5 Amazing Unknown Kauai Destinations

06/17/2021 | by poipubeachseal | Kauai Activities

You have probably already seen many popular spots in Kauai in different articles on our website, so we’re changing it up this time to show you some unknown Kauai destinations on the island that are worth visiting. Check out this list that our Villas at Poipu Kai crew has made for you!

Hidden Places in Kauai

1.Tunnel Beach

Kauai destinations

If you consider yourself a beach lover and have already booked one of our Kauai villas, you have probably enjoyed some beach days at Poipu Beach, but we want to tell you about another incredible Kauai destination, Tunnel Beach.

If you have already gone snorkeling in Poipu Beach and wanted to explore another place with turquoise waters and a plethora of sea life, you should try snorkeling here because it’s one of the best destinations in Kauai to do it!

PS: If you want to explore this and more Kauai beaches, check out this article: 4 of the Best Kauai Beaches to Visit

2. Hanalei Valley Lookout


The views in Kauai are beautiful and you won’t find anything like them in any other part of the world. One of our favorite landscape views is at the Hanalei Valley Lookout.

There is a reason why this spot is one of the most photographed places in Kauai, the different shades of green that make up the Hanalei Valley below will make your jaw drop. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding valley & lush hillside.

Located on Highway 56/560 outside the town of Princeville, it’s only an hour drive from our villas. Check our car discount for all of our guests and come explore Kauai with us!

3. Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife refuge Kauai

This  National Wildlife Refuge is located on the north coast of the island. It was established in 1985, to help preserve seabirds’ nesting.

This refuge is home to a lot of seabirds like nene, wedge tailed shearwaters, red and white-tailed tropicbirds, and 206 species of plants like Shrubs Naupaka, Ilima and Akoko.

The refuge is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The admission fee is $5 for adults and minors under 16 are free. Take route 56 north from Lihuʻe to Kilauea. 

4. Queen’s Bath

Kauai pools

Another gem that is located in Princeville is the Queen’s Bath! A natural pool of ocean water surrounded by rocks where you can swim in calmer, shallower waters.

To access this amazing place, you have to make a short hike of about 10 minutes. This trail is challenging but fun because you’ll have to pass a beautiful waterfall that leads to a rocky landscape, totally worth it!.

This is the perfect place to relax and admire the gorgeous coastal areas. The best time to visit is in summer because the pool is calm and has easy access. Check out these essential tips for visiting Kauai!

5. Maniniholo Dry Cave

Are you looking for an adventure in Kauai?  Haena State Park features a huge cave you can explore with the whole family. This cave has a sandy floor, low ceiling and a large opening that reaches depths of more than 100 feet!

Located at the Kuhio Highway, before Mile Marker #9 and across the Haena Beach Park. The cave is named after Maniniholo, the legendary head fisherman of the Menehune, Kauai’s mythical little people.

Kauai has some of the best Hawaiian Spots to visit, plan your trip now! Contact us to help you book one of our Kauai villas to stay in the best spot on the island.

PS: To add more adventure to your family vacations in Kauai, take a look at our article about 5 water sports you should try

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