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Kauai for Families

Photo by Michele Bigley

The ABCs to keep tots and teens happy

Traveling with kids in Kauai is a breeze. Stunning beaches, some with enclosed rock pools. Waterfalls just steps from the road. Family-friendly restaurants. Whether you’re vacationing with tots, tweens, teens, or adult children, the Garden Isle caters to all palates.


Where to Stay

For a sunny tropical vacation, stay on the south shore. Parrish Kauai rents some of the area’s most interesting condos and houses.

Another option for families (especially those with young children) is to stay in Kapa’a to minimize excessive driving to attractions. Rosewood rents oceanfront condos in the area, and adorable cottages up in the hills.

For folks craving a reasonably priced resort experience, Kauai Beach Resort proves a wise choice for families. Delight in the great oceanfront address, resort pool, and cultural activities for the whole clan.


Kapaa Activities

Kids appreciate the luxuries of the modern world after a tour of the Kamokila Hawaiian Village. From here hop in a kayak to explore the Wailua River’s waterfalls – families with children over seven, book Outfitter’s Kauai’s thrilling zipline and waterfall tour. End the day swimming at Lydgate Park.


West Shore Activities

Explore the Na Pali cliffs with Captain Andy’s. Spend the day snorkeling with turtles along the stunning coastline.

If you have older kids, drive up to Kokee to meander through the dense jungle searching for endangered birds that only live up in this forest. Cap your adventure off with traditional shave ice at JoJo’s.


North Shore Activities

Observe nesting albatross at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Reserve. Kids get an interactive booklet to try to spot the Hawaiian state bird (the nene), details of the lighthouse, and hopefully whales spouting in the distance. Afterwards stop in Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hana Pizza for a quick slice of pizza and sweet treat.

The best part of Kauai are her beaches and nothing beats an afternoon wading in the pristine blue waters of ‘Anini Beach, or Hanalei Bay.


South Shore Activities

Want to keep the kiddos entertained for hours? There’s no better place than the beach. Take advantage of Poipu Beach’s enclosed lava-rock swimming area and surf breaks for all levels.


Where to Eat

In general, most restaurants welcome families. Kapa’a’s Kauai Pasta, Olympic Cafe, and Kintaro are good bets for consistently good eats. Though expensive, Hanalei Dolphin and the downstairs cafe at Merriman’s cater to finicky younger taste buds. Over in Hanapepe, sample outstanding fresh sushi at Japanese Grandma.


At A Glance

Price Range:
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Most Suited to:
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