Clean, well made gear including tents, trekking backpacks and hiking poles make all inclusive trips enjoyable and keep you traveling light! Book a luxury camping trip or an ultimate challenge backpacking tour with Nature Walk Kauai. Hike, backpack, camp, and surf with Nature Walk Kauai, the travelers guide to outdoor activities on Kauai.
Also available are surfing lessons for our ocean enthusiasts with up to date surfing boards made specifically for beginner and intermediate surfers. An interactive Hawaiian cultural experience is waiting for you where you will make gorgeous flower leis, learn an enchanting hula, story telling and Hawaiian music, all summed up with a fantastic Hawaiian food demonstration with a local kumu, Hawaiian arts teacher!
Kauai is home to a variety of ziplining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island's landscapes. Ziplining is thrilling and fun. You are strapped securely into the harness but you do fly up to 34 miles per hour, pretty fast to zoom through the air!
Princeville Ranch Adventures (North Shore)
Princeville Ranch Adventures offers exclusive zipline, horseback riding, kayaking and hiking tours on Kauai’s spectacular north shore. On the popular Zip N’ Dip, you’ll fly like a bird across interior valleys – 9 times! -- and cross a suspension bridge spanning a waterfall.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures
Toll Free:(888) 270-0555
With exclusive access to over 17,000 acres ofold plantations lands, Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers one-of-a-kind experiences. Traverse a lush mountainside on one of seven exciting ziplines. Soar down into the tropical valley below and enjoy a dip in a mountain swimming hole and delicious picnic. On the Mountain Tubing Adventure you float down the plantation irrigation system on gently flowing water, through canals, flumes and five tunnels hand-dug by plantation workers circa 1870. A swim and picnic await you at the end of this special tour.
and Just Live (Lihue)
Just Live, Inc.
3-1001 Kaumuali'i Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766
Four different zipline tour options are offered. Enjoy up to 7 zipline runs combined with exciting canopy bridge walks. Soar 60 – 80 feet above the ground in 200 foot tall Norfolk Pine trees as you fly over mango, eucalyptus, bamboo, native plant and bird life. Ecology narratives are included in every tour. Magnificent mountain and forest views. Also included in their wide range of services are Rock Wall Climbing, Rappelling, Monster Swing and a Ropes Challenge Course.
All operate zipline courses which is a good idea to take. All zipline companies will have similar requirements and restrictions. For tour-specific information contact the zipline company directly.
Bicycling down Waimea Canyon is a something you should not miss! Spectacular scenery in Hawaii's colorful "Mini-Grand Canyon." Gorgeous foliage you can see at your own pace on bicycles, and it's all downhill so no stress! Transportation provided.
At Outfitters Kauai also take Wailua and Hidden Valley Falls river kayak adventures. Kipu Falls Zipline Safari. Napali and Poipu sea kayak tours. Island wide from convenient Poipu location. (South Shore of Kauai)
2827 Poipu Rd at Poipu Plaza
Poipu Beach, HI 96756
Toll Free:(888) 742-9887
Kauai Sea Tours
For special Savings reserve online. Na Pali Kauai catamaran snorkel sunset dinner cruises. Beach landing raft adventures, see dolphins daily and whale watch in season.
4353 Waialo Rd, Suite 2B-3B, Eleele, HI
1 (888) 436 9370
Kauai Bound is a locally owned snorkel, golf, underwater camera, and beach rental and retail shop located in Lihue at Anchor Cove Shopping Center. We carry quality dry snorkels with silicone masks, new Wilson golf sets, underwater cameras, and more! Available daily or weekly rentals for very reasonable prices.
3366 Waapa Rd Suite 508 - Anchor Cove, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Smith's Motor Boat Service
Destination:The Fern Grotto. Historical cruise on the Wailua River is a journey into the Royal past. Boat captains share history and legends in this sacred valley. The family of entertainers share songs of Hawaii. Family Business since 1946.
Kapaa, HI 96746
Blue Dolphin Charters, Ltd.
Napali and Poipu sightseeing tours with scuba option and snorkling stops on am tours. Guaranteed dolphin sightings tours.
4353 Waialo Rd, Eleele, HI 96705
Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is impressive enough. Extra lure is its remoteness. There is no road traversing it and the only means of transport are boats, helicopters and “bare” feet. The last option allows for a more direct experience while the others might overwhelm with scope. Trekking the whole distance across the coast between the two points of road access is possible but difficult, requiring more than a day of foot work. A taste of this mountaineering soufflé is available; two-kilometer walk from Ke’e beach to Hanakapi’ai beach (plus the distance to wherever your vehicle is parked, it could be another kilometer away). It certainly provides you with a serious work-out program, going up and down hills (very Nepalese feature) complemented with phenomenal views and a dip in salty or fresh water in the end. This last bit is highly recommended for overheated bodies that have avoided lugging bottles of water over the hills.
