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Explore Kauai – The Garden Island

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Imagine a place where worries vanish in the trade winds, warm saltwater laps the shores of golden sand, and rain-forests are home to our earth’s rarest plants and birds. Your adventure begins at the edge of a lost world. Thousands of miles from any significant land mass, the tiny tropical island of Kauai has kept herself charmed, mysterious and unconquered. You will experience her secrets as you dive into the beauty Kauai has to offer. From the moment you step off the plane the balmy trade winds will remind you, “You’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Adventure, romance or pure relaxation? Kauai has it all. Your only worries are how to fit it all in. Kick off your shoes, slip into your casual wear and throw your cares to the wind. It’s all good!

Kauai’s raw interior, rugged Napali Coast and the countless miles of remote white sand beaches are a bit on the wild side. But exploring her untamed allure is where the fun begins. While activities like tow-in surfing 40 foot monster waves do exist, there are other activities for the mere mortal traveler that will give you an equal dose of adrenaline.

Hanalei BayOn the North Shore the roads narrow, life slows down and it’s apparent why Kauai is nicknamed the “Garden Island”. Waterfalls cascade a thousand feet from emerald green mountains to manicured taro fields on the valley floor. These are your first signs that you are now entering the “laid back life on the other side of the bridge.” The beautiful & quaint little surf town of Hanalei is full of water-sport shops, eclectic boutiques and local flair. You will find plenty to see and explore whether in the village or in the water of the magical Hanalei Bay, a year round hub of water sports.

Book a kayak or a SUP (stand up paddle board) and make your way through the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. You will be skimming the calm water amongst a myriad of wildlife and hanging trees that frame the banks of the Hanalei River. If this is too tame then just paddle back down the river and test your skills surfing the Bay. Either way you will surely work up an appetite. So…head back to the village where your choices range from take-out to sit down dining and enjoy a fruit infused Mai Tai, while planning the next activity.

Leaving Hanalei in your rear-view mirror the next eight miles of winding road will pique your curiosity and divert your attention. Keep your eyes on the road. This last stretch of roadway will take a while as the pace of life slows down even more the further north you go. That is unless you are in the water!

The horseshoe shaped, coral fringed reef of Tunnels Beach, is a popular destination for snorkelers who want to explore the underwater world of sea caves and exotic tropical reef fish. But the outside breaks, beyond the calm of the protected lagoon, should be left to the experienced. This is also a great spot for to see the locals as they race the winds across the ocean’s surface with their gravity defying kite surfing.

Kauai Vacation GuideThe end of the road at Ke’e Beach marks the beginning of the famous Napali Coast, where the true outdoor adventure begins. You can explore the Napali by foot as you traverse a portion or the complete 11 mile (one way) hike. The valleys of Hanakapiai, Hanakoa and Kalalau will take you back in time. As you traverse the trail built hundreds of years ago you will experience what some believe to be the closest thing to the Garden of Eden. It is hard to fathom that at one time 20,000 Hawaiians used this trail as their super highway into the valleys of Hanakoa and Kalalau.

During summer months adventure seekers choose the ultimate kayak trip, referred to as the Mount Everest of Kayak excursions. The trip begins at the North end of Hanalei Bay where you will paddle beyond the verdant valleys of Hanakoa and Kalalau, past the famous arch of Honopu, and into the sapphire blue waters of the open ceiling sea cave. Paddle the coast with the likes of the playful spinner dolphins, giant sea turtles and the rare Hawaiian Monk Seal. The trip will take an entire day with a stop half way for lunch and swim at Milolii, where you can explore the beach and the remains of an ancient Hawaiian Fishing Village. Polihale, on the west side of the island is the final destination, where the cliffs of the Napali meet the the sand dunes of Kauai’s longest stretch of beach.Na Pali Coast Tours

Seventeen miles off the coast of Kauai’s West Side lies the Forbidden Island of Niihau, known for its Hawaiian speaking community and rare shell leis. Explore the waters of Niihua and Lehua aboard the 65 foot power catamaran Holo Holo. Day trips include sightseeing off the Napali Coast, free diving off Niihau where visibility tops 100 feet the relax on deck enjoying a glass of wine and gourmet deli style lunch. For a closer look at the Forbidden Island of Niihau, privately owned by the Robinson family, book a custom adventure trip aboard their private helicopter to hunt wild boar and feral sheep. The tour includes the outfitting of weapons, personal guide, as well as refreshments and lunch.

