The island of Kauai is the fourth largest in the entire Hawaiian chain, and it has the unique distinction of being called the Garden Island. This is actually a very good description of this island which has an incredible amount of foliage, a place that is green year-round. It is the oldest of all of the Hawaiian islands, complete with emerald valleys, jagged cliffs, creating a very scenic and memorable experience. It has several distinct regions, all with different activities. Here are some of the places you should visit if you do get to go to Kauai when you visit the Hawaiian Islands.


This is regarded as the commercial center of the island, plus it is also its historic area. This is a town that gets the most traffic, and is also the location where you will land at the airport. There is a harbor there, and there are many beautiful places like Kalapaki Beach that are not too far away. There are many places to play golf, and you can see the automated lighthouse on Ninini Beach plus you can experience Wailua Falls.

North Shore

Of all of the different portions of Kauai, this is the one that is the most memorable. It has absolutely incredible coastlines with jagged cliffs and rugged mountains that will absolutely astound you. Hanalei Town will be your first stop where you can get lunch and rest before checking out more of the incredible sites such as Lumahai Beach. From there, you can descend to either the east side or the west side. Let’s see what the westside has to offer.

West Side Of Kauai

If you have been to the Grand Canyon before, you will be astounded at what you will see. There are many similar sites in this area of Kauai. Waimea Canyon is absolutely breathtaking, considered by many to be the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. There are hiking trails, and you will be able to see all the way down to the bottom which extends about 3600 feet.

East Side Of Kauai

This is referred to as the Coconut Coast, and is the most populated district on the entire island. There are coconut trees, and also incredible beaches, that you will be able to see. You can kayak down the Wailua River and also see Nounou Mountain. The most popular attraction are the golden beaches, as well as locations to eat such as Kapaa Town.

South Side Of Kauai

Finally, you will head down to the South Shore which can be accessed by driving through a literal tunnel of trees. There are beautiful beaches in the Poipu area, and there are cute little towns such as Lawai and Old Koloa Town that you must absolutely visit. It’s the perfect place for doing a little shopping and looking at the ocean from southern edge of the island.

Kauai might be a much smaller island, but it has so much to offer. It is a destination that you will not forget because of the incredible landscapes that you will see from towering mountains to deep valleys. If you can plan to visit for a few days, you will likely want to stay a little bit longer. It’s a beautiful island that is definitely deserving of its name.