Best Activities to Try While Visiting Kauai For the First Time

So, you’ve decided to vacation on Kauai. Smart move. While you are certain you want to vacation in paradise, you may be wondering, “What should I do while visiting? Are there any activities that I should absolutely try?” The answer is yes, yes there are.

Discover the beauty of Kauai through its many great outdoor activities

Discover the beauty of Kauai through its many great outdoor activities

There are seemingly endless activities and things to do on Kauai, and all of them are pretty awesome, but there are some activities that will absolutely enhance your vacation experience. Must-dos, for sure. They are (in no particular order) as follows:

1. Take a Boat Tour Down the Napali Coast

Probably known as the most recommended must-do Kauai activity, a boat tour down the Napali Coast never fails to amaze. This 15-mile stretch of Kauai coastline is inaccessible any other way. See marine life, explore hidden sea caves, snorkel in fish sanctuaries, and step foot on secluded white sand beaches. Each and every mile of this coastline will leave you in awe.

A Napali Coast boat tour is one of the most highly recommended Kauai activities

The Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Available tours include afternoon cruises and sunset cruises. Don’t forget to bring a camera – there is plenty of raw, natural beauty that you will want to capture on film. Treat yourself and those you love, and experience the beauty of one of the best places on Earth. Seriously, go book a Napali Coast tour.

2. Rappel Down a Waterfall

What? Rappel down a waterfall? Yes, you read that correctly. One of the most unique Kauai activities you can try is to rappel down a natural waterfall. You can climb behind waterfalls, too.

Waterfall rappelling, anyone?

Waterfall rappelling, anyone?

There is currently only one company offering this activity. There are several different tours to choose from and you receive a training lesson on a dry wall before you go – you can even bring the kids! You also gain exclusive access to a National Wildlife Refuge on culturally significant Hawaiian lands, not open to the general public. Definitely a must-try activity.

3. See Kauai From Above

There is no view quite like an aerial view. You just can’t cover the same ground, or see certain areas like you can from a helicopter or small plane. There are lush valleys and hidden waterfalls waiting to be seen. Seeing Kauai from above will give you a unique perspective and different appreciation for the island. It’s an amazing experience – and one the whole family can enjoy. You don’t need to be athletically able, you don’t need to be a certain age, you just need to sit back and enjoy the views.

There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view

Kauai’s world-famous Na Pali Coastline

4. Explore the Wailua River

This is an activity for those of you who enjoy getting a little exercise while on vacation. Wailua River is located on Kauai’s east side and is the only navigable river in the entire state of Hawaii. You’ll see endemic plant and animal life along the way, and you’ll be able to swim under a waterfall – what more could you ask for when kayaking up a river? It’s a beautiful setting. You can go on a guided tour, or you can rent your own kayaks and venture up the river in your own group. Whatever you prefer.

Wailua River is the only navigable river in the entire state of Hawaii

Wailua River is the only navigable river in the entire state of Hawaii

5. Take a Hike

Another activity for the avid adventurer, hiking on Kauai is one of the most rewarding activities if you’re looking to stay fit and enjoy some amazing views – and the best part is that this is an activity you can do for free. All you’ll need is some good tennis shoes, water, and some sunscreen.

Explore Kauai by foot and be rewarded with some amazing island views

Explore Kauai by foot and be rewarded with some amazing island views

From the Napali Coast to the Sleeping Giant to Kokee, you will be able to choose a hike based on your skill level, and terrain and view preference. Hike to waterfalls, whale watch from land, and enjoy hiking with an ocean view. It’s all possible when you’re on Kauai. Get out there, create some awesome memories, and conquer that trail!

Many of Kauai’s hiking trails, including Hanakapiai Trail, have incredible ocean views

Many of Kauai’s hiking trails, including Hanakapiai Trail, have incredible ocean views

Have Some Fun. You Deserve It.

Kauai is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast, the family that is in need of a great vacation, anybody, really. Creating lasting memories is not difficult in a place like this one. By enjoying some great Kauai activities you can be sure you’ll go on a vacation you’ll never forget and always talk about. You have the opportunity to have some good old-fashioned fun while you’re here, so put down that smart phone, put on the sunscreen, and go on a one-of-a-kind island adventure! You never know when you’ll be able to come back for another visit, so go ahead, splurge on some fun. You know you’re worth it.