Kauai’s East Side – or ‘Coconut Coast’ – offers a variety of beaches and natural attractions including the winding Wailua River, spectacular Opaekaa Falls and family-friendly Lydgate Beach Park.
Most of the island’s residents live in the Wailua/Kapaa region. A gathering place for residents and visitors, it’s a great area for shopping, dining and entertainment. From Hawaiian keepsakes, fine artwork to Aloha shirts, browse through the variety of shops at Kinipopo Village, Wailua Plaza or Coconut Marketplace.
Kauai’s main airport (LIH) and major cruise ship port is located in Lihue. Although it’s the area’s commercial center, it’s also home to historical sights and outdoor activities. Kalapaki Beach is a popular spot for bodysurfing, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing. Or visit Alekoko Fishpond, built nearly 1,000 years ago, to learn about the legend that surrounds this ancient Hawaiian fishpond.
Things to do from Lihue to East Side include the Fern Grotto, Kauai Museum, Kealia Beach, Kilohana Estate, Nounou Mountain and Wailua Falls.