Kauai is a dream destination for those seeking tropical tranquility. With miles and miles of gorgeous white-sand beaches and lush verdant landscapes, Kauai offers a more intimate and relaxed experience than all the other Hawaiian islands combined.
Today Kauai’s rural history gives way to wild natural beauty, from misting waterfalls to towering sea cliffs and secret beaches. One thing’s for sure, after a visit to the Garden Island you’ll never be the same again. Check out this list of the top outdoor sightseeing tours on Kauai!
#1 – Cruise the Napali Coast
Featured in countless films, the iconic Napali Coast is the must-see sight on Kauai. Lucky for you, there are plenty of different ways for you to see it. The most popular by far is on a boat cruise. Check out Makana Charters which will escort you along the coast. Enjoy heart-stopping views of these verdant sea cliffs as well as stopping off at the coast’s best secluded snorkeling spots.
#2 – See Kauai from the sky
To this day, a lot of Kauai is only accessible by air or by sea. That’s why a helicopter tour is the best and most exciting way to see the island. In a helicopter, you can pack a bunch of Kauai must-see sights into one hour—which would otherwise take you several days of hiking (and probably as many blisters!). Get the best view of the Napali Coast and the Waimea Canyon as well as seeing Manawaiopuna Falls of Jurassic Park fame, where no man and no dinosaur has walked for ages.
#3 – Explore secluded Kipu Ranch by ATV
This working cattle ranch is a must-see on the island, and only Kipu Ranch Adventures is permitted to operate tours here. Now a private ranch, Kipu used to belong to the Hawaiian monarchy—and once you see it you’ll know why. This fun ATV tour covers a large section of the ranch, offering up plenty of the beautiful pastoral views Kauai is known for. You’ll also see the Hule’ia River and Kipu Kai Beach, one of Kauai’s most famous, and several Hollywood filming locations.
#4 – Explore the taro fields of Hanalei Bay
Historically, Kauai has always been an agricultural center. Take a step back in time and explore Kauai’s agrarian history at the Ho’opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill, Hawaii’s only remaining rice mill, located in the beautifully lush Hanalei Valley. Purchased by the Haraguchi family in 1924, the rice mill operated into the 1960s. Today it is an agricultural museum located on an operating taro farm and is a unique way to see Hanalei’s taro fields up close.
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