Kaua’i is one of the most spectacular places on earth & its beauty lies far beneath just beaches and majestic sea cliffs. It’s in the local community, the lesser known gems & the untouched beauty of nature.
My intention in sharing a guide to this special place is to help you dive deeper into what makes this island truly unique – to explore the less explored.
Kaua’i has so many more experiences to offer than the usual ‘tourist trip’ when you step off the beaten path & get to know the place with reverence, curiosity & respect!
I thought I would share a few of our favorites so that you can explore & enjoy Kaua’i with an insider’s perspective. Granted, this is only a sliver of all of the incredible things to do on this island (find more in our Full Kaua’i Travel Guide!).
If you want all of my Kaua’i recommendations all in one convenient, organized place, you can check out our Kaua’i Travel Guide! Our complete guide is focused on supporting local businesses, helping you consciously care for the environment and immerse yourself in this beautiful place.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KAUA’I
HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES AROUND THE ISLAND:
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KAUA’I
Kaua’i Juice Co. offers locally-sourced, cold pressed, glass bottled juices in a wide variety of flavors! They tap into the abundance of fresh produce, leafy greens, root veggies, herbs, and seasonal fruits grown in Hawai’i and create the most nutrient dense juices available and also delicious foods!
This is hands down one of my favorite businesses to support on island. Not only because their juices are incredible but because of their mission & what they have done for the community of Kaua’i. Read their story here
They have multiple locations around the island so you can try them out no matter where you are!
A local’s favorite hole-in-the-wall, Sushi Girl is perfect to grab lunch to-go in Kilauea. They have delicious poké, and some of my favorite fresh daily specials.
North Shore Food Trucks
One of our favorite places to grab lunch is at the food trucks in Hanalei! Local staples include Trucking Delicious, Turmeric, and Fresh Bite Kauai. We also love the tacos at Pat’s Taqueria and poke bowls at Hanalei Poké (both are located in the Big Save parking lot).
One word: YUM! We love this taco spot for a mid-day meal before an adventure. We actually stopped here before we went on our helicopter tour of the Nā Pali coastline last time we were on island!
They might be known for their shave ice but they also have awesome açaí bowls!
They have tasty breakfast items and I love their extensive coffee menu. Note: they give plastic cups for their coffee so as always, ask for your coffee to STAY or BYOC (bring your own cup!)
This tapas bar has little bites that pack a big punch! Love the atmosphere, delightful menu and that they have a variety of dishes for every taste. We continue to return again and again!
We love this spot for their delicious cocktail, locally sourced ingredients & island inspired menu. Ideal location right on the beach!
Get Our Complete Kaua’i Travel Guide
If you want all of our Kaua’i island recommendations all in one convenient, organized place, you can check out our Full Kaua’i Travel Guide!
Our complete guide is focused on supporting local businesses, helping you consciously care for the environment and get off the beaten path.
You can easily access it on your smartphone, computer or iPad which is perfect for while you’re out exploring.
THE GUIDE INCLUDES:
- Over 90 personally curated recommendations from our many trips to Kaua’i
- Tips for where to stay on the island, ways to be a mindful traveler & things not to miss
- The best places to enjoy açaí bowls, delicious coffee and tasty meals all around the island