Kauai Atv and Waterfall TourAs you meander along Kauai’s roadways you will only touch the surface of Kauai’s hidden treasures. Eighty percent of Kauai is inaccessible by car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore further by Helicopter, ATV, horseback or by foot along miles of hiking trails Kauai has to offer. Kauai is an outdoor paradise waiting to be discovered. Need help planning? Kauai.com offers a free concierge service to help plan. Kauai Activities and Things to Do.

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For information on booking Kauai Tours visit us on Kauai.com or  call 1-800-652-8248 or Local 808 VACATION

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Top Kauai Tours and Things To Do

Are Looking for the best things to do on Kauai? Ask us!  We can help. We live here, play here and exploring Kauai and helping you plan your trip is what we do. Give us a call at 1-800 652-8248 or just remember 808 VACATION 808-822-2846. Kauai is the perfect destination for family vacations, adventure seekers, romantic escapes and pure relaxation.  Kauai’s various attractions and activities cater to just about every interest.

Here are our top picks for your Kauai Vacation: ( in no specific order) This is up to you!

napali-tours#1 Na Pali Coast Snorkel Whale Watching and Sightseeing Tours

Na Pali Coast is among the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Well in our opinion the #1 coastline in the world. Lush green valley, dramatic cliffs jetting out of the ocean, hanging valleys, cascading waterfalls, secluded beaches and an abundance of playful marine life.  Choose from a large luxury catamaran for sightseeing and snorkel adventure, or an exciting rigid hull inflatable raft exploration along the coast and the adventure of exploring the coastline Napali sea caves. You’ll cruise on the water and see Kauai from a different perspective. Be on the lookout for dolphins, a Hawaiian Monk Seal, the Hawaiian Sea Turtle Honu  and the majestic humpback whales during the winter months.


hiking-hanakapiai#2 Kauai Hiking

Kauai offers the best selection of hiking in Hawaii.  Explore Kauai on foot and discover some of the most beautiful backdrops and vistas in the world. Check out our Kauai Hiking Guide for the top hiking trails on Kauai. You will find a great map and trail description for each trail.  Why not get off the beaten path with one of the guided hiking tours and four wheel drive adventures. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunblock, because the sun can kick you when you least expect it!


northshore-kauai-helicopter tours#3 Helicopter Tour

There’s no better way to discover the beauty of Kauai than by Kauai Helicopter.  Eighty percent of Kauai is inaccessible by car or foot and on this flight of a lifetime you will see astonishing cliff waterfalls, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the awe inspiring Na Pali Coast and Hanalei Bay. You will lose count of the waterfalls as you travel to the wettest spot on Earth at the center of the Waialeale Crater.


kauai-tubing-adventure-tour#4 Tubing Tour

Enjoy this fun and exciting Kauai Tubing adventure as you explore lush jungle scenery of Kauai’s interior while you and float down a historic waterway of the historic plantation ditches. The tour begins with a four-wheel-drive adventure where you will make your way through Lihue Plantation lands deep into Kauai’s pristine interior.  This is a great activity for families with children 5 years and older.


kauai-best-luau-review#5 Luau

Everyone one has to experience a Luau on their lifetime so why not on Kauai. A night filled with music, fire dancing storytelling and a Hawaiian feast.  There are a few to choose from and Luau Kalamaku and the Oceanfront Luau our among our favorites.


kauai-activities-and-tours#6 Zip-line Adventure

Kauai’s zip-line tours among the top adventure seeking tours and activities in Kauai Check out some of the unique and exciting tours that soar over the treetops high above the tropical jungle floor through some of the prettiest back country terrain with amazing mountain backdrops and a spectacular variety of flora and fauna.


