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Hawaii on a Budget: 9 Free Things to Do in Kauai

Planning a vacation to Kauai? If so, you know there are numerous Kauai attractions and activities available in Hawaii, many of which highlight the beauty of the island. Get the full scoop on how to do Hawaii on a budget with our list of free things to do in Kauai.

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1) Wailua River State Park
Wailua River State Park is home to Fern Grotto, a fern-covered cave set in a tropical garden, Opaeka’s Falls and Wailua Falls.  The state park also features the Wailua Complex of Heiau, a national historic landmark.

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Waimea Canyon

2) Waimea Canyon
Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the park offers stunning views at several lookout points, picnic areas and a variety of hiking trails to waterfalls and other scenic locales. Entrance into the Waimea Canyon State Park is free.

3) Koke’e State Park
Koke’e State Park, home to hiking trails, the Koke’e Natural History Museum, the Koke’e Lighthouse, as well as interpretive programs and exhibits. There are beautiful lookouts to take advantage of and scenic waterfalls to see at this state park. Entrance to the park is free.

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Spouting Horn

4) Spouting Horn
A popular photography spot, Spouting Horn is easily accessed on the Poipu Coastline. A natural lava tube flooded by the surf creates a frequent 50-foot spouts of surge and swells. A legend is built around the sound the Spouting Horn makes, hissing and roaring as the waves come in and out.

5) Kauai Coffee Company
Tour the Kauai Coffee Company on the south side of Kauai. It’s the United States’ largest coffee farm, offering a free self-guided walking tour of the farm and free coffee tasting.

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Tunnels Beach

6) Beaches
Tunnels Beach. Hanalei Bay. Poipu Beach. Waimea Bay. These are just a few of the sun-soaked beaches Kauai is known for. These free natural attractions offer endless days of pleasure and are some of the best free things to do in Kauai.

7) Hiking
There are endless epic hiking trails in Kauai. All
of them are free to access, too, so you can spend a day under the island sun exploring some of the best attractions the island has to
offer at no charge. The Kalalu Trail is one of the best with views of the Na Pali Coast. Canyon Trail at Koke’e State Park has panoramic views of Waimea Canyon, making it an amazing free thing to do too.

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Kilauea Lighthouse

8) Koloa Heritage Trail
A self-guided 10 mile trail, the Koloa Heritage Trail has a series of 14 monuments educating visitors of the history, culture and heritage of this site.

9) Kilauea Lighthouse
Pristinely white against a deep blue ocean, the Kilauea Lighthouse draws visitors for its postcard perfect views. After snapping about 100 photos (seriously, it’s so pretty!), take the guided tour of the lighthouse to gain insight into this historical landmark.

These are just a few of the free things to do in Kauai. Plan your Hawaii vacation today to discover all Hawaii has to offer.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Kauai to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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