Top Five Activities for Kids on Kauai

By Coco Zickos
Anini Beach Park. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Robert Coello.

Anini Beach Park. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Robert Coello.

Kaua‘i is a great place for families to visit. Keiki (Hawaiian word for kids) will love to frolic in the gentle surf, build castles in the sand and warm their happy, little souls in the sun.

1) Beach

Built this with a friend who is a master sandcastle builder. Little known fact: Hawaii has some of the best sand in the world for making sand castles. Kalapaki Bay Beach, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo: member Mia C.

You can’t go wrong taking the kids to the beach. This is by-far the most popular of all activities for kids, and the best part about it is that it doesn’t cost a dime. Caution is to be taken, however, when selecting the best beach to bring your family to. Kaua‘i waters can get rough so it’s wise to pick a lifeguarded beach; one that is protected against tempestuous currents like Lydgate Beach Park. This eastside beach has a small enclosed swimming area that’s even great for the kids to test out their snorkeling skills.

2) Ziplining creative commons

Ziplining Adventure on Kauai. Photo courtesy of Eli Duke of

There are many guided adventures that your kids can have a blast on like ziplining. Imagine flitting from tree to tree atop a rainforest canopy. This is exactly what you’ll do when you book a trip with a company like Kipu Ranch Adventures in Lihue that offer a leisure kayak, wagon ride, ziplining, and dip in a luscious fresh water pool.

3) ATV

Photo: Kipu Ranch Adventures.

Ultimate Ranch Tour

Ride through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Huleia Valley, and ascend to majestic Haupu for a breathtaking view of Kipu Kai, Kauai’s untouched paradise.

Tour time: 3 hours. Cost: $135 adults, $89 child (7-17 years), $89 ride with a guide (7+ years).


Another guided adventure consists of hopping in an ATV and traversing uncharted territory with your family. By booking one of these trips with a company like Kipu Ranch Adventures you’ll have fun bumping and bopping around in an all-terrain vehicle while catching glimpses of views on private land that even kama‘aina (Hawai‘i residents) don’t get to see.

4) Sailing

Sailing the Na Pali coast. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Sailing the Na Pali coast. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Family Snorkel Tours

Guaranteed dolphin sighting plus snorkeling tour along the famous Na Pali Coast of Kauai. Book your tour at least 72 Hours in Advance and receive a $10 per person online discount.

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Maybe your kids have sea legs. If so, then a sailing adventure around the Na Pali Coast is the way to go. Make a game of spotting dolphins, turtles and flying fish while you journey to these inaccessible parts of the island. Companies like Blue Dolphin Charters also offer safe opportunities to snorkel along the way.

5) Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

If you want to show your kids some of the native wildlife, then a stop at the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge is the perfect opportunity. Here, children can delight in the hundreds of sea birds that float among the cliff edges and dance in the sky only a few feet above visitors’ heads. This is also a great location to whale watch. Your kids will be amused observing the animals while learning about the island’s fauna at the same time.

Family Activities

Smiths Family Garden Luau

Best Luau on the Island

Receive your shell lei, tour the 30-acre gardens, attend the imu ceremony and learn about Hawaiian cooking, enjoy cocktails and live music, feast on local specialties and watch the Rhythm of Aloha Show!

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Visit a Cozy Museum

The Kokee Natural History Museum is a cozy museum located inside the Kokee State Park. This is a great place to plan hikes, get information and find exclusive gift items. Admission is free, but a $3 donation is suggested. Open daily from 9 am - 4 pm, including holidays.


Save $10 on your Whale Watching Tour

Kauai Sea Tours offers $10 off when you reserve your whale watching tours online! Choose from a variety of catamaran or raft adventures along the magical Napali Coast of Kauai.

Online bookings also earn you 10% off at the gift shop!

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