Visiting the island of Kauai is an unforgettable life experience. The fresh tropical breezes, rejuvenating ocean waters and dramatic vistas captivate your senses, while the tangible feeling of Aloha penetrates your heart. There are also countless ways to take your Kauai experience to the next level! From land to sky to sea, professional tour companies provide epic platforms for you to spread your wings or sway in the sea!
Surrounding yourself within the lush jungle of Kauai is an other-worldly experience. Tropical flowers and dense foliage grow untamed and unadulterated upon most of the island, creating an environment one would expect to see dinosaurs roaming around in. It’s no wonder that the producers of Jurassic Park chose Kauai as their filming location! Here are a few suggestions for discovering the wild jungle of Kauai…
Kayaking Wailua River to a 120 foot falls
Slip back in time as you kayak up the Wailua River— the largest river in the State of Hawaii. A local guide narrates your journey, as you retrace the landing point for the first Polynesians that migrated to Hawaii. After kayaking up the majestic Wailua River, hike through a tropical rainforest that leads to the base of a 120 foot waterfall “Uluwehe”. Enjoy invigorating waters and then refuel with a complimentary lunch.
Load up in 4 wheel drive buggies and head up toward Mt. Waialeale. Then, embark on the tubing experience. The canals were hand dug 150 years ago for sugar plantation irrigation. There are 5 different tunnels you will go through that lead to a swimming hole with a small waterfall and a nourishing lunch.
Water Zipline Course
Enjoy some high-altitude smiles while soaring above towering trees, through the forest canopy and high above rivers and waterfalls. Take in the amazing views of Kipu Ranch with its beautifully diverse terrain made famous in many Hollywood movies. You’ll experience the famous center-dismount monster ziplines with the longest airtime of any zipline on Kauai and the Kauai Flyline (¾ mile long – Hawaii’s biggest Zipline)!
4X4 “Off Road Adventure”
Cover 9 – 10 miles of beautiful private ranch land (5000 acres) at the foothills of Hihimanu and Namahana Range. The ATV driving course is not only extremely scenic, but lots of fun with dips, turns and peaks to race through. Enjoy charging through “Mud Alley” which is about the size of a football field. To top it all off take a swim in a secluded waterfall pond with a catered lunch.
Flying high over Kauai’s incredible landscape is an exhilarating experience. The best way to do this is chartering a helicopter tour. Continuously one of Kauai’s top-rated tours, you get to meander through canyons and hover over infamous coastlines. From this bird’s eye view, it is possible to take in the entire island within a mere 60 minutes. However, the taste of such beauty will leave you with a craving to continue exploring…
Surrounding the entire island is the main element that makes Kauai so special: the ocean. Water is the source of life and being surrounded by water offers an abundance of life to be experienced. Whether observing from the surface or diving in headfirst, the ocean offers a whole new world to explore. With 90 miles of coastline (25 of which is inaccessible by car), there are many ways to explore the sea…
Na Pali Tours
A number of options allow you to experience the Na Pali Coastline from the rare perspective of being out at sea. Enjoy a sunset cruise with a catered dinner or embark on a full day adventure of snorkeling and relaxing. You can even kayak the coast or scuba dive these crystalline waters! Either way, the stunning landscape of Na Pali and magic of the ocean envelopes you in awe-inspiring wonder. You may even be blessed by whales, dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals or the Honu (green sea turtle)!
Na Pali Coast Zodiac Raft ~ Beach Landing Expedition
This Na Pali tour is done on a powerful 24 foot zodiac raft that holds up to 14 people. If conditions permit, the boat will enter into sea caves and you will land at a secluded valley, Nualolo Kai, and snorkel in the protected cove off the shoreline. On the valley floor you will discover a hike through an ancient Hawaiian fishing village (archaeological site).
Poipu Snorkel Adventure
Join Team Sea Riders on a three hour snorkel adventure to two unspoiled snorkel sites in pristine waters off Kauai’s southern shore. See coral reefs, sea turtles, tropical fish, dolphins and more on this Eco snorkel adventure. Your Marine Biologist trained Captain will have you suited up and in the ocean within minutes of leaving Kukui’ula Harbor aboard a rigid-hull inflatable Zodiac boat. Snorkel gear, picnic lunch and beverages provided.
However you choose to experience the island of Kauai, allow yourself to receive the profound gifts that flow forth from this magical place. Each day, each moment, each breath of life is full of inspiration. All you have to do is be open and be willing to experience life.