Kauai, the island of which Lihue is the capital, certainly takes the motto ‘good things come in little packages’ very seriously. It may be the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands, but the sheer beauty and spectacle of activities on offer mean that you certainly won’t be stuck for things to see and do. To really take in all that this island has to offer, you’ll need a car. Imagine driving around, choosing the best sunbathing spot from the 113 miles of gorgeous beaches, or road tripping to outstanding canyons and national parks. All this could be possible with a rental car in Lihue.
Whether you prefer watersports or sunbathing, there’s definitely something to float your surfboard in Lihue. Fans of the sea and sand can choose between bodysurfing, windsurfing, or chilling at a beach or golf club. If you fancy something a bit more uniquely Kauaian, try hiking to Ninini Beach and exploring an automated lighthouse, which was built in 1897. For history fans, Menehune Fishpond is a 1000 year old aquaculture reservoir that makes for a fantastic afternoon’s exploration.
Once you’ve left the beach and city behind, head inland and marvel at some of the island’s spectacular natural scenery. Lihue’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ makes for a fantastic day trip. Alternatively, take a peek at Manawaiopuna Falls. These were the gorgeous waterfalls featured in Jurassic Park. How about a jungle tour on horseback? There’s so much for the adventurous in and around Lihue to fall in love with and certainly a lot of extraordinary views to take in as well. From mountains to glorious beaches to tropical jungle, you’ll never get tired of exploring the terrain of this diverse island.
But Lihue and Kauai’s draw isn’t just its surface beauty. The Kauai Museum and Grove Farm Homestead Museum will really allure you into the enchanting story of this tiny island. Also, check out the Kauai Plantation Railway for a train trip back in time, or stop by at the Koloa Rum Company to sample some authentic Hawaiian alcohol. While many come to the island just for the watersports and pristine beaches, there’s certainly lots more exploring to really get to grips with the culture and way of life in Lihue.
Whether your perfect day in Lihue consists of sunbathing, windsurfing, trekking to waterfalls, or exploring the unique museums, there’s only one way to finish it; with a sunset at Polihale Beach, a tranquil spot on the west shore of the island. As you gaze over the enchanted surroundings, watching the sun kiss the ocean as another day ends, you can excitedly plan your Lihue itinerary for the next day. And on an island as diverse as Kauai, you can be certain that each day will bring a new and amazing surprise!
You’ll want to have your rental car in Lihue already arranged when you land. We at Orbitz offer unbeatable rates and a huge selection of vehicles, and from the airport, you can quickly pick up your car and immediately start exploring the island without any stress. Whether you desire a cheap car for just yourself, or a large people carrier for the whole family, we guarantee to have the perfect vehicle for you and our fast and efficient service means that you will be traversing the golden sands of the beautiful island very soon after leaving the plane!