8 Best-Rated Tours In Kauai, Hawaii - Updated 2021

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Hawaii’s fourth largest island is also known as the “Garden Isle”, which is a pretty accurate description. This island is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain. Draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, you can see that it has aged by time and elements. Through centuries, tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls have formed to make this beautiful island. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. The arm, peaceful waters refresh you and the fresh, floral air will awaken your senses. Look around and you will be surrounded by breathtaking and natural beauty. Whether you’ve been here or not, the island offers distinct experiences that will entice any traveller. If you are looking for a variety of outdoor activities, we warmly invite you to read this article as it explores the island and discovers your ideal travel experience. Pack up your gears and read:

1. Kauai Deluxe sightseeing flight

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Take in a bird’s-eye view of Kauai’s spectacular scenery with a deluxe air tour! Marvel at natural wonders like the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay and tropical waterfalls. Soar over the Garden Island in an aircraft specially designed for sightseeing as your pilot provides narration through high-tech headsets during the 1-hour flight.

Kauai Deluxe Sightseeing Flight

Address: Kauai, Hawaii


2. Ultimate ranch tour - Off-road touring (from USD 165.0)

Buckle up for an exciting off-road adventure through the unspoiled, historic landscape of Kipu Ranch. Ride in a rugged 4WD vehicle across tropical pastures and valleys featured in many blockbusters including ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘The Descendants.’ Soak up the verdant paradise of Huleia Valley and admire stellar views of secluded Kipu Kai beach on this family-friendly eco tour.

Kauai Ultimate Off-Road Ranch Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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3. Half-day history and ecology trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve

The Makauwahi Cave Reserve is a rare limestone cave and sinkhole system. Tour the cave and surrounding area and learn about the ancient island ecology. Begin 10,000 years ago, and work your way forward. This 4-hour private tour allows you to see deeper into this magical place.

Half-Day History and Ecology Trek at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve

Address: Kauai, Hawaii


4. Na Pali Coast Kauai snorkel and sail (from USD 215.0)

Experience the wild beauty of Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali Coast on this sailing and snorkelling cruise from Port Allen. Witness the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’ the way it was meant to be seen — from the water. Get a fantastic perspective on towering emerald sea cliffs, sparkling waterfalls and remote beaches from the deck of a well-equipped catamaran, and explore the island’s vibrant underwater world during a snorkelling stop. An included buffet lunch and entertaining legends shared by the captain and crew make this an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure.

Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

Duration: 5 hours

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5. Kauai zipline night adventure

Kauai Zipline Night Adventure
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Experience the thrill of flying through a darkened forest on this nighttime zipline adventure in Kauai! Travel in an all-terrain vehicle through the lush jungle surrounding Koloa’s Old Sugar Mill, then watch the sunset over Waita Reservoir. As night falls, fly across the jungle treetops on Kauai’s longest zipline course, touching down at a series of illuminated platforms. A heart-pounding experience that allows you to fly headfirst using a special harness. Numbers are limited to 12 people for an intimate, small-group experience.

Kauai Zipline Night Adventure

Address: Kauai, Hawaii


6. Wailua River and Secret Falls guided kayak and hiking tour (from USD 59.0)

Explore the natural beauty of Kauai on a 5-hour tour that combines a lovely kayaking trip with a moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. Your experienced guide provides a paddling lesson and guided kayak tour in the Wailua River Valley, following gorgeous waterways through the lush Kauai landscape. Then hop out of your kayaks and take a 45-minute hike to Secret Falls where you can cool off in the clear waters before returning to the Wailua marina the way you came.

Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

Duration: 5 hours

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7. Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

Waimea Canyon, Kaua'i
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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, multicoloured 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.

Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

Address: Kauai, Hawaii

Website: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai

8. Fresh-water bass fishing trip in Kauai (from USD 157.0)

Reel in bass, tilapia and catfish on a 4-hour fresh-water fishing trip to Kauai’s Waita Reservoir. Leave your own gear at home, and enjoy the simplicity of a chartered boat, fishing equipment and a local guide. Drop a line for peacock, large and small-mouth bass, enjoy the tranquillity of the private reservoir and sip cool drinks on board as you catch and release in the island sunshine.

Fresh-Water Bass Fishing Trip on Kauai

Duration: 4 hours

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With so many things to see and do here, you will definitely not regret having a vacation here! Pump up your adrenaline and start flying off to Kauai now!

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