33 Best Stops Between Kapaa and Princeville (2024)

The top stops along the way from Kapaa to Princeville (with short detours) are Kauai Backcountry Adventures, Capt Andy's, and Holo Holo Charters. Other popular stops include Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Wailua Falls, and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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Kalapaki Beach

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Beach

Outdoor Activities

Kalapaki Beach is a wide, sandy beach with crystal-clear waters that's perfect for swimming and sunbathing. It's also home to a luxury resort where Marriott guests can enjoy the beach deck chairs and views.

Love this beach, easy to get to, versatile, surfing, body boarding, swimming, kayaking, not huge waves but not small either. Great place to soak up some waves for a few hours!

Lindsay B — Google review

Gorgeous beach just a few blocks from the Nawiliwili Bay cruise terminal. And as an added bonus, it is home to must-do Duke's Kauai!

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The small Kalapaki Beach lies in the small arc at the Nawiliwilli Bay. At the western end of the beach is the starting point of the famous Ironman of Hawaii. There, the first discipline, swimming, begins. When strolling on the beach, if the waves allow it, you can watch the surfers.

Ru W — Google review

Great beach to hang out, nice waves

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Sheltered Beach in harbor area.Nice sand to lounge in with beautiful views.Nice place to go for a walk, a swim, or take a nap.

Barry S — Google review

Good waves, great sand, terrific views. Next to shopping and beach bars. Quick walm from the cruise ship port

unrealcollier — Google review

Easy access from the Sonesta resort. Nice waves and clean sand. Perfect place to sit and relax. Chairs are first come first serve but plenty of them around. Loves watching the cruise ships coming in and out.

Shelly S — Google review

Nice beach to hang out. Good for surfing. We were here on a windy day and had lots of sand blowing on us on the beach area. There is a grassy area to hang out on though. The nearby hotel has a good restaurant to eat at.

Alicia O — Google review

I love that I can call this beach my playground. You have waves if you want to surf, hydrofoil, or boogie board...you have flat if you want to paddle board. Beautiful views, a swimmable beach...Dukes Kauai right there #epic

Ryanne D — Google review

It was such a beautiful beach. Easy to walk to from the docked cruise ship. It was about a 10 minute walk and is near lots of places to eat. It was surprisingly uncrowded.

Ashley S — Google review

Cool small beach in front of the Marriott. Fresh grass with plenty of shade. Places to shop and eat close by. Must try Duke's. Quiet and relaxing. And I think I had an Elvis sighting. Ahuh huh baby.... 😂

Ramiro E — Google review

We stayed at an air bnb condo on the bay for our honeymoon and it was perfect. Nice walk down to one of the best family friendly beaches on Kauai. Plenty of great shopping, dining, and rentals all right there. Great spot for spotting rainbows too!

Jillian R — Google review

Great large sandy beach, the local place rents chairs umbrella kayak and snorkel for cruise passengers for 99 bucks only. Restrooms and foot wash nearby. Nice grass area is also available

Anna I — Google review

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Poipu Beach Park

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Located on the east end of Poipu Beach, this beach park offers swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, and more. A protected baby pond and lifeguard tower make it a safe place for children to play.

Lovely relaxed beach which is perfect for families and children of all ages. There's attentive lifeguards safeguarding both humans and wildlife. We saw 5 turtles and sea lions resting cordoned off so people can't go too close. There's a fantastic Deli for sandwiches and more nearby. Yet to try anything else but this beach was a hit for our first day in Kauai.

Matilda — Google review

Was a very nice little beach. I really enjoyed the sunset while I was there. The chickens were also very entertaining and rambunctious.As with any ocean venue, use caution and pay attention to all of the warnings posted for your safety. This area has strong currents and is openly posted. Come prepared and informed of all conditions. Sunscreen should also be mentioned and used.

Bill V — Google review

Great beach on the south shore. Plenty of parking, although it can full up by midday. Great blue water, areas for snorkeling. Calm area for kids and area further out for surfing. Turtles on the beach especially at sunset and monk seals sleeping on the beach during the day. Food, puka dogs, and shave ice right across the street.

Chris P — Google review

We just bought our own snorkel set from Costco and some underwater shoes from Amazon to protect against the coral and explored on our own. We saw a bunch of fun fish when we snorkeled here, the coral didn’t look as colorful as I expected but there was still plenty to see. We also saw 6 Hawaiian sea turtles come up to nap on the shore while the sun was up, and about 40 made their way up after sunset! They don’t like flashlights disturbing them in their rest, so the docents remind people regularly to turn their flashlights off. Bring a red light if you want to see those or come out on a full moon for better light.We also spotted two Hawaiian monk seals napping on the shore as well! We asked around and the turtles come out almost regularly near sunset but not always as many and not always as long, same with the seals. The seals are solitary so they don’t stick around in groups. It’s rare for more than one to surface at a time but when they do they don’t group together like the turtles. It was pretty neat to watch and I especially appreciated that the docents protect the wildlife and make them feel safe enough to want to return to these shores regularly

Oxie K — Google review

Excellent place for watching turtles. Kiddie pool is packed with kids and adults, but snorkeling is excellent. Be careful with the coral the tide is low and sharp. Bring shoes. Try not to step on the coral!Great for watching the sunset.

W S — Google review

One of the best kept secrets in the pacific coast. I love the beaches because it has so many activities like snorkeling, Surfing, watching turtles and seals and if you are lucky you can find big fishes. We enjoyed our time at Poipu Beach Park. I will definitely come back again to visit.

Chibuike U — Google review

Best spot for snorkeling that we found while we were here. We saw so many fish, turtles, and even a seal. They have life guards here as well as faculties. It is also right across from several great places to eat.

Lis M — Google review

Beautiful beach for sunset.Waves are calm to see turtles and seals at sunsetCalm enough durning the day to snorkel. Nice variety of fish to see but reef is quite grey.Bring a beach chair and umbrella.Some days you can find people placing volleyball.Nice eateries close and free parking lot available.

Jackie B — Google review

This was a really nice beach with great snorkeling, and opportunity for sea turtles and seals on the beach (must stay 10 feet away). Be prepared for some rocks where you snorkel but it felt very safe. There is also a sandy area of the bay for children. It did get pretty crowded later in the day but somehow it was still relatively quiet and comfortable. There are some options for shade, including trees and a small pavilion.

Tori V — Google review

Beautiful beach, although VERY crowded. It has a nice stretch of protected water for kids, but bring water shoes as the water is very rocky. The waves are relatively small, but my kids still loved playing in the water. We saw several monk seals, and watching turtles come on the beach at sunset was a magical experience. However, I would recommend checking out the Sheraton beach, as it is less crowded, sandier, and has better waves. The facilities were TERRIBLE, no soap and the bathrooms were the grossest I’ve been to in my life.

Lynn M — Google review

This was probably the best beach we visited in all of our visit to Hawaii. I'm sure there are better, but this was great. There's a nice shallow area to swim without worry of waves. There is also some excellent snorkeling. I saw 4 or 5 fish I hadn't seen snorkeling anywhere else in the world. There were some Hawaiian green sea turtles resting on the beach that were super cool.

Jason L — Google review

There is so much to love about this park! It has picnic tables with pavilions and a wonderful playground for the kids. Lifeguard, bathroom, showers and easy water access that is protected by a reef so it is safe to snorkel and wad without worries. Part of the part has grass with trees if you need to stay out if the sun. Oh and big green sea turtles resting on the sand.

Robin C — Google review

Awesome to visit. I was so excited to see the sea turtles come into shore and fall asleep on the beach. The sunset was spectacular. One may snorkel, swim, watch the sea turtles and a seal close to the shore. A very beautiful beach to schedule in your itinerary.

Becky L — Google review

so gorgeous!! and there were turtles!!! we went back there at the end of our trip and didn't regret a single second!! kid friendly, great snorkel spot, and beautiful sunsets every night!!! (i love all the chickens on kauai!!!!)

Emma B — Google review

Shallow for a bit but be careful of sharp rocks. The strong winds can definitely invert any beach umbrellas. Priceless to see a turtle swimming along the shoreline. My brother in law got out pretty far with a boogie board and fins.

Justin K — Google review

Simply amazing! Calm waters for the littles, snorkeling with plenty of sea life to spot! Turtles come in at sunset... wait for them! Sea lions too! ❤️🐢🐠

Angie J — Google review

Very lovely small beach parkDecent snorkeling, and body boardingFree parking, but it gets very busy.Bring an umbrella, it gets hot in the sun!Good chance to see turtles and monk seals.

Barry S — Google review

Beautiful but popular beach. We came to watch the turtles rest in the sand around sunset. Note: NEVER TOUCH THE TURTLES. Our human hands have bacteria that will grow barnacles/lesions on the turtles shells, which will eventually kill them. The locals coned off an area for them and thankfully everybody was being very respectful! We saw 2 monk seals hanging out in the bay as well. There were still some people surfing and boogie boarding in the water around sunset.

Kristina M — Google review

Snorkel here in small area on the right side of the beach in front of the island. You can't go far due to large waves and you won't see coral here but a good number and types of fishes can be seen. Green sea turtles bask on the beach here often and a large monk seal. It gets crowded so go early for ease of parking and fewer snorkels in the water. The is a nice protected area free from waves for toddlers and young kids on the left side as you look out from the beach. On the right side surfers ride the waves. There are restrooms and covered and uncovered picnic tables. Even a play are for kids.

Conley M — Google review

It's a very basic beach. Extremely packed. Probably one of the more popular beaches for swimming and it has an area with stronger waves for surfing too. Has access to food and snacks close by as well. Also, sea turtles are common here.

JIA T — Google review

The drive to the beach was beautiful. The beach itself was VERY busy. Lots of people. My daughter loved swimming there, though, and a giant turtle swam right past her. There were 3 large turtles that were resting and basking in the sun. Beautiful.

Cynthia W — Google review

We could see whales and dolphins at times in the ocean and monk seals and giant turtles on the beach. Great boogie boarding, and snorkeling too. Sand is soft. No shade so you may want an umbrella. Love it!

Julie I — Google review

Favorite beach! We saw whales jumping, sea turtles sunning, snorkeling, guards on duty and a place to wash off. Everything that you could want for a perfect beach day! End the day with an amazing sunset.

Dee B — Google review

Great sunset area and place to view sea turtles and monk seals. On our last night here we seen 24 turtles and 2 monk seals on the beach

Jason H — Google review

Nice park and beach with picnic tables, short grass, lots of chickens and roosters, sleepy turtles, and a diverse selection of people. Turtles are tired at the end of a long day but fun to watch. Overall great park to visit.

Doug P — Google review

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Kauaʻi Museum

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Museum

Art gallery

The Kauaʻi Museum features exhibits on the island's history and culture, as well as art by local artists. The museum is a great place to learn about the checkered history of Kauai and the town of Lihue.

Really interesting cool little museum, stuffed full of anything and everything remotely interesting about Kauai history. My favorite are the beautiful wooden bowls. Tip: a few blocks further down the street is a great place for lunch: Garden Island Chinese BBQ.

Alex B — Google review

Cannot miss going to the Kauai museum. Admission was $10 and I was happy to see so much history and artifacts from different times- pictured. This is a many room building. There really is only this museum in Kauai other than the Koke’e state park museum which is mostly on birds and plants and is much smaller. I’d really love for this museum to get support and stay funded because it is full of amazing things. The woman in charge of taking admission and is in the gift shop is so kind she was willing to work a list out of recommendations for me and my husband to be sure to go to on our first time trip.

Talia R — Google review

Great museum detailing the history and culture of Kauai. Very detailed exhibits from native times to modern movies filmed there. A great overview of the island and its culture. Small entry fee but definitely worth it. Don't miss it!

James H — Google review

This is a lowkey mellow historical experience. I feel they had a great history maps, artifacts and a great array of gifts for purchase. An awesome history of the sport of surfing!

Chad P — Google review

This should be on everyone's list when they visit the beautiful island. And make no mistake, she is the best island.The two women working were extraordinary. It was clear how much they love the island, and they were happy to share their stories. They really made the whole island visit, honestly. And the museum taught me a lot about the island and its great history.I'm kind of in love with this place.

Konrad S — Google review

Museum is most interesting. Story boards tell the history with artifacts about Kauai and Hawaii. First area presents the Hawaiian culture through the ages with much detail on Royalties. Second building explains agriculture development and more modern times. Good section on surfing with pictures and bio of famous surfers. Check website for upcoming events teaching Hawaiian crafts. The day we visited was lesson hat making with palm branches. Click on the picture to increase the size for reading

Russel R — Google review

Many Kauai Hawaiian artifacts. Famous surfers of Hawaii exhibit. Very nice gift shop. A lot on the genealogy of the early Hawaiian royalty. They were having a weaving class while I was there. I loved looking at all of the artifacts.

Don L — Google review

This museum had a lot of great history specific to Kauai and not just Hawaii in general. I loved the regal feather cape and helmet displays, and the rich details of how Kauai was integrated into greater Hawaii.

Stephen M — Google review

Quite comprehensive history of Kauai. Separate buildings within the museum, with each complex covering separate sections like ancient history WWII and surfing. A helpful starting point for better knowing the island.

Liu Y — Google review

This museum is full of information about the history of Kauai and its people. There are some artifacts, some reproductions of artifacts, and lots and lots of reading. Definitely plan to come during the heat of the day and spend some real time reading the history. Probably not a great museum for kids as there is very little interaction, but good for adults who want some quiet and history!Note: Admissions prices went up in January 2023 to $15 per adult!

Elizabeth U — Google review

A small but well organized museum. It contains a variety of historical artifacts, representative paintings and is full of information from early Hawaiian history up through WW2 and modern surfing champions.I was surprised, however, by how pro-colonial many of the exhibitions were. Not that it's an issue, but I just didn't expect it. I'll grant I made assumptions based on my knowledge of the attitudes of native Americans in reference to European arrivals.I digress. It's a great place to visit for a walk through Hawaiian history and overall really interesting and welcoming.

Robert C — Google review

This is a great indoor experience for older kids and adults interested in more of the history of Kauai. The museum is split into a small gift shop and then two exhibit houses. One focuses on the ancient through missionary period and the other on more modern times.The museum is local and under funded but has worked hard to get the most from what they have. I really appreciated the staff and while it's not a place that is interactive or will entertain younger visitors, I found so much interesting here about the tension between Polynesian and western colonialism and industrialization.Make it a stop on your list if you have a rainy day or you are on the island for a week or more.

Wayne A — Google review

Nice museum with the history of Kauai. Ranges from natural history through industrial and business development. The first building has royalty history and life of the people during this period.The second building has natural history then moves to industry through the area. Some displays include sports, movies and notable contributions.One to two hours is about the right amount of time.I would have liked a better flow of information rather than very detailed plaques. But in the second building the TV screen allowed for selection of small shows isolating the history of the island such as the growth by volcano etc.

