Docking in Kauai is the moment when beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs, waterfalls and delicious restaurants all become reality. Cruise ships dock in Lihue at Nawiliwili Harbor, the main port of the island where barges, sail boats and tours all rest when coming to Kauai. Travelers arriving to the island by cruise ship for the day will be delighted to find a number of wonderful restaurants, many of which are just minutes from the harbor.
Just down the street from Nawiliwili Harbor on Kalapaki Beach is Duke's Canoe Club. With locations on several Hawaiian Islands, Duke's is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Named after the Hawaiian hero and Olympic swimmer and surfer, Duke's serves tropical cocktails, steaks, salads, and fresh seafood dishes - all with a Pacific Rim twist.
Just a couple miles inland from the harbor is the newly reopened and revamped Gaylord's at Kilohana. Making a home on a 53-acre former sugar plantation, Gaylord's has a menu that serves locally sourced produce and proteins, much of which is produced on site. Dance under the stars in the courtyard if you go for dinner.
For those in search of fresh sushi, the best on the island can be found at Restaurant Kintaro. Amid serene Asian decor, folks dive into sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura, yakitori, and hot pot dishes.
While exploring Kauai by land, experience the best restaurants close to the port. Good food is the best accent to any visit.