East Shore

Kauai’s East Shore is a convenient central location from which to explore the entire island.  You can easily visit both the North Shore and South Shore, or stick close to home and enjoy all that the Coconut Coast has to offer.  Take in a luau at Smith’s Tropical Barbecue.  Pick out your souvenirs and gifts from the many shops in the Coconut Marketplace.  Kayak the Wailua River or relax as a passenger on a boat ride to Fern Grotto.  For some great eating, and an eclectic selection of boutiques, take a brief drive to Kapa’a town.  Feel like lounging on a sunny beach close to home?  You can kick back at Lydgate State Park with its Keiki pool for the little ones, share a shaved ice at Kalapaki Beach, surf Kealia…or just put your feet up on your private lanai and sip a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down.   

What's close to our Kauai vacation rentals on the Royal Coconut Coast?:

  • Opaekaa Falls: Cascading down into a hidden pool, the 151-foot-tall  Opaeka'awaterfall is easily one of the island's most accessible major waterfalls. This convenient stop offers visitors a great view from a scenic lookout and access to picnic tables and restrooms. "Opaekaa" means "rolling shrimp," which were once abundant in the stream. 
  • Wailua River:  The tranquil Wailua River weaves by gorgeous waterfalls and lush, jungle landscapes along the island’s East Side. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River is the largest. You can explore this restful waterway by stand-up paddle board, kayak or canoe, or take a boat tour and let someone else do the work!
  • Fern Grotto: the grotto is a natural lava-rock grotto, lush with hanging ferns and tropical foliage, cooled by the mists of a waterfall. There was a time when Fern Grotto was off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty. But for more than 50 years, riverboats have provided tours of the site.
  • Kapaa Town:  Fun, funky and eclectic, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir of your Kauai vacation in Kapaa.  Shop for antiques, local art and crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs.  You’ll also find a selection of charming eateries and every water sport imaginable.
  • Kauai Museum: Located in a lava rock structure in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau (a small eastern island part of Kauai county). Visitors can learn about the geological formation of the Hawaiian Islands, early Native Hawaiian life, Captain Cook’s arrival on Kauai’s shores in Waimea and the Hawaiian Monarchy. Plus, visitors can view galleries showcasing the work of multi-cultural artists, sculptors, and craftsmen.