5 Days In Kauai

July 31, 2017

Day 5: Relax on North Shore Beaches

Lumahai Beach - Kauai - Hawaii

The last of these 5 days in Kauai will be a relaxing affair. We’ll take advantage of the north shore’s stunning beauty and pristine beaches to unwind and recharge.

Pro tip: if you fancy some more hiking, look into the Kuilau Ridge Trail, Moalepe Trail, or the  Nounou East Trail.  

Morning in Hanalei

It’s back to the charming seaside village of Hanalei for a healthy breakfast at the Aloha Juice Bar. The wait might be long but the acai bowls and fruit smoothies are the best I had in Hawaii.

Aloha Juice Bar - Kauai - Hawaii

If it’s Saturday, do not miss the Hanalei Farmers Market – the best farmers market on Kauai’s north shore (9:30-noon). To the backdrop of taro fields and the lush emerald mountains, this market thankfully revolves mostly around food and fresh produce (though there are a few overpriced crafts on sale). Check out the various stalls, grab an ice-cold coconut, and maybe even discover some herbal medicine to make you feel good (have a taste of some noni juice).

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Adjacent to the market is the picturesque church and mission house. Feel free to step inside and turn back the wheels of time to the missionary era of Kauai.

Church and mission house - Hanalei - Kauai - Hawaii

Choose Your Beach

Be sure to pack some shade, water and food, and head to your choice of beach. Top options include a revisit to Hanalei Bay, snorkeling, and swimming in stunning Tunnels Beach, the rewarding yet challenging-to-reach Lumahai Beach, or the fully facilitated Haena Beach. They’re all good choice and if you’re having difficulties making up your mind, simply split your day among two.

Hanalei Bay - Kauai - Hawaii

What’s Next?

I hope you’ve found this 5 days in Kauai sample itinerary useful for planning your own adventure! Visiting other Hawaiian islands? Sample itineraries, guides to the best beaches and the must-see highlights are all waiting for you in the Hawaii Travel Guide collection. Aloha!

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    1. Mahalo Nani

      I think about your island every day! Hope to be back soon. Shalom from Israel!

  1. Truly great stuff Avichai… Thanks for these write ups.

    Do you have any ideas what sections of Kauai are still inaccessible due to the landslide west of Hanalei?

    Thanks again!

    1. Aloha Drew

      Thanks for the feedback. It seems like as of now (Aug 16, 2018) everything beyond the Hanalei Lookout (that means before the descent into the valley and the Hanelei Bridge) is an area that is either closed or best avoided. This also means that access to the Kalalau Trail would be closed but I would check that on their official website. https://kalalautrail.com/

  2. Hi Avichai

    Thank you so much for these tips. I’m planning my trip to Hawaii and I’ll be on 3 islands (Oahu, Maui and Kauai).
    I’ll be 3 full days and an afternoon on Kauai and I want to have a full day on Na Pali area. So I’m thinking something like this:
    Day 1 (Arrive late morning): Lihue to Hanalei Bay (do you think is possible in just one afternoon?)
    Day 2: Na Pali Coast, Kalalau Trail & Tunnels Beach
    Day 3: Lihue, Poipu and Hanapepe
    Day 4 (the flight is at 10pm): Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park

    Do you think is better to change day 3 and 4 in order to be closer to the airport?
    In wich zone do you recommend to stay in these days (it is not necessary to be on the same place)?

    Thank you so much for your help

    1. Thanks for the feedback Tiago.

      I would recommend devoting the full day to the Na Pali area and the day of your evening flight you could do Waimea Canyon, just start very early. Start with the hike I mention in the guide and then work your way back down, just as everybody else is starting to drive up the scenic drive.

      Hope this helps

  3. The post needs to be updated to reflect that you now need a reservation to get into Ha’ena State Park and/or to park there. The reservations need to be made in advance at http://www.GoHaena.com ($1 per person or $5 per car). You can also book a Shuttle from this site instead ($15 per person). The shuttles pick up from Princeville and several other stops to the west. Note that reservations for any of the above options MUST be reserved well in advance of your planned visitation date or you may be locked out, like we were.

    1. Aloha Liz
      Thank you very much for the important update. All guides will be updated with the new procedure.

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