There are so many things to do on a Kauai vacation, it's difficult to know what to do first. We've provided ideas and links for Kauai activities and scenic excursions, many of which are located on the Westside of Kauai. We trust that whether you decide to spend your vacation power lounging at the beach just steps from your door, sight seeing or adventure seeking, you'll enjoy returning to your home away from home at the Kekaha Sunset Cottage vacation rental.
Watch the sun come up...
You'll probably be on mainland time the first few days of your stay, so make the most of waking up early in Paradise! Take an early morning walk along the beach, or do some stretching on the beach to prepare you for a day of adventure on Kauai. Experience the tranquility and beauty the beach has to offer as the sun begins to rise on the West Side of Kauai.
The Waimea Canyon - Koke'e State Park
Travel up the Waimea Canyon to Koke'e State Park and visit Koke'e Natural History Museum where you will find a display of flora, fauna, natural history of the area and collections of shells and Hawaiian artifacts. If you like to hike or just take a short stroll, this area offers numerous hiking trails and scenic viewpoints where you will encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in Hawaii.
Kokee Trail Maps & Info
Kokee Natural History Museum
Kauai County Visitor Information
E komo mai! Come, discover the legendary aloha spirit that abounds in this friendly garden island paradise.
Polihale State Park
Several miles to the West of the Kekaha Sunset Cottage is Polihale Beach and Polihale State Park where you can walk along the shore for a view of the South End of the Na Pali Cliffs.
Check out www.KauaiExplorer.com for information on Kauai Beaches & Ocean Safety. It is a very sad reality that visitors drown each year in Hawaii. Be safe and understand that not all of Kauai's beaches are suitable for swimming. Find directions, conditions reports and safety information for every beach on Kauai at www.KauaiExplorer.com. Have fun and be safe!
Kauai Farmer's Market
The West Side farmer's market is held at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center each Saturday at 9 am. Just a short walk from the Kekaha Sunset Cottage, you'll find a variety of locally-grown produce, fruit and tropical flowers. For more information, Kauai Farmer's Markets.
West Side Craft Fair
Every Saturday and Sunday in Waimea Town there is a Craft Fair with live music and local food.
Play a game of Tennis
Just a block from the Kekaha Sunset Cottage are public tennis courts.
Birding opportunities are excellent on Kauai's West Side; the following locations are just minutes from the Kekaha Sunset Cottage. For high elevation endemic species visit the Kokee State Park and Alakai Swamp. For low-land/wet-land species, shorebirds and scrub-land species visit the Kawaieleele Sand-mine Bird Sanctuary. For more information on Kauai birds, visit Birds of Kauai.
Watch an amazing Kekaha Sunset
If you need to feel the ocean on your toes just one more time before the day ends, take a stroll down the beach to experience the brilliant colors of another day in paradise coming to an end.
For the Adventurous at heart...
Kauai has a multitude of activities to enjoy. Below is a list of recommended activity providers who offer tours and equipment to make your Island vacation exciting and memorable. Partcipate in any one of Kauai's many activities including helicopter tours, charter boat excursions, kayaking, water skiing, hiking, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain biking, golfing, sport fishing...Go and Enjoy!
NaPali Explorer - NaPali Coast sight-seeing charters
Outfitters Kauai - Cycling, kayaking and adventure tours and equipment rentals
Kayak Wailua - kayaking adventures and guided kayak waterfall tours
True Blue Charters - Sport Fishing
Kipu Tours - ATV off-road tours
Kauai Golf - Directory of Kauai's Golf Courses
Wet-n-Wonderful Ocean Sports - Shoreline scuba diving and certification classes
Sea Sports Divers - Scuba charters
Kauai Movie Tours - See Kauai thru Hollywood's Eyes
Back Country Adventures - Zip line, tubing, ATV tours and more back country fun...
Inter Island Helicopters - Flight-seeing tours
Kauai Waterski & Surf - (808) 822-3574
When you are through with your Island adventures and are ready for the ultimate in pampering, contact Carol Hart (808) 652-5691 for a relaxing massage at the Aloha Lomi Massage School in Lihue.
National Tropical Botanical Gardens
Tours of NTBG's four gardens in Hawai`i and its garden in Florida are offered as part of our public education program. We invite you to delight in each garden's unique character and hope that you will find visits to these gardens enjoyable and informative.
Na Aina Kai
Countless magical moments await you at Na ‘Āina Kai. Come experience the many moods of this botanical paradise tucked on the north shore of Kauai, Hawai'i's exquisite Garden Isle. Here, natural treasures awaken your senses. And tropical wonders never cease.
Westside Kauai Restaurants:
Grinds Cafe (Breakfast, Waimea)
Kalaheo Steak House (Kalaheo)
Brick Oven Pizza (Kalaheo)
Beach House (Poipu)
Joe's on the Green (lunch)
Keoki's Paradise (Poipu)
Questions? Please contact us by Email. Or leave a Phone Message (808) 635-0623.