Kalalau Lookout, accessible by car, offers a spectacular birds-eye-view of Kauai’s famous Kalalau Valley, the largest valley on the Na Pali Coast. From this lookout, visitors have an opportunity to experience this valley’s beauty without taking the long, arduous hike known as Kalalau Trail. It’s truly an incredible view, as clouds roll across the valley, creating a dappled light and shadow effect up and down the stunning green cliffs and lush tropical gorges that seem to just disappear into the blue ocean below. It’s an absolutely awe inspiring sight.
Quick Tips About Kalalau Lookout
- Kalalau Lookout sits 4,000 feet above sea level. At that elevation the air is much cooler than in the valleys and beaches of Kauai. You may even want to bring a light jacket with you.
- If you want to get a very clear view of the valley, unobstructed by clouds, then the best time to visit Kalalau Lookout is early in the morning.
- Although morning is your best bet for a clear sky, come during sunset for an absolutely magical scene. As the sun goes down, it casts its warm glow across the valley, turning parts of the landscape various shades of orange, red and pink.
- Nene, the Hawaiian goose, can be seen all around this area. These birds prefer walking over flying, so they can be a little slow. Be careful not to run over one.
- Kalalau Lookout can also be a great place to have lunch, as picnic tables and restrooms are available.
Directions to Kalalau Lookout
Take Highway 50 west from Hanapepe toward Waimea. Turn right on Waimea Canyon Road just after Mile Marker #23. Kalalau Lookout is located near the end of the road at Mile Marker #18.
Click here for a great view of Kalalau Lookout.