With its rivers, white-sand beaches, and mile-long list of adventures, Kauai is as much the island of family fun as it is the island of gardens. Vacationing families will gain a lifetime of new memories in the mountains and beaches of the Garden Isle. Below are some things to keep in mind when planning a family vacation to Kauai.
When traveling with family one of the first items on your list is accommodations. In Kauai, you can have your pick with family accommodation options. Choose from a hotel, condominium, or vacation rental. Wherever you are, you’ll be close to adventure for all ages. Many hotels and operators offer room/car packages, and you can even find some travel packages that include airfare.
You also want to keep in mind what type of family activities and dining options are available. On Kauai, you can pick your pleasure. Family activities and outings are seemingly numberless, from swimming and canoe riding to hikes along the shoreline, kayak or riverboat rides. Many restaurants offer a mini-sized “keiki menu” for children. Plus, the luau, with its hula, fire-knife dancing, and island-style fare in exotic settings, never fails to mesmerize all.
Some of our favorite family friendly activities include ziplining, movie tours, fun in the sun and, dare we say it, volunteering!
- With ziplining, you can build an entire scrapbook. It is the ultimate thrill for familes – flying like a bird over the land.
- More than 60 movies have been filmed on Kauai and you can cover all the cinematic highlights with a movie tour. Choose a mini-bus or a 4x4 and take in the sights while you cruise along the coast and ride the roads into the rugged interior of the island to live out your movie fantasies.
- The water activities at hotels can be entertaining, but hit the beaches for the ultimate playground. Explore the tide pools at Salt Pond Beach Park. And visit Makua Beach, an aquarium during the summer months, where underwater caverns and cathedrals can be explored and tropical fish play.
- The kids may prefer to spend their days in the sand, but after a day of volunteering, they will be thankful for the opportunity! At the National Tropical Botanical Garden, volunteers are welcomed to enrich their knowledge of the island and play a role in preserving the natural beauty. Roll up your sleeves and start making a difference. Programs are open year-round for those 14 and older. Plus, you will receive special benefits once you’ve volunteered including invitations to special events, access to behind-the-scenes places and the fun of leaving your mark in the beauty of this island.
The food of Kauai will be heaven to your taste buds. Enjoy the savory with plate lunches, saimin, taro burgers and teriyaki beef sticks. But make sure to save room for the sweets - shave ice, pineapple and mango smoothies, lilikoi sorbet, coconut ice cream. Enjoy the island’s roadside fruit stands, where fresh chilled coconut can be cracked and served on the spot. No need to worry about calories on vacation!
Lush and reserved, Kauai features spectacular kid-friendly options – from hotels and resorts to exciting adventures that let you experience the magic of the island.