Q: Hi Playground, Spring break is coming up and I just found a super bargain deal for my family to go to Kauai at Costco of all places! Now that we’re all booked, I’m wondering what kind of activities will be available for us (my husband, 14-year-old daughter, and I) when we get there. Thanks! — Jen
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A: Aloha Jen, First of all, I LOVE that you got a great deal on travel at Costco; I’m adding it to my bargain list for Spring Breaks as well as paper towels now!
Kauai is known as the Garden Island, and you can expect plenty of green forests and lush vegetation to explore in addition to beautiful golden beaches. There are also some truly unique natural attractions here as well.
Waimea Canyon is known as the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. It plummets 3,600 feet deep and stretches 14 miles long. You can rent a car and follow Waimea Canyon Drive to hit multiple sightseeing overlooks, or plan to hike some of the 40 miles of trails to explore the canyon.
If the 17-rugged miles and Cathedral Mountains of the Napali Coast looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve spotted it in Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Raiders of the Lost Ark, or one of the other blockbusters filmed on the island’s undeveloped west coast. To see it for yourself, you can book a helicopter trip to fly over (also an option for Waimea Canyon) or a catamaran trip along the coast — there are no roads, so self driving isn’t an option.
Kauai also has the only river in Hawaii, and you can book tubing trips. Or, go deep into the island to explore with Kauai ATV
for off-road adventures (good for kids 5 and up).
With more than 25 miles of trails, you’ll be able to ride through the island in search of waterfalls and movie sites (and probably get pretty muddy in the process — always a hit with kids of all ages).
Ziplining through the forest is another popular activity in Kauai. Koloa Zipline
lets kids ages 7 and up and adults of all ages, zip along not just on the longest zipline on the island, but also the first one to allow you to ride heads first or even upside down. They also offer sunset and night tours.
(Did I mention I’m the editor of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Hawaii? It’s another great resource for planning a Kauai trip.)
Have a great vacation!
Photo Credit: VisitMaui/Maui Tourism