Your Adventure guide to Kaua’i vacation activities is listed below. Windsurf Kauai or hang ten at Shipwrecks Beach on the Southshore it’s all here for you. Before we begin a small reminder about:
Kauai can be beautiful and seem like a fantasy island. Please understand that Mother Nature can be cruel, it is the real world. The activities and companies we have listed are not recommendations or endorsements.We are not telling you to do any of these activities, if you choose to do or take an activity on Kauai. It is exactly that, it is your choice.
Sunset and Day Cruises
Captain Andy’s Sea Tours:
One of the first in the industry, always innovating, with a friendly staff that offers a sunset cruise from Kukui’ula harbor in Poipu to 5.5 hour excursions to the NaPali Coast for a full day of snorkeling and whale watching when in season on their 55′ catamaran. www.napali.com 4350 Wai’alo Rd. #1 Eleele. 808.335.6833
Friendly knowledgeable staff that offers three tours of varying length. Power boat tours and sailboat tours available. www.holoholokauaiboattours.com 4353 Waialo Rd Suite 5A Eleele. 808.335.0815
Blue Dolphin Charter:
Operate two catamarans the 63′ Blue Dolphin and the 65′ Blue Dolphin ll, and a rigid hull inflatable raft. Offering sunset cruises and NaPali excursions from Port Allen or Kukuiula harbors that includes lunch and refreshments. www.kauaiboats.com 808.335.5553 Check in at Port Allen Small Boat Harbor and the Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise:
The Smith family of Kauai have been conducting boat tours up the Wailua River since 1946. Their Fern Grotto tour has been a staple on Kauai for years. The trip is memorialized in song and dance while on the boat for the two mile trip up the river to the Fern Grotto. www.smithskauai.com 808.821.6895
Lush tropical jungles on one of the most beautiful islands on the planet is at your fingertips… or should we say kayak prow. From the lush river tours of the Hulei’a River to a calm paddle up the Wailua River’s Fern Grotto or an ocean adventure along the Napali Coast its all here for you. Viewing areas of the rugged coastline that most of the world will never see from the road.
Kayak Kauai: Over 25 years of operating and sharing
the beauty of Kauai they offer rentals and guided tours. From Poip’u to NaPali they do it all. www.kayakkauai.com 808.826.9844
Outfitters Kauai: Located at 2827A Poipu Rd. (walking distance from Turtle Cove Suites) Rick and his staff offer sea tours and river tours around the island. www.outfitterskauai.com 808.742.9667
Quickly becoming the thing to do here on Kauai, Zipline tours offer elevated adventures with tree top views. Experience tree top jungle tours to trips over jungle streams and rivers.
Princeville Ranch Adventures: Offering zip and dip tours on the private 2500 acre Princeville ranch. Specializing in small personal adventure tours. www.adventureskauai.com 808.826.7669
Outfitters Kauai: Located at 287A Poipu Rd. Koloa www.outfitterskauai.com 808.742.9667 The 3 hour 5 zipline Trek Iki Mua will take your breath away. Trek Nui Loa offers 8 different ziplines with an 1800′ zipline.
Kauai Back Country: Offering a 7 line tour in the jungles above Hanamaulu on the former sugar plantation lands of Lihue Plantation Co. Certified guides and a great lunch at the end of the tour completes the day. www.kauaibackcountry.com
Take a tour of Hawaii’s agricultural past in irrigation ditches, tunnels, and flumes built by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800′s to early 1900′s. Many of these irrigation marvels were designed by German engineers to convey precious water to thirsty sugarcane.
Adventure in Hawaii: Departing from the Hanamaulu office it is a short trip to the start point where you will experience crystal clear mountain water from the wettest spot on earth, Mt. Wai’ale’ale. www.adventureinhawaii.com
Outfitters Kauai: www.outfitterskauai.com 808.742.9667 Adventures on Kipu Kai Ranch where Jurassic Park was filmed.
Custom vehicle off-roading in the rugged back country of Kauai, where the weather is always perfect and the iron rich mud of Kauai can be experienced up close and personal. Take trails through former ranch and sugarcane lands, far off the beaten track.
