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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

The Ultimate Kauai Guide: Eat, See, & Do

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

A guide to my favorite beaches, restaurants, and shops in Kauai.

Shipwreck Beach

Aloha, here is my Ultimate Kauai guide after having lived on Kauai for 4 months. Here are my favorite places I’ve found. If you go to Kauai at any point, you might enjoy these special places as well.

I'm going to break everything down to four categories: food, beaches, places, and stores.

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Overview of each category


  • Rice Box Emoji - Lotus Garden Chinese & Thai Cuisine (Princeville)

  • Shave Ice Emoji - Uncle’s Shave Ice (Poipu & Lihue)

  • Croissant Emoji - Midnight Bear Breads (Hanapepe)

  • Taco Emoji - Paco’s Tacos (Kilauea, Kapaa, Kalaheo)



Stores (not shown on map)


Lotus Garden Chinese & Thai Cuisine

Lotus Garden is hands down my favorite place to get Thai food on the whole island. Their spring rolls are to die for! If you are in the Hanalei Bay/Princeville area you should definitely try them out.

Uncle's Shave Ice

Midnight Bear Breads

Paco's Tacos


Waimea Canyon & Koke'e State Park

Waimea Canyon & Koke’e State Park is one of the most incredible drives you can take on the island. There are many accessible views (viewpoints) as well as hikes. So basically there’s something for everyone .

Old Town Hanapepe

Wailua Falls

Opaeka'a Falls

Kilauea Lighthouse


Polihale Beach

Salt Ponds Beach

Poipu Beach

Shipwreck Beach

Lydgate Beach

Wailua Beach

Pila'a Beach

Anini Beach

Hanalei Bay

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