming pools, full kitchens, and island-inspired décor. Contact us today to learn more about the attractions on the island and to book your trip to Kauai!