Kauai Itinerary - Day 5

Ready for a more leisurely day of sightseeing today?

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Yesterday, Kauai Itinerary - Day 4, was a pretty big day with a lot going on. Today, we need to slow things down so you can relax a bit. Let's take it easy, maybe sleep in a little bit as we're not in a rush today. Don't worry though, you'll still be seeing and doing plenty today.


Let's start the day with a waterfall! This isn't any waterfall, this is the magnificent Wailua Falls. And it only takes another 10 hour, 11 mile hike to see it! Just kidding. Wailua Falls is the most easily accessible large waterfall on Kauai. You can literally drive right up to the viewing area, step out, walk 10 feet, and ...BAM... waterfall!

This is a cool site to see so bring a camera for sure. If the falls look familiar that means you're no spring chicken (no worries, I'm not either) and you probably recognize them from the opening sequence of the television show Fantasy Island. Da plane! Da plane!


Next up, let's spend some relaxing time at the beach. What better place than Lydgate Beach Park. This is a nice beach with plenty of facilities and great for families. Bring a book and just relax for a while.


If you have kids they're going to love Lydgate Kamalani Park I which is right behind next to the beach. Better still is the nearby Lydgate Kamalani Park II which is a site to see with its huge climbing structure and slide. Good luck getting the kids to leave.

Now, how about a visit to the Kauai Museum for some of Kauai's amazing history. This is a great way to learn all about the island's past and a popular attraction.

There are two more places we want to visit today and the order you do them on depends on which place you want to have dinner at. More specifically, which place you want to enjoy dinner and a luau at. Whichever one you choose for your dinner luau will be the one you do last but you'll want to visit both places today.


The first option is the Kilohana Plantation which was built in the 1930's and you can walk through the main house which now houses shops and restaurants. You can then take a train ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana Plantation, make or paint your own pottery at Clayworks At Kilohana, and even enjoy a free rum tasting at the Koloa Rum Tasting Room & Company Store (must be 21 or older). If you choose this for your dinner luau that will take place onsite at Luau Kalamaku.


The second option is Smith's Kauai Garden Luau / Tropical Paradise which is far more than just a luau. For starters, there's a 30 acre botanical and cultural garden here. Enjoy a mile or so of meandering pathways that are surrounded by all sorts of lush, tropical vegetation. Some of the fruits you'll see growing include breadfruit, starfruit, and jackfruit.


Then enjoy a ride down the Wailua river via Smith's Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise. When you're all done you can enjoy your luau dinner here.


On your way to Smith's Kauai Garden Luau / Tropical Paradise, a fun detour is Opaeka'a Falls. This is another popular "drive up and see" waterfall on Kauai, though the falls are much farther from the viewing area than what you saw at Wailua Falls.
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