Posted on January 10, 2023
Kauai is Hawaii's Garden Isle, the perfect place for a fun and scenic vacation. With a Kauai timeshare, you can easily explore all parts of this island and spend your days relaxing on the beach, hiking through breathtaking mountain trails, or sailing out into the Pacific for chartered cruises and fishing expeditions.
The mountainous interior of Kauai keeps most road travel hugging along the coasts. Not only can you find things to do throughout the island, but the drive itself will also be part of the vacation, with equally spectacular views of Kauai's mountains and the Pacific coastline.
No matter where your Kauai timeshare may be located, you can travel around the island to find just the right beaches, scenic hikes, and exciting excursions.
Princeville, on Kauai's north coast, is near several top attractions on the island including Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park. This lush and green territory has many of the native plants and wilderness areas that have given Kauai its "Garden Isle" nickname.
The Princeville Botanical Gardens on the North Shore is a popular tourist attraction, consisting of a 9-acre botanical garden filled with native Hawaiian plants, birds, and other wildlife.
Many of Princeville's beaches face Hanalei Bay, one of northern Kauai's most striking natural features. Puu Poa Beach is right on the bay, with clear views of the rocks, and forms a more sheltered swimming beach for families during the summer, although the waves are rougher in winter.
The clear water is perfect for snorkeling and the Hanalei Pier is less than a mile away, where you can catch views of sunrises and sunsets, cast a fishing line, or go for a short walk. If you are looking for things to do on Kauai in the winter, this is when the North Shore beaches have some of the best waves for surfing.
The Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is located in the northwestern part of the island. This region is sacred to native Hawaiians and can be enjoyed both on and off the water by visiting its spectacular beaches, which are set against steep cliffs and narrow valleys, or by exploring its sea caves and hiking to its towering waterfalls. This park is also one of the most photographed on Kauai.
While Kauai's Western shore may not have as many places to stay compared to other parts of the island, it is a great day trip from a Kauai timeshare if you want to see the full beauty of Hawaii's natural world.
Polihale State Park is one of the best things to do on Kauai's western shore. This remote park on the edge of the Na Pali Coast features white sand beaches filled with seashells, and some of the best sunsets you'll see on Kauai.
Known as the destination for the filming of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, several sunset cruises take off from the Na Pali Coast if you are looking for an excursion on the water as well. There are also helicopter and plane tours that give you a bird's eye view of this rugged and remote coastline.
Groves of coconut palms and beautiful beaches mark Kauai's eastern regions, where you can drive to inland waterfalls or take a bicycling tour along Kapa’a Beach Bike Trail. Kapa’a has another claim to fame besides its many bicycles for rent - it is the town with so many food trucks you will never miss out on a quick meal along the way.
The Lihue area has a number of waterfalls and natural wonders. Kayaking along the Wailua River may be one of the most popular things to do on Kauai - a boat ride that will take you to the not-so-secret Uluwehi Falls approximately a quarter-mile upriver.
A drivable lookout spot along the same river will show you Opaekaa Falls, a striking waterfall 151 feet tall and 40 feet wide. A third waterfall, Wailua Falls, is famous for being filmed on the Fantasy Island TV show.
And for families enjoying a Kauai vacation together, the east coast's Lydgate Beach Park is one of the most family-friendly on the island, with a stone wall to keep the waters calm and clear for swimming and snorkeling year-round.
Many timeshare owners book a Kauai timeshare along the popular southern coast of Kauai, because of its abundant resorts, sunshine, and things to do for the entire family.
Poipu Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Kauai's southern shore. Its long, white sand beach is everything you can imagine for a Hawaiian beach vacation, and the clear blue water is perfect for both swimming and surfing.
Shipwreck Beach is very popular for beachcombing and surfing but is only suited for swimmers during the summer months due to changing currents. However, it also serves as a trailhead for the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, one of the last undeveloped stretches of the south shore, and a relatively easy walk/hike along sand dunes and waves.
For a family-oriented adventure, try the Kilohana Plantation and Luau Kalamaku. The Plantation has daily train tours showing the many crops and trees grown on the plantation including mango trees, sugar cane, and pineapple, as well as farm animals such as sheep and goats.
Kids will love the chance to feed the animals, and parents may enjoy the Koloa Rum tastings onsite. Plus, the Luau show presents an immersive theatrical experience that places the history and culture of native Hawaiians front and center.
If you are enjoying the history, you might also want to explore Old Koloa Town, a plantation-era settlement with local dining, food trucks, and shaved ice vendors. It is located just north of Poipu Beach. Koloa also is home to Allerton Garden, a beautiful botanical garden with thousands of flowers, palm trees, and fruit trees.
Whether you have traveled to Princeville, Lihue, Koloa, or Waimea you are sure to find many things to do on Kauai. With so many beaches, an abundance of parks and natural spaces, and the wide-open Pacific to any side, you will find a special place to come back to every year.