With its dog-friendly beaches, extensive trail network, paved oceanside path along the east coast, and plenty of space for your canine to roam, Kauai is a great place to spend some quality time with your four-legged friend. Bring your pet along if you’re planning an extended stay, or take one of the local dogs waiting for a home on a day-long field trip. Either way, vacations are more fun when animals are involved and that’s why there are plenty of Kauai outdoor activities for you to enjoy!
The state of Hawaii, including Kauai, has strict quarantine laws on bringing pets into the islands. If you plan to bring your dog along, start preparing in advance to make sure your pet can meet all of the requirements and avoid a lengthier quarantine upon arrival. Find more information here.
Most of Kauai’s beaches are dog friendly, with the exception of those maintained by the county. Bring your four legged friend along to enjoy a day Kauai outdoor activities in the sand and water. Beautiful beaches such as Maha`ulepu Beach in Poipu and Kalapaki Beach in Lihue all welcome dogs. With miles of sand to roam and ocean waves to play in, your dog will have as much fun (or more!) than you enjoying this tropical paradise. Most of the island’s hiking trails are also great for getting your canine out for some exercise while you enjoy the stunning views. Climb Sleeping Giant in Wailua or head up to Koke’e State Park or Waimea Canyon State Park, where you will enjoy sweeping views of the Waimea Canyon and the dramatic Na Pali Coast. The possibilities are endless!
Take a Dog on a Field Trip
If you’re not able to bring your own dog along on your island getaway, the Kauai Humane Society offers an amazing opportunity that is a win-win for both you and a shelter dog. The staff will match you with a dog who is well-socialized and is a good personality match for the activities you have planned for the day. The process is simple! Stop by the Humane Society during pickup hours and chat with the knowledgeable staff to get matched with a dog and ideas for your day. Then, spend your day enjoying the island together! The main stipulation is that the dog must stay leashed at all times. Dogs must be returned the same day by the stated return time. Pickup times on Monday-Friday are 11:00am-1:00pm and return time is no later than 5:00pm. On Saturday-Sunday, pickup times are 10:00am-12:00pm and return time is no later than 3:00pm. There are no field trips on Wednesdays.