Kauai for Free

Kauai for Free

Five great ways to enjoy Kauai for free By: Marty Wentzel
Enjoy the priceless view at Kalalau Lookout for free. // © 2013 HTA/Robert Coello
Enjoy the priceless view at Kalalau Lookout for free. // © 2013 HTA/Robert Coello

The Details

Kauai Visitors Bureau
800-262-1400
www.gohawaii.com/kauai

For travelers on a budget, Kauai provides an invaluable getaway. Around the island, visitors can enjoy its natural beauty, rich culture and timeless aloha spirit for little to no money while creating precious memories to last a lifetime. Following are five exceptional ways for clients to experience Kauai for free.

Catch the Views
Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon offers stunning panoramas of its 10-mile-long, 3,500-foot-deep expanse. The Kalalau Lookout is another memorable perch providing views of a once-cultivated valley that descends 4,000 feet to the sea. And, it costs nothing to marvel at 80-foot-high Wailua Falls, a dazzling drive-up cascade.

Cherish the Culture
Many Kauai hotels offer complimentary live Hawaiian music, torch lighting ceremonies and lei-making classes. Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa, Harbor Mall in Lihue and Popiu Shopping Village stage gratis hula shows each week. Throughout the year, free festivals celebrate time-honored traditions through arts, crafts, cooking, storytelling and more.

Hike the Trails
A dream destination for hikers, Kauai features spectacular trails that immerse visitors in the magnificence of the island’s wilderness. Routes range from comfortable walks to challenging treks into hidden valleys with streams and waterfalls. Serious hikers won’t want to miss the 11-mile Kalalau Trail along the majestic Na Pali Coast.

Hit the Beach
Kauai boasts more than 50 miles of treasured beaches, and it doesn’t charge a cent for fun in the sun. From the southern shores of Poipu and the north shore oasis of Anini to the long, white sands of Polihale to the west, Kauai’s 43 beaches mirror the island’s overall diversity. Swimming is free, too, but remember to stay on shore if conditions are rough.

See the Sites
Some of Kauai’s most beloved landmarks come with no price tag. Prince Kuhio Park features the foundation of the monarch’s home. Menehune Fishpond dates back centuries and carries legendary significance. Wailua River is steeped in history, and Lydgate State Park features the remains of a heiau (ancient temple). It all adds up to gratifying, gratis adventures in a priceless destination. 

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