Island Activities

Also known as the Garden Isle, Kauai’s diverse landscape offers visitors a multitude of year-round activities and outdoor excursions.  For assistance in booking your activities at

Hiking  With roughly 10 percent of the island accessible by road, hiking is a treasured way to tour the island’s pristine beaches and valleys. The abundance of Kauai’s trails range from easy to challenging and offer magnificent views. Notable trails on the island include Kuilau, Moalepe, Kalalau, Waimea Canyon, Kokee and Powerline.

Biking  Biking, like the hiking in Kauai, also ranges from easy to challenging. Waimea Canyon offers only serious bikers the thrill of a lifetime. The canyon trail is a 100% downhill, exhilarating 13-mile ride down winding, paved roads from the rim of Waimea Canyon (elevation 3,500 feet) to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Bikers can also stop along the way for photos and the chance to learn about the history, culture, folklore and legends of the area. Nonetheless, there are many flat roads available in the Poipu area for less experienced riders.

Helicopter Tours  The complete beauty and essence of Kauai can only be recognized from a bird’s eye view. Helicopter tours allow visitors to view some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on earth, including the Waimea Canyon, the Napali coast and the waterfalls made famous in movies such as Jurassic Park and Fantasy Island. The highlight of the hour long flight is flying back into the “Blue Hole” in the heart of the Mt. Waiale’ale crater, where it seems that there are waterfalls in every direction.

Golf  Kauai’s 12 golf courses are some of the most challenging and spectacular in Hawaii and are available at both private resorts and public courses. Each of Kauai’s golf courses has something to offer the avid golfer, with greens fees ranging in price.

River and Ocean Kayaking  In addition to everything offered on land, Kauai offers a plethora of water activities including river and ocean kayaking. Kayaking on Kauai can be a peaceful experience or an exciting adventure. For gentler excursions, try the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, or Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbor to the Menehune Fishpond and beyond. The Hanalei River is the longest and allows kayaking through the plains. Ocean kayaking is another thrilling island activity, with options including the Poipu to Port Allen course with a stop in Lawai Bay or the Napali coast. Ocean kayaking can be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, however, hiring a guide is recommended especially if you are considering kayaking the Napali coast.

Surfing  The scenic beaches are home to a variety of activities including diving, surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling and swimming. Kauai’s four regions, North, South, East and West all offer incredible surfing and swimming experiences. Favorite spots for surfing on the island include Poipu Beach, Salt Pond, Allerton’s, Kukuiula Harbor, Davidson’s at Kekaha, Pakalas, Lawai Beach (also called P.K.’s Centers and Acid Drop), Shipwrecks Beach, Nawiliwili Harbor, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach and Cannons.

Scuba Diving  Kauai offers an abundance of sites to scuba dive for both beginners and experienced divers. Boat dives, night dives and other dive tours offer plenty of sea life to discover, including cave exploration and lava tubes. Experienced divers will generally find more thrilling locations on the east and west shores, while those new to scuba are recommended to start on the north or south shores (Hanalei, Kee Beach, or Poipu Beach).

Snorkeling  Snorkelers can enjoy a specially designed tour of the Napali coastline and the island of Niihau, experiencing sea caves, waterfalls cascading from hanging valleys to the ocean below, views of the Napali coast trail and the remote beaches that mark this pristine wilderness area. After enjoying the Napali, guests cross the channel to the forbidden island of Niihau. During the cross, it is not unusual to encounter dolphins and melon-headed whales. Upon arriving at Niihau, vacationers can stop for snorkeling at Lehua Rock, an islet on the northern tip of Niihau. This volcanic caldera provides crystal-clear water prime for viewing larger sea creatures.

Catamaran  After all the snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing, visitors can relax and experience trade-wind sailing on a sailing catamaran. When the winds permit, trips to the Napali coast, considered to be “The Jewel of Kauai,” are a perfect way to explore the 3,000 foot cliffs, green valleys, hidden beaches, secluded waterfalls and breathtaking beauty.

Fishing  For a small dose of excitement, local crews will ensure a thrilling day of sport fishing with choices of four, six, or eight hour charters. Within minutes of leaving the slip, guests can be fishing some of the most active big game waters on Earth. Depending on the season, expect to catch Pacific Blue or Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ahi, Ono and even the occasional Sailfish.

Whale Watching  Any visit to Kauai from late November through early May is peak time for whale watching. While whales can be seen from shore, it is a much more intimate experience to take a boat tour to observe the whales in their own habitat.

Zip Line Tours  Guests can put on a harness and soar over breathtaking valleys and streams embarking on a series of zip line crossings. Walking through the treetops and over waterfalls on a suspension bridge gives new meaning to the term “suspension.” A series of zips and walks lead to a hidden treasure… an idyllic waterfall and swimming hole where the water is deep enough to jump from surrounding rocks.

Tropical Desire

Whisk away to Koa Kea for a week of island romance with a loved one.

A Culinary Experience

Enjoy a tropical dining experience at Red Salt at Koa Kea.