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Kauai

E komo mai (welcome) to Kaua‘i!

We here at 101 Things To Do Kaua‘i would like to welcome you to the Garden Isle and to thank you for choosing to visit fair shores. For the people of Hawai‘i, hospitality — ho‘okipa — and aloha are a way of life, and to share that with you is a joy.

If you are reading this here in the Aloha State, chances are you know that there are a few extra steps to take when traveling to the Hawaiian Islands. If you are reading this pre-arrival, know that our state is taking all precautions to keep everyone — visitors and residents alike — safe. This means that, as of press time, Hawai‘i does have some travel requirements, such as a negative COVID-19 test taken (via a trusted testing partner) within 72 hours of arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and its territories may bypass a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine for trans-Pacific passengers. Vaccination records must be uploaded to the Safe Travels website or printed out prior to departure to present as a hard copy in Hawai‘i. Note that different counties — Hawai‘i (Big Island), O‘ahu and Maui (Maui, Lana‘i and Moloka‘i) — might have additional rules in place. Please go to hawaiicovid19.com/travel for details on all pre-travel requirements (including a list of trusted testing partners) and information on guidelines once you’ve arrived in Hawai‘i. Also, please note that some businesses or attractions may be temporarily closed, or are adhering to adjusted hours/offerings due to pandemic protocols. That being said, there’s still a lot to enjoy here on Kaua‘i!

Boasting a lush landscape, crystal waters and the breathtaking Nāpali Coast, among other picturesque sites, the “GARDEN ISLAND” is truly a treasure.

Penned as “A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN” by Condé Nast Traveler, it’s no mystery why the fairytale-worthy island of Kaua‘i presented an ideal filming location for numerous films — like THE DESCENDANTS, JURASSIC PARK, FAST & THE FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW and JUNGLE CRUISE to name just a few blockbusters on Kaua‘i’s résumé reel. Ranked the NO. 7 TOP ISLAND OVERALL in Travel + Leisure’s WORLD’S BEST AWARDS (2017 edition), Kaua‘i is hailed for its pristine ambiance. Kaua‘i’s golden beaches, thrilling ocean sports, shopping locales and charming towns are rich in history and ALOHA SPIRIT.

Don’t let this island’s small size fool you as Kaua‘i happens to be home to some of Hawai‘i’s most spectacular attractions. At 101 THINGS TO DO, we strive to ensure that you don’t miss experiencing ESSENTIAL KAUA‘I attractions. Simply follow our handy guide to discover the best of all there is to do and see on the Garden Isle. It won’t take long to understand why travelers voyage to the WETTEST PLACE ON EARTH year after year.

To begin, PICK A BEACH , and PUT ON YOUR SNORKEL GEAR! Whether you GOLF THE GARDEN ISLE on Kaua‘i’s famous fairways, GET CARRIED AWAY IN A HELICOPTER or PAMPER YOURSELF, it’s all here.

RIDE THE SWELLS IN AN OCEAN RAFT during the day, then journey down THE PATH OF THE ANCIENTS for an afternoon kayak down the river with misty jungle plants as your backdrop.

En route to your next destination, pull over to SEE ‘ŌPAEKA‘A FALLS, the island’s most accessible waterfall. Perhaps you’ll FEAST AT A LU‘AU or MUSE AND GROOVE. End the evening over a fruity mai tai with the locals as you DRINK AFTER DUSK.

Whether you seek activity or serenity, Kaua‘i’s 113-mile shoreline has something for you. Just be sure to HUNT FOR KAUA‘I-MADE GOODS to remember your time here.

Whatever draws you to the island, enjoy! But don’t fret if you can’t squeeze in everything that Kaua‘i has to offer. We’ll be awaiting your return to one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world with 101 THINGS TO DO.