Kauai ATV: Custom off road vehicles with a starting off point in Old Koloa Town. www.kauaiatv.com 808.742.2734
Kipu Ranch Adventures: Tours range from Ranch tours and Waterfall tours on the spectacular Kipu Kai Ranch, a 3000 acre working ranch that extends fro Mt. Hulei’a to Mt. Haupu. www.kiputours.com 808.246.9288
For the mountain bike enthusiast Kauai is for you. From meandering cane haul roads to jungle trails in Koke’e all levels of competence can be met. Bike rentals for the day or week can be arranged or you can take a guided tour with many of the best riders on the island. It’s waiting for you.
Kauai Cycle and Tour: Located at 1379 Kuhio Hwy. Kapaa. www.bikehawaii.com 808.821.2115 They rent equipment including bike racks for your car. They can pack and ship your bike straight to your door and they have a certified repair shop.
Kauai Cycle: Located at 934 Kuhio Hwy Kapaa. www.kauaicycle.com 808.821.2115 From cruisers to mountain bikes and road bikes for rent. Multi day rates are available too. Fully equipped repair shop on site.
Outfitters Kauai: Offer the popular Waimea Canyon Bicycle Ride. Easy peddling and lots of coasting down one of the most majestic roads in America. Morning and afternoon tours daily. Begin the cruise at 3600 feet and go down to sea level. www.outfitterskauai.com 808.742.9667 They rent bikes by the day and long term.
Into the great outdoors of Kauai slowly. Experience inner natural beauty of Kauai quietly, find native birds and listen to their calls with only the sounds of nature competing with them.
Here is a list we gathered before you head off into the great unknown of Kauai.
* Hike with someone and leave your plans with someone you trust before you depart
* Stay on designated trails, sometimes it can be confusing and a trail may actually be a pig trail that fades into bush.
* Be mindful of your footing, the trails can be slippery when wet.
* Bring a recycled bag to carry your trash out with you. Leave the trail cleaner than when you found it.
* Wear comfortable and sturdy footwear.
*Bring water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, none of these are provided for on the trail.
* If you plan on camping, please make sure you have the required camping permits.
Hike Kauai With Me:
Eric has been hiking Kauai for years taking small groups and individuals. He tailors the tour to your abilities, and he knows Kauai intimately. www.hikekauaiwithme.com 808.639.8181
Kauai Hiking Adventures:
Offer private and guided tours suitable for all fitness levels and weather conditions. From a gentle stroll through rain forest or a slog through rugged terrain it can be suited to your needs.
www.kauaihiking adventures.com 808.634.1018
Horseback Riding Adventures
Horses and the Hawaiian Cowboys Paniolos) have been linked to Kaua’i ever since Mexican cowboys came to Hawaii to manage the cattle ranches.
Jimmy and his staff are true Hawaiian Paniolos’ let them guide you to the hidden valleys of the sunny south shore. Close to Poipu, they are knowledgeable in the Hawaiian legends of the area and bring their love for the a’ina (land) to their outings. From tours along the cliffs overlooking Mahaulepu to private rides along the beach they have it all. www.cjmstables.com 808.742.6096
Princeville Ranch Adventures:
Guided tours along the trails of the Ranch make for a memorable day. For the adventurous the ranch combines a riding and ziplining package. Height to weight ratios apply so call for details. www.princevilleranch.com 808.826.7669
Silver Falls Ranch:
Adjacent to Kamookoa Ridge you will find Silver Falls Ranch on the beautiful North Shore. They offer Valley rides and waterfall rides riding through botanical Palm garden. www.silverfallsranch.com 808.828.6718
Luaus are Hawaiian feasts, and a must do for any malahini (newcomer) to the island of Kauai. Most of the major hotels have them on their grounds and after 30 years here on Kauai we have our favorites.
Kauai’s Theatrical Luau. A dynamic production with fire dancing, hula, knife dancing along with a sumptuous pa’ina (feast). Here the stories of how the hawaiian people voyaged from the South Pacific to discover Kaua’i. Every Tuesday and Friday evening. at the Kilohana Plantation in Lihue. www.luaukalamaku.com 877.622.1780
Smith’s Tropical Paradise:
Traditional song and dance highlight this special event. Watch the unearthing of the Kalua pig from the imu (earth oven) and then enjoy the pa’ina (feast). Try the poi, mashed and fermented taro root, its a Hawaiian tradition and good for you. www.smithskauai.com 808.821.6895
Museums, a repository of historical artifacts,offer a glimpse into our past, how are forebears lived and worked on Kauai. There are some great examples here on Kauai that are worth the visit.
Located on Rice St. in Lihue, tells the story of Kauai and its people. Two floors of permanent exhibits. Open 10am to 5pm M-Sat. First Saturday of the month “Family Free Saturday”. Includes gift shop. www.kauaimuseum.org 808.245.6931
Grove Farm Museum:
Collection of agricultural implements, plantation buildings, furnishings. Located at 4050Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue
Koke’e Natural History Museum
Information about trails in Koke’e, how the island of Kauai was formed, introduction to native flora and fauna, non-native invasive species, and a weather room. Local handicraft and bookstore. Open daily 10am-4pm
Kauai Children’s Discovery Museum:
Located in the Kauai Village Shopping Center in Kapa’a. Fun activities for the keiki (children) www.kcdm.org 808.823.8222
Containing many plants found nowhere else in the world. Kauai is a botanists’ dream come true. Plants that have remained isolated in only one particular valley and have learned to exist only at an elevation of 500 – 1000 feet above sea level. Now that is rare. The gardens listed below offer a window into the preservation, scientific study and education of native plant species.
National Tropical Botanical Garden:
The unique biodiversity of Kaua’i can be found here at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. NTBG is involved in the preservation, research, education and restoration of lost habitats to invasive species. Ninety percent of all plants and animals live in the tropics. They have three gardens on the island and each offer unique plant species that have adapted over the millenia in that area. NTBG educates and celebrates the collections in each garden. They offer guided and self guided tours. McBryde and Allerton Garden on the south shore 808.742.2623. The Limahuli Garden on the Northshore 808.826.1053 www.ntbg.org
Kaua’i is blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery in the world that most cannot be viewed from the road. Here is a list of trails around the island. Practice caution, these trails are remote and most are not maintained, they can be hazardous in wet weather. There are no first aid stations on these trails.
Hike Kauai With Me:
From the Soaring Cliffs of the Napali Coast to the colorful depths of the Waimea Canyon, Kauai enchants like no other place on Earth. Explore these hidden ravines and cascading waterfalls just waiting to be discovered by you. Eric Rohlffs has scoured every valley, no matter how narrow to bring you an experience of a lifetime. From entry level hikers to experienced mountain climbers, Eric will tailor a trip that will be epic in every way. Eric will enchant and broaden your knowledge of the pre-contact Hawaiian legends of these valleys. Eric can be reached at: 808.639.8181 on the web at: www.hikekauaiwithme.com and via Twitter : @hikekauaiwithme
The only land access to the remote and pristine Kalalau Valley. Not a day hike. 11 miles
The beginning of the Kalalau Trail. 4-8 miles. See a beautiful beach and waterfall.
Trail leads to lookout at “Sleeping Giant”. Length 2 miles
Views of Mt. Waialeale and lush hillsides.
Lydgate Bike Trail:
This 2.5 mile long path is an ideal outing for the family. Paved path.
Fun hike along coastal limestone croppings with Maha’lepu Beach in the distance. 2 miles in length.
A 2000′ elevation change in the 2.5 mile hike, kukui forests and other upland trees planted in the 1930′s by the Conservation Corps. Vantage points to view distant waterfalls.
When the weather is fine this is a wonderful trail 2.5 miles long through rain forests and bogs.
This 2.1 mile hike meanders along a stream through a forest reserve. The highest point on the Kalalau Valley’s rim.
A 3.5 mile trail that offers incredible views of the NaPali coastline.
Island Gym and Fitness: 808.335.2706. Located in Hanapepe town about a 20 minute drive from Turtle Cove Suites. Over 60 pieces of equipment mostly Life Fitness and Atlantis. Aerobic classes on Wednesday’s at 5pm. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates. www.islandgymkauai.com
Kauai Athletic Club: 808.245.5381. Located in Lihue at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center, approximately 20 minutes from Turtle Cove Suites. One of the most complete clubs on the island, they have a pool and racquetball courts. www.kauaiathleticclub.com
The sport of King’s. You have arrived in the promised land if you are a seasoned surfer or an aspiring Jerry Garcia. There are a myriad of great spots to learn and to test your mettle in winter waves that are some of the largest in the world. Storms generated thousands of miles away roll towards the Hawaiian islands in a matter of days. The topography of our ocean floor enables these monsters to form giant tubes of energy that lures surfers from around the world.