Top Things To Do On Kauai

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Known for its wild natural beauty and quiet tranquility, Kauai is the best of all the Hawaiian islands if you’re looking to get away from it all. From the must-see Na Pali sea cliffs to the earthy and expansive Waimea Canyon, the garden isle of Kauai has the most incredible vistas. On every Hawaiian island there are a handful of must-do activities and Kauai has some of the best. If you’re planning your trip to Kauai, don’t miss these top things to do!

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Na Pali coast catamaran cruise with Makana Charters

#1 – Cruise the Na Pali Coast

Whether you choose to go by sea or by air, seeing the Na Pali Coast is a must-do on Kauai. Known for its astonishing lookouts, cascading waterfalls, and secluded sea caves, this range of incredible sea cliffs will take your breath away. One of the best ways to enjoy Na Pali is by boat where you can take in the cliffs from below. Makana Charters Na Pali Coast Cruise offers cruises throughout the year which include snorkeling, lunch, and drinks. You’ll even get a chance to see whales during the winter months.  Be sure to book up early, however, as this one sells out quickly.

Ages 3+ | Small-group tours | Food & drink included

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Beautiful Kauai views from a Private Helicopter Tour with Mauna Loa Helicopters

#2 – See Kauai from the sky

Catch breathtaking bird’s eye views on a Kauai helicopter tour. To this day, there are parts of Kauai that are only accessible by sea and air—and certainly, some natural wonders that are at their most astonishing when viewed from above—making a private Kauai helicopter tour the best way to see all the island has to offer. From the Waimea Canyon to the Manawaiopuna “Jurassic” Falls, sweeping shorelines to rolling mountain ranges, you won’t be disappointed. The best thing about this tour is it’s completely private so you won’t get stuck in a middle seat.

Ages 7+ | Private experiences | Book in advance

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Exploring the rugged terrain and movie filming locations of Kipu Ranch on Kauai

#3 – Explore Kipu Ranch by ATV

Kauai is known for nature and adventure and is it any wonder why? With so much rugged beauty, sometimes you need to get a little rugged yourself to access it. Kipu Ranch is one of the best-preserved examples of Kauai’s natural contours and agricultural past. This active livestock ranch once belonged to the Hawaiian monarchy and is now private property accessible only by Kipu Ranch Adventures’s ATV Tours. Explore the ranch’s lush green pastures and get a close up view of some of your favourite movie filming locations including Jurassic Park, The Descendants, and the famous rope swing from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ages 9+ | Small-group tours | All equipment provided

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Seeing Kauai beauty up close and personal with Koloa Zipline Tours

#4 – Zipline Kauai’s south shore

No other island can compete with Kauai’s untouched beauty—and one of the best ways to see it for yourself is by zipline. Check out Koloa Zipline, boasting the longest zipline on the whole island, where you can fly over miles of rich wild forest and glistening water. You’ll get to explore the hidden trails of Mount Makaleha and cool off at a waterfall. For the history lovers out there, this zipline park is housed on what used to be Kauai’s first sugar plantation.

Ages 7+ | Small-group tours | All equipment provided

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A friendly sea turtle says hello on our snorkeling tour

#5 – Snorkel Kauai’s south shore

Get out on the water with a snorkeling tour of Kauai’s south shore. Known for its excellent snorkeling year-round, the south shore is home to Hawaiian green sea turtles, playful spinner dolphins, and exotic reef fish. This Zodiac Snorkel Adventure will take you to two of the best Kauai snorkeling destinations, with good quality gear included. If you’re visiting in the winter months and don’t want to snorkel, another great option is their Whale and Dolphin Zodiac Adventure which will get you out on the water, and close up to see these majestic creatures.

Ages 5+ | Small-group tours | Food & drink included | All equipment provided

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