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If you are heading to Kauai …
Don’t miss: a helicopter tour of the island, Nualolo or Awa’awapuhi trails hike in Koke’e State Park, Kalalau trail day hike on the northern shore (or backpack for the more adventurous), Wailua River kayak (short & leisurely) to get to Secret Falls where you can swim in the waterfall.
Skip: Allerton/National Tropical Botanical garden tour (it’s long and slow, and there is no way to leave the tour early), Alakai Swamp trail in Koke’e.
Food tip: try skipping fancy restaurants and go local style: fresh poke + seaweed salad takeout from any of the larger grocery stores (Foodland, Safeway, Big time). This will be both one of your tastiest and cheapest meals (under $10)! Also try Fish Express in Lihu’e for grilled seafood to-go.