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Best things to do in Hanalei

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Where in the world: USA  /  Hawaii  /  Kauai  /  Hanalei

Top 15 things to do in Hanalei

1. Hanalei Beach

Hanalei Beach stretches along 3.2 km (2 mi) of sand on the island's northern shore. The largest beach on the island, four separate areas combine to form the bay: Waikoko beach, Wai'oli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Black Pot Beach Park. Coral reefs beckon people to both ends of the bay. While here, you can go swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, or boating. With waves up to 6 m (20 ft), the bay is also a great place for surfing. Camping is allowed on Black Pot Beach with a permit.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Waimea Canyon State Park, Waimea

Enjoy spectacular views of crested buttes and rugged red cliffs while hiking the geological wonder that is Waimea Canyon State Park. Fondly known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the canyon stretches over 22.5 km (14 mi) and is 1,097 m (3,600 ft) deep. Hike along the deep valley gorge to the Waimea Overlook to admire the vivid red and green coloring of the volcanic canyon and for panoramic views of the Kaua’i interior. You can rent a car to explore the area or catch a tour bus to the top of the canyon. Be sure to carry a jacket, as the area tends to be very windy.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Waimea Canyon State Park

4. Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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Join us on a first class ECO Adventure over the Garden Isle of Kaua'i. You'll fly the incredible new American Eurocopter Eco-Star, which reduces overflight noise by approximately 50%, has individual Business Class style seats, two-way communication with your pilot, and expansive glass for outstanding sweeping views of Kaua'i's incomparable natural beauty. Your flight begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then Manawaiopuna, also referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Then you'll travel up to the Olokele Canyon before moving on to Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Complete your tour with stunning views of the Na Pali coast and Bali Hai Cliffs, pristine Hanalei Bay, and weather permitting, Mt Wai'ale'ale, the wettest spot on earth.All Blue Hawaiian aircraft incorporate the latest in cutting-edge technologies, materials, systems, safety features, and avionics, and offer incomparable passenger comfort.
Suggested duration: 50 minutes
Tours from $448 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Na Pali Coast State Park, Wainiha

The rugged coastline of Hawaii's oldest inhabited island, Na Pali Coast State Park, can only be reached by hiking, kayaking, or paddleboarding. If you're not feeling that adventurous, consider taking a guided boat tour or helicopter ride around the coast. However, this natural beauty is worth the hike (or kayak ride). The cliffs, or pali, jut straight out of the water and are marked with small, narrow valleys and caves formed by strong seawater. Camping on the beach overnight is also a popular option here; just remember that you need to pay for a permit to do so.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $13 › Learn more about Na Pali Coast State Park

6. Limahuli Garden and Preserve

Set among the mountains and coastal terrain of Kauai, Limahuli Garden and Preserve is one of the National Tropical Botanical Garden's parks with waterfalls, cliffs, and plant life. Backed by the imposing Makana Mountain, the park's 7 ha (17 acres) of garden space contains distinctive biological zones and ecosystems stretching from oceanic to those in the rocky heights of the hills behind it. Don't forget to stop by the 240 m (800 ft) waterfall. Take a guided or self-guided tour to learn more about the history of the area and its people, as well as the park. Some terrain can be a little rough, so be sure to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate, Kapaa

Steelgrass Farm is a Kauai family farm dedicated to sustainable diversified agriculture. We grow chocolate, vanilla, award winning honey, timber bamboo, tropical fruits and flowers, lettuces and market vegetables, ginger and turmeric on forty-six acres near Kapaa on Kauai's east side.

Hi, I'm Will Lydgate, co-owner of the farm with my sister Emily. We're the fifth generation of the Lydgate family on Kauai, and we're dedicated to sharing our knowledge, so ten years ago we started the Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour, the only chocolate tour and tasting on a genuine family farm on Kauai.

We're also growing our farm, expanding from our current thousand chocolate trees toward our goal of four thousand. We are already Kauai's largest chocolate grower, and reaching that goal will make our orchard one of the largest in the state -- which also means in the country, since Hawaii is the only state where chocolate trees will grow.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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The only way to see and appreciate our "Island Paradise" called Kauai, is from above and one of our airplanes is the best way to do it!  Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from one of our two identical GA-8 Airvans, and be mezmerized by the amazing one of a kind panoramic views you'll only get to see from above. We are the ONLY air tour company on Kauai able to accommodate groups of 12 flying at the same time. This is an air tour the whole family will enjoy and love! We treat every guest like family. Photographers love us!
Suggested duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Tours from $159 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Princeville Botanical Gardens, Princeville

Visit Princeville Botanical Gardens to walk among exotic plants and flowers, beehives, and homegrown chocolate. The family-run botanical garden operates tours three days a week to educate visitors about native Hawaiian plants and their many useful purposes. The knowledgeable guides will lead you through the gardens, pointing out important species and teaching the group about each plant's origins. Along the way, enjoy delicious samples of lychee fruit, grapefruit, tangerines, papaya, and honey. Included in the tour is a half hour devoted to learning about the cacao tree and the process of making organic chocolate, as well as tasting chocolate samples from around the world.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $99 › Learn more about Princeville Botanical Gardens

10. Photography Tours, Kapaa

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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11. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kilauea

Enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean, an historical lighthouse, and a diverse bird sanctuary when you visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Gaze at residents such as red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, Laysan albatross, great frigatebirds, and nene, and try to spot humpback whales and Hawaiian monk seals in the ocean. To learn about the historical significance of the lighthouse, and the wildlife that resides on the refuge, read informative displays at the visitor center and speak to staff there. There is also a small museum and volunteer center where you can educate yourself further.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $13 › Learn more about Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

12. RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

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On a 5.5-hour tour we will take you to experience towering sea cliffs & pristine beaches of the Na Pali coast. Our Captain and Crew will share history, legends and knowledge of local marine life. Encounter playful dolphins, green sea turtles & much more. Migrating humpback whales (Dec-March). Conditions permitting, we will get you into sea caves, under the waterfalls and snorkel one of the best reefs on Kauai. Choose a morning or afternoon departure; both include lunch, beverages & snorkel gear. Activity descriptionRafting excursions can be physically demanding, bouncy, bumpy & lot's of fun. Participants should be in above average physical shape. You need to be able to climb a sturdy vertical ladder to get back on the raft after snorkeling. This tour is very adventurous, Wet, Wild & Wow! Be prepared for an exhilarating day! All water sports and or Na Pali are conditions permitting.
Suggested duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $196 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Kayaking & Canoeing, Kapaa

Paddle your way around Hawaii's awe-inspiring scenery on a guided kayaking or canoeing tour from Kapaa. Providing you with necessary equipment and information, experienced guides will take you on a safe journey that'll help you see the region's landscape from a whole new perspective. With many options, you'll also be able to visit authentic Hawaiian villages, hike through the lush island vegetation, or snorkel among sea turtles. Depending on the difficulty level, these 4-to-13-hour tours may have various age restrictions.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Anini Beach, Kauai

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $13 › Learn more about Anini Beach

15. LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour

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Tour the Na Pali coast aboard a Luxury Catamaran, Lucky Lady for an afternoon that features incredible scenery topped off with a spectacular sunset. Look for dolphins, whales, and other marine critters as you sip a drink, snap some photos, or simply relax in the warm breeze. This tour has NO swimming or snorkeling.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $207 › More about this tour at viator.com ›