10 Best free things to do on Kaua`i are all nature's gifts

As Hawaii's oldest island, Kaua`i has had plenty of time to grow, change and develop varied terrains - valleys, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, inland trails, mountains and panoramic vistas. Being that these are all natural attractions, they're all free too!

One day or more of your Hawaiian vacation can easily be spent enjoying the best of Kaua`i for free, and whether you're looking for free of cost fun or not, the good news is that these are truly the best Kaua`i has to offer. Folks that love the water, and those that love mountain treks and panoramic views are all in luck with our list of the 10 best free things to do on Kaua`i.

If you'd like to spend time under the sea, grab a mask an snorkel and head over to Lydgate Beach Park. The usually calm and protected pools offer a rainbow of tropical fish and underwater life that goes unrivaled on Kaua`i. For another type of water related thrills, Wailua Falls is the place to wander through a rainforest and view the falls from the bottom of the gorge or easily from the top off the falls.

For those that are more into inland cool weather, panoramic views and meandering hiking trails, Koke`e State Park, Waimea Canyon, and the Kuilau Ridge Trail all offer escape from the rest of the world.

So remember that you can save your cash for tasty meals and great drinks because the island has plenty to offer free of charge.

Spouting Horn
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Arguably one of Kauai's most popular natural sites, this geyser-like attraction delights visitors with its spectacle and energy. Incoming surf rushes into an ancient lava tube and is forced upward and outward in a dramatic display of sea water....  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

Waimea Canyon
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This amazing, yawning chasm seems almost incongruous on a tiny, tropical island, but the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" harbors a wealth of scenery, lush vegetation, and native fauna. Its multi-hued brilliance attracts thousands of visitors, who...  Read More

Hanapepe Art Night
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Hanapepe is a true art town. The small historic town, which surprisingly once served as the most bustling town on the Garden Island, is filled mostly with art galleries selling locally made art and locally crafted jewelry and housewares. Each...  Read More

Hanalei Valley Overlook


Just beyond Princeville, a highway overlook affords travelers a view of the Hanalei Valley's incredible beauty, which spreads out in a lush panorama of color, texture, and dimension. Set against rugged mountains are the shimmering strands of...  Read More

Ha`ena Beach Park
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A truly gorgeous beach, Ha`ena Beach park is near the end of the road on the North Shore. The park offers full amenities - bathrooms, cold showers, a lifeguard, grassy lawn, picnic tables, and often a lunch wagon or two. This beach is quite...  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 double tumble is the subject of many tourist photographs, a distinct difference from the days when...  Read More

Koke'e State Park
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Just north of Waimea Canyon, inland from the Na Pali Coast, lies this rugged state park, spread across 4345 mountainous acres. Especially popular with nature lovers, the park offers terrific scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, from hiking...  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


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