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.
Beaches, Hiking and Romantic
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.
Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.
Admire the tropical scenery engulfing this double waterfall that flows into a large basin surrounded by mossy cliffs and forests.
Watch a movie to learn about the island’s history and listen to the fascinating tales of James Cook and the Hawaiian monarchy.
Marvel at fire dancers and learn about Polynesian history after a tasty luau and ride through the tropical forest on an elegant train.
Visit this beautifully preserved 19th-century plantation to learn about Hawaii’s sugar cane heritage and see many of the homestead’s original buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.