Kauai South Shore Attractions

Explore popular “must see” South Shore of Kauai attractions—most notably Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Other sought-after Kauai South Shore attractions include the famous Spouting Horn, a lava tube that releases water 50 feet into the air, and a tour of Kauai Coffee Company.

Allerton Gardens

Allerton Gardens is located on the south shore of Kauai in Koloa, between the Pacific Ocean and the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s McBryde Garden (also worth a visit).  This garden was first shaped by a Hawaiian Queen and has subsequently been modified by a sugar plantation magnate, and an artist and architect.  During the tour, you can see beautiful rainforest trees, bronze mermaids, and much more.  Tours are offered daily on the hour beginning at 9 am and ending at 3 pm. 

Old Koloa Town

Old Koloa Town is a collection of old plantation buildings that been renovated and restored and are now home to many unique shops and restaurants, including the Koloa History Center.  If you need an informal, relaxing place to stop for lunch, Pizzetta has a nice menu - it's not just pizza (though the pizza is good!).  Koloa Mill is a perfect family stop, offering both locally grown coffee and Hawaii-made ice cream.  There’s sure to be something for everyone in the shopping center! 

Waimea Canyons

Waimea Canyon is located on the southwestern side of Kauai and can be reached via a narrow, winding road, conveniently named Waimea Canyon Drive.  Known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon provides amazing scenic views of the canyon, waterfalls, and at times rainbows from the lookout at the top.  Public restrooms and picnic areas are available, and there are usually a couple of vendors at the lookout selling fresh fruit and the like. 

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn is the legendary blowhole near Poipu.  The surf is channeled into a natural lava tube, which releases a huge spout of water that can reach as much as 50 feet high.  Until the 1920s, there was actually a much larger blowhole adjacent to Spouting Horn, but cane farmers dynamited it shut to protect their crops from the salt spray.  One of the most photographed spots on Kauai, Spouting Horn is easily accessible with lots of nearby parking.  Vendors are also regularly set up along the pathway to the lookout point.  You can stroll under the shade canopies and pick out lots of great inexpensive Kauai souvenirs.

Kauai Coffee Company 

Kauai Coffee Company is located on the south shore just a few miles from Poipu, and is the largest coffee plantation in the US!  Guided tours are available daily at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm at no cost, and self-guided walking tours are available for free during all operating hours (9am-5pm).  Coffee roasting demonstrations are given at 9:30 am Monday-Friday and more extensive guided tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 8:30-9:30 am.  Coffee tastings are available all day long at no charge.  A MUST SEE FOR ANY COFFEE LOVER! 

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