The Nā Pali Coast is the perfect day-trip from Timbers Kaua’i

5 Places to Explore in Kaua’i

October 26, 2021

Kaua’i offers an adventure for all visitors. From heart-pumping hikes, rushing waterfalls and dramatic cliff-faces, to sleepy farming towns and soft-sand beaches, The Garden Isle is full of things to do. Timbers Kaua’i is located on the southeastern shore of the island and serves as the ideal homebase for island explorations. Plan an excursion with the help of our Adventure Guides or venture on your own for these day trips.

Hike Waimea Canyon Trails

The start of the canyon is just over an hour drive from Hokuala, but the fun starts once you park the car. Called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain, this state park shows off the impressive geologic effort crafted over centuries. Don’t miss the Canyon Trail, a four-mile round trip moderate hike. Continue on the Waimea Canyon road north to the Kokee State Park, where sky-high water views await. Hiking is also available here.

Koloa Heritage Trail

Go at your own pace on this 10-mile, 14-stop journey through Kaua’i history. Start in Koloa, the first commercial sugar plantation on Kauai and head toward Poipu. Stop at landmarks along the way, like the famous Spouting Horn Park or Puuwanawana Volcanic Cone. Walk, bike or drive the trail.

Maniniholo Dry Cave

Channel your inner Indiana Jones at the Maniniholo Dry Cave. This family-friendly adventure can get a little dark, so bring a flashlight! Explore the sweeping cavern on the north end of the island. Plenty of legends surround the cave, including its use as a secret escape tunnel. Just down the street are Waikanaloa & Waikapalae wet caves. Plan your trip around the tides to see both before heading back to Haena Beach.

Wailua River State Park

Venture into the verdant Kaua’i jungle by way of the Wailua River State Park. Rent a boat, kayak or SUP and explore the largest inland waterway in Hawaii. This is a freshwater paradise, honored for generations by Hawaiian royalty. After exploring the river, drive to Wailua Falls and Opaekaa Falls, dramatic waterfalls fed by the Wailua River.

Nā Pali Coast

The Nā Pali Coast is the stuff of poetry. Dramatic green cliff-faces, cascading waterfalls, and rugged terrain are awe-inspiring, and for good reason. Kaua’i is the oldest Hawaiian island and Na Pali has remained largely untouched. Explore the area by foot at The Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, about two hours away from Hokuala. But the best way to experience the area is by helicopter. Contact us to arrange a tour.

Go beyond the tourist path with special experiences only available to Timber’s Kaua’i guests and Owners. When your day is done, return to our 450-acre luxury Kaua’i resort. Explore ownership opportunities.