December 3, 2023

Travel Hawaii

It's Your Travel Hawaii

Hawaii is expensive, but these enriching Kauai experiences are cheap

Taro fields can be seen from the Hanalei Valley Lookout in Princeville.

Usually, the most expensive part of vacationing in Hawaii is getting there. Unlike every other state, you can’t just drive to the islands – yes, I’m including Alaska. Depending on which one you visit, you may also need to rent a car to get around, which, along with accommodations, can be pricey. But one of the many beautiful things about visiting the Garden Island of Kauai is there aren’t a lot of other necessary expenses. 

Sure, you spend a lot of money on helicopter tours, chartered sailings, lūʻau and more, but tourists visiting Hawaii’s oldest island can enjoy a wealth of experiences for cheap or free.

Here are eight inexpensive things to do in Kauai that are enriching in other ways.

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1. Hit the beach

From picturesque Poipu Beach in Koloa to tranquil Anini Beach on the North Shore, you could visit a different beach each vacation day without hitting them all.

Each one has unique treasures. Some may be better suited for snorkeling, surfing or simply soaking in the temperate, crystalline waters. You may even spot sea turtles and seals.

Most of Kauai’s breathtaking beaches are free and open to the public, though a few, like Ke’e Beach are part of state parks, which charge nominal entry fees.