Spouting Horn in Kauai (50 ft Blow Hole)

Spouting Horn Blow Hole in Kauai
Spouting Horn Blow Hole in Kauai

Spouting Horn Blow Hole on Kauai

It is a scenic spot that includes a really cool blowhole. This part of the Kauai coast is known for powerful waves.

These powerful waves ram up against the shoreline and through lava tubes.

So much water gets shoved in that it will shoot out of any opening.

One of those openings gets so much water shot through it that it often goes 50 feet up in the air. That hole is now known as Kauai’s Spouting Horn.

Side note – a lava tube is what is left after molten lava cools off and hardens. It forms tunnels that are called lava tubes.

Spouting Horn Blow Hole in Kauai
Spouting Horn Blow Hole in Kauai

Spouting Horn Location

The Spouting Horn is a famous Kauai landmark.

It sits on the southern shores of Kauai near the Poipu resort area – i.e. close to where a lot of people are already staying.

It is about a 25 minute drive from the airport.

It is part of the Koloa Heritage Trail, which winds for about 10 miles through the area.

Walking Directly Up To the Blowhole

You will see that there are people that shimmy around the chain link fence and make the quick walk down to the tide pools and blowhole. There is no doubt this could ehnace the experience, but it is fenced off for a reason.

At any time a wave could crash over the edge of the cliff and knock people into the lava rock or pull them back out to sea.

Unfortunately Hawaiian tide pools have killed a number of people, so don’t be an idiot.

Spouting Horn Facilities

There is a generously sized parking lot, restrooms, picnic table, as well as viewing decks for the gorgeous coastline.

Spouting Horn park
Spouting Horn park

Blowhole Shooting Height

Depending on the size of the ocean waves as well as the tides, the actual height and intensity of the shot out of the blowhole will vary. It gets as high as 50 ft. When I was there it shot up to about 30 ft.

Spouting horn in Kauai
Spouting horn viewing deck

Hawaiian Giant Lizard Legend 

There is a Hawaiian legend about the source of the blow hole.

Supposedly there was a giant lizard wreaking havoc on the locals. A crafty Hawaiian lured the lizard into this lava tube. The Hawaiian was able to crawl out of the hole, and the lizard remained trapped inside.

The blowhole is now the result of the lizard roaring to escape.

One of the most unique things about this blowhole is the raspy noise the water makes as it shoots through the tunnel and hole. Given that it almost sounds like a massive creature clearing their throat, I can see where parts of the legend might have come from.

The Blowhole Used to Be Bigger

Supposedly the blowhole used to be bigger. A nearby farmer blasted rock away so that it wouldn’t spray as high because the salt spray from the blowhole was drifting over and damaging his sugar crop.

Other Attractions in the Area

Aside from the most obvious Poipu Beach, while in the area you should also stop at my favorite south side beach Shipwreck Beach. You can also take the Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail.

Check out our full guides to these attractions below

  1. Shipwreck Beach
  2. Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail


  • Dresses – Packing a few good dresses is essential for Hawaii. Dresses have become my go to on trips to help quickly put an outfit together. Revolve is one of my go to shops for beach dresses. ASOS also has great summer dresses.
  • Shorts – Anyone who is traveling to Hawaii needs a good pair of shorts. Khakis are great for guys. For women, cute athletic shorts or denim shorts are perfect for a breezy summertime look. These Levi denim shorts are my current favorites! These high waisted athletic shorts have gone viral on instagram and for good reason, they are AMAZING.
  • Sandals – LOVE these Teva’s! They are my new go to travel sandal. Shop my favorite Teva’s here. They are great to wear in the water snorkeling and also amazing for hiking in Hawaii.
  • Sports braThis SKIMS bra is the most comfortable sports bra you will ever wear! Trust me. I travel with 5 of them. Also, highly recommend checking out the SKIMS fits everybody bra is to die for as well.
  • Tank tops – Free people is my go to place to buy cute and affordable tank tops. I have this tighten up tank in almost every color.
  • Hat – essential. Shop the newest hats at Nordstrom.
  • Beach cover-up – Having at least one good cover-up is essential on any beach trip. I recommend ASOSNordstrom and Revolve as well.
  • Hiking boots – I have two pairs of hiking boots that I love. My Columbia waterproof boots and my Salomon hiking boots. Highly recommend checking them both out! Warning – they both sell out really quick.
  • Tennis Shoes – I guess you could wear sandals hiking this trail but I would recommend tennis shoes. It can get narrow and slippery in parts. These Nike high tops are my current favs. They look so cute with shorts too!
  • Packing cubes – I always go to Urban Outfitters for my packing cubes. They have the cutest ones!
  • Quick Dry Travel Towel – This quick dry towel is amazing to travel with. It really will come in handy when you need extra room in your suitcase.
  • Snorkeling gear – for obvious reasons.

Planning a trip to Kauai? Read everything we know about Kauai here:

My husband and I have been to Kauai many, many times and have written up more guides to help you plan your trip. These are my most popular blog posts and Kauai travel guides to help you plan your trip.

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