Top Kauai Hawaii Activities and Tours

breathtaking aerial view from helicopter at kauai island, hawaii

It’s been a tough last two years for us all. Across the globe, we’ve been forced to get used to the new normal characterised by reduced gatherings, travel restrictions, work-from-home policies, and other changes to how we live because of the COVID pandemic. Many of us have also had to suspend vacation plans due to these restrictions. However, with easing restrictions and reopening economies, we can start cleaning up our vacation boots again and get ready for that much awaited getaway.

If you’re considering a vacation this year, Hawaii should certainly be on your list; not just for its air of relief, calm, and peace, but also for its amazing landscape, sights, and adventure. We recommend taking a trip to Kauai, one of Hawaii’s most beautiful places. There are several activities and tours you can take advantage of in “the Garden Isle” as it is fondly called- known for dramatic cliffs, coastal landmarks, and some of the world’s most eye-catching tropical scenes. Here are some activities and tours to enjoy on your next visit.

This is an amazing trip through Kauai’s backcountry. It is regarded as a family-friendly activity and one of the most popular adventures for adults and kids in the whole of Hawaii. The Water ride involves a float down historic ditches as well as through dark tunnels before terminating with a dip at a serene swimming hole. This is a fast-selling activity that sets off at Lihue.

  • Blue Kauai Eco Adventure Flight from Lihue

Kauai’s rugged landscape makes it difficult to explore many of the vast areas without the use of an aircraft. Therefore, Blue Kauai’s adventurous helicopter ride is such an amazing tour to embark on. From Mount Waialeale through Princeville and Hanalei Bay to the Na Pali Coast Sea cliffs and Jurassic Park Falls, the ride takes a 50-minute circle around the Island, revealing some of nature’s most amazing gifts. The helicopter departs right from Lihue Airport.

  • Smith’s Wailua River Cruise to Fern Grotto

The extra advantage here is the live entertainment throughout the entire trip. But beyond that, what you get is a two-mile cruise along the river with tales of ancient Hawaii. The open-air boat provides the perfect spot for relaxation for at least 80 minutes. On arrival at the lush Fern Grotto, you can take in the beauty of nature as you walk through the area’s amazing rainforest. The cruise is available Monday through Friday and departs from the Marine State Park in Wailua.

This is also largely called Luau Kalamaku and features the Hula and Fire Dancers. The old Kilohana Sugar Plantation provides the perfect atmosphere and sights for a fun evening. Overall, what you get includes a gourmet dinner, drinks, and a breath-taking Polynesian Show. Ever seen a fire knife dance? Well, it’s one of the main events here. For add-ons, there’s a train ride in case you need a feel of history around the Plantation. 

  • Sacred Falls Adventure
Majestic twin Wailua waterfalls on Kauai, Hawaii

And if you’re up for a taste of real adventure, why not try out the exhilarating River kayak ride, the vertical hike or even the refreshing waterfall swim all at Wailua’s Sacred Falls? The package is a 5-hour adventure if you book a tour. And apart from learning about Wailua’s rich cultural history, this is the perfect getaway adventure for the most active families. Here’s a little secret; this waterfall is a secret spot along the Wailua River and is treasured by locals and visitors alike for its breath-taking view.

  • Sportfishing

If you are a fisherman up for a thrill of a lifetime then deep sea fishing in Kauai is for you! There are several fishing charters to choose from. Ohana Fishing Charters comes with great reviews.

Final Notes…

There are several other things you can do on your visit to Kauai, including the Kipu Ranch Triple Trail Expedition, Sunshine Helicopter tour, San Pali Sunset Cruise, and the Wondrous Voyage to Niihau and Na Pali Coast, among many others. The ones listed above are simply our top 5 from the many wonders and fun activities that Kauai offers. Now you can truly have the time of your life with family and friends.

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