Warren C — Google review

We had so much fun at the Wednesday weaving and coconut tasting class! The coconut tasting was a special New Year opportunity and we’re so lucky we chanced on it. One of the best destinations in southern Kaua’i for a family activity and a brief reprieve from sun and sand.

Lara G — Google review

The Kauaʻi Museum is a gem! It beautifully showcases the island's rich history, culture, and art. From artifacts to exhibits, it's a captivating journey through time. Don't miss this cultural treasure! 🌺🏝️

Ryan S — Google review

Interested and informative, worth 30-45 minutes to learn about the island history and culture

Eric — Google review

Well maintained. Tours available for free on certain days. Excellent staff. Highly informative. Parking in the back. Need two hours.

Dan R — Google review

For the amount and depth of information and diverse selection of artifacts, this is a great value. Some of the exhibits might feel a bit dated or needing some modern design but it doesn’t take away from the quality info. Great surf history area!Cute gift shop with a nice book selection as well.

Liz C — Google review

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Kauai Backcountry Adventures

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Adventure sports

Tours

Eco Tours

Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers tubing and mountain zip lining in a plantation on Kauai.ursion is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax.

We were able to experience the tubing adventure with Sherri as our guide. She was amazing. Disney's jungle cruise skippers could learn a thing or two from Sherri. She was so funny and made the whole experience worth every penny. She shared great insights and history into the landscape on the way up to the tubing, and then favored us with ukulele and singing the whole way down stream. If we ever make it back to Kauai, the trip will not be complete without doing this adventure again! Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

Matthew I — Google review

We had a blast on the tubing adventure. Our guide Mason was fantastic, fun, knowledgeable, musically gifted, and genuinely friendly and kind.He made this activity the highlight of our trip to Hawaii.Not strenuous. A lot of fun. Highly recommend. Bring cheap water shoes (Amazon.)If you're having trouble securing a reservation keep trying their website. It took me trying 6 times per day for a week until I found some spots that opened up, and I'm so glad I persisted.

Amanda S — Google review

Adventure tubing was excellent! Our guides were all terrific, but our main guide, Patrick was fun and gave great info. Water was "brisk", so if it's not a sunny day, or if you run cold, be sure to wear a rash guard. The water is only a few feet deep. Total of five tunnels provided a very cool experience during the float. A build your own sandwich lunch was great. All around, a terrific experience we'll be telling our friends about for years to come.

Kelly G — Google review

Awesome time on the river! Our guide, Mason, was very funny, talented (sang and played the ukulele while tubing) and knowledgeable about the island and provided numerous recommendations of things to do and places to eat. I highly recommend putting this on your to do list while visiting Kauai!

Wesley C — Google review

Very good tour – – it was some thing that we didn’t expect and weren’t sure how nice this would be. However, everybody really enjoyed the experience. The tour guide we had – – Tyler – – was very very good and gave a nice history of the plantation and the canals in general. The service and staff are awesome and did a nice job making sure everyone had fun but also kept safe. It really is a fun tour – – and something I would highly recommend for kids and adults.

S V — Google review

Had a wonderful time on our tubing experience. So much fun and the views are beautiful! Kierstan was a fantastic guide. Personable and sweet! Marissa and Sherry were great too. The only negative was it went too fast!

Kristina H — Google review

Money well spent. Very well organized group. Warehouse to wait in was spacious with plenty of seating. They provide helmet and gloves and if needed can rent you Crocks. We were on a morning tour so I would recommend rash guard and not just a straight bathing suit. Pack light ..towel... wallet...water...sunglasses. They will provide you a dry box to store items in. The drive up to top took about 45 and was guided by the lovely Tyler. Beautiful country with lots of photos ops. We saw wild boars 🐗🐗🐗 , 🐓🐓🐓, 🪽🐦. Tyler was personable and funny and the other crew (group 2 on 11/11/23) were awesome too. About 20-25 of us in our group. Most of water was calm but some areas picked up speed. The lunch provided was make your own sandwiches (turkey , ham, cheese, cucumber, tomato, hummus) with a bag of chips.Loved the rules they provided....can't complain about water temps and can't say I'm sorry when bumping into someone!!🤣At the end of the day after tickets and water shoes were purchased, we spent around $675...oh and then a tip for guides was a bit more 💰but it was definitely memorable and the kids had a blast. Would highly recommend.

Mel I — Google review

Highlight of our trip and my birthday!! Such a fun experience! The crew is top notch! Especially Athens!! Mahalo for such a fun entertaining tour! Didn’t expect such a yummy lunch at the end was great too!

Amber S — Google review

Fantastic. A fun experience from the minute you arrive to the minute you head out.Noah was our guide. Him and his team went above and beyond to make it an incredible experience (note to management - promote this guy). From history lessons to local secret insights, he shared it all. He knew his audience well and adjusted accordingly. He was born to do thisThis is family friendly from ages 5+. Ours were 5, 7 and 9. The drive up was scenic and fun and beautiful. The trip through the tunnels on the tubes was awesome and the ride back was entertaining too.This is a great all round adventure with Greg guides. If you’re in doubt, book it. It’s not cheap but it’s worth it.

Alastair M — Google review

What a wonderful experience!!! These guys are pros! The water was refreshing and invigorating early in the morning. I was very impressed with how well they controlled to group of wild tourists barreling down a water shoot. Their knowledge and stories were perfect. Would recommend to anyone going to Kauai.

Carissa H — Google review

This fun little adventure! We had the best time on this tubing excursion through the beautiful Kauai island! So much interesting history, beautiful landscape, and fun! Our guides made the trip even better full of jokes and fun. Would highly recommend this tour.!

Darian O — Google review

This is a fun, easy tubing trip. Our guide Julianna (Jules) was fantastic. She made us laugh all the way through the beautiful scenery to the tubing canal while giving us great information on the land, sugar cane and it's caves. The trip was organized and timely too. Lunch tastey and plentiful. I recommend it.

George K — Google review

This is our second time riding the zip lines, the first being back in 2008, and it did not disappoint! We both had a really great time and the views were beautiful. Our guides, Noah and Esera, were both very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Let's not forget Sherry, our driver who navigated the mountain drive like a champ! As always, we tip our guides because these people work hard to make sure we have a great time. We've already signed up for the tubing adventure in a few days. Definitely recommend when you visit the island.

Chris B — Google review

We had a wonderful time on this tour! Tubing on the canals and through the tunnels was so incredible and one of the most fun things I’ve ever done! The ride to the tubing spot was even fun! Our guide, Noah, was so knowledgeable and friendly! He gave us a lot of great spots for eating, shopping and more adventures. This adventure is a must do when in Kauai!!

Lisa A — Google review

I loved our tubing trip. You have a team of guides that work hard to make the trip smooth and enjoyable. Bus drivers, an employee takes pictures of the trip so you don't have to. They setup the sandwiches, water and cookies at the end of the trip. Two guides go down with you to ensure no one gets stuck and such. I truly underestimated the amount of effort that company would put into this activity. I just wished we had more time on the water. I do suggest wearing a long sleeve quick dry shirt. Shirts can be purchased when checking in. I only took a few quick snapshots on the bus and at the photo opertunity spot.

Samir M — Google review

As they told us, this was Kauai's "laziest tour". The water was very REFRESHING and tubing inside the caves was the coolest experience! The tour guides were such cool people! Very knowledgeable, helpful and had great sense of humor. Lunch after the tour was good. Make your own sandwiches & chips. We even stopped along the way at a scenic outlook to take pics and enjoy the view.Only thing is, I wish it was longer. But as they say all good things must come to an end. On another note, the confirmation email said this lasts 3 hrs from start to finish. When I checked my Google Maps timeline it said 2 hrs 51 mins. Man...they have this thing down to a science. They're more on point with the schedule than most airlines. 💯🤟Highly recommend this if you're traveling to the island!

goofy7012 — Google review

My family and I had such fun day in the natural beautiful of Kauai! The zip lines were a thrill, the swimming and lunch was refreshing at the end. Our guides were Kala and Chasen, they were both great! It was a quick ride to and from the lines full of reassuring safety information (first timers) and local recommendations. They were both very personable and responsible, I felt that we were in good hands! Love this company! Tubes are fun as well but I enjoyed the thrill of the zip lines more. Keep up the good work guys! Mahalo.

Ciera H — Google review

Had a fantastic time doing both activities (zip-line & tubing) in the same day! Granted, it was a looooong day, we got to eat twice, but we definitely burned the calories to do it. The guides were top notch, and patient with our group and the folks that were in it. Great fun through a very scenic section of Kauai, and the guides provided a fantastic 'history and botany' tour along the way.

Tal S — Google review

Fun, unique, refreshing rafting experience! Our guide Merick was awesome and made it lots of fun for everyone. There was a good mix of people from a preteen to grandparents and every age in between, from lightweight to chubby, so needless to say if you are nervous about doing this, you don't need to be: there are no Class 5 rapid here, its mostly calm with a few periods of more intense faster rapids, but you are in an inner tube and never at a risk of falling out. The sandwich lunch is really good at the end.

Mike M — Google review

Amazing guides! Kala and Abe were knowledgeable and hilarious. Kala has a wealth of knowledge to share on the drive up to the river. If you can’t handle spinning, this may not be for you. I am not good with roller coasters or swings and got fairly dizzy at one point as the tubes spin a ton when they hit the walls. A bit too much tunneling for me, but I know for many that’s the appeal. Overall, beautiful property and would’ve enjoyed a tour with less tunnels if they made them. Lunch after was make your own sandwiches. Rained before and during the tubing adventure, but such is life on Kauai.

Kristen B — Google review

We had a great experience tubing through the canals. 70% of your time will be going through tunnels. There are 3 tunnels ranging from .25-.75 mile length. Probably good to go on a hot day, since the water is cold and “refreshing”. The tour guide Kayla was great and informative. The lunch they provided afterwards was awesome and even though we are vegans there were plenty of options. Highly recommend!

Travis R — Google review

Great trip to do with the family! Highly recommend this adventure!!We had a blast and enjoyed the water and caves so much. It was such a fun time and so easy for just about anyone to do. I’m a bigger guy and had zero issues with this excursion.The water was a little cold but not really. Also the only thing that really gets wet is your butt and your feet. Everything else stays dry. My wife was questioning whether to go because she thought the water was going to be ice cold but in the end she was totally fine and glad she went. We all had a blast!We had the 3:20 tour so it was cheaper than advertised because they don’t serve you food. Totally fine by me!

Todd E — Google review

Amazing Mountain Tubing tour with the best guide ever. Highly recommend to anyone considering booking. Just the right amount of fun, thrill, and relaxation throughout the entire tour. During the drive to and from tubing our guide shared a wealth of knowledge of the island, the property, the tunnels, and also the best food around the island to try. Extremely impressed overall and wouldn’t hesitate to go back!

Aaron C — Google review

We had a great time. I was concerned about the water temperature, but to be honest it's just kind of slightly cool. Not freezing by any means. If you are concerned about that part of it don't be. Also, the tunnels are wider than it seems in some pictures and the water is shallow. You'll bump around the walls and into other people. It will be fun

Seth S — Google review

We had a lot of fun! Our guide Sophia shared great information about Kauai’s rich and diverse history on our way up the mountain. I didn’t realize how many tunnels we’d go through but they were incredible. The water had a slow, gentle flow, my kids 8 & 10 did great. the whole operation was well put together from check in to floating, lunch back to the warehouse, solid and smooth transitions. Happy we booked this experience!

Ashley E — Google review

We had Patrick as our tour guide and he was absolutely fantastic! Very knowledgeable about the property and the history while funny and entertaining at the same time. We had a great experience all around. The tubing is well worth every penny! Such a unique experience and something will remember for forever

Amber H — Google review

Great experience doing tubing in sugarcane canal last week. Very friendly crew, always felt safe and it was a very original way to explore Kaua’i backcountry.It is actually a very versatile activity, great fun with friends while being accessible to most people (the eldest customer from our guide was 93yr old) so it is a perfect activity for families too!

J B — Google review

We did the mountain tubing tour and it was one of the best things we’ve ever done! Our tour guide Noah was OUTSTANDING! He and our driver Colin gave us so many tips and tricks and things to do/eat on the island! The tubing was so much fun, this is a MUST DO while on Kauai!!

Nina T — Google review

Early March 2024 — this was a super fun experience! The water was refreshing (don’t you dare say “chilly”)…no, seriously, it was a comfortable temperature, after the initial plop into the tube! The float was beautiful and the tunnels were longer than I anticipated! I loved the unexpected twists and turns and drops along the way. The only downside was that my husband and I floated apart early on and were separated through most of the float. And since you’re not supposed to grab on to anything or anyone to slow down, there wasn’t much we could do about that.

Jenny — Google review

Did the Zipline and Tube Riding and was very fun!I arrived from the airport early in the morning before I could check-in at the hotel and they let me store my luggage inside the building.The guides were very nice and during the ride to the location they told us the history of the location and good recommendations for local food locations.Did the Zipline at 9 am and was the perfect view, but was very windy so I saw people with heavier weight struggling to zipline against the wind. (I weighted 125 lbs so I had no problems) They had to cancel the upcoming appointments on the later times on that day since it was too windy.For the tube ride it will be dark at times and make sure your helmet is secure and your arms and legs are away from the walls in the canal.Also make sure to reread the digital policies on the tablet regarding the tube ride since it states you might encounter splashes of water on your face. I personally did not experience that but witnessed others that had. Most likely the ones who were cursing and shrieking in the river.Also near the end we stopped to eat sandwiches and chips and witnessed rooster and cat sightings.There are limited windows on the vehicle so it can get windy inside. A tourist lost her hat due to the winds on the ride back and the driver could not easily take a U turn since the roads were small and it was a big vehicle so the tourist had to find it on her own after the trip.Visited in early February so the weather had been cooler

oneofakind — Google review

My wife and I enjoyed the 1000 mountain tubing adventure, with Julianna (aka Jules/Jewels) as our guide. We were the only two of the ~20 on the trip not from the Royal Caribbean (RC) cruise ship that was in port (RC is in port most Thursdays and Fridays). It was great to find a group of eight from close to where I grew up in Wisconsin...a small world. The tubing is approximately 2.5 miles long through five (5) tunnels/caves that were hand-dug back when the property was a sugar plantation...the tunnels assisted with irrigation. This is more a lazy river tubing than 'white water,' so gauge expectations appropriately. Very relaxing. The caves/tunnels are neat. The water is probably ~68F, not warm, but also not cold...I believe only one person of the group thought it was a bit chilly...and remember, we were on the 1000 adventure. Taking an early afternoon tubing reservation will be a few degrees warmer (air). Lunch was deli meats on croissants.Julianna was terrific!

