A 30-minute drive from Lihue will take you to the sunny South Shore of Kauai. Just before Koloa, discover ‘The Tree Tunnel’ – a stretch of road lined with eucalyptus trees. Stop by Old Koloa Town and take a stroll through old-fashioned storefronts and monkey pod trees. A must-see is the Spouting Horn blowhole – watch the surf thrust into a natural lava tube and into the air, creating water spouts 50 feet high. You’ll also find a variety of shops, beaches and golf courses in the Poipu area.
Drive further west to explore the historic sites and natural landmarks of Kauai’s West Side. Also called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, the breathtaking Waimea Canyon stretches 14 miles long, one-mile wide and more than 3,300 feet deep. On your way to the canyon, there are two small towns to explore; Hanapepe has a thriving art scene, where every Friday, painters, sculptors and craftsmen open their galleries and studios. Further west is the historic seaport of Waimea Town, featuring a statue of British voyager Captain James Cook, who first landed in Hawaii in 1778.
Things to do from the West Side to the South Shore include Allerton Garden, Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, Koloa Heritage Trail, Kokee State Park, Poipu Beach Park and Waimea Canyon.