5 Amazing Things to See and Do in Koloa, Hawaii

Hawaii, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, offers some many things to do that it gets hard to decide where to start. First, Hawaii is divided into many different islands, all with various activities depending on the type of tourist you want to be. There’s the main islands Hawaii and Maui, along with various other smaller islands. These smaller islands usually fly under people’s radars but usually end up being the most memorable places to visit.

One of these islands, Kauai, is one of the smallest and on the end of the line. It is also called the Garden Isle and is part of the Kawaikini volcano. Because this island is smaller, there are less tourists there and more room for you (and your family) to participate fully in the culture of the island.

Kauai has historic regions as well as amazing natural beauty. Koloa, in particular, is great for those who love the outdoors, especially water sports. There are water-related activities for those in all age groups, going solo, or taking a family. Kauai is the perfect place to take that Hawaiian vacation you’ve always dreamt of.

1. Resorts 

What’s more fun than taking your family to a Hawaiian resort? Though going to a resort offers a more family-friend setting for your children, they aren’t a ‘family-only’ option. Resorts offer a safe and fun way to mingle with others, experience the Kauai culture, and enjoy your vacation. There are a variety of resorts in Kauai, including the Koloa Landing Resort in Poipu.

These resorts don’t have strict plans, giving you the freedom to explore the surrounding island but to have a safe place to return to every night. They usually offer tours and guided activities for those who enjoy locals taking them around their home.

2. National Forest

Kauai has a beautiful national forest in the middle of their island. The park offers plenty of hiking trails, amazing natural scenery (including waterfalls and volcanic craters), and picnic/camping spots for the more adventurous.

Within the park there is also the Waimea Canyon, nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” which tourists can view on foot or on off-road vehicles. There are two specific look-out points on either side of the canyon, Puu ka Pele and Puu hinahina. Both offer parking as well as trails for those who prefer hiking.

3. Snorkeling

Snorkeling is an amazing way to explore the rich sea life without having to receive mass amounts of training. It is also an activity safe for children and those who are more nervous around the ocean. Snorkeling tours in Koloa are plentiful and take you along different coral reefs to see the marine life.

Some of these tours are closer to the shore, for those with younger children, while others go out deeper under the safe instruction of a ship captain.

4. Ziplining 

Koloa has opportunities for tourists to zipline through the nature scenery. It is a fun way to see the surroundings without getting extremely sweaty and tired by hiking (though hiking is still a great activity). The different ziplines take you through forests and over lakes—you can even watch your children ziplining from a raft or floaty on the lake.

Koloa offers multiple different ziplining companies, giving you choices of where you’d like to zipline most.

5. Lawa'i Beach

The most popular beach in Koloa is Lawa’i, which is always teeming with sea life. There are specific snorkeling tours along the beach itself, as well as biplane tours around the entire island starting from the beach. There is a beach house and many restaurants along the edge of the beach, giving parents a place to rest while their children play. Also, it gives single individuals great places to mingle and make the most of their experience.

Koloa is usually an overlooked city to visit in Hawaii, but it offers amazing experiences for people who are looking to get a little adventurous and out of their comfort zone.

Are you dreaming to go to Koloa? Have you been to? Comment below with your recommendations! 

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