Joseph H — Google review

We had a wonderful time! Brice was our guide he did a great job, and amber and the other lady did a great job as well! I 2as concerned that the water would be cold, but it was not. We really enjoyed it and there was nothing to worry about, so if you are in question, do it you will be glad you did. I plan to do it again!

Brent M — Google review

The tubing is truly an amazing adventure, a really, really great experience. Our guide Kanoe was the best. Great personality, sense of humor and so knowledgeable. The shuttle ride up to the drop off point is about 20 minutes and she gave so much great historical info about the trees, mountains, plants, animals and islands. The tubing itself was super organized. Two other guides, Lionel and Amber, who were also great and really funny, joined. The water is a perfect temp for the weather outside. The tubes move with the current, rarely fast, just perfect and relaxing. It’s only 3 feet deep so even non swimmers can do it. The tunnels, five of them, are the highlights. I’m claustrophobic and NONE of them were a problem, spacious and very fun. Once done with tubing they take you to a nice area for a lunch of sandwiches on croissants, chips, cookie and water, you make your own and can have seconds or more if you prefer. I highly, highly, highly recommended doing the tubing for the entire family, soooo much fun and it truly is an adventure. Thank you to the entire staff!!

Patrick S — Google review

Awesome way to see a little bit of heaven! Kauai Backcountry Adventures runs a fantastic tubing excursion through old drainage channels, spending much of the time in dark (but fun) tunnels. They provide everything you need, including tubes, helmets, gloves and headlamps. Staff are fun, but at the same time, professional. A great way to spend 3 hours in Kauai!

Sean C — Google review

We didn't expect this tubing adventure would be more fun than thought. The ride was just chill and relaxing, and if the weather is just too hot for the day, the cool stream of water is just perfect for the occasion.But not only that, we also got the best guide (Erika and others) of the day. She was great and the knowledge she got about Kauai was very entertaining. The efforts she gave throughout were very humbling and grateful as a guest. I can't stress enough to be very thankful for her.Some tips. Bring a vacuum baggie for your phone if you like to capture those moments in the ride and for those gopro videos, bring your head strap, it should be good with the helmet they provide. They will also provide a bucket for them to bring for you for the ones you don't want to get wet. They can be retrieved down at the pick up place.For those on the fence, this is a highly recommended ride in Kauai and will be a great experience to bring back home.

Francis I — Google review

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Lydgate Beach Park is a large, well-maintained beach park with a wide range of activities to keep visitors entertained. The beach has sheltered swimming areas and is great for snorkeling, while the playground and picnic areas make it perfect for families. There are also camping and hiking opportunities nearby.

Perfect! BEAUTIFUL Sunsets. Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) make their way onto the beach at dusk! We did not swim here, but looked like it would be a great place for it. Nice park for playing and picnics. Good eateries across the street and plenty of parking!

Tamela R — Google review

Beautiful beach with multiple playgrounds for the littles. Well protected, water for the kids to swim. Definitely a safe spot. Surprisingly there was a school of fish swimming around 🐟 🐟 🐟 inside the protected rock area around 15 or 20 about a foot or so long. Water depth stays pretty shallow the whole time about waist deep.I definitely recommend it for toddlers with parents & young and kids.

Chris B — Google review

The Lydgate is a great experience for families, especially ones with young kids. On the beach side, it's a relatively small Beach Park, but it uses man-made Boulder surrounds to create a more enclosed pool for the kids to swim in. While there are significant waves outside of this, enclosed space, the rocks that they use to create the space act as a breaker and allow some wave to come in through a slot on the rocks without your kids being overwhelmed.It's almost like a swimming pool with small waves. The downside is that during crowded times there's just not a lot of space to go. So if you arrive and it gets crowded, maybe go play on the playground for a bit and come back.The playgrounds - there are two - are really good for a variety of age groups. One playground is clearly constructed for older children, the other playground is clearly geared for smaller kids. Both are set up pretty well for safety for families and parents to be able to supervise the children.

Wayne A — Google review

One of the best beaches in Kauai especially if you are with small kids. There is plenty of parking , bench for picnic and restrooms.The beach has portion divided with rocks to make it safe zone for kids to swim or snorkel!There is a lifeguard on duty too and plenty of palm trees to take rest and relax! Don’t miss this spot especially if you have kids

Rajat S — Google review

Perfect for families with young children. Huge playground across the beach and enclosed beach area making it safe for inexperienced swimmers. Highly recommend.

D H — Google review

Magical Place. Everything from the disc golf course to the kids playgrounds, even the beach itself is top notch, ample parking spots 20 steps away from the ocean. Truly a place where one doesn't have to spend any money. You can just sit back and appreciate life here!

John M — Google review

Must go for sunset. We had an absolutely amazing view of the sunset and to top it all off we turned to our left and got to see about 10 sea turtles come up onto the beach a mere footsteps away. We are still in Kauai and are planning another trip back to do some snorkeling and watch another sunset.

Nate W — Google review

Really nice beach; lots of open space; easy to get to; lots of parking; public restrooms available. Easy spot to bring the family and enjoy some snorkeling in the enclosed rock area protected from the waves. Beach is small enough to walk end to end pretty quickly. Lots of little spots for sightseeing and pictures. LOTS of wood debris on the shore. Folks got creative and made a bunch of displays which were cool to see.

Sway A — Google review

We came to Lydgate to see sunrise and discovered a really interesting park that we’re going to try to come back to before we have to leave.In addition to being a great location to watch sunrise there’s a bathroom, some walking paths and, most importantly some fish ponds you can swim or snorkel in while protected from the ocean swells. I don’t know how good the snorkeling is, but I want to find out. Outside of the fish ponds looks a little dicey.Lots of parking and lots of chickens to entertain you.

Bob A — Google review

Such a great beach park. Its actually really close to the airport, so if you need to spend some time, go here. The bad traffic is usually up closer to Kapa'a. It can be very windy with high waves, but there are rock pools to keep the surf to a minimum if swimming. There is a giant playground for kids. This beach has life guards at the rock pools. If you want to body board or surf board its best to have some experience because the waves are no joke here.There is more than enough parking at this beach, there are multiple clean restrooms, large covered picnic areas, and shower stations to wash the sand and salt off your body after getting wet on the beach.

Neil B — Google review

My nephew wanted to go to the park for his birthday. It was my first time coming here and was impressed w/ the park. We then went over to the beach to swim. The storm had washed up all kinds of driftwood. I thought it was really beautiful

Ryanne D — Google review

Nice beach, shallow water for the little ones. You can also snorkel in the pool of water and see fishes. Easy parking.

Sara G — Google review

It's a nice calm water swimming beach. The stone wall built around it makes it safe for beginner/young swimmers. Lots of parking is available and there is a lifeguard on the beach. I didn't see any place to eat bit there were bathrooms and showers.

W — Google review

By far one of the best beach in Kauai. There's a man made tidepool for you to snorkel, which is super safe since it stops all the strong waves coming in. You have to go closer to the edge of the tide pool to see the school of fish. We came here everyday to enjoy sunrise since it has free open parking, restroom, place to clean yourself, everything.

Ryan W — Google review

What an amazing asset to both Kauaiians and tourists alike. Miles-long beach and huge park, which is the go-to gathering spot on Kauai weekends and holidays. Gorgeous beaches, rock-lined shoreline pools, ample green space, the Lydgate Big Pavillion, a historical landmark, a disc golf course, and the tiki-bar-bucket-list Mamahune's make this state park a must-stop while in Kauai!

Gainesvillain — Google review

I've been coming here since I was a little kid in the 70s. It hasn't changed much, which is good. I have found lots of different types of fish in the ponds when I go snorkeling. Sometimes though, the water is very cloudy and you can't see anything. I think it's a great place for children and beginner snorkelers because the water is usually pretty calm and you are protected from the crashing waves.

Luana — Google review

Clean, safe, and crowded even on Christmas Day. The protected lagoons were great for kids to swim around and snorkel. Lots of fish in the lagoons. Clean bathrooms, shower stands, shaded benches, picnic tables and parking lots. The only problem is the mouse. Pick up your food trash. Lock up your food. The mouse was very brave, as you can see in the picture. Be careful of the mouse if you want to sleep on the sand. 😊

H L — Google review

Awesome beach! Nice swimming beach with lifeguard and areas for kids. Bathrooms, fresh water wash station, lots of grassy areas to play. Highly recommend!

Cal D — Google review

Great beach for beginning snorkelers or on a high wave day.Plus an awesome playground.

Katie P — Google review

Had a fantastic early morning snorkel here, the fish just decided that they wanted to surround us and swim around us. Probably 3-4 different types, 50+ in total. It was a blast! The beach and park area looked like it would be a great time for a beach day, but we just didn't have time. They certainly have a fair amount of parking available as well.

Kevin M — Google review

Only downside is that this park is huge but they have a deficit of wash stations and bathrooms, so that can be really inconvenient especially with little kids. Overall though it was very nice, pretty clean and the little shallow kids swim area was great for our toddler

Hannah M — Google review

Sand bottom and protected so a good choice for children or novice swimmers and snorkelers - that said, the lack of vegetation or coral minimizes food sources for fishes or other marine life

Anna C — Google review

This the best snorkeling spot for kids to learn on the island. We tried at poipu and also other beaches with more waves and only had success here. So calm and so many fish!!

Smita P — Google review

Excellent snorkeling spot for beginners. There is also a great boogie boarding beach right nearby. Lydgate was a favorite for my family.

Cindy B — Google review

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Smith's Tropical Paradise

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Gardens

This botanical garden has stunning tropical gardens with fruit orchards, hut replicas from various Polynesian and Filipino cultures, and winding paths. It is a popular stop on the island for tourists, who can admire the beauty of the gardens while enjoying a luau. The gardens are mostly peaceful, but there are a lot of birds in attendance.

We walked through the garden and fed the birds. So beautiful and then to look up at the sleeping giant mountain and realize we are looking at redwoods, just amazing. Wish we could have gone to the luau but that is our fault for not planning ahead.

Michael J — Google review

Absolutely buy the tickets! Get there at 5pm, no later, so you can have time to walk around the entire garden, it's massive and pays an homage to the cultural influences of Hawaii. Then the fun starts at 6pm with the pig reveal, break for co*cktails, dinner service, live music and then... the Hula show. It's a long night, but I loved every second of it. Feel free to dress nicely, ladies I recommend flat sandals or wedges. This has a lot of wonderful photo opportunities.

Sonja R — Google review

Best luau on the island! This is my third luau on Kauai and the others pale in comparison. If you are looking for a Hawaiian cultural experience, with explanations followed by a full theater experience where the many cultures that have influenced the islands are celebrated, then this is the place for you. The food was excellent. You get to watch the unearthing of the pig (oma) then enjoy him and several of his friends on the buffet line. Many food choices and six buffet lines so it went quickly. Full drink menu included alcohol and soda. Wonderful staff filling and refilling coffee and water. I am vegan, and one of the staff brought me a special dinner of tofu stir-fry. All of the buffet dishes were clearly marked and there were several vegan dishes there as well (not just the poi!). Entertainment while you eat, then the grand show at an open air theater. Totally awesome. My grandson was suitable impressed by the show with fire and lights, drums and dancers. Not to be missed!

Becca S — Google review

Wasn’t able to get reservations within 2 weeks during the peak period of the first week of January for the full Luau with meal. However we were more interested in the show than the food and there was plenty of availability of tickets for that portion. The amphitheater that they used for the show was definitely not super full but it seemed the dining room was pretty full. Would have been nice to have the full experience but the show is quite interesting with a blend of Hawaii/international culture and modern remixes. I wouldn’t want to revisit but going there once for the experience wasn’t too bad.

Victor W — Google review

Super fun with a killer value ($10 for entrance in 2022 and $1 for bird food). Would be even better with more educational signs, but can’t complain much for the value. We had a ton of fun observing the diverse plants, birds, and fungi (December 2022).

Michele W — Google review

Lots of space very nice if you like walking parks plenty of flora and fauna. The food was ok but if you're going..... stay for the show, those folks on stage made the trip (and cost) worth it. The fire sword dance was awesome they had a dance for each culture on the island very fun to watch

Joker 2 — Google review

What an amazing day !Great people! Wonderful family production on an exceptionally diverse and well kept property. It was truly something appropriate on multiple levels.Thanks to the Smith family for treating us to their rich history, positive energy and great food !Mahalo nui 🙏

Scott C — Google review

I went on a Tuesday morning and wandered the gardens. I think I was the only guest there. Information online was mixed about whether or not they were open, but when I called, they confirmed that they were open that day. The gardens are beautiful and mostly peaceful. There are a LOT of birds in the gardens, and they followed me around the entire time I was there, which wasn't my favorite. I would definitely recommend stopping by!

Dana W — Google review

THE CHICKENS!!!! The chickens, ducks, peaco*cks, and other ground birds were our guide throughout this self-guided walking tour.They sell bird feed at the entrance for $1/each. Recommend getting at least 2-3 bags as you will run out half way through the your. We also saw a wild boar in the gardens.Plenty of clean restrooms. And lots of CHICKENS!!!!!

Melvin T — Google review

Went to our second Smith's Family Luau (the first being on our honeymoon 9 years ago) and it did NOT disappoint. All of the food was delicious as well as the Mai Tais. A wonderful show followed dinner.

Jenny N — Google review

We missed out on booking a tour of world-famous Allerton Gardens so we pivoted and headed here. I could not be more pleasantly surprised by this little gem! The riverboat tour to the fern Grotto was great for kids and my elderly FIL (who could not have navigated the dirt paths at Allerton in his wheelchair), and the garden there has so many birds (which you can feed) amazing views, and the staff are all friendly. Highly recommend!

Richelle C — Google review

Amazing and beautiful. We did the self-guided walking tour and enjoyed about 2-3 hours of Hawaii nature. There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the many relaxing spaces.Highly recommend buying the $1 bag of bird seed as this was my teenage children's favorite part. My kids encourage buying several bags of bird seed, but we may have never left if we did. They hand fed chickens, zebra doves, ducks, peaco*cks, and a variety of baby birds.One of our trip's most enjoyable experiences, and I highly recommended it for all ages. At only $10 per person, Smith's Tropical Paradise is also a budget friendly experience.

Anthony W — Google review

We like going during the day to visit the gardens and feed the birds. It’s only $10 to get through the gates and a $1 per bag of food. We buy at least 2 bags a piece! Hide the baggies out of reach because the chickens will jump up and poke a hole in the bag!! The doves will eat out of your hand. The peaco*cks are rough but will get so close for photos. And the ducks are so quirky and make us laugh. The flowers are blooming and the land is impeccably maintained. It is so peaceful to just stroll around and relax with the sights.

Erika F — Google review

First rate entertainment! The venue was just so breathtakingly beautiful I almost forgot we were at a luau. The staff was polite and accommodating, the food was super delicious, and the host was great. He really seemed to love hosting all the several hundred folks there in attendance. The hula performances themselves were fabulous with a really great sound system. Great fun!

