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How to Spend 3 Days on Kauai

How to Spend 3 Days on Kauai

With three days on Kauai, there’s plenty of time to explore both sides of the island, including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast, while also relaxing on the beach and enjoying the island’s laid-back coastal towns. Here are few ways to make the most of your three days on Kauai.   

Day 1: Exploring the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

Spend your first day on Kauai getting acquainted with island life. Get the lay of the land with a scenic helicopter flight or small plane tour, and soar over the lush green valleys and the dramatic cliffs of the famous Na Pali coastline. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, take a leisurely tour of Waimea Canyon State Park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and admire landmarks like the Spouting Horn and the historic Koloa Sugar Mill. You can also cruise down the scenic Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, a lush, fern-covered lava cave.

In the evening, dive into traditional Hawaiian culture with a beach luau. Enjoy Hawaiian favorites like roast pig, deep fried mahi mahi, and poi, a traditional Hawaiian dish made from boiled taro root, then enjoy a show of traditional music and dances performed by local artists. 

Day 2: Hidden Waterfalls and Tropical Treasures

On your second day, head out for a tropical adventure from Kauai’s South Shore: Book an off-road vehicle tour, and venture deep into Kauai’s tropical interior to see hidden waterfalls and beautiful flora. Tours often include lunch and plenty of time to swim; some will take you to the locations where classic movies like Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed.

In the afternoon, relax at Poipu Beach—the most popular beach on the South Shore—or head to the more remote Polihale Beach. Alternatively, if you want to stay active, opt for a thrilling zipline tour in Poipu, a hike along the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, or a visit to the Kauai Coffee Company, the largest producer of coffee beans in the United States. 

Day 3: Hanalei Bay and the Na Pali Coast

Spend your final day in Kauai exploring the Na Pali Coast and soaking up the sun at Hanalei Bay and Tunnel Beach. There are several options for exploring the Na Pali Coast, including guided hikes, kayaking adventures, sailing trips, and snorkeling tours. Hanalei Bay is a great place to learn how to surf, and there are also paddle-boarding and kayak tours that set out from the bay and head up the Hanalei River. For snorkeling and scuba tours, head to Tunnel Beach; the nearby Haena Beach Park is ideal for those who just want to swim. 

Celebrate your final night in Kauai with a sunset dinner cruise. You’ll enjoy a dinner of traditional Hawaiian specialties while enjoying stunning views of the Na Pali Coast and the sunset over the Pacific. 

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Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s ‘Garden Isle,’ take to the skies above Kauai on a helicopter tour in a new Eurocopter Eco-Star. Soar over the island’s diverse terrain, from rain-soaked Mt. Waialeale and the waterfalls of Waiapuna to the dry red ravine of Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking emerald spires of the Na Pali Coast. A two-way radio to communicate with the pilot and expansive viewing glass add to the unforgettable flight.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$308.27
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Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.50
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.99
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$108.99

Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

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Discover the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Kauai on this full-day tour of the island’s natural attractions. See the breathtaking expanse of Waimea Canyon and float through tropical paradise with a Wailua River cruise. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as your local guide narrates the passing sites and shares tales from Kauai’s rich history. Keep your camera ready for many vista points and photos stops along the way!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.15
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$128.15
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Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons

Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons

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Learn to surf Kauai’s famous waves with this 2-hour surf lesson on the shores of beautiful Hanalei Bay. Your instructor, a local surfing expert, will teach you fundamentals of paddling, reading the waves and standing up. It’s a great introduction to surfing for beginners, and group size limited to four people to ensure a personalized experience. Toward the end of your lesson, enjoy free time in the mellow waters of Hanalei Bay to practice your new surf skills.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.06
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SeaFun Snorkel

SeaFun Snorkel

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Come face-to-face with colorful Kauai marine life at one of the South Shore’s best snorkeling beaches. On this family-friendly tour from Koloa, splash into clear water that's just the right depth for exploring coral gardens teaming with fish and turtles. Beginning snorkelers can find their sea legs using handled surfboards to easily stay afloat while viewing the fish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.29
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Kipu Zipline, Kayak, and Hiking Safari

Kipu Zipline, Kayak, and Hiking Safari

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Spend a thrilling day among the glorious scenery of Kipu Ranch on this Kauai zipline, kayak and hiking adventure! The full-day tour packs in the action, with a river kayak trip, covered wagon ride, waterfall hike and treehouse lunch. For the grand finale, soar through the jungle canopy on a series of ziplines, including an 1,800-foot (549-meter) tandem cable you can ride with a family member or friend.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.91
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

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Discover some of the Garden Isle’s most enchanting landscapes and cultural attractions on a full-day Kauai sightseeing tour by coach. Peer into the majestic, multicolored expanse of Waimea Canyon, be surrounded by the lush tropical paradise of the Fern Grotto and learn about sacred Hawaiian legends on a cruise down the Wailua River. See many of the island’s south shore highlights along the way, including old Koloa Town, the Spouting Horn natural blowhole, Captain Cook’s Landing and Coco Palms Grove.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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