Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Kauai Area,
with links to more details when available.
- Big Kahuna Sightseeing Air Tour -- Kauai
This popular hour-long air tour showcases the Eucalyptus Tunnel of Trees, Waita Reservoir, Captain Cook's Landing in Old Waimea town, and Lumahai Beach, film site of the movie South Pacific.
- Fern Grotto & Waimea Canyon -- Kauai
Highlights of this tour include stops at Fern Grotto, spectacular Waimea Canyon (often called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) plus Spouting Horn, Opaekaa Falls Lookout, and Hanapepe Valley Lookout. Also on the tour is Captain Cook's landing and Fort Elizabeth. The trip up the historic, sacred Waimea River via flat bottom riverboat takes about 40 minutes.
- Fern Grotto Tour -- Kauai
After entering a cave cloaked with ferns and cooled by mists of a waterfall, tour boats ply the Wailua River, the only navigable river in Hawaii. Points of interest include Opaekaa Falls Lookout, Holo-holo-ku Heiau, Fern Grotto, and the river boat cruise.
- Hanalei Valley Tour -- Kauai
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour, requiring a minimum of four passengers.
- Helicopter Kayak Combo Tour -- Kauai
Showcasing many of the famed areas that have made this island a favorite of Hollywood film scouts, this helicopter tour includes lush valleys of Mt. Wai'ale'ale dotted with waterfalls. Kayak equipment and personal flotation devices are provided, and you'll want to bring along swim attire, sunscreen, hat, towels, and waterproof cameras.
- Kalapaki Bay Kayak Tour -- Kauai
Ideal for beginners, with guides trained in water safety, this one-hour tour of Kalapaki Bay provides a chance to see green sea turtles up close.
- Kauai Custom Flight -- Kauai
This 65-minute narrated tour covers more than a half dozen of Kauai's most exotic locations, with time to linger for that perfect camera shot. In winter, whale watching may be feasible. Aerial points of interest include Kipu Kai, Hanapepe Valley, Olokele Canyon and the Na Pali coastline.
- Kauai Deluxe Helicopter Tour -- Kauai
Weather permitting, this tour enters the crater of Mt. Wai'ale'ale before heading onward to Manawaipuna Falls, also known as Jurassic Park Falls. Next comes the spectacular Kalalau Valley and remains of ancient Hawaiian civilizations. The return flight passes by seductive Bali Hai, made famous in the movie South Pacific. Landing is back at historic Princeville Airport, featured in the Kevin Costner movie, Dragonfly.
- Kauai Deluxe Island Kama'aina Helicopter Tour -- Kauai
This spectacular tour departs from Lihue and showcases the extinct Kauai Hawaii Volcano of Mt. Wai'ale'ale, along with Waimea Canyon, the Kauai Waterfalls and more.
- Kauai Deluxe Sunset Helicopter Tour -- Kauai
Romanticists can head out at sunset to take in spectacular sights along the Na Pali Coast, with a champagne toast in tropical gardens completing the experience.
- Kauai Grand Circle Helicopter Tour
With music and narration, flights climb the Hanalei Valley into a world of tropical rainforests, jagged mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and craters. Return flights pass by Bali Hai, made famous in the movie South Pacific.
- Kauai Grand Flight -- Kauai
This 70-minute narrated flight covers nine scenic locations, departing from Lihue Airport and heading on to Kipu Kai, Hanapepe Valley, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coatline, Hanalei, Wailua Waterfall and Princeville. Flexibility is built in for that perfect camera shot, although routes are subject to change depending on trade winds.
- Kayak & Hiking Waterfall Picnic Tour -- Kauai
Return to ancient times with an informal narration imparting rich Hawaiian history and legends of the Wailua Valley, lined with scenic waterways and cascades suitable for quick dips. Tours, involving about 1.5 miles of hiking and 4 miles of paddling continue up the Wailua River's north fork through tropical rainforest. The hike eventually reaches the 120-foot Secret Falls, where a Hawaiian-style deli lunch is served. Included are kayak and equipment, dry bags, walking sticks, and a CD (one per family) with more than 100 digital pictures of the area. While relaxing, this is no tour for bad knees or ailing backs.
- Kayak - Luau Combo - Kauai
Ancient times come to life with an informal narration imparting rich Hawaiian history and legends of the Wailua Valley, lined with scenic waterways and cascades suitable for quick dips. The imu ceremony begins shortly after demonstration of a Hawaiian cooking method called Kalua. Cocktails and music and a feast feature a menu of Kalua Pig, Teriyaki Beef, Adobo Chicken, Sweet and Sour Mahi-Mahi, and much, much more including dessert.
- Menehune 1 Sightseeing Air Tour -- Kauai
Billed as the most affordable among Kauai Air Tours, the Menehune 1 departs Lihue Airport on a 30-minute swing that includes the northern route of beaches, the Sleeping Giant mountain range, the Anahola mountains, Kilauea Lighthouse, Kalihiwai Bay, Lumahai Beach, Princeville, Kilohana Crater, Wailua Falls, and more. .
- Na Pali Snorkel -- Kauai
Departing daily from Port Allen Harbor aboard the HoloHolo, a 65-foot power catamaran, this snorkel adventure includes history, sightseeing and snorkeling around Forbidden Island Niihau. The tour, of varying durations, includes snorkel gear, a continental breakfast and gourmet deli style buffet lunch with drinks, beer, and wine.
- Na Pali Sunset Sail -- Kauai
For anyone intent on seeing Na Pali without snorkeling, this is the trip. Departing Port Allen, the tour heads west and north to Na Pali, then back to the port to watch the sunset while sipping champagne. The tour includes an open bar and dinner, with all beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic on the house. An alternative Romantic Dinner Sunset Sail, with a later departure, is for adults only and includes a champagne dinner for a maximum of 15 couples. Included are soft drinks, Mai-Tais, beer, wine and bubbly, with all drinks on the house.
- Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau -- Kauai
This celebration of food and fun known as the luau takes place at the Smith family's tropical paradise. Menu attractions include Oriental Fried Rice, Kalua Pig, Teriyaki Beef, Adobe Chicken, Sweet and Sour Mahi-Mahi, dessert and much, much more. After feasting, there's a torch-lit extravaganza of dance and music from Hawaii and other islands through Polynesia.
- ”Snuba” Tour
Outer reefs protect the bay where tropical fish and marine life thrive, and your tour guide will point out those that camouflage themselves. You'll also get a closer view of fish when you offer them food provided by the tour, along with your mask, booties, and fins. A guide, using scuba gear, is present at all times.
- Waimea Canyon -- Kauai
Labeled the Little Grand Canyon by Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon overwhelms with grandeur, deep colors, eucalyptus trees and other vegetation up to an elevation of 3,500 feet. Touring includes Captain Cook's landing, the Old Russian Fort (Fort Elizabeth), Waimea town, and Koloa town, with stops at Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe Valley lookout, and Spouting Horn. There's also time enroute for an unhosted lunch.