Adolph A — Google review

Staff was great. Tour affordable. Just not as spectacular as expected.

Dwayne D — Google review

Honestly this place checks all the boxes. My daughter and I had a blast here (she’s 4). We loved seeing all the beautiful flowers and flowering trees as well as the birds. I think I even caught a glance of an all red native bird! It’s a lot to stroll but it’s paved and easy walking. And there are plenty of places to rest in the shade. The chickens will follow you and make their presence known with grumbling noises 😅. There is also a really cool orchid greenhouse to check out. The red headed cardinals are also friendly and will dance and sing for you. Very charming birds.

Mandy P — Google review

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(808) 821-6895

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Fern Grotto

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Caverns & Caves

Fern Grotto is a magnificent cave formed from lava rock and covered in lush tropical foliage. It is often used as a setting for weddings because of its romantic surroundings. To get to the Fern Grotto, you must travel by boat and it can only be reached by tour. The natural beauty of the grotto with its hanging ferns makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions on Kauai.

What a lovely place. You could feel the love this family has for this place and their tours, singing, dancing and overall hospitality was very sweet. Thank you to all of the Smith family for such a great adventure and for sharing the grotto with us all.

MiMi N — Google review

The Fern Grotto was really neat! If I had to do it again, I probably would have rented a kayak and paddled to the grotto on my own, but we are pretty active. If I was bringing a parent, a family, or someone less active, I would definitely send them this way.The boat ride was very nice and the workers were incredible! I'm sure they do multiple tours a day, so many days a week, but they still made it seem like they were just thrilled to have us.Also, thank you for marrying us so we could cancel our upcoming wedding plans— j/k, but seriously, everything was just lovely.

Kristen B — Google review

I wouldn't call it spectacular but it's a pretty place to be and it was fun to hear the history of the grotto and listen to the wedding song. It is a shame that you can't go inside and have them sing to you there anymore because of safety. Also if you have a good ear, it would be quite a torture to listen to the singing lady, but it's all for good fun. They also sing and make you dance hula on the boat on the way back. The river is beautiful.

Debbie L — Google review

The grotto, is it has to be said a tad disappointing when you get there. The boat trip was cool up to a point with some live singing and Hula. The walk through the super lush jungle on the way to the grotto was also amazing, but got there to be told the cavern is no longer accessible after too may stupid tourists got stuck and the state dynamited the entrance to avoid further problems. The water fall alongside was cool until we learned it was built there a few years ago. Then the heavens opened and we scurried back to the boat.

Richard H — Google review

This excursion was just ok. I don't think I would need to have a repeat visit. There is a lot of beautiful vegetation but not enough for another trip. It was nice to see it once and that should suffice. The waterfall was separate at the end of the excursion and was just ok also.

Kayla K — Google review

Booked the Smith's Family boat ride up Wailua river to enjoy an easy walk in a lush tropical "jungle." Steps into and out of boat could be a challenge for those with mobility issues but jungle path easy to maneuver wheel chair or walker. Fern Grotto is no longer open for public to hike into (or get married in), but large deck offers great views of Grotto, ferns growing on cliff and the waterfall above the grotto.

Cynthia B — Google review

Nice little river cruise. Had some hula dancing and entertainment on the way back. Nice photo-op once you get there. Can’t say it’s a must-do but it’s a nice little activity to do prior to the luau.

Tami M — Google review

We kayaked to the Fern Grotto after hiking to Secret Falls and we easily could have skipped it. It was extremely muddy and walking around was fine but nothing special! If we had taken an official boat tour it may have been more exciting but just walking around on our own wasn't worth it. (However, kayaking and the secret falls hike were amazing and would highly recommend doing that!)

Samantha G — Google review

Wonderful place. Did the river cruise with Smith family river boats.NOTE: Road access or walking access is no longer possible.You can hire kayaks. It is about 2 miles up the river, well worth the paddle.

Graeme P — Google review

Beautiful views and an amazing boat ride up. Highly recommended to the adventurers out there!

Shock T — Google review

Beautiful tour. Made reservations and had to wait 15 minutes as directed. The boat ride was great, lovely singing, and we learned how to hula dance. The Fern Grotto was absolutely gorgeous. The walking trail wasn't too steep either.

Megan T — Google review

Aloha, adventurers! I recently had the pleasure of visiting Fern Grotto in the Wailua River State Park, and let me tell ya, it was a real tropical paradise. The boat ride to the grotto was both peaceful and scenic, with lush greenery and stunning waterfalls along the way. And the grotto itself was a sight to behold, with ferns cascading down the walls and a serene atmosphere that made for a truly magical experience. Highly recommend for a unique and unforgettable adventure in Kauai!

N. S — Google review

I would highly recommend this river boat cruise and the fern grotto. It was extremely beautiful. On the way up you received a tour and history of the area. While at the grotto, the tour group provided some Hawaiian music and you have about 20-30 mins to take pictures. On the way back down the river the tour group provided more Hawaiian music.

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A lovely boat ride takes you to the fern grotto…you walk a short walk through a beautiful setting. And are entertained by local Hawaiian music and dancing! A very relaxing and beautiful place!

Lorna L — Google review

We loved this excursion. From the boat ride to the information and entertainment on the cruise, to the walk through the jungle that led to the Fern Grotto. It was all amazing and beautiful!

Lisa M — Google review

The grotto itself is beautiful. The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, the performs and luau dancers also talented. The walk to and from the grotto wasn't guided, so the people on the tour walking the path set their own pace. This makes the walk to the grotto rather fast/stressful and you don't get to enjoy things quite as much. Others, it was a delightful experience.

Kade E — Google review

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Spouting Horn

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Geologic Formations

Spouting Horn is a natural blowhole on the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. It often spouts seawater up to 50 feet into the air, accompanied by a hissing noise. The sight of this impressive feature is one which has inspired an ancient Hawaiian legend about a lizard that got stuck in the blowhole.

Beautiful drive out to the spot, lots of available parking, restrooms (although they are of the public park variety), and spectacular views. We observed the water spout and also saw some whales. The quintessential Kauai experience!

Kirk H — Google review

Nice place with rest rooms and picnic benches. Lots of roosters around for kids to get excited about.The spouting horn makes good horn noise, the spouting depends on waves sometimes it is pretty big sometimes it is small. So stick around for few minutes to experience large and small fountains.

Mehul R — Google review

Great view of the ocean and a solid spot for whale watching so bring your binoculars. Also fun seeing/hearing the oceans crash into the horn and creating a rainbow. Plenty of space to sight see and watch the sunset as well. Public restrooms available, and plenty of parking available.

Sway A — Google review

Follow the directions and you will come to the perfect spot for Sprouting Horn. But it does require patience, and mostly your camera isn't ready. We were grateful our kiddos had some other kiddos to chat with while we waited, and to comment on the turtle we saw.This spot has bathrooms, always a plus!

Lesu A — Google review

This was fun to see and don’t regret it but it would have been even better during a stormy day when the waves were much bigger. We saw some turtles close to the bank and whales out in the far distance. Personally I’d like to get closer to the water spotting horn but you can’t

FRESHTRACKS C — Google review

Easy to access. Lots of parking. It's an amazing sight to view. Definitely worth stopping.

JIA T — Google review

Highly recommended to visit around sunset. With the light, tide and reflection, it’s worth to enjoy for a while!

Di C — Google review

Nice picnic area. Restrooms available. Parking isn't abundant but seemed enough when we visited (April, mid-week, mid-day). There may be a little wait time for a larger body of water to spout. It sounds really like a horn. Wheelchair accessible.

Ivana M — Google review

Loved the visit here, especially after hearing the story of the legend. You can hear the hiss and rumble of the air and sea. Beautiful views of the island and sea. Relatively easy drive to access the park, it was quite busy but we were able to find a parking spot.

Charles — Google review

It’s not old faithful- it doesn’t go off every 90 minutes or 90 seconds! Be patient! It was amazing to hear so many people complain they didn’t know when it would go off 🤦🏼‍♀️The tide, the wind all affect the blowhole. It’s great at sunset. You get spectacular views. Take your time and enjoy the view. We saw whales from the vantage point too!

Katie B — Google review

It’s another beautiful stop on the kauai island. We loved watching the full ocean and it’s big waves blast through the volcanic holes during a small storm ! Highly recommend.

Donna V — Google review

This is a famous natural blowhole attraction, it’s quite near to Poipu beach. The sight of water shooting through an opening in the lava rock coastline, the water thrust upto 50 feet into the air, accompanied by a deep roar, is truly amazing. The area is well-equipped with dedicated parking and restroom facilities, making it a convenient stop for visitors. Besides the impressive water display, if you're lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of sea turtles floating near to the coastline.

Priyanka N — Google review

It's free, fun to see. It also had our favorite sign of the trip. Worth the stop!

Dee B — Google review

What a cool location!...We had a good day with some decent waves pushing water 50 ft into the air. As you can see from my pictures the weather was perfect!!

Cree P — Google review

Beautiful location!! Water spouts were impressive this time of year (December)! I would visit again and you can spot a few sea turtles if you are lucky!

Erika B — Google review

4.5

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Sleeping Giant East Trailhead

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Outdoor Activities

The Sleeping Giant East Trailhead offers hikers a stunning view of Sleeping Giant from Kapaa. The 1-mile trail is moderately difficult with several climbs and descents, but the views are worth it. Be sure to bring plenty of water and good shoes as the trail can be wet and slippery in wet or rainy conditions.

Super muddy in March. Better to hike with trekking poles or use one of the many walking sticks at the beginning of the trail. It’s a tough hike as you gain a lot of elevation in a couple miles. But the views are amazing!!!

Elyse M — Google review

Incredible views, even if you only go up for 15minutes. Definitely try to stick it out to the top. About 100 floors up but not continuously up. One short steep Rocky section about 1/3 way up, otherwise hard packed dirt. We did on a dry day, probably would be quite slick on a wet day. We wore hiking boots but most wore running/tennis shoes. Flip flops not advised- lots of roots. Beautiful birds singing and some interesting plants along the way. Fairly shaded probably most days but still wear sunscreen and bring lots of water.

Sarah Z — Google review

This was such a fun hike! It is about 4 miles up and back. The path was dry when we went, but we were told it can be quite slippery when it’s wet. The views from the top are incredible!

Rhonda T — Google review

Great hike with an awesome view! So bring water, and good shoes, it was longer then I expected with about 1100’ elevation change. It’s fairly rough terrain and there’s a couple climbs over some rock faces and the last section is a decent slope. If it’s wet or raining it’ll be a very slippery trail. We’ll worth the trek!

CrunchyNomNom — Google review

Fairly steep hike. One hour up, one hour down. Shelter near the top. Keep going if you want to get to the very top of the rocks you can see from the trailhead. It’s worth it.

Steve P — Google review

An absolute beautiful view at the top. The east side trail is a bit hard. Make sure you bring enough water. We only brought 1 bottle each and had to turn around at mile marker 1.25. But the views near the top of the whole south side of the island are beautiful.

Michael M — Google review

Decent trail for a half day adventure. It is slippery when the clay and roots gets wet. There are section that require full body involvement to climb. Be careful. Don’t fall. The trail has multiple switchbacks with a few outlook point to enjoy the views.I did not see sign indicating mountain bikes are not allowed. For those of you who are into MTB, the trail will challenge your skills. I would rate it a “blue” technical trail with some black rated features. Be mindful of foot traffic. There are some narrow areas. The trail is not a beginner MTB.Back to the trail. It is not a beginner trail, but not advanced either.

Andrew C — Google review

Great quick hike, with a good 360 view. Pretty steep. 3.2 miles round trip to the end and back, 1250ft of climbing. Mostly shade, with lots of view spots along the way.

Zach W — Google review

The hike I embarked on was supposed to be a 3-mile adventure, but it turned out to be a 5-mile trek, different from other trails. The muddy terrain added an unexpected challenge and made it somewhat challenging. The trail could be slippery on the way down, which was a bit of a drawback. However, the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking, making the effort worthwhile. Although the ascent and descent were not as enjoyable, the picturesque vistas at the summit made this hike a truly memorable experience.

Ana B — Google review

Wow. We did this with 6 boys ages 9-17 and it was amazing. Yes, it was slippery and yes, there are some places that make your legs shake and caution is necessary, but all safe when done with caution and so worth the effort for those views. This was the favorite part of our trip for most of us. I have done a lot of hiking with a baby on my back, not sure I would have been that adventurous to take that on, or with a toddler.

Amy D — Google review

Moderate hike/trail. We did 4.23 miles in 2.75 hours. It says 3.2 round trip but it was a little longer. Most of it is easy but there are a few areas that require climbing/scrambling up rocks. Do not wear flip flops or sandals. The views of the coast are spectacular, though not quite as stunning as the Waimea canyon. Has quite a few shaded sections so pretty good for a hot/sunny day. FYI - the pine trees are on the west trail if you’re looking for the Insta-worthy shot. Also, if you’re googling it a lot of photos come up of Sleeping Giant in Ontario - definitely thought I’d be seeing the two massive cliffs. Whether you take East or West, they meet at the same place. If you’ve done the 3.6 mi Canyon Trail that ends at Waipoo Falls, you can definitely do this. Hiking poles optional (I did not use).

Madeleine W — Google review

There’s two areas of the hike that have you climbing up some rocks, but the view at the top is worth it.

Brad G — Google review

It was a good hike it is close to kapaa, the views are really great from the top. It is a pretty steady climb and there are a few spots you will need to use your hands. It was dry when we did the hike but I have read that if it is wet it is muddy which would make it a harder hike. It was about 1.7-2 miles from the east parking lot to the top.

Cole G — Google review

The hardest part of the hike is the mud. If it's rained recently, it's better to wait. If it were dry, it would be a moderate hike, hard if it's wet. It's a steady climb for around 2miles, 60-80min, good cardio. FYI There's one spot with a 4-5ft rock climb, a bit tricky on the descent. It's free parking and free access. It's well forested, so there's good shade for nearly the whole hike.I found the view underwhelming because of the trees obstructing it.

Jeff B — Google review

This was a great short hike right around 3.5 miles, 1,100 feet of elevation, and took us just over 2 hours with a short stop at the top. Could definitely knock it out it under 2 hours if you weren’t stopping. Beginning starts off steep but levels out close to halfway. Trail is mostly shaded, but still make sure to bring plenty of water. We were lucky enough to avoid rain and hiked in tennis shoes, but trail could turn muddy quickly with rain and hiking shoes might be a better choice.

Nate R — Google review

4.7

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'Opaeka'a Falls

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Waterfall

Nature & Parks

The waterfall 'Opaeka'a Falls cascades in a lush environment, but can be difficult to visit as it has a road side lookout and walk way that leads across busy Kuamoo Road. The falls is best visited as part of a tour, but if you're up for the challenge can be reached by following some feral pig trails.

