Enjoyable Family-Friendly Kauai Family Adventures
The Garden Island of Kaui has many family-friendly activities for all ages, and of course one of the best Kauai activities is going to the beach! However there are also many other fun things to do while enjoying family time on the Garden Island.
Go Kayaking in a River or On an Ocean Bay
Kayaking on Kauai is a fun family activity that provides plenty of adventure and is easy to do for people of all ages. There are some very calm rivers and bays that provide gentle kayaking and also opportunities for more adventurous journeys.
During the summer months Hanalei Bay is a great place for kayaking and the Hanalei River is a wide and long watercourse that is very popular for kayaking. There are several places to rent a kayak right in Hanalei town and guided kayak tours can also be arranged.
Other great Kauai kayaking locations include the Wailua River, Huleia Stream, and Kalihiwai River. With some planning you can kayak the length of the spectacular Na Pali Coast during times when the ocean is calm. Guided tours leave from the north shore and kayak all the way to Polihale on Kauai’s southwest shore.
Kauai kayak tours are often combined with short hikes where you can view a waterfall or some other natural attraction. Also popular during kayaking on streams is birdwatching, while ocean kayaking provides the potential added thrill of seeing green sea turtles, spinner dolphins and even humpback whales.
When kayaking on Kauai make sure and follow proper Kauai Kayaking Safety Tips. Inexperienced kayakers should arrange a guide tour. Some well-known Kauai kayaking companies include Alii Kayak Tours, Kayak Kauai, Outfitters Kauai and the Kauai Beach Boys. Give us a call at Bali Hai Realty and we will help you arrange a guided kayaking adventure.
Hike to Hanakapiai Beach
The hike to Hanakapiai Valley is one of Kauai’s most enjoyable day hikes. The trail you will follow is the beginning of the famed 11-mile Kalalau Trail that leads along the Na Pali Coast to Kalalau Valley. The first two miles of this trail leads to Hanakapiai Beach. The trail can be muddy if it has been raining so make sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Walking along the Kalalau Trail past Hanakapiai Beach along the coast requires a permit, but adventurous day hikers can proceed up Hanakapiai Valley to a 100-foot waterfall with a huge pool at the bottom. The two miles from Hanakapiai Beach up the river follows a rugged, unmaintained trail and is not suitable for young children.
From Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Falls and back is an eight mile round trip, but if you just go to the beach and back it is only four miles which is a nice morning hike. Do not swim in the ocean at Hanakapiai. Due to its remote location and unpredictable waves and currents, Hanakapiai is not a swimming beach.
If you need to cool off then take a dip in the stream. When you finish the hike you can enjoy Ke’e Beach where there is a lifeguard to help ensure your safety. For more information see Kauai Safety Tips.
Other Fun Family Activities on Kauai
Some other fun activities for families on Kauai include horseback riding, visiting Koke’e State Park and going for a hike, riding a zipline through the treetops and taking an ATV excursion through the backcountry. Also great family fun is a boat trip along the Na Pali Coast to see the area’s spectacular seacliffs and deep, ancient valleys. You will probably also see Hawaiian spinner dolphins, and during the winter months you may see breaching humpback whales!
Bali Hai Realty Concierge Services
Bali Hai Realty offers the highest level of personalized concierge services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities. We look forward to assisting you in planning enjoyable Kauai adventures, entertainment and relaxation.
From helicopter tours to whale watching and sport fishing, we will make sure you are in the right hands. Take a surf lesson, enjoy a guided hike or try ziplining above the treetops. You can also pamper yourself with private yoga sessions and enjoy a massage, facial and even a private chef! Just give us a call and we will help you plan the dream vacation of a lifetime.
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