kauai-mudbug-tour-atv#7 Off-Road Adventure Tour

The whole family will have a blast on one of the Kauai Off-road Adventures. Get muddy and explore Kauai . Choose form either a scenic Ranch Tour  or a waterfall picnic tour.  Different tours offer a selection of vehicle options double or ohana (family) Mud Bug or single Mud Bunny! Explore back-road trails and learn about the history of the south shore of Kauai. After your 4×4 expeditions take a dip in a mountain pool at the base of a cascading waterfall and enjoy a deli style picnic lunch.


kauai-sunset-dinner-cruise-napali#8 Sunset Dinner Sail

There is no better way to savor the flavor of  Kauai than from the relaxing comfort of a Catamaran Sunset Sail. If your goal is a romantic getaway, a sunset dinner, or relaxing sightseeing tour, then defiantly book one of our favorite catamaran dinner sails for an exceptional evening of sightseeing, dinner and cocktails  as the tropical sun sets into the Pacific.


snorkeling on Kauai#9  Snorkeling

Explore the underwater world of this tropical paradise. Snorkeling on Kauai is an easy water sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. Kauai’s underwater world will surely enchant you with the expanse of blue-water, tropical fish, sea turtles, the Hawaiian Monk Seal and living coral reefs. Check out the best north shore snorkeling beaches.


Kauai-massage# 10 Get a Massage

Hiking, snorkeling, zip-lining and roughing it on the beach can really take a lot out of you. Unwind with  a massage in a relaxing candle-lit room or a beach-side massage as the sound of waves relaxes you and the smells of blossoming plumeria and ocean air indulge the senses.


photo-tours-in-kauai#11 Photo Tours and Portrait Session

Take advantage of Kauai’s beautiful locations  to capture family memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’d like to shoot a family portrait, senior photos, or to commemorate a birthday or anniversary, a Kauai Photo session at a secluded beach, waterfall background or beach sunset  make for a truly idyllic backdrop for a photo shoot. Want more out of the the Photo experience book a photo tour with a local Kauai photographer and capture the hidden Kauai.


kauai-artist-andart-galleries#12 Visit Kauai Art Galleries

Kauai has dozens of hidden jewels in the way of art galleries and local artist. Check out some of our Kauai Art Galleries and Artist. Mark your calendar for one of the Friday Art Nights in Hanapepe, a block party of galleries, food vendors and local artist.


farmers-markets-kauai#13 Kauai Farmers Markets

Visiting the shops and tourist centers are fun, but there’s really only so many souvenirs  you can bring home. Kauai Farmers Markets are a must-see experience when you are on the island of Kauai. Dozens of local farmers sell a variety of unique organic produce and stunning tropical flowers in a festive and colorful outdoor atmosphere. Farmers Markets are located daily around the island.


shave-ice-kauai#14 Try a Hawaiian Shave Ice

Cool off with a tropical island treat of shave ice. While you might think this is just like an ordinary snow cone, it is not. Snow cones are made with crushed ice, rather than the finely shaved ice.  Fun tropical flavors of lilikoi, guava, coconut and li hing mui are a few of the local favorites. Try it and you will be hooked.


kauai-surfing-activity#15 Surf Lessons

Kauai is a great place to learn to surf. Always dreamed about riding the waves of Hawaii now is your chance. Take a Kauai surf lesson , and stand up in the same day. Poipu Beach and Hanalei bay are a few of the favorite spots to catch your first wave.



doggy-days#16  Take a Dog on a Field Trip

Missing your pup and on vacation? No problem! The Kauai Humane Society offers a fantastic program that allows filed trips with a a pet.. If you’re interested in doing a field trip just stop by the Kauai Humane Society
Beware! Kauai Humane Society makes it very easy to adopt a pet.  What better Kauai souvenir!



Kayaking #17  Kayak Trip

Explore the the lush interior of Kauai’s rainforest. Paddle up a gentle river and explore the hidden beauty and secret falls of the Wailua River. Take a guided kayak tour with experienced and fun local guides.  Enjoy a moderate hike to a secret waterfall swimming hole where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and swim. Ocean kayaking can be done in the summer time on one of the Na Pali tours.


What’s your Favorite Kauai Activity?  Need help planning Call 808 822-2846


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For help planning your Kauai Vacation Tour and Activities give me a call at 808 822-2846  Mahalo ~ Tanya