Waimea falls is an easy trip from Lihue. Armed with a rental vehicle one can reach it within 10 min and spend another half an hour or so ogling at it. The inconvenience is that the lookout point is only one and at the top of the falls so it becomes difficult to grasp the might of the water flow and bathing is rendered impossible. Even if there are trails leading to the base they are deemed dangerous, hence not officially sanctioned. Nevertheless, the scenery consists of classic tropical lushness with mad greenery cascading down a huge bowl. The natural beauty has attracted other kind of worshipper – the tourist salesman. In a tightly controlled tourism industry with emphasis on law and order for the sake of sustainability the small guys have been pushed around and this location is no exception. Nasty prohibiting signs warn against peddling – yeah, if it were a whole sale operation with busloads unleashing a stampede it would have been worthy of a shopping mall right there. Despite the uncertainties ushering a careful behavior, locals still manage to quietly promote and demonstrate their skills spurred by environment and tradition. One can admire and acquire baskets lavishly gilded with creatures and devices made solely of palm leaves. Some of them are so convincing that they exchange hands in moments!
Diet reflects culture everywhere and Hawaii is no exception to the rule with a very vivid example on offer. It is a public knowledge that the archipelago has been coveted by many different countries but eventually became part of the USA. In the process of settling the islands though, a population of mostly Asian origins has been established firmly on the islands. One dominant group is the Japanese. So, naturally comes the fusion of something very Japanese like sushi with something very American - spam. Some might think it is WWII nostalgia wrapped in seaweed but in reality it is called MUSUBI SPAM. All jokes aside it is delicious. Washed down with a bottle of beer it becomes sublime. And while munching on it one can think of the price/satisfaction ratio and realise that the person who invented this masterpiece of food is a genius.
Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and scenery of the island. Another aspect to consider is whether the helicopter has its doors attached or they have been removed for an extra bit of thrill, and this extra bit counts big no matter how insignificant it might seem on the ground. On a more sober note, one will notice that any of the two possible versions have their advantages and disadvantages. Doors off is great for photography in the sense that there is no glass that reflects the passengers in the cabin. On the other hand the wind is so fierce that it is difficult to keep the camera steady and hence the lower quality of pictures. Probably the compromise is to do them both if pocket money is not an issue. The smaller helicopters of the Robinson make are more likely to provide you with personalised flight since there are only three seats and the price per person is the same whether 2 or 3 people have boarded. The pilot would hover in one spot then turn around to provide people sitting on opposite sides with the same views. One large bonus is good weather but considering the nature of Kauai it is not realistic to expect perfect sunny days often. After all there is a reason why one of the valleys just off the Na Pali coast has the infamy of being the wettest spot on Earth. The myriad of waterfalls one sees when in the air have to flow from somewhere and it is not the blue skies that they come from. Moreover, if the clouds that usually hang around the mountain tops decide to go away, it is not done on their own will. Powerful ocean winds scatter them to the four corners of the Ocean and as a result the particular doors-off experience might be elevated to a tornado 5 category. Most likely, that is why one is expected to sign a “prenuptial” agreement with the company so he has waved all responsibility for his equipment blown away into the abyss.
The Russian fort is conveniently located on the way to the Waimea canyon. Flanking the river that stems out of the exuberant gorge, the fort has fared better than its twin across the river albeit not much better. What is left is mostly a silhouette of a defensive structure where one can deduce the original shape of the walls with their zigzag battlements. There are no buildings inside or outside the perimeter and the walls themselves are more reminiscent of a heap of rubble (not ruble) with irregular shape, than a wall. The place is difficult to miss due to well-placed signs and effort has been made to make a visit more worthwhile with information board flared up with some Cyrillic Alphabet thrown in.
Kauai has a canyon that might evoke images of the “real” thing in the Southwest. Well, it does not quite compete with the renowned relative but it is certainly impressive. There are two approaches to the canyon with two different effects on the viewer. The more promoted one (off Kekaha, Koke’e Road 550) is leading you through the backyard till it is not possible anymore and suddenly reveals the natural wonder in its full splendour. The second approach (off Waimea, Waimea Canyon Road 550) is not advertised at the place where it turns off from the main highway, so people usually miss it, but this road offers more gradual exposure to the phenomenon through direct contact from the very beginning where the vast coastal plain slowly but surely narrows to achieve the twisted meanderings at higher elevation. Conveniently, the road passes just meters away from the ravine and on many occasions there are parking spots for easy access to the lookouts. If one needs a more “in-the-buxom” kind of feeling, there are hiking trails that take the avid explorers on a journey through the different “sleeves” and add extra angles and prospective to the incredible scenery. The asphalt road finishes on a “high note” quite literally with the Na Pali coast at your feet where magically the reddish tones have switched to green ones.
