Kauaʻi on a Budget: Inexpensive Family-Friendly Activities

It’s no secret that a trip to Hawaiʻi can seriously rack up the bill. After all, it pays to spend time in paradise! From dining decisions to pricey attractions, an island vacation can bring up some serious questions about the best way to spend your savings. 

This Week Hawaii is making it easy for you to experience paradise on a budget. Here we’re showcasing popular things to do on Kauaʻi at a reasonable price. 

Tackling Kauai on Budget 2Experience the beauty of Waimea CanyonWaimea Canyon rests at the end of a long, curvy and slowly ascending road that ends at Kokeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks. At 10-miles long, a mile wide and over 3,600-feet deep, this mammoth chasm features four million year old lava rock and displays of red, purple, green and blue, depending on the weather and time of day. From vantage lookout points, you may even get a glimpse of neighboring Niʻihau, Waipoʻo Falls, Kalalau Valley and the Nāpali coast. You can explore the breathtaking canyon for free, or opt for a private tour of the region. PC: HTA / Tor Johnson.

Explore Old Koloa Town – Travel back in time to plantation-era Hawaiʻi with a visit to Old Koloa Town. This historic destination features quaint plantation buildings that have been meticulously restored to showcase Kōloa’s rich culture and past. Spend the day browsing art galleries, retail stores, restaurants and more.
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Tackling Kauai on Budget 4Learn about Hawaiʻi’s culture at Kauai Museum – The Kauai Museum encourages visitors to journey through time while learning about the immigrant people of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. As the main museum on the island, Kauai Museum opens its doors to residents, visitors and students alike at an affordable price. Explore its temporary and permanent exhibits, displays and archives to gain an understanding of the lives and experiences of the Kauaʻi and Niʻihau people. Admission is only $15/general, $12/seniors (65+) and $10/students (8-17). 

Tackling Kauai on Budget 5Visit Spouting Horn blowhole – No visit to Kauaʻi’s south shore is complete without a stop at Spouting Horn Beach Park to catch the delightful Spouting Horn blowhole. This magnificent natural wonder shoots a giant spray of seawater several feet into the air. Amidst particularly rough ocean conditions, the blowhole may spout as high as 50 feet in the air! Spouting Horn is an example of a thrilling natural attraction at no cost to you.

Photo courtesy of HTA / Blake Bronstad

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