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Kauai Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2014

4.5 145 Reviews | Add your review

Kauai is an island for the senses – velvet-green mountains roll down to meet the ocean, fringed by swaying palm trees; it’s like something out of the movies, and it is: South Pacific, Jurassic Park – you wouldn’t be surprised to meet Elvis strumming a guitar or one of those dinosaurs (I know which I’d prefer). Secluded and laid-back it has everything you could want on a holiday in Hawaii – canyons, waterfalls and pristine beaches, outdoor adventures, sailing, snorkeling, and sunset luaus. The only problem is deciding what to do first. Here are some suggestions:

Day 1: Into the Mountains

To get a feel for the incredible landscape of The Garden Isle, take a sightseeing flight over Kauai. You’ll see Waimea Canyon, dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific; Waialeale Crater, the wettest place on Earth and waterfalls and coastline to fill any digital camera’s memory. If planes are too tame for you, make like a bird yourself on the ziplines, harnessing up and riding high above rivers, canyons and waterfalls of Kalihiwai Valley. Or if you just prefer to be amongst the peace and wonder of nature, bike or hike through Waimea Canyon or to Kalihiwai Falls. To bring the adrenaline back under control in the evening, enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau. 

Day 2: Water, Water Everywhere

You have two choices here: the river or the sea. If you fancy a bit of kayaking, head for the Hule’la River and paddle deep into the heart of the jungle. Or go to the Wailua River and paddle and hike your way up to the shadow of Mt Wai’ale’ale and catch your breath by a spectacular waterfall before heading back. If you prefer ocean to river, spend the day paddling around the pristine and hidden beaches of the South Shore. But if it’s the waves that have always called to you, here’s your chance to learn to surf, on the North Shore’s Hanalei Bay beaches.

Day 3: Cast Off

Now that you know Kauai a little better, it’s time to set sail and explore the surroundings. Just offshore lies Ni’lhau, the Forbidden Island, privately owned and fiercely protected, it is only open to those who live there or tour parties who come to snorkel among the unique coastal formations. On the way there and back, see the seacaves and waterfalls of the majestic Napali coast. Or if you prefer to stay closer to home, snorkel and sail, or swim and lounge on the beaches of Kauai before setting sail on a sunset dinner cruise.

Even without the croonings of Elvis, Kauai’s going to leave you deeply in love.

Tours & Tickets

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Napali and Ni'ihau 'The Forbidden Island' Kauai Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Take the ultimate Kauai snorkeling adventure, departing daily from Port Allen Harbor, Kauai! You'll cruise the majestic Napali coast en route to Forbidden ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $191.09

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Travel back in time as you embark on a scenic tubing adventure down the irrigation canals of an old sugar plantation in Kauai. See land that has never before ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.25

Kauai Movie Sites Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

See the famous movie sites of Kauai on this exciting, six-hour, Hollywood-themed adventure! Take a guided tour of Kauai’s filming locations with your ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

Waimea Canyon Bicycle Downhill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

This fun and exciting Kauai biking tour is a cruise through Koke'e State Park and Waimea Canyon State Park. You'll be Kauai mountain biking from the rim of the ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.33

Kauai Luau and Sunset Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Don't miss a traditional and local luau on Kauai! As the golden light of torches beckons you to a night filled with life and song, you'll join a casual, ...  Read more

Location: Kapaa, Kauai
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.99

Off-Road Tour of Kauai Waterfalls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a 4-hour off-road waterfalls adventure on Kauai! As you drive or ride in an open-air off-road vehicle, travel through Kauai's lush, tropical landscape, ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.03

Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

The only way to see the entire garden island of Kauai is by plane on a Kauai air tour! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Kauai from a new Airvan aircraft, and ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $136.39

Fresh-Water Bass Fishing Trip on Kauai

Enjoy a scenic 4-hour fishing trip on Kauai’s Waita Reservoir, the largest inland body of water in Hawaii. With your knowledgeable local guide, relax on a boat ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.21

Small-Group Kauai Tour Including Waimea Canyon, Poipu and Koloa

3 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Tour the island of Kauai for a day of fun, sightseeing and adventure while admiring the Garden Isle’s most beautiful scenery. Visit Kilohana Plantation in ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.50

Kauai Waimea Canyon Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Over 100 years ago Mark Twain nicknamed Waimea Canyon the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". Experience nature's grandeur first hand on a Waimea Canyon ...  Read more

Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

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