Plenty of parking with a restroom stop here. You walk alongside the walkway by the falls. There was also a lookout that we drove by on our way in - I can't find the actual name of it, but it overlooked the Wailua River. NOTE: the chickens by this lookout are a little intense lol (there were no chickens by the falls lookout)

The B — Google review

Construction going on so you can't actually access the short trail. You can still see the waterfall from a far though.

JIA T — Google review

Nice waterfall you can see from the parking lot. Across the street you can see the river.

Angie — Google review

Construction is going on so the trail is closed but plenty of parking to see the fall. There is also restrooms.

Julie T — Google review

Beautiful waterfall. Clear view. The view point is easily accessible by car (restrooms available at the point). It's on the way to the Hindu monastery on Kauai (very easy to find).

Ivana M — Google review

Having proper expectations makes this experience a whole lot better. First off, this location that you’ve selected is the actual falls, not the area that you view them from. The viewing area is on google as “Opaeka’a Falls Vista Parking” and is down the road (makai) a bit.The view is at a moderate distance (actually 0.25 miles as the Nene flies) but still quite enjoyable. Nice place to take pictures. Also restroom facilities are available in the parking lot.Cross the street and there is a viewing point for the Wailua river. You can often see the kayaks going up and down the river (actual a super fun and easy adventure you should try).

Ryan N — Google review

Scenic lookout point with ample parking and public restrooms. Scenic lookout point is approximately 300 feet from the parking lot.

Anthony B — Google review

Excellent opportunity for people who may not be able to hike to other falls in the area to get out of the car and see some beautiful sites. ‘Opaeka’a Falls is a bit far in the distance from the view point but is still a beautiful waterfall. There are restrooms in the parking lot. You can also walk on a paved path towards the falls then cross the street to have an extraordinary view of the Wailua River. There is parking across and down the street as well that also has great views of the Wailua River too and some picnic benches. There are loads of roosters over on that side, definitely kings of the hill!

Anne H — Google review

Plenty of parking with restrooms on location. Bummer that the water falls were so far away, but you do get a good view of them from this point. Across the street has an overlook as well thats worth checking out.

Samir M — Google review

4.4

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Wailua Falls

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Waterfall

Nature & Parks

Located in the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve, Wailua Falls is a dramatic double waterfall known for rainbows and its place in the opening credits of "Fantasy Island." Despite state-erected fencing deterring determined visitors from accessing the bottom of the falls, many are still able to scramble down to experience this place.

Very awesome experience. Worth the dangerous hike. It was very beautiful, but the water was a little too cold for me to actually get more than my feet wet.

Bunny G — Google review

Really nice waterfall view from the top, there are many signs indicating not to hike down as it is very dangerous conditions and steep.Speaking to a local merchant there he had mentioned that just last week someone had passed away slipping while trying to climb down. I had looked up some news articles and it indeed did happen. Please be careful! An amazing picture isn't worth your life especially if you don't make it to share it...

Adrian C — Google review

Nice sized falls compared to the ones on oahu where I live-but basically you just drive up on the ridge and there is no parking lot just a turn around area to park at and have to view from far away on the road.. but still happy we went to see it! 🥰🩵🤍 was very pretty !

Lynz B — Google review

Short but steep and slippery trek down. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re wearing flip flops. Beautiful falls and swim.

JT — Google review

This was a more difficult hike for some. Still worth it. Definitely swim in the water then hike to the left to walk behind the falls.

Fran K — Google review

Beautiful views. Roads are a tight wind down, especially as you get closer to the falls so drive slowly/carefully. The parking lot is small so there can be a wait if there are many people. We only had to wait about two minutes to park and had no issues with leaving. Worth it for the view if you’re in the area.

Jill R — Google review

The parking is not big, so I recommend go early. If you go just for the view, it's okey, if you go down to the fall, that's amazing. There are signs not to go down, but if you want, there is a trail before the view point. That trail separates in two, the left one is easier. Both are tough, wet and slippery, with ropes to go down and up.

Pedro V — Google review

Easy to get there but parking is minimal if busy which it wasn't that day. The trail to walk down was closed but still amazing views of the duel water falls from above. Worth the quick drive for awesome views.

Scott P — Google review

Probably the best view on the island. Hiked it early on a Sunday morning and had the entire falls to ourselves.Parking is available at the beginning of the hike. Just drive to the falls like google maps suggests. You get a decent view from the road looking down which is tagged to my post. If you’re a little more adventurous and want to hike down to the actual falls here’s what to do: start by looking at the beautiful falls. That beautiful rock wall in front of you… jump over it. There is a trail on the other side. Turn right and walk away from the falls until you find a chain link fence. People used to crawl under this but they’ve closed it recently. Once you reach the fence, keep going along the fence until you reach a little drain area (maybe 10m). This is where people used to go under the fence. Follow the drain down and you should see a path and some ropes. Once you start it’s a very short hike down. 15-20 minutes. You can’t get lost.WARNING: it’s very steep. Use the right shoes and be careful. Take it SLOW. It’s so short you don’t need to rush. I slipped and cut my leg pretty deep and it definitely tainted the experience.Highly recommend but be careful! Enjoy!

Anthony G — Google review

Absolutely beautiful fall wow!!! Right off the road and you’ll need to bypass the fence and climb down to the bottom. It’s a literal climb down so take your time and be patient. The views and the swimming at the bottom are totally worth it 👍👍’s@nothin_but_views

Martybacardi25 — Google review

Wasn’t in its prettiest state, but it was one whole fall and it was pretty dirty. I still enjoyed watching it. The scenery totally makes up for it.

JustSSomeone — Google review

DO NOT HIKE HERE. The trails are closed for a reason. Flash floods and landslides are common and many people have died trying. It's not worth it when there are safer waterfalls to hike to. Please listen and respect the local people and government. It's pretty to view from the top and a $1000 fine if you hike

Jen S — Google review

Beautiful falls, go there early to find parking and get best viewing spot

Mae — Google review

Parking is tight. But the good news is you are likely to spend about 10 minutes or less looking at the waterfall. Didn’t see any official trail to get closer and/or better views. Snap a few photos and move on.

Andrew B — Google review

While visiting Kauai my son and wife did not want to do any long hikes to look at waterfalls, we decided to go take a lookat this one. Very easy to get to. The view of the falls is somewhat limited if you stay in the observation area. Parking was easy and quick

Randle L — Google review

We squeezed this absolutely beautiful waterfall in during the very last minutes of our vacation, right before heading to the airport to turn in our rental vehicle and check in for our flight. We were both very glad that we did even though it was getting dark quickly, and the road was very narrow with lots of sharp curves.

Narod S — Google review

Nice waterfall. No hiking trail that I saw. Spent less than 5 minutes here.

Jessie L — Google review

Falls are pretty, but there are no trails to walk up to the falls. Just drive-up, get out of the car, and head back.

Adam Z — Google review

Underwhelming. Access to the bottom is fenced off. There isn't much to do. 5 minutes stop is more than enough.

Peng ( — Google review

4.5

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Kauaʻi Coffee Company

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Cafe

Kauaʻi Coffee Company, on the island of Kauaʻi in the State of Hawai'i, is a popular spot for coffee lovers because it has one of the largest coffee farms in all of Hawaii. You can visit their backyard and see where coffee is roasted for yourself! The plantation also sells flavored coffees and other souvenirs.

Great coffee and a beautiful fully operational coffee plantation that is well worth a visit even if you are not a coffee lover! Grounds are beautiful and the visitors center has some good coffee growing/processing info. The facility has limited some offerings as a Covid precaution.They have a coffee tasting bar that is free allowing you to choose your favorite. They also have a coffee/snack bar available at a cost. Very nice gift shop for purchase of all coffees grown/processed as well as other coffee related items.Cannot say enough about their coffee quality/taste. They offer a wide variety of roastings/flavors to choose from.

Stan L — Google review

This is one of my favorite Kauai tourist attractions! I love the fun photo ops around the property and they have one of the best gift shops on the island!I like to order iced coffee here. It's one of the top places on the island.We've enjoyed the free coffee tastings in the past but my family really enjoys the farm tour. You get to ride around the plantation and see coffee plants, learn about the history of Kauai coffee and see some great views!They also have a little coffee museum that has fun memorabilia.

Hawaii K — Google review

Genny was a fantastic tour guide, friendly and knowledgeable. She not only showed us how to properly brew and store coffee, but made me gain a stronger appreciation for how coffee is cultivated and roasted as well as how important sustainability is to the people of Kauai. Also get that toasted banana flavor coffee here cause you can't get it in grocery stores

Edward L — Google review

This is one of many places that are on our bucket list when we arrive here. It is always fun to look around, walk through and see the coffee beans, and watch a video of how the beans are processed. Great little store for purchasing items for yourself or your friends back home. It does not cost anything to visit this place, and they have a nice area outside to sit and enjoy your favorite brew. Highly recommend this place. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes here.

Kenneth D — Google review

Went around 1pm in the afternoon and was fairly busy but not crowded. There were many free samples of coffees to try, as well as other coffee drinks, espresso beverages and sweet treats to try (at an affordable price).The museum was small but entertaining. The gift shop had an amazing selection of coffee roasts and merchandise.The walking tour took about 15 minutes, with great information on the history of the coffee company and the coffee planting, harvesting and roasting process.Overall, a very cool place for the casual coffee drinker and the caffeine enthusiast! Beautiful views of the coffee plants and ocean. 💚

Brianna U — Google review

A neat place to visit while on the south side of Kauai. You can do a tour of the plantation or do a short self guided walking tour. They have a small gift shop and cafe. They also offer free coffee tastings all day.

Hunter M — Google review

We loved our coffee on the brain tour with Genny. She has so much joy and passion and it was easy to understand why she loves the company so much. Their farm is so beautiful, anyone who finds their self in Kaua’i should definitely stop by for a free stroll through the farm or make reservations for a guided tour. The staff are really incredible and we fell in love with the company. We’ll definitely be buying their products when we get home and would recommend their coffee to anyone!

Jaci H — Google review

If you are in the area or heading through to visit Waimea Canyon, definitely hit Kauai Coffee on the way. The visitor center offers free samples of all their coffee flavors, and they have a full coffee bar with every kind of coffee drink you need to get your caffeine fix. Plus, they have ice cream and other snacks for any kids in your party.The gift shop has tons of options for the coffee lover in your life.Definitely stop in and plan to stay an hour if you do the self guided tour and get coffee. We just got iced coffees, a few samples, and hit the gift shop and were in and out in under 30 minutes.

M B — Google review

If you're a coffee lover, you must visit Kauai Coffee Company. The self guided tour is brief but enjoyable and gives a better sense of the process of soil to beans to cup. It's an easy walk on a paved path. The gift shop has coffee, souvenirs, shirts, mugs - and you can try a sample of different coffees. A little cafe offers full sized drinks and refreshments. This is a must see for coffee lovers!

Kelly K — Google review

It is a great place to sample coffee. The prices are reasonable, and there is a wide variety of samples available. The shop is appropriately decorated with chickens, which are a symbol of Kauai. You can also see chickens and cats roaming around.

Jinseung K — Google review

Recommend at least a quick stop by the Kaua’i Coffee Company if you’re in the area!We stopped by to fill some time before doing a sunset boat tour, ~45min visit was perfect for us to do a quick self guided tour, grab some coffee and hit up the gift shop.The self guided tour is great. Very informative, plus the grounds are beautiful!Gift shop has some premium coffee options that are not available in grocery stores… but note that the blue bags of coffee available in the stores will likely be cheaper at a grocery stores than the gift shop.The coffee shop was OK. Not the best coffee drinks on the island, and a little pricier than expected. Getting to taste a few varieties of coffee at the sample booth was fun though!They also offer guided tours!

Kayla — Google review

Pretty interesting place for the coffee lovers. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Many coffee choices and out favorite was Barrel Coffee with a flavor of a rum just due to the fermentation in the barrel (it’s pretty costly option). Cafe is good as well with choice of pastries, cookies, and icecream as well.

N N — Google review

Free admission. Great stop to relax and get free samples of various Hawaiian coffee flavors. Ladies giving the sample were super sweet and explained the differences between the types of coffee. Check out the timing before heading here. Also ample parking spots in the lot. walk around the fields is a self tour and it is very easy to get around to learn about the coffee process. Has small museum with information, restrooms and a cafe to sit down and relax. Also gift shop has great variety of coffees, lotions and souvenirs to bring back to give to friends and family. You can easily spend an hour or a little more if you go through everything and then are sitting down for a coffee and or snack.

Mian M — Google review

My first time here and I’m so glad I signed up for “Coffee on the Brain” tour! Genny was absolutely fantastic, provided so much incredible knowledge & info on Kauai coffee but also on different coffee devices, I currently have been researching which new device I need to own to make even better coffee at home!The weather was quite odd for the time of year, so when it started to pour rain the walking part of the tour was cancelled but she continued to fill our cups with info on Kauai coffee, the business and the facility! She made me forget about the rain, talk about someone who owns the room and gets everyone to listen closely!! You can tell she is proud of Kauai Coffee but also how much she loves her job!

Rachel A — Google review

We did their farm tour and had a blast! It was a ton of fun and very informative. Our tour guide, Lisa, was incredible. They let us pick some coffee from the trees and try out the raw beans. Afterwards they took us through the fields and showed us where all the steps of the coffee production process occur. Afterwards you can sample different coffees in the gift shop. They also have a little cafe which serves coffee and baked goods. Well worth the stop in Kauai, especially if you can do the farm tour!

Michal B — Google review

My son and I visited there and had a very nice experience. Outside they had a short self guided tour about the coffee plantation, it's history and their efforts in making their coffee. The tour weaved you through the coffee plants, machinery used in processing the beans and other areas of interest. It was nice to go through at our own pace, it was informative and it was free. After the tour we returned to the coffee house and were able to sample multiple types of their coffees. A hostess was there telling us about the different kinds of coffee. We then went into the indoor shop where we purchased a few bags of coffee. The lady in the shop was very nice, helpful and answered questions we had. They also offer grinding the coffee for you or you can take the bag as whole bean coffee. All in all it was a fun visit that was worth doing.

Melissa B — Google review

Great coffee! I normally prefer a medium roast with soft finish. My favorite here was the Big Bruddah coffee.They do tours once per day in the morning. They drive you around the property for about an hour in a covered wagon van type thing and tell you about the coffee company.You don't have to do the tour to get coffee samples - you can just walk right in and start tasting to see what you like! Try them all and buy a bag to take home with you as a souvenir or to sip while you relax on the beach!They sell iced drinks, coffee, iced coffee drinks and even ice cream and smoothies. So you definitely won't leave thirsty here 😁

Ginger M — Google review

If you love coffee or if you're just looking to do something for free, this is a great place to visit. They do have a tour that costs to do it, but if it's raining, they cancel it. Missed out on that. You can do a walking tour for free and learn quite a bit. We did see the baby feral pigs but not the mom. Coffee tasting was good. Gift shops have all of the kauai coffee products they make. Lemon bars were excellent.