On the drier west side of the island is the Waimea Canyon State Park (1,866 acres) and the Koke's State Park (4,345 acres) that include the Waimea Canyon of Kauai. This is reportedly the largest canyon of its kind in the Pacific Ocean. The canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. Carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit, there are today numerous drive outs where one can stop the car, and walk to the edge for a stunning view. There is plenty of hiking and geological appreciation, but we didn't have time for that on this trip. I understand that the state park also includes Alakai swamp, which we also didn't visit. But, I wish we had done all these things. This is an excellent activity for Kauai that many people probably miss due to the effort to get there. There are no gas stations along the 40 mile long Waimea Canyon Road. At beach level, the air is often quite warm but by the time one gets to elevation of the ranger station it can be quite cool, so even if your hot at the beach, don't forget to bring long pants and a sweater. My photos here don't do the place justice really. We had a problem of a cloudy haze and it seemed like I was always shooting into the sun, so I hope these images at least give you an idea of what the place is like.
Kauai Coffee Company is Hawaii's largest coffee grower. Near here, over 150 years ago, Hawaii's first commercial coffee plantation was planted. Here you can shop for many, many different types of coffee...some of them you can only find at this plantation. Also, there are 3 stations set up where you can sample different flavors and also watch a video of the history of the plantation. Tours are also available. I recommend the Hazelnut coffee!
Kilauea Point was the highlight of my first visit to Kaua'i. I was so completely mesmerized by the flight of the seabirds, so effortless in taking to the air, that I even thought, "I wouldn't mind being here on the last day of my life; and as I expire, my soul would become a bird and take off and mingle with other birds, before flying off to the Pacific...." So I made Kilauea the first stop on my second trip to the island, only to find that the refuge was closed because it was Presidents' Day. The refuge is closed on federal holidays.
Not to worry. There are parking spaces adjacent to the gate of the refuge and a view gallery for the peninsula with the lighthouse and the little cove east of it. This is actually a good spot for viewing birds, especially red-footed boobies that nest on the eastern wall of the cove. Quite a few people were there when I arrived, and a refuge volunteer was pointing things out to us. We saw a Hawaiian monk seal lying in the cove (a rare animal, only about twenty of them are present in all of the Hawaiian islands). Humpback whales were active offshore, and one made a spectacular breach.
Of course, if you arrive here and find the refuge closed, you should definitely come back. This place can get crowded, but it's definitely worth it. The lighthouse peninsula is an exhilarating and refreshing place to experience the sea, and watching these seabirds fly does good to one's soul. On my return visit, I got to see most of the birds the refuge is known for - boobies, nene, Laysan albatrosses, great frigatebirds, white- and red-tailed tropicbirds (the red-tail was a first for me). Whales were active all over the ocean again, and this time, one was doing tail-slapping and delighting us visitors.
The refuge is home to four bird species which nest here - nene (Hawaiian goose), Laysan albatross, red-footed booby and wedge-tailed shearwater (the last, a spring-to-fall resident, had not arrived yet when I visited). The place also puts effort into preservation of endangered plant species, especially the alula, a cliff plant under peril because of apparent extinction of the insect species that would pollinate it.
Kamukila Hawaiian Village is small theme village actually, in fact you can see how a Polynesian village looks like with thatched huts and some native craft making (you see demonstrations of them). There’s a small guided tour and it doesn’t take more than 30’. The entrance fee is only $5 ($3 for children) and they are open 9.00 to 16.30 Monday to Saturday. It is really nothing really special, I have to say that I found it kind of boring except the funny legend they told us about the name Kamukila which is a lizard that was supposed to gather every precious stone in the island and that explains why you can’t find any of them in our days in Kaua’i. :) By the way, this village used in the movie Outbreak.
The guys that run the place offer canoe rides which is a good reason to visit the place. There different things to choose from like
-Canoe ride to Secretfalls for $30 (45’ the guided paddle to trail or 3 hours selfguided hike to waterfall),
-Canoe ride to Swimming Hole for $20 (1 hour guided paddle and swim),
-Canoe ride to Fern Grotto for $20 (1 hour guided paddle and walk).
-You can also have your own kayak all day for $35 (don’t forget to bring your own lunch).
2373 Ho'ohu Rd, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States
Good for: Business
7083 Alamihi Rd., Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714, United States
Good for: Business
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