Offering sweeping, uninterrupted views from the center of Kauai island to the ocean, the Kalalau and Pu'u O Kila Overlooks are regarded by many as the two best views on the island, and even the best in all of the Pacific.
Located in Koke'e State Park on the west side, these views are the treasure at the end of the road. At mile marker 18, Kalalau Overlook opens to an expansive view over Kalalau Valley, the largest valley nestled in the middle of the famous and undisturbed Na Pali Coast, which is also in sight.
A majestic view of Kalalau Valley — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
The valley was uninhabited until the start of the 1900s. Since then, people have been hiking in to camp, with the occasional group of hippies living out there.
About a mile down the road is the even better Pu'u O Kila, which offers a window into Kalalau Valley, from the Alaka'i Swamp to Mount Wai'ale'ale, the wettest place on earth. If you arrive on a cloudy day, there's a chance the views won't be visible at all. It's worth planning ahead and checking the weather.
Although these are viewpoints only, Koke'e State Park is home to a high number of hiking trails that range from easy to tough. Just go past Koke'e Lodge and onto the road (which later turns into potholes and broken up pavement) in Koke'e State Park.