Experience romantic Lihue: its beaches, island views, festivals, and more!

Lihue is a picturesque town in the midst of sweeping, green valleys, with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. Its white-sand beaches provide excellent sunbathing spots, while its large estates and museums introduce the Aloha culture. Increase your understanding of the early inhabitants to Hawaii in this dynamic town.

Take advantage of year-round warm weather with a trip to Kalapaki Beach, where you can learn to surf. Sunbathe during the hottest and driest period from April through September. Rent canoes and catamarans and watch the boats leaving and arriving at Nawiliwili Harbor.

Other scenic stretches of sand include Nukolii Beach Park, secluded Hanamaulu Beach Park and Niumalu Beach Park, which has a charming stream that features in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Explore the southern coastline on foot to encounter such coastal gems as Ninini Point Lighthouse and Nawiliwili Park. Play a few rounds at the vast, picturesque Puakea Golf Course.

For a change of scenery, head into the town and visit the Kauai Museum. Here, learn about early Hawaiian life and the arrival of Captain James Cook on the island. Browse intriguing photo exhibits and admire the sculptures and paintings representing the island’s culture and traditions.

Among the region’s highlights is the Kilohana Plantation, which has a rainforest, serene gardens and a spa. Ride the elegant, mahogany passenger cars of the train around the park and arrive at the luau center in time for a traditional meal and theatrical performance. Watch fire dancers and representations of deities.

Lihue is based in the southeastern corner of the island of Kauai. Fly to Lihue Airport in the town’s northeastern outskirts from airports across Hawaii and mainland United States. See other landmarks in the region, including the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve, the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and the town of Kapaa. Enjoy a slow pace of life, with picturesque scenery and cultural hubs.

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Where to stay in Lihue

Nawiliwili
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Nawiliwili

Nawiliwili is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Lihue

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Kauai Beach Resort
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
¥19,053/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.2/5Excellent! (2,855 reviews)

"Great pool to lounge by all day in the sun. Slightly outdated facility but very clean"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Kauai Beach Resort
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Kauai Marriott Resort
4 out of 5
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
¥26,503/night
Aug 28 - Aug 29
4.3/5Excellent! (1,731 reviews)

"the property was great and had a great experience.... I was frustrated at checkout because they would not do a late check out and when I went to check out...it took 20 minutes in line after showering to get to a plane..now I am sweating my ass off because there is no A/C in the lobby and it was hot ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Kauai Marriott Resort
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Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
¥15,281/night
Sep 6 - Sep 7
4.1/5Very Good! (594 reviews)

"This property is a great value relative to the price."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

Popular things to do in Lihue

Nawiliwili Bay
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Nawiliwili Bay

Explore the great outdoors at Nawiliwili Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Lihue. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches, or seek out the local tours.

Kalapaki Beach
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Kalapaki Beach

Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.

Wailua Falls
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Wailua Falls

Admire the tropical scenery engulfing this double waterfall that flows into a large basin surrounded by mossy cliffs and forests.

Kauai Museum
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Kauai Museum

Watch a movie to learn about the island’s history and listen to the fascinating tales of James Cook and the Hawaiian monarchy.

Kilohana Plantation
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Kilohana Plantation

Marvel at fire dancers and learn about Polynesian history after a tasty luau and ride through the tropical forest on an elegant train.

Grove Farm Homestead
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Grove Farm Homestead

Visit this beautifully preserved 19th-century plantation to learn about Hawaii’s sugar cane heritage and see many of the homestead’s original buildings.

Top activities in Lihue

Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour
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Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour

¥13,151

From the comfort of an air-conditioned tour bus, see Garden Isle highlights such as the majestic Waimea Canyon and historic towns. Afterward, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise up the serene Wailua River to the legendary Fern Grotto.

Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure

¥11,217

Venture to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in Kauai for breathtaking scenery and backcountry mountain tubing. As your knowledgeable guide shares stories of the island's history, sit back, relax, and float down a century-old waterway made of open ditches, tunnels, and flumes.

Scenic UTV Ranch Tour
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Scenic UTV Ranch Tour

¥10,864

Join a breathtaking, 3-hour, off-road scenic tour through Kauai's pristine Kipu Ranch. Ride a UTV through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Huleia Valley, and ascend majestic Mt. Haupu for a view of the hidden valley of Kipu Kai, Kauai's untouched paradise.

Luau Kalamaku
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Luau Kalamaku

¥12,390

Fire knife dancers and passionate storytellers await at the Luau Kalamaku. Immerse yourself in the legends of ancient Hawaii and Polynesia, sip a refreshing Mai Tai, and enjoy a delectable buffet of delicious island cuisine at the historic Kilohana Plantation.

Deluxe Kauai Helicopter Ride
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Deluxe Kauai Helicopter Ride

¥27,595

From the floor of the Hanapepe Valley to the summit of Mt. Wai'ale'ale, Kauai's unparalleled natural beauty stretches from sea to sky. Take in the stunning scenery of the Garden Island from the comfort of an Eco-Star helicopter on this high-flying sightseeing tour.

Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour
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Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour

¥19,566

Drive through a private cattle ranch and ride a rope swing out into the Hule'ia River for a fun-filled day with family and friends. Make sure you pack a towel, bring your swimwear, and experience the incredible wonder of the Hawaiian wilderness.