Snorkeling, tanning, and hiking are just few of Kaua`i's best attractions

Here's what makes Kaua`i so unique - the attractions there aren't just mad made statues and signs - it's Mother Nature's work at its finest. Of course, 10 Best has compiled an amazing list of the top ten attractions on the Garden Island, and here it is to guide you everywhere with ease and fun.

For some it's the beach, and for others it's long hiking trails or historical information. So whatever you're thing may be, we know how hard it can be to prioritize attractions when you're not really sure what's great and what's, well, not so great. This is where 10 Best comes in. Our local expert has been to all of Kaua`i's attractions and is sharing personal advice on what to see and do.

For a thorough journey back in time, make sure to check out Kilohana Plantation. There's something for everyone in the family here. Kids can ride the historical train through a fruit orchard and petting zoo, and parents can explore an taste in the Koloa Rum Co.

For the hikers in the family, the Kuiilau Ridge Trail brings a day of peace and solitude high above Kapa`a, with views that are unmatched anywhere else. For this you won't want to forget the camera, and make sure to take enough time to thoroughly enjoy every view and vista.

Everyone loves a waterfall, but Wailua Falls is an amazing experience no matter what. Hidden high above the road in Wailua, the double falls bless your ears with the peace rush of water dropping into a lovely pool below.

So for all the info you need drop into 10 Best's top attractions list and have fun.

Limahuli Garden and Preserve


Tucked away in the Limahuli Valley of Kauai's North Shore, this exquisite, pristine preserve has as its mission the protection of Hawaii's native species and the conservation of tropical ecosystems. On the 17-acre site, plants are labeled for...  Read More

Smith's Tropical Paradise


Set along the Wailua River, this 30-acre complex introduces visitors to Hawaii's local flora and to more exotic species too. A mile-long trail wends through manicured grounds, offering folks the chance to view cultivated vegetation and a series...  Read More

Hanapepe Art Night
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A gathering of artisans and fans of handmade creations, both locals and visitors, happens every Friday night in the small town of Hanapepe on the west side - the art mecca of the island. The historic town is made up mostly of artists of all...  Read More

Kamokila Hawaiian Village


On the very site of an ancient Hawaiian village, this modern-day equivalent has been erected to teach visitors about the islands before Western contact. The compound, lying along the Wailua River, showcases (replicated) homes and community...  Read More

Lydgate Beach Park


Lydgate Beach Park truly has everything you could need for a day at the beach - two protected natural swimming pools, spectacular snorkeling, white sand, amenities, lifeguard, and an amazing playground for children. This is where snorkel...  Read More

Wailua Falls
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Many visitors recognize these twin falls as the ones pictured in the opening sequence of the "Fantasy Island" TV show. Their dramatic, 80-foot tumble is the subject of many tourist photographs, a distinct difference from the days when Hawaiian...  Read More

Kuilau Ridge Trail


A lovely hike with great views, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is pretty gentle at first but is at a consistent incline, which can be a bit tiring. About half an hour up the trail you'll come to a picnic area and this is a great place to enjoy a lunch....  Read More



Preserved in this museum's collections are the story of Kauai, detailed in artifacts, exhibits, and photographs. Two buildings showcase items from the era preceding Western contact as well as the plantation period. There's also a focus on the...  Read More

Kilohana Plantation
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In its heyday, this grand, 1930s-era mansion was the focal point of a successful sugar-cane plantation. Today, the Tudor-style, 16000-square-foot home has been restored to its original glory and houses galleries, boutiques, and the historic...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade