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Kauaʻi Top Things to Do

Kauaʻi Top Things to Do

Are your clients looking for ideas to celebrate a romance, get out into the great outdoors or keep the whole family happy on the island of Kauaʻi? Check out our top suggestions for great activities, categorized by Romance, Outdoors and Family Travel.

 

And if you want to know more about Kauaʻi, be sure to visit the Our Islands page for all that Kauaʻi has to offer.

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Zipline
Four companies offer zipline adventures on island where participants zip along at up to 35 miles an hour over green lush canopies 50 to 80 feet above the ground. Some outfitters offer this thrilling experience in combination with hiking, swimming in natural pools, rope courses and other adrenaline-pumping activities. 

ATV Touring
ATV tours enable clients to experience areas of Kauaʻi where conventional vehicles cannot go. Some traverse private trails past movie sites, waterfalls and reservoirs, allowing time for swimming.  

Hiking
Kauaʻi is a hiker’s paradise and a great way for clients to enjoy areas free of cars. In particular, Waimea Canyon and Kōkeʻe State Park, both on the west side of the island, are great places for hiking, offering over 45 miles of trails.

River Kayaking
Kauaʻi exclusively offers three navigable waterways popular with kayakers. On the Wailua River, clients can combine a guided kayaking tour with a 30-minute hike through the rainforest to Uluwehi Falls. On the Hanalei River, clients can combine kayaking with snorkeling in a protected bay brimming with sea turtles and tropical fish. The Hulēʻia River offers stunning views of Mount Hāʻupu as well as a hike to a beautiful waterfall.  

Horseback Riding
CJM Country Stables offers guided trail rides on horseback along secluded shorelines.

Zodiac
For those who love outdoor recreation and adventure, recommend they explore Nāpali Coast on a Zodiac raft. These vessels speed along the coastline and have the ability to enter into sea caves along Nāpali (conditions permitting) as well as land at Nuʻalolo Kai Beach which is otherwise inaccessible.

Standup Paddle (SUP)
Standup Paddle (SUP) is available on the Wailua, Hulēʻia, and Hanalei rivers as well as Kalapakī Bay, to name a few popular areas. As always, it’s important to be cognizant of water safety conditions, especially in winter when there may be swells along the north shore. Kauaʻi offers a number of family-friendly beach areas with lifeguards and protected areas for swimming and snorkeling, including Lydgate Beach Park and Poʻipū Beach Park.
 

Kilohana Plantation’s Kauaʻi Plantation Railway
A fun way to tour this 105-acre estate with a variety of fruit orchards and learn about the history of Kauaʻi’s plantation days is to take a narrated train ride in antique-style railway cars.

Napali Snorkel Sail
Catamaran excursions along the Nāpali Coast, with its secluded coves, waterfalls, lava tubes and sea caves, include opportunities to watch for dolphins and whales (December-May) and snorkel among sea turtles and colorful fish. Most of the morning tours include a continental breakfast and deli lunch.

Mountain Tubing
Have fun and learn about Kauaʻi history by floating down irrigation ditches built during the days of the sugar plantations - an activity only offered on Kauaʻi.  

Na ʻĀina Kai Botanical Garden
Among its many delights is the “Under the Rainbow” Children's Garden with its statue of Jack and the Beanstalk, rubber tree tree house, gecko maze and child-size railway.

Children’s Garden Picnic at Lydgate Beach Park
This beach park near the Wailua River is a popular spot for families with its protected lagoons that are safe for swimming, but also provide great snorkeling. There are lifeguards, picnic grounds and a playground. A picnic here can be combined with a leisurely bike ride or stroll along nearby Ke Ala Hele Makālae, (Coastal Path).

Kauaʻi Museum
Clients with an interest in Kauaʻi’s history, geology and wildlife will enjoy the exhibits in this small museum in downtown Līhuʻe. They’ll see feather lei, Hawaiian and missionary artifacts, quilts, a replica of a plantation home and other artifacts. On the first Friday of each month, the museum is the scene of a pāʻina, a special event with local foods and Hawaiian music.  

Attend A Local Festival
Kauaʻi is the scene of festivals and events throughout the year that some of your clients may want to enjoy during their stay. Just make sure to book their travel arrangements, especially accommodations and rental car, well in advance. For greater details on these and other Kauaʻi events, go to the Festivals & Events section of agents.gohawaii.com and kauaifestivals.com 

Kauaʻi Mini Golf
Located at Anaina Hou Community Park, this 18-hole miniature golf course is surrounded by lush Hawaiian tropical botanical gardens on the north shore in Kīlauea. There is also a concession stand for food, drinks and gelato along with a gift shop featuring locally-made products.

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea  Point Lighthouse
At the very northern tip of the island is where clients can explore a lighthouse built in 1913 as a beacon for ships sailing off the rocky coast. Along with spectacular views, it’s a great place to enjoy seafaring birds such as the Laysan albatross, frigate birds, shearwaters, nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and red-footed boobies. Reservations are required to visit the lighthouse.  
 

Napali Sunset Cruise
Your clients will board a catamaran for a sunset cruise along the Napali Coast, sipping a mai tai or guava juice while taking in the spectacular views of the coastline and secluded coves.

Kayak the Wailua River
With tropical foliage along its lush banks, the peaceful Wailua River is a great place for couples to explore by kayak. Even better is combining the experience with a hike to view a hidden waterfall.

Hiking
Kauaʻi is a hiker’s paradise and a great way for clients to enjoy and explore its pristine valleys and waterfalls. In particular, Waimea Canyon and Kōkeʻe State Park, both on the west side of the island, are idyllic places for hiking, offering over 45 miles of trails. Explore quaint towns like Waimea, Kapaʻa, Hanapēpē, Hanalei and Kōloa to shop and learn about the island’s unique history. They can meet local artists in their studios during the Hanapēpē Friday Night Festival & Art Walk or catch a local slack-key guitar performance at the Hanalei Community Center, to name just a few of the unscripted experiences that await. 

Sunrise or Sunset Beach strolls
Kauaʻi is blessed with an abundance of unspoiled white sand beaches – in fact, because it is the oldest, it offers more beach per linear coastline than its neighbor islands. Couples will enjoy taking a stroll at sunrise or sunset. 

Aerial tours
Kauaʻi’s amazing natural beauty is especially dazzling when viewed from a helicopter or small airplane.  With over 80% of the island inaccessible by car, getting above it all allows visitors to see the untouched beauty of the Garden Isle. These tours soar above the spires of the Napali Coast, dip into Waimea Canyon and reveal the hidden waterfalls. At certain times of year, whales may be spotted in the sea below. 

Botanical Gardens
Kauaʻi is home to several outstanding botanical gardens, each offering something unique and rare. Three of Kauaʻi’s exquisite gardens are part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, an organization dedicated to preserving native flora. The many options of garden tours include docent-led sunset tours and even a delightful garden geared for kids. For clients with an interest in horticulture, definitely recommend a garden tour on Kauaʻi.

Couples’ Spa Treatment
Spa treatments are a heightened experience on Kauaʻi, thanks to the island's beauty and rejuvenating atmosphere. Spas on Kauaʻi also place an emphasis on the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands, offering treatments based on traditional Hawaiian healing practices such as lomilomi (massage) and soothing oils made from local ingredients.

Movie Tours
The lush beauty of Kauaʻi  has played a starring role in countless TV shows and films, including South Pacific, Blue Hawaiʻi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jurassic Park, Fantasy Island and many others. Guided movie tours take clients to a variety of movie and TV locations around parts of the island, while showing clips of the scenes filmed in the very spot being visited.