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Coconut Coast - Kauai

Your first stop are the famous Wailua Falls. To get there head north from Līhue on Kuhio Highway (56) and turn left on Highway 583. Easily accessible, Wailua Falls can be seen from the roadside, so you can leave your hiking boots behind.

Next is the family-friendly Lydgate Beach Park. Take Highway 583 back the way you came then join Kuhio Highway (56) heading north. Lydgate Beach Park offers visitors and residents a relaxing beach experience, it features two mini-pools surrounded by reefs and is ideal for keiki (children). Snorkellers will be treated to a colourful spectrum of fish in the big pool.

A couple of minutes’ drive north of the beach take a riverboat tour up Wailua River to Fern Grotto, a natural lava-rock grotto. This is a popular tour so it is best to pre-book.

Head back northeast up Highway 56 to the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse. The historic landmark sits majestically on the northernmost peninsula of the island, providing scenic views of the dramatic cliffs and coastline. It is a perfect place to spot whales December through April. While visiting the lighthouse, discover Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge to see some of Hawaii’s most treasured birdlife.

Follow the highway onto the Kuhio Highway (560) and head into the charming town of Hanalei, which offers simple to sophisticated dining, shopping and entertainment. Beach parks border nearby Hanalei Bay and the pier is great for fishing. The mountains form a stunning backdrop, complete with waterfalls, mists and rainbows; no wonder so many movies have been filmed in the area!

Further up the highway on the left is Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Offering both guided and non-guided tours, Tuesday through Saturday, this unique garden offers a glimpse into Kaua‘i’s unique cultural past and a superb collection of native tropical plants.

At the end of Kuhio Highway (560), Ke‘e Beach Park, an aquamarine lagoon awaits snorkelers. Always check the water conditions with the lifeguard station before entering the water. Nearby are wet and dry caves, easily accessible and steeped in ancient lore.

Discover the breathtaking beaches and historic landmarks

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