5 Affordable Family Activities in Kauai
Planning a family trip to Hawaii? Don’t forget about Kauai! The island sees less tourists than other spots in the island chain, but still has all the appeal. Known as the Garden Isle for it’s lush rainforests and mountain ranges, Kauai has dozens of hikes to choose from. If you’re not interested in hiking, the island is home to 43 miles of beaches. You and you’re kids will love the waterfalls, snorkeling, and cultural spots. Here are some of our top picks for affordable family activities in Kauai, because a fun family vacation shouldn’t have to break the bank!
1. Snorkel Along the Na Pali Coast
Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is a wonder to behold. Rugged coastal cliffs make this famous stretch of shore inaccessible by car, but it’s well worth the trek to get out there. You’ll either have to take a two-mile hike to Hanakapi’ai Beach, do part of the 11-mile hike on the Kalalau Trail, or go with a boat tour. The waters off the Na Pali Coast have an abundance of sea life. In addition to schools of fish, you might see dolphins and sea turtles — known in Hawaiian as honu.
2. Discover Kauai’s Beaches
Hawaii’s beaches are popular for many things — snorkeling, surfing, and of course swimming. If you’re looking to enjoy a beach day with the kiddos, Poipu Beach in the South and Lydgate Beach on the East Shore have calm water that’s ideal for swimming. Both beaches have a play area for kids and at Poipu, there is a lifeguard on duty every day. Lydgate Beach has two enclosed ponds that create a barrier from waves, but still allow fish to come in making it a great spot for snorkeling too.
3. Take a Shaka Guide Tour
If you want to really explore this unruly island — about 97% of its land is undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests — let Shaka Guide be your travel companion. We have four driving tours on Kauai that cover each corner of the island. We’ll take you to the Kauai’s north shore beaches, the best hiking trails, and hidden waterfalls; all while learning history and fun facts along the way! You’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace, and the best part? All four tours cost $19.99 if you get the bundle!
4. Explore Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon aka the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is another great stop during your Kauai family vacation. There are many epic landscapes on the islands, but this one is truly unique. The Canyon is ten miles long, one mile wide, and 3,500 ft deep! Pack a lunch and explore the trails that range from beginner to advanced.
5. Take a Train Ride Through Kilohana Plantation
Learn about Hawaii’s history at the Kilohana Plantation. Take the plantation’s train ride! Along the way you’ll visit a farmyard where you can feed goats, sheep, pigs, and horses. Kilohana Plantation is open every day with trains departing each hour between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It lasts 40 minutes and costs $18 for adults, $14 for children and free for children under three.
Whether it’s the train ride with a pit stop to feed animals, exploring Kauai’s outback filled with rainforests and waterfalls, relaxing or snorkeling on the beach, or even admiring vast canyon views, Kauai has a bunch of affordable family activities that everyone will love!
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