Family-Friendly Activities on Kauai’s Sunny South Side
Aside from being one of the most beautiful places on earth, Kauai offers some of the most breathtaking family-friendly activities. From the mauka (mountains) to the makai (ocean) this island is chalk-full of new and exciting adventures to discover. Ranging from swimming with sea turtles to zip-lining high above the lush jungle landscape, we’ll walk you through our favorite activities on the sunny south side.
Immerse yourself in the deep blue Pacific! Although many of our waters are shallow and turquoise, Kauai’s never short of postcard perfect beaches to keep you satisfied. Spend a day in the sun, and much like the ice in your drink, let your worries melt away. Poipu offers surf and stand up paddle lessons, snorkeling, snuba (a snorkel / scuba hybrid) and daily boat tours. Whether your family is scouting the seas for Humpback whales, sunken treasures, or enjoying the majestic Na Pali Coast – boat tours are the way to go.
Visit Spouting Horn, the south side’s natural blow spout, and then take a walking tour through the flourishing McBryde Gardens or Allerton Botanical Gardens (where some of Jurassic Park was filmed!). If you find yourself in the mountains of Koke’e, take a day to hike around and explore the incredible views. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try your hand at ATV riding or mountain biking.
Drive through the magnificent Tree Tunnel to Old Koloa Town. Stroll through the quaint stretch of shops in search of the best souvenirs. Head down the road to The Shops at Kukui’ula, where you will find delicious food and shopping. They also play host to a weekly Culinary Market. Not to mention Lappert’s Coffee and Ice Cream, Hawaii’s famed ice cream producer. Grab a chocolate dipped cone for the kids, a latte for Mom and Dad and then head over to Living Foods Market. Here you can order a picnic basket to go, taking the stress out of where your next meal is coming from. Bring it down to Poipu Beach Park where the kids can boogie board in the bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Afterwards, dig in to some colorful Shave ice and watch the sunset.
Zip-lining high above the canopies is sure way to get your heart racing. Don some gear and hold on tight as you fly high above a blur of greens and blues. Helicopter tours are an exciting and new way shake up your perspective, all while allowing you to enjoy sights normally unreachable. Roaring waterfalls, white sand beaches and vibrant green mountains fill your senses and leave you with a whole new concept of what Kauai is all about.
Immerse your family in the island culture. Taste the food, savor the drinks and allow yourself to breathe the Aloha Spirit. Let our team show you around! Kukui’ula offers personalized island tours from Island Pursuit, a passionate and knowledge staff of adventurous locals. They help Kukui’ula Members and their families discover the best-kept secrets on Kauai while creating a lifetime worth of memories.