Kapaa annually attracts tourists from all across the globe. The town has a large number of hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. In fact, the locality offers a perfect mix of adventure, water sports and spiritual satisfaction in the form of a number of monasteries. It is also a perfect place if you want to simply relax and enjoy a quiet vacation in one of Kapaa’s many beaches.
Kayaking – Kapaa is hugely popular for kayaking. Kayak Adventures is a wonderful guided kayaking trip providing complete historical information about Hawaiian geography, culture and history. Beginners are given introductory lessons beforehand. The trip is highly rated and offers gear on rent for those not possessing the same.
Surfing – Being a coastal town, it comes as no surprise that most residents and tourists are heavily into surfing activities. For beginners who want to learn, there are also surfing schools with excellent teachers.
Snorkelling – There are a number of beautiful snorkelling spots in Kapaa. Gear can be rented at affordable rates.
Water skiing – Water skiing is also a very popular water sport. A large number of beaches are conducive for water skiing.
Horseback riding – Esprit De Corps Riding Academy offers excellent fully guided horseback rides. It is nominally priced and makes for a wonderful laid back experience. The views are truly amazing. You can choose from short and long horseback rides, depending on the time you have and the money you’re willing to spend. Both are guaranteed to be delightful.
Hiking – Sleeping Giant Hiking Trail is an easy trail which can be enjoyed by the whole family. It is a wonderful hike, and provides panoramic views of the valley and the coast.
Places to visit
Nani Moon Mead LLC – Located in Yasuda Centre, these wineries make for wonderful tasting centres. Nominally priced at $5 per tasting, this company is the only producer of tropical honey wines in Hawaii. Hand crafted batches of Hawaiian honey, fruits and spices are also available. The wine tasting hours are from noon till 5PM and it is open from Tuesday to Saturday. The flavours are truly unique and provide a unique insight into Hawaii’s cuisine and culture.
Kauai Aadheenam Hindu Monastery – A popular religious and spiritual site, this monastery is located 3.7 miles from the city centre of Kapaa. Offering a unique spiritual experience, it is definitely a must-see.
Shopping and restaurants
Kapaa is hugely popular for its shopping centres and restaurants. Kinipopo Shopping Village is one of the best places to shop in Kapaa. It has a large number of small shops which sell souvenirs, vintage maps, fine art, handicrafts and Aloha shirts and also authentic Hawaiian clothes and jewellery. There are also water sports shops which sell everything that you need to rent or purchase for a water adventure. The eateries in this Village are famous for their local cuisine. Wailua Shopping Plaza is home to a number of restaurants specialising in local cuisine, and an eclectic antique shop. The Cononut Marketplace houses a large number of shops where you can find fine artwork, jewellery, Hawaiian mementos, and craft items.