If you are an animal lover, Kauai will touch your heart.
Coined as The Garden Isle, Kauai is a fertile land for both flora and fauna alike. Nourishing life forms of all sorts, Kauai is host to a completely unique wildlife population. So, we invite you to explore the island through the lens of its wildlife.
Whether you have an affinity for animals of the air, land or sea, Kauai offers spectacular platforms to experience them all. Here are a few exceptional opportunities…
For Bird Lovers
Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge
The Kilauea Lighthouse is, by far, the most extraordinary place to witness tropical avians in-action. As a designated National Wildlife Refuge for indigenous and endangered bird species, it is home to some of the largest populations of nesting seabirds found in Hawaii. Common sightings include: Tropicbirds, Boobys, Shearwaters, Frigatebirds and Albatross.
The scenic location is equally as stunning as its inhabitants. With a panoramic ocean vista and dramatic mountain backdrop, The Kilauea Lighthouse stands out as a must for all visitors to the island.
You are welcome to visit independently or to join a tour. Tours include a historic account of the lighthouse, as well as an educational wildlife experience. Additionally, the Visitor Center features interpretive displays, reading material, souvenirs and friendly staff. All proceeds further the charitable mission of Kilauea Point Natural Historic Association.
Visiting the refuge:
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4pm
$10 entrance fee, 16 and under free
Tours are Wednesdays & Saturdays at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 2:30
*Tour participants may sign up no earlier than one hour in advance*
For Dog Lovers
Kauai Humane Society
3-825 Kaumaulii Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766
For those of us who cannot deny the sweet nature of four-legged furry friends, the Kauai Humane Society offers a unique opportunity to take adoption dogs out on an adventure. The arrangement is a win-win, as it gives the dogs a change of scenery and gives you unparalleled companionship for the day.
Just walk in and they’ll set you up. The helpful staff matches you with the perfect pup, depending on the personality/availability/weather and your specific desires. Then, off you go! The staff even offers recommendations for places you can venture, whether you’re craving a hike, a beach or a town experience.
P.S. If you happen to fall in love with your special friend, the Kauai Humane Society and Alaska Airlines have partnered to offer an incredible adoption program that makes bringing them home a flawless transition.
Monday-Friday: pick-up 11am-1pm, return by 5pm
*No field trips on Wednesdays*
Saturday & Sunday: pick-up 10am-12pm, return by 3pm
*Minimum donation fee of $25 that goes towards the field trip program
For Reptile Lovers
Makauwahi Cave Reserve
A rare species of ancient tortoise are the gatekeepers to this geological portal back in time. The African Spur Thigh Tortoise is the only beneficial non-native animal on Kauai— contributing to the ecosystem, rather than destroying it. These gentle giants fill the niche of an extinct bird that used to eat invasive plant species. Taking its place, the tortoise eat only invasive plant species, leaving the native plants to thrive.
You can observe the tortoise in their sanctuary on any given day. Plus, you may even get to see hatchlings, depending on the time of year.
The Tortoise Sanctuary is an integral part of the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. With the intention to restore, preserve and protect native ecosystems, this impressive example of conservation is well worth a visit.
Free guided tours
Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
*Detailed directions on website*