Doug A — Google review

We come to Kauai quite a bit and always stop by the Kauai Coffee Company. We stock up on coffee, grab a frozen mocha or scoop of ice cream, sit on the deck, and enjoy the views. It can definitely get busy, but its worth a stop for sure, especially when the weather is nice -- beautiful views and the walking tour is relaxing.

Amber F — Google review

The self-guided walking tour is free and is pretty cool, there is signage showing each step of the coffee making process. There are free samples of their coffees available and they have a little cafe with coffee, ice cream, and baked treats. Also they have super cute stray kitties here!

Alexandria W — Google review

We went on the farm tour and it was well worth it!! We were very lucky to go on a day they were harvesting. They only harvest once a year so this is a rare sight. Highly recommend going the first week of November to catch it! We got to see a family of pigs and it was so cute! Lisa was very well informed and gave a fantastic tour. Make sure to grab a cup of coffee before heading out on the tour as you don’t taste during the farm tour

Ashley A — Google review

We loved our visit to Kauai Coffee! We took the Coffee on the Brain Tour with Genny and she was awesome! She showed us the best way to get a great-tasting cup of coffee with two different brewing techniques and then we walked around the estate where she explained the process from bean to cup. Genny made it a really informative and fun tour. She has such a passion for coffee and the island of Kauai!

Sarah G — Google review

Free coffee samples! Self walking tours and more than 4 million coffee trees! We learned that it’s the largest coffee estate in the US! We loved the vanilla Macadamia coffee. Some of the signage was a little dated but it added to the charm.

Erin R — Google review

They had coffee samples available, the hazelnut was really good! There is also a free, self-guided walking tour of the coffee plantation that you can do, which was pretty fun! We also had the affogato with coffee flavored gelato which was really good. Large selection of flavored coffees, pre-ground, whole bean, and k-cups. They also had lots of merchandise. Great visit if you are in the area!

Greta B — Google review

I can't say enough good things about this place. It was the first stop on our Shaka Guides self tour, and we were pleasantly surprised. The coffee samples they serve are great, the prices in their cafe are excellent, bathrooms are clean, and watching the process was neat. We did the outdoor tour and enjoyed ourselves. You could do the self tour on 10 to 30 minutes depending upon how much you want to read. I've never really liked coffee, but I loved their pea berry estate so much that I bought a 24 ounce bag and have been enjoying it back at home! Don't skip this. Go and check it out.

Jason L — Google review

Lots of coffee flavors for the coffee lovers. They offer unlimited coffee samples. They also offer free shipping if you spend over one hundred dollars. Great little coffee shop to visit if you’re in the area.

Cristina L — Google review

Disclaimer: I don’t drink coffee! However, we stopped at Kaua’i Coffee Company and I thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided tour, small museum, store and aromatic smells. There are lots of free samples available and plenty to purchase for all you coffee drinkers out there!

Natalie G — Google review

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870 Halewili Rd, Kalaheo, HI 96741, USA

(800) 545-8605

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Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures provides an array of tours featuring sailing, hiking, and rafting around the Na Pali coast. Guests may occasionally catch sight of marine creatures during their trips. The company also offers different waterfront experiences such as whale watching on the Poipu Sunset Tour. This tour allows guests to unwind with appetizers and co*cktails while keeping a lookout for humpback whales.

The raft expedition was by far the best experience I’ve ever had. It truly was the perfect brochure day for us. Our captains Maddie and Ted were absolutely amazing, they were very friendly, chill, easy going and knowledgeable, they truly took their time to make sure we were having the time of our life and making sure we didn’t miss any picture opportunities, but also made sure we were soaking in all the beauty. I highly recommend this to any person who can do it. A sincere thank you to our captains to making it an unforgettable honey moon trip :)

Michelle B — Google review

Had an awesome morning trip with Capt. Skye and the crew of Northern Star. Views of the island and wildlife were amazing. We saw spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and even whales!The only reason for 4/5 stars and not a perfect review was the snorkeling location was great for swimming but too deep and not enough reef for seeing hardly any fish. Lunch was served after swimming and the food was excellent and served to you wherever you were seated. Options were Cheeseburger/Hamburger, grilled chicken or black bean veggie burger with sides of coleslaw and baked beans. Throughout the trip the crew was constantly checking if you needed a drink (water/soft drinks before snorkeling and beer/wine afterwards)and brought it to wherever you were on the boat. I will be recommending Capt. Andy’s and this trip to everyone I can!

Loren B — Google review

This was an INCREDIBLE adventure tour! We did the all-day rafting excursion which included swimming, snorkeling, navigating through sea caves, hiking through an ancient Hawaiian village, and, of course, incredible up-close and panoramic views of the Napali Coast. Our two guides, Alison and Jordan, were super knowledgeable and fun. I will never forget this amazing experience! We are exhausted and sore today, but it was beyond worth it!

Addie H — Google review

Amazing way to see Kauai from the ocean.Everything about this trip was special... We also met a very nice couple from Arkansas named Megan and Anthony, we shared a wind driven soaking from some big waves on the return from the dinner cruise. We were soaked to the core, and we were cracking up the whole time. Maybe it was the Sneaky Tikis... Or maybe we were just having so much fun! Either way, we will never forget that ride or our new found friends.Our crew was amazing, I apologize for not remembering their names. The food is delicious and the views are lifetime memories. On the ride out we saw a large pod of dolphins that had a mother and a very small baby dolphin in it. To see dolphins is amazing, to see a baby dolphin learning to jump waves was priceless.We learned so much about the island from our captain and the crew. Of course as promised, there was a beautiful sunset and our trip was made complete by seeing it till it disappeared over the horizon.We will never forget this experience and I cannot recommend enough that you go with Capt. Andy's!

M.j. D — Google review

All the 5 star reviews you see are absolutely true. My husband and I did the Captain Andy's picnic sailboat cruise and it was amazing! The highlight of our trip! The views were so gorgeous, the crew was great and we got to see sea turtles while snorkeling and spinner and bottle nose dolphins during the boat ride. A must do if you are going to Kauai!

Kristy M — Google review

Our Captain, Captain Larry, and two crew members Katie and Drake made our boat tour experience that much better! They were so kind, funny and welcoming. Everything was well planned and thought out. We chatted so much with Drake about Hawaiian history. We loved the delicious food and drinks they had on board and felt completely safe and taken care of. We also made great conversation with other guests on the boat. The sights were beautiful. Literally the spinner dolphins we saw brought tears to my eyes. During snorkeling, a sea turtle swam right under me… it was unforgettable and I recommend this boat tour to every single person on the island whether you’re a tourist or local. Mahalo!

Andrea R — Google review

We ventured out on Capt Andy’s sunset cruise in January when the seas were rough. They gave us the choice of canceling with a full refund or going to the Kipu Kai Coast instead. From the moment we arrived to check-in at their facility, they were highly professional and friendly. The cruise did not disappoint! In addition to great food and drinks, outstanding service on an upscale 65 foot boat, we saw whales, dolphin, and a beautiful sunset! Hopefully, next time we will have calmer seas and be able to see the NaPali coast.

Natalie G — Google review

We had a great time sailing with Capt Andy's Sailing Adventures! We booked well in advance for a sunset dinner cruise to the NaPali Coast. We arrived a little early day-of and we were able to walk around to some of the shops in the area before getting our briefing of the trip and heading down to the boat.We left the dock with two other catamarans at about the same time and started making our way around the island. The crew was very helpful, friendly, and informative. After we got going, they played some music and would tell us some facts as we were cruising around. They were all willing to help us take photos and made sure we were all having a good time. Once we were a little into the trip, the crew helped pass out appetizers and drinks. There were numerous areas to sit, we mostly stayed to the front of the boat. On our way out we saw a whale spray from a distance and some dolphins that hung out near the boat for a little while!We were able to see people hiking and goats climbing around, and get pretty close to the coastline in some spots. Once we reached the other side, we stopped and hung out while we were served dinner. The salad was hard to eat, as every time I would go to take a bite the wind would push most of it off my fork. The steak, shrimp, and corn was good! After cleaning up after dinner we made our way back, stopping to watch the sunset for a little bit.We were able to see some of there raft tours speed on by us on the way out. We were told that the smaller tours go into some of the sea arches and caves and get the high speed tour. I would love to try out some of their other tours and experiences!

Anna R — Google review

Capt Andy's definitely lived up to their high expectations - booking and checking in were easy. I had Capt Jackie, Shelby, and Braden as crew and they were phenomenal. As a solo traveler it can be easy to get overlooked but they were all very attentive! Jackie was extremely educational on the marine life and history of the coast and the island.I saw 2 packs of spinner dolphins, a turtle, and a baby whale during my trip. The snorkeling is really nothing to write home about if you've been snorkeling in other locations, but still worth doing and was a refreshing break. Food was great, the whole experience was well worth the price!

Shelby — Google review

Really was unsure about a boat tour in March in Kauai, but I am really glad we did it. We had an exceptionally calm and sunny day. One of our passengers dealt with motion sickness the entire ride, just as a note of caution. But despite that, Captain Dane was awesome! The crew was attentive. The view spectacular! Overall the experience was tremendous .. really a must-do on your trip.. and Captain Andy's will take great care of you. (While I added pictures, they don't do it justice.)

Eric C — Google review

Amazing! The cruise was more then we could ask for. The Captain was very informative of the island and the crew was very helpful in every way. The sunset was amazing and dinner was perfect. Snorkeling off the boat was awesome! The sights were astonishing. We also got to see spinner dolphins which was very exciting.

Rick S — Google review

Went on the 3 hour zodiac boat cave ride. Awesome experience and was the highlight of my 1st trip to Kauai ! Chase and Keanue were the best , making the trip fun and exciting for everyone. Saw spinner dolphins and caves and the beautiful Napali coast! Would definitely do this again, and might try the 6 hour snorkeling ride with lunch next time I get back to the island!

G — Google review

A truly unique experience to get to see Na Pali up this close.Knowledgeable narration from the captain.Attentive crew.Beautiful boat.This is a wonderful thing to experience.Take anti seasick pills if needed, and bring the sunscreen... there's not a lot of shade!Enjoy.

Barry S — Google review

Absolutely exceptional evening out on the water with Capt Dave, Logan, Kevin, Mark and Chef Garrett. We were looking forward to our sunset sail of napali coast and we're disappointed when the tour had to pivot to the Kipu Kai coastline instead - we had the option of rebooking or getting a refund but chose to keep our plans and enjoy the day out on the water instead and are SO SO glad that we did. The crew provided a truly first class experience aboard their beautiful vessels and run the whole thing so professionally. We appreciate that they put the customer experience and safety as a priority and are committed to making the best experience possible regardless of destination - the captain & crew were knowledgeable, helpful, and just truly delightful to be around. You never had an empty drink and they were always around to lend a hand to help you get around the boat or take pictures! Besides the obviously beautiful landscapes, we were blown away by how truly enjoyable our meal was (we foolishly had pretty low expectations for a meal cooked on a ship), how clean and exceptional the ship and its facilities were (the bathroom was a full fledged "normal" restroom!) and how much wildlife we got to both see AND hear with the help of the sonograph (not sure the correct term) to listen to the whale noises at sea!!! WOW!!!! Loved it and can't wait to return and hopefully get to see napali too!

K G — Google review

Staff was great; trip to Na Pali coast made many nauseated including myself which is unusual for me and the weather and ocean were relatively calm. Many had to take their fancy dinner to go. Open bar was not important to many of us. Difficult to navigate around and /or take pictures while holding on for balance. I felt there were too many people doing the dinner cruise as there wasn't enough seating for everyone outside and many had to stand by rails to have a view. Even the table seating in the back has limited views. That said the view at the destination was amazing. I wish we had a little more time there moving slower as it was the highlight of the trip.

Carole B — Google review

Captain Andy’s (we specifically had captain Jacob) was excellent. We had some rough waters but he was able to ride the swells so well our dinner cruise went on really peacefully. He even spotted 3 whales (not in season) and the other catamarans up the coast missed them.Noah and Logan were awesome at showing us the best way to ride the waves and took care of us perfectly.The ride back was choppy but fun and we felt safe. A few poor souls lost the stuff, but considering the waves the captain had to deal with it was mastery behind the wheel and behind the microphone.It was excellent. I can’t wait to come again.

Ryan L — Google review

It is a challenge to find the words to adequately describe how amazingly beautiful the sailboat ride is along the Napali coast. I attached some pictures, but they only begin to show you how truly spectacular the scenes are that you will experience on this ride. The crew is extremely knowledgeable. We were honored to have Captain Dave pilot us along the coast. We also received a bonus of seeing 2 types of dolphins on our ride. Oh yes, and the food was 5 star quality and delicious! We made memories that will last the rest of our lives. Thank you, Captain Andy's!

Tamara D — Google review

Capt Andy’s dinner cruise along the Na Pali Coast was an extraordinary experience! It was the first activity my husband and I did when arriving in Kauai. The crew were friendly and ensured that everyone was having a great time. We slowed down to view the dolphins and learned about many historically significant sites along the coast. Dinner and drinks were great as well. I would highly suggest taking this cruise! It was a highlight of our honeymoon!

Mari T — Google review

My wife and I had one of the best days ever on the boat tour and snorkeling adventure with Capt Andy's. The trip was about 5 hours and it just flew by. We were entertained by the stories and history of the things we passed by, we saw some of the most amazing views I will ever see in my life that you just can't get on foot, the snorkeling spot was perfect, and the crew was exceptional. It's really something to be able to say this was the best day within the best vacation I've ever had!

Kyle C — Google review

My husband and I did the whale watching zodiac boat tour in March and had a blast! The captain and crew were amazing!We had so much fun, I came back in September with my sisters and did the longer Napali coast zodiac boat tour and had a great time, the captain, Chase, was so kind! He did great navigating the swells:) Victoria was so much fun! She ensured we all had a blast! The time spent on the beach was the perfect break. Victoria took us on a little tour of the beach and shared the Hawaiian history, she was so animated and told the stories so well! The ride back to the dock was so much fun!

Susanne A — Google review

This was the most exceptional experience, not only because of the beautiful scenery, but because of the amazing crew. Captain Matt, Cassie, Donovan, & our chefs were so accommodating and helpful. I became extremely sea sick within 30 mins of the departure and for the duration of the trip, but Cassie was there at every moment right when I needed her. I wasn’t able to enjoy the fresh meals, but my husband especially loved the cheeseburger he ordered for lunch. Donovan was a great help as well, getting me fresh ice & took pics for us too! One of the chefs was especially helpful when I needed assistance getting from one part of the boat to the other. The exceptional customer service alone is worth the money! Next time, I’ll be more prepared! ❤️

Rachel E — Google review

We had such an amazing experience end of January! The waves were too rough to do the napali coast so we were notified a few hours before that we would be going south. The south was just as beautiful we saw so many whales, dolphins and a turtle. We had a great spot for snorkeling and the lunch was delicious. Our crew was great you can tell how much they love their job.

