The great thing about visiting Kauai is that there are so many free things to do – amazing beaches, surf, canyons and some of the best hiking in the world. If you are travelling to Kauai on a budget, you can be sure that the quality of your trip won’t be compromised. You will, however, need a hire car to get to the best places! These are the top 5 free things to do in Kauai.
Hike Kalalau trail – Na Pali Coast
This is by far one of the most scenic hiking trails in the world. The Kalalau Trail follows the Na Pali Coast for 11 miles going up and down through the valleys. For the avid adventurers, you can take a tent and some supplies and camp at Kalalau Beach, at the end of the trail.
There are also options for the less experienced hikers. The first 2 miles of the trail leads to Hanakapiai Beach and gives hikers a taste of what is to come.
From Hanakapiai Beach hikers can choose to go inland for 2 more miles, which leads to Hanakapiai Falls or can continue along the Kalalau trail. Hanakapiai Falls is well worth the extra 4 miles (round trip).
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Explore Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon is often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Along the road into Waimea Canyon, there are several lookouts and
Kalalua Valley Lookout
The Kalalua Valley Lookout is the islands most iconic postcard view and for good reason. The Kalalua Valley is completely undeveloped, and accessible only by foot. The valley gives visitors a glimpse of the famed ridges of the Na Pali cliffs set against the Pacific Ocean. The lookout is at the very end of the road, past Waimea Canyon.
About 10 minutes north of Lihue, you will find the 173ft waterfall. There is a lookout from the top, but the more adventurous travellers can venture to the bottom for a swim under the falls. From the lookout, jump the fence and when you reach the end of it, head down the trail. The path is steep and slippery, but ropes are set up to help you get down.
Poipu Beach is ranked as Kauai’s number 1 beach, so if you want a relaxing beach day, this is where you should go. Poipu’s Spouting Horn, an active blowhole is worth checking out when you are in the area.
Planning a trip to Kauai
If you are planning a trip to Kauai, check out my Backpackers Guide to Kauai that covers everything you need to know about visiting – more things to do in Kauai, accommodation options, budget, transport, travel insurance and more travel tips.
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