Megan S — Google review

The Napali Coast Star BBQ snorkel tour was a highlight of our trip. We went as a group of 9, 5 of which were kids 10 and under. Captain Baron and the entire team made the trip very enjoyable - super friendly offering to take pictures and answer questions, refilling countless co*kes and sprites at the bar, feeding the fish with the kids that did not snorkel, and narrating a great tour. We were worried about getting sea sick but took preventative measures and all did great. Highly recommended!

Gina P — Google review

AMAZING experience! We had SO much fun, and what a great adventure! Pretty rough seas which just made the experience all that much better for us! Cloe was an absolute doll and really took care of us. And the dinner and food was really good for a sea-faring experience like this! I cannot say enough great things about this excursion! Captain Dwayne kept us entertained and gave lots of great and fun facts about what we were seeing and the history of the island!

Grant C — Google review

We had an amazing experience with Captain Andy’s crew (Logan, Jay and Larry)! We did the snorkel and picnic tour and it was awesome. The napali coast was too rough so we did the southern coast which was also extremely gorgeous. We saw tons of dolphins and a few whales. Food was delicious and they were super accommodating with a vegan diet. I was 21 weeks pregnant doing this tour and felt totally safe!

Erin G — Google review

On our first trip to Hawaii, we spent our second day on Andy’s morning BBQ cruise. Absolutely worth the money. My wife and I saw “the big 3”: dolphins, sea turtles, and humpback whales. The staff was incredible, captain had been sailing Hawaii for ~21 years, and the rest of the crew was incredibly attentive and professional. The boat couldn’t have been more comfortable, and despite the fierce sea swells and spray, there were plenty of areas for less adventurous people to stay out of the spray from the waves.The snorkeling was incredibly mediocre, more of a “check the box” type of deal. Partially due to the wind and current, we were kept near the boat where the bottom wasn’t visible unless you swam down 5-7ft. There were still fish to see around the boat however.The real experience was viewing the coastline from the boat and spotting sea life enroute. Other than by helicopter I can’t imagine a better way to see the famed coast.Lunch was a great selection of hamburgers and grilled chicken breasts, with wine and beer also available post-snorkeling.Highly recommend!

Emory W — Google review

This is the penultimate charter company on the island. We sailed with Captain Larry and his crew (Cherry, Tina, Malcolm, Braydon, Neal) and had a fantastic tour. There were dolphins, whales, and turtles close to the boat. The snorkeling was excellent, but too short. Breakfast and lunch were served on board and were flavorful and delicious. Throughout the trip, the crew entertained us with stories about the island, geography, history, and more. I know there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to an island charter, but in my opinion, Captain Andy's is the best by far. .

Peter C — Google review

We had the an amazing time, looking at the coast, exploring the caves, enjoying a thrilling ride. We saw loads of marine creatures, enjoyed snorkeling, a delicious lunch and a tour of an old Hawaiian fishing village. Capt. Rob's enthusiasm for the coast was infectious. 'The boys' Caleb and Sawyer did wonderful job looking after all of us on the tour. A definite highlight of our visit to Kauai, and, as a heads up, try a more gentle tour if you have back injuries: the ride back is bumpy!

Kirsty S — Google review

Stunning cruise and beyond amazing crew! Every single member of this crew went above and beyond to make sure every single person had the best time possible. They were beyond friendly and extremely attentive and made an already beautiful day even better. The wildlife we witnessed and the breathtaking landscapes make this a must do tour if you are in Kauai. 5 star plus!

MELISSA F — Google review

My husband and I are honeymooning in Kauai and decided to give Capt Andy’s rafting expedition a try and OMG we are so glad we did! This experience was everything we could have ever wanted. We got to explore the beautiful Na Pali Coast, multiple sea caves, waterfalls, hike to an old Hawaiian village, snorkel and they provided a delicious lunch! We even got to see a pod of spinner dolphins, sea turtles, schools of fish and wild goats! The ride itself was rough at times but our captains, Maddy and Keanu, took great care of us. They were fun and kept the vibes going the entire time! They were both very knowledgeable and taught us so much about the land and the Hawaiian culture. This experience was definitely worth the price!! Thank you for making our honeymoon so special. :)

Mikaela J — Google review

Did the snorkel & picnic tour along the Nepali coast. Incredible views!!!!!! The snorkeling was fun, saw a couple turtles. Saw some whales & dolphins.Note: I don’t get on boats much so, but got a little sea sick (1st time getting sea sick) so I’d recommend taking Dramamine before if your doctor allows you.

Hannah — Google review

Had a wonderful time on the catamaran during the early morning sail to the Na Pali coast. The captain (Larry) and the deck hands made the excursion so much better. The catamaran is clean and tidy and was quite spacious. We went on a day with winds at 8 mph and it was still pretty rough especially when at the tip of the island and returning to port. If you are sensitive to motion I would recommend using something to help you with nausea.Thanks for your response. Luckily we did not suffer from any motion sickness. We absolutely loved this tour and hope we have the opportunity to do it again.

Kelly K — Google review

This charter was EXCELLENT- use them! Our trip was not as expected but the way they responded was exceptional. Enjoyable ride out to Na Pali, however my wife got extremely sick just before the turn around and dinner, i mean really sick, to no fault of the cruise (bad medication interaction), but the crew especially the female chef (name?) was extremely accommodating to her and me, checking in frequently and putting out dinner in a to go bag (and it was still delicious once home!). The views were breath taking and the crew otherwise were very entertaining with fun filled facts along the way. Again, worth every penny:)

Jon V — Google review

We scheduled a Star Dinner Sunset Sail to the Na Pali Coast in early March. Sadly, the waters were deemed too rough to make the journey. Staff at Capt Andy's contacted us via text, email, and phone call to make sure we didn't want a refund or to reschedule; we were in Kauai for a limited time, so rescheduling wasn't an option, so we sailed anyway. While we were disappointed that we couldn't see the Na Pali Coast, we were NOT disappointed by anything else aboard the Northern Star!! The staff was incredible--polite, funny, and quick with the camera and the beverage refills. Captain Dave made sure we saw dolphins and whales galore, and dinner was delightful!! A good portion of our trip was under sail, which is just so peaceful. The views were, as they always seem to be in Hawaii, spectacular. I would 100% recommend this trip!! There was plenty of space on board, and everything was spotless. However, I think the Star Dinner sailings would be best for people without young children. Capt Andy's has lots of other offerings that would be perfect for young families!!

Gretchen H — Google review

Crew was great. Catamaran is well maintained. Easy check-in process. Food was fine/good. Overall great experience. The boat ride out was perfect and sunny- the return trip is a bit choppy so be prepared for all types of weather and boat conditions! (Not company fault- but just nature of the ocean/weather!)

Koy C — Google review

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4353 Waialo Rd #1a, Eleele, HI 96705, USA

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Kauai Sea Tours provides sightseeing and snorkeling services, boasting a fleet that includes a 60-foot catamaran accommodating up to 49 passengers, as well as a 24-foot rigid hulled inflatable boat accommodating up to 14 passengers. Guests can take the Lucky Lady Whale co*cktail Cruise, which offers an open bar and appetizers while cruising with a hydrophone that allows guests to hear the whales.

We had the best time with Captain Drake and CJ. They were amazing!! So knowledgeable and fun. We jammed to fun music the whole way.We did the beach landing raft tour and had a blast. It is definitely an adventurous, thrilling raft ride (be prepared to hold on TIGHT and be pretty sore the next day!!) but we loved it. The beach landing was beautiful and snorkeling there was awesome. Doing the landing also helps break up the day and allows you to stretch your legs. Highly recommend!

Jameson K — Google review

What an amazing trip! We were lucky enough to have almost perfect weather, but the captain and crew on this boat would have made it a great experience no matter what. Fun facts, corny jokes, and delicious food and drinks made this a great journey. The views and trip itself made this one of the best tours I’ve ever taken. Gorgeous landscapes, multiple whale sightings (even a newborn humpback!), and a picturesque sunset made this perfect. Highly highly recommended!

Steve N — Google review

This was the very first excursion on our trip to Kauai and it did not disappoint. We took the early morning boat to Na Pali coast. Aaron and Chase were our crew and looking to be safe but have a lot of fun. Captain was very conscious of the waves and making sure he gave us the best ride possible. The views were breathtaking and the snorkeling was a good change of pace. Lunch was good too. Would recommend this tour- Everyone in our group enjoyed it. Just be sure to take your Dramamine!

Ashlie A — Google review

Best moments of my life. You won’t regret it. Enjoy the wind in your face as you bounce through the waves at the front of the boat. Watch the dolphins and whales swim by. Touch the waterfalls. And snorkel with the fish. The Napali coast is heaven on earth. It doesn’t get better than Kauai Sea Tours.

Ash K — Google review

We loved it!! The crew, Greg, Kez, Justin, and Evan were all super nice and helpful. They were very professional but gave us the local flavor too. The views were spectacular, the food was great and the snorkeling good. We wish we had been able to go out for longer but we understand timing. We highly recommend and would go again. Thank you!!

Jen K — Google review

My mom and I did the whale watching tour with Kauai Sea Tours and we 100% recommend it. It was a stunning and unique experience. We did in fact see whales and even dolphins at one point.We loved captain Nono’s personality, it made the whole experience that much better. He was funny, informative, and sweet (always checking in on my mom and I). The captain and the crew (Jake B and Kama) were absolutely excellent, highly professional, and friendly. We really enjoyed this boat tour, thanks to their efforts to make it special.Rate 10/10

Victoria S — Google review

Fun sunset dinner cruise! Crew was awesome and the chicken teriyaki was good! We had drinks delivered to us throughout the trip. Food was also brought to us on our way back. The captain did an excellent job telling us about the sights and the history. I highly recommend this company and this event.

V. S — Google review

What an excellent tour! There is a lot to highlight for the tour we enjoyed:Very clean and nice boatStunning views of the Nepali CoastGreat SnorkelingIncluded sandwich and drinks after snorkelingAs a bonus we got to see some dolphins very up close and the captain positioned the boat under a waterfall to have some fun photos and videos!Hats off the entire team at Kauai Sea Tours. This was the highlight of our trip to Hawaii no contest!Thank you!!!-Jack and Ava

Jack N — Google review

Captain Kauai on the Lucky Lady is THE way to go. He is fun, informative, and a great guide. The boat was awesome, the crew (Kay Kay, Colleen, and Jess) were helpful and sweet. Along with the coast we saw dolphins, sea turtles, two monk seals, and several types of birds too.

Ryan P — Google review

We did the Napoli Coast snorkeling adventure and had an amazing time. James and the rest of the crew were fantastic. We learned a ton about the island’s history, had an amazing time snorkeling and saw some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen.The staff was super friendly and the provided everything that we could have asked for. The Mai Yhais kept flowing!The seas can be a bit rough on the north side of the island in the winter, but our Captain, James, made everything comfortable and safe.I highly recommend doing this while on Kauai - you won’t regret it!

Stephanie W — Google review

Great tour of the Nepali Coast yesterday! We absolutely loved our captain, Amber and her friendly crew! Beautiful views even though it was cloudy, we caught the best sunset on our way back! Highly recommend people to take Bonine 2 hours before the ride and during the ride if you are prone to sea sickness. I ended up taking 3 total!

Stephanie G — Google review

This was a great tour I would highly recommend. The staff was exceptional. The ride and lore were great. Boat is comfortable. Food was good. We saw tons of wildlife and snorkeled with turtles. Dipped into sea caves and waterfalls. My 12yr old daughter and 80yr old father enjoyed this at the same level. Great sun protection without reedtricted viewing. What a great experience. Jake, Jordan and Luke took great care to make sure we had a high quality memorable experience and it was much appreciated. Book this trip!

Nate S — Google review

Our first excursion starting our vacation. Great experience for our group. Highly recommended. Informative & friendly captain & mate.We had great weather conditions in the morning which allowed for high speeds and fun along the way. Saw pods of dolphins and explored seas caves. Couple stops for swims & snorkeling. No better way to explore the Napoli coast. Little bouncy on way back as winds had shifted.

Shawn B — Google review

We had Napoli coast raft trip with snorkeling. Our captain Ran was amazing, she handled the boat really well through rough sea and also when going into caves. Ian who was on board with us was very knowledgeable about Kauai history and culture. Good story teller. It was a busy day on the water, so the crew changed our itinerary slightly so we can see things without being overcrowded. I saw two turtles when snorkeling!!! What an amazing day. Thank you!

Maryna D — Google review

We had an amazing trip with captain Sky and his crew! Beautiful sights and such a fun trip around the coastline!For those looking to book the 4-5 hours coast tour, this is not a guaranteed snorkeling trip and it says so when you book and again when you sign waivers. Snorkeling is weather permitting and that is of course out of the crews hands. We booked this trip because we have kiddos age 3 and 5, and this was perfect for them, and the whole crew were super friendly, tentative and patient with the kids! :-)10/10!

Louise G — Google review

Summary: Didn’t really get to see the Napali cost, and therefore was left disappointed. No flexibility on refunds or rescheduling, would recommend another company other than Kauai Sea tours.We did tour on the raft on 24 November 2023. Briefing was delayed by roughly 15 minutes so we overheard a briefing of a different company. They mentioned what we’ve already anticipated by looking at the weather forecast: waves are too high, and it was too stormy to go to the Nepali coast today. They mentioned that they were really sorry for this, they could not influence the weather and therefore they offered a refund if participants would not want to go on the alternative tour to the south shore.This is how I anticipated the action of Kauai Sea adventure as well. However, this did not happen, in the briefing the captain mentioned that if we what to do the south shore tour we would be eligible for refund or rescheduling. Some of the group wanted this (us as well). They then said that, despite the weather forecast, he trusts his gut feeling, and we should go outside to the coast. Because of that, we were not eligible for any refund or rescheduling a person also asked service desk, but they also denied this. With that went to the coast, and basically could not see anything as the sea fog, caused by the wavy conditions (that were known before), eliminated the view. Additionally we could not even go to the cathedrals because the high surf warning (that was also known before) did not allow the raft to go any further than a certain point. Therefore, we were left truly disappointed, traveling all the way to Hawaii, and spending that much money to see the beautiful cost just to not see it, especially when it could’ve been just rescheduled like all other tour providers did. Therefore, I can not recommend this company, I would definitely use a different tour next time that has the customers best interest at heart.

Fabian W — Google review

We had a fantastic time on the na’pali raft tour! It was a little rough at parts, but our captain, India, did an incredible job keeping the splash zone to a minimum and get us to and from very safely.I’m so impressed with the views, the boat, the entire experience. We also got incredibly lucky and saw humpbacks breaching, spinner dolphins taking a nap break, and even a baby spinner learning to leap (core memory). This will be a trip for the books - highly recommend!!

Alyssa L — Google review

Our group of 10 did the Nā Pali Beach Landing tour last Friday with Captain Skye and first mate Jacob. The day could not have been more perfect. While aboard the zodiac on the way to the Nā Pali coast, we saw countless spinner dolphins in the crystal blue waters swimming alongside us and flipping in the air. An endangered Hawaiian monk seal even swam by our boat. Captain Skye expertly navigated us through sea caves carved out of the land by internal rivers and crashing waves. Kauai Sea Tours is one of just a few companies permitted to dock at Nā Pali Coast State Park. We felt privileged to stand on this sacred site, and we appreciated Captain Skye sharing his knowledge of the history and culture of the Hawaiian people who inhabited this land. We were served a delicious brunch and then we snorkeled in the crystal clear waters just off the beach. No words or photos can adequately convey the majesty and grandeur of the Nā Pali coast. This will forever be one of the best experiences of my life. I highly recommend Kauai Sea Tours and Captain Skye and Jacob!

Robyn W — Google review

The Na Pali sunset tour with Kauai Sea tours was one of the most beautiful experiences my husband and I have ever done. We would do this tour over again and again. The staff, specifically Colleen, Ariel, and Jess went above and beyond to make sure the tour is memorable. They were so friendly and worked their butts off to feed everyone dinner/dessert, serve drinks, take pictures of families, and helping people when they got sea sick. Then Captain Kauai was so knowledgeable and hilarious. He really made the tour fun and made sure everyone was safe.

Nikia S — Google review

My husband & I had a fantastic time with the ALL-GIRL crew of Captain Jenn, Colleen & Amanda. These ladies were so professional, knowledgeable & down right fun - despite the very rough waters! And we got to enjoy a wonderful show by about 20 dolphins. Will definitely do this again next time we're on Kauai.

Amy M — Google review

Amazing experience!!! The coast was stunning, and the tour far exceeded our expectations and hopes! Our captain, Ren, and crew, Audry and Jake, were so kind, fun, informative, and helpful. We felt safe the whole time, and had such a blast! I can not recommend this company or this experience enough. Worth every penny!

Hannah D — Google review

Started early enough to see a gorgeous sunrise. Staff were very attentive! Captain was knowledgeable and took us different areas so we could see as much as possible. Always pointing things out to us. Lovely lunch and drinks provided. Snorkeling was great fun

Linda F — Google review

This was a great tour! Snorkeling was fun, we saw beautiful sea turtles and gorgeous fish! Then we saw a lot of dolphins right next to the boat and of course Na Pali was breathtaking! We did the 930AM tour. We did get motion sick, but Zofran helped a lot. We also had Dramamine and the motion sickness patch. But we are more prone to sea sickness, the captain did a wonderful job driving and the wind and warm sun was its own medicine! Everyone else on the tour seemed fine. But even with the sea sickness, I would still do this tour again! Definitely worth it! Thank you!

Amber B — Google review

My husband and I recently went on the sunset cruise. It was amazing. We had to switch directions because of the wind but boy did we see whales and dolphins which swam and played right by our boat. I can’t say enough about Amber, Amanda and Colleen. From helping some of to walk (because it was bumpy), to walking around serving drinks, anything fro water to juice to beer and wonderful Mai Tai. They were informative with history, the island, the sea life. Took some great pictures and video of the dolphins for me because she could get to the part of the boat faster. I can’t say enough about them.

Debbie — Google review

This was the best tour I’ve ever been on! We had Ian as our captain and he was so amazing! I’ve been on tours where the guide is annoying, and he was anything but that! Just super cool and hilarious! Every member of the crew was accommodating and great to chat with! The view of the Na Pali coast from the boat was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Breakfast lunch and drinks were served and the music played on the boat made it even more special. The snorkeling was fantastic. Overall very worth the money. I would recommend this tour as a must to anyone visiting Kauai!

Kailey F — Google review

We recently did the sunset boat cruise and had the best time! Despite some wind and rain, we were able to go up the entire coast and saw dolphins, whales and rainbows! Captain Jen and the crew were truly amazing - fun to chat with and very accommodating. You should definitely prepare to get a little wet and if you suffer from motion sickness, I would definitely recommend some sort of preventative medicine! 100% worth it!

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Holo Holo Charters is a local tour company that provides an array of tour packages, including sightseeing and snorkeling tours to Niihau Island and the Na Pali Coast. Their charter fleet comprises two catamarans and two inflatable rafts. The company employs knowledgeable staff who offer exceptional services for guests during the tours. Guests can also enjoy dinner and drinks while taking in breathtaking views of the sunset.

My wife and I took a sunset cruise with them on their powered catamaran and it was outstanding. The captain was funny and talented and the crew was kind and attentive as well as being very interactive with everyone. Conditions for our tour were outstanding. The water was beautiful and the views of the NaPali coast were breathtaking. In addition to seeing the wonderful views of the land and see, we also got to see several hump back whales (some came up to the boat even after we had long since stopped to ensure we didn't approach or bother them). I would definitely take this cruise again and recommend it to everyone who wants to see more of Kauai.

Todd G — Google review

Every aspect of our tour was excellent! The boat, the crew, the sites, the snorkeling and the food! Captain Glenn shared so much information about the Na Pali Coast and neighboring islands that it made me want to come back again. It is truly a natural wonder to be seen. We saw numerous spinner dolphins while traveling to our secluded snorkeling area and incredible, beautiful fish while there.The crew was so attentive also. They were watchful over every passenger to make sure that they were safe and happy.We had two wonderful meals - breakfast and lunch! Lunch, after snorkeling, included craft beer & wine.It was a trip of a lifetime. Not to be missed. Well worth every penny. You won’t be sorry!

Richard K — Google review

Life changing experience, this is a must do in Hawaii. You will see and experience things that you thought could only exist in movies or dreams, such as swimming with dolphins, watching monk seals fight underwater, and hanging out with fishes of all different colours and shapes.The tour also shows off the incredible natural geography of Hawaii, and is incredibly well organized. The staff are beyond friendly and very accommodating. I traveled solo but could imagine this being fantastic for all ages, the children were loving it, especially when the boat picks up speed!

Philip B — Google review

Captain and crew fantastic. Enjoyable time out on the ocean, Enjoyed lots of scenery and Ocean Marine life. Food was plentiful and tasty Captain and crew were exemplary. I Highly recommend to anyone who would like to have a one of a kind excursion in Kauai that they can remember for a lifetime. Mahalo! With a special thanks to Captain Christian, Daniel, Lucy and John taking care of everybody ….excellent crew!

Rick W — Google review

My husband & I took the Na Pali Coast sunset dinner cruise in February 2022. It was one of the highlights of our 12 days in Hawaii! Absolutely stunning views, a very knowledgeable staff and dinner and drinks made for the perfect afternoon and evening. We were so excited to get a captain that was dedicated to getting us some whale views, it was a huge bonus to our trip. The water was a bit rocky while we were there & I wouldn’t have recommend for someone who easily gets seasick.

Brooke B — Google review

We took the morning tour along the Na Pali coast and it was wonderful! Captain Mike, and the crew Jane and Kevin were awesome. They were cool but professional, answered any and all questions, and made us feel safe and cared for. We got to see some great wildlife and beautiful views along the way. Food, soft drinks, and alcohol included is a great benefit. I would recommend anyone who doesn't spend a lot of time boating on the ocean to take motion sickness medicine ahead of time, even if you don't have a history of motion sickness. While the boat was Captained beautifully, the waves are just big out there. We would highly recommend this charter company to anyone, thank you!

Tori V — Google review

We did the sunset sail and loved it! The captain briefed everyone at the beginning, stressing that it’s an adventure and the ocean can be choppy. So if you get motion sick, please come prepared and take medicine before you board!! Sunset cruise does not stop for snorkeling and the boat is big so it does not enter any caves, so if you’re after that, book something else. The views are amazing, the crew is great and very knowledgable. Dinner was delicious! Very nice experience.

Jana D — Google review

One of the things we love to do on vacation is a snorkeling sailing trip, which we planned prior to arriving in Kauai. We looked at previous reviews and decided this was going to be the one for us. The check-in process was easy and we did online waiver forms which made everything very simple. On arrival, the check-in crew was great, and we quickly met the captain and crew staff and headed to the boat. Shortly after taking off, we had a great breakfast and enjoyed motoring west on the south end of the island to get to some of the spectacular sites of the secluded beaches and towering cliffs. We got to a section that was more calm with crystal clear water and that’s where we put in for our snorkeling. There were a lot of different types of fish and coral, and we even had a chance to follow a sea turtle around for part of our dive. After that, we headed back and put the sails up and enjoyed some fantastic scenery, as well as a great lunch with deli sandwiches and pasta salad. Our crew was always attentive to everyone’s needs, and Captain Mike was the best. I would highly highly recommend this to anyone looking at doing a sailboat, snorkeling tour while in Kauai!

Randle L — Google review

We had the best time on the Nepali Sunset Cruise. Captain Glen was amazing. I loved the information the crew, Heather and Hans, shared with us and how they made everything comfortable and fun. The food and drinks were great and the sunset was breathtaking. It was like every minute that passed it just got better and better. We are grateful for Keely, in reservations, for helping us choose the right cruise to take. We made some great memories. I would highly recommend Holo Holo Charters.

Dana — Google review

By far!!!! This was the most incredible experience we had while in Kauai! The boat crew were very friendly and knowledgeable and ready to answer questions. The captain of the boat gave us a great ride. He really knew how to navigate the ocean. If you want views of beautiful scenery…GO ON THIS TOUR!! Also the boat was awesome! Food was great!!! I will be going again!

Matthew A — Google review

This was an amazing boat tour! The captain, the staff were all super friendly and made the trip that much more memorable. The snorkeling was an awesome experience!! All around perfect!!

Mindy W — Google review

Truly amazing! We booked the 6 hour snorkeling tour and never regretted it for one second. Our captain, Glenn, and the rest of the crew, were both very pleasent and helpful throughout the tour, as well as very knowledgeable about the island and the surrounding waters. The coastline was spectacular to look at, and the snorkeling was incredible. We even got to see some dolphins, sea turtles, and seals during our adventure. I would book again with Holo Holo in a heartbeat. I must warn prospective sailor's however that when the crew tells you that you will get wet coming back from snorkeling, they mean it. You will be tasting sea water for the rest of the day. :)

Aidan S — Google review

The captain and crew did an excellent job. Every one was pleasant, helpful and engaging. We saw whales, dolphins and turtles. We saw beautiful coastline scenery. Breakfast was plentiful and good. Same for lunch. Beverages were plentiful with coffee, water, juice and soda pop before snorkeling and alcoholic drinks after.

Mark G — Google review

This tour was awesome. Water was a little choppy, but the views were gorgeous. Aside from the views and the wildlife, the crew was outstanding. The captain, Cole, I hope that is correct, was great. He was knowledgeable, informative, fun, and did a great job navigating. The other crew members (Zoey, Mason, Jon, there was one other but don’t remember his name) were extremely attentive and observant. They all make their way around the Catamaran to talk to everyone, all while tending to passengers with motion sickness. If you go snorkeling, make sure to bring something, or buy a waterproof phone pouch so that you can take pictures underwater. I would highly recommend this tour. The whole experience all the way around was impressive to say the least. Huge shout out to the crew on the 6:30 AM tour on 11/3/2022. Outstanding job!!!

Evan W — Google review

Such an amazing experience! The crew and captain were so kind, professional, and knowledgeable. They provided information about the island as we rode by and picked the perfect spot to anchor for snorkeling! While there were other boats in the beginning, this tour took us further thank all of the others. By the time we anchored, we were the only group around. We had a Monk Seal come over and swim right next to us for a little and saw a beautiful reef with an array of fish. On the way back, we had a large pod of dolphins race the boat. 10/10 highly recommend this tour with THIS company.

Cara H — Google review

The tour was fantastic! Get ready to see one of the most beautiful and adventurous journeys. The views are stunning. A special shout-out to the crew, they were hands down amazing. They constantly kept tending to us, chatting, keeping us in good spirits and helping us whenever needed. The Catamaran was also quite comfortable with many areas to hang out at. Perfect for a 7 hour journey. We also got lucky and got to see dolphins and monk seals :D Highly recommend!

Ranjani P — Google review

We had SO much fun on our cruise.The crew was fantastic, and it was a beautiful day. We got super lucky, we saw spinner dolphins, a big pod of Pilot Whales, a spotted eagle ray, a giant manta ray, a monk seal, a sea turtle, and a smallish shark.Did I mention that the crew was fantastic?This was the highlight of our trip to Kauai so far.Thank you for making our wedding anniversary trip just that much better.Mahalo!

Bert S — Google review

One of the best excursions ever! The whole team, including Captain Glen were amazing! We had a great time and no motion sickness as the boat was very stable and caught some pretty big waves on one side of the island. The views were spectacular, seen many dolphins and the captain always notified us to go see them and slowed down which was so nice. Due to the weather we were unable to go to Ni’ihau for snorkelling but they took us to another calm area for snorkelling instead and issued a small refund for it as well. The food and drinks on the boat were great and staff kept us engaged and were very caring and helpful. Thank you so much for the amazing memories! 💙

Sevda A — Google review

The Niihau + Napali Super Tour blew our expectations out of the water! From stunning views to stellar customer service, we honestly couldn’t be happier with the day. The captain and crew were so friendly and accommodating. It felt more like a day trip with friends rather than strangers. We saw an incredible array of wildlife (spinner dolphins, monk seals, rough tooth dolphins, flying fish, sea birds, loads of tropical fish at the snorkeling site, and a sea turtle in the harbor). I would 10 out of 10 hands down recommend this tour.

Christina M — Google review

What an incredible experience! My wife and I booked the 3.5hr Sunset dinner tour. From start to finish, the captain and crew were amazing. The enthusiasm, knowledge, service were second to none. The aloha spirit was very abundant 🤙🏻 Highly recommend booking with Holo Holo Charters!

Nate K — Google review

The Holoholo crew is skilled and friendly, and they made sure everyone had a good time and stayed safe. The up-close views of the beautiful, dramatic cliffs and caves are unforgettable. Dinner was delicious and we enjoyed eating on the bow of the boat while taking lots of photos. Highly recommend this tour!

Ann K — Google review

Great boat! Great crew! Good food! Stunning views of the Na'Pali coast. This is a must do on any visit to Kauai. Get your camera and bring sunscreen, then sit back and enjoy the ride! The captain had excellent throttle controls through the waves (I'm a power boater).

Frank B — Google review

The best tour I’ve ever had! I actually live here and have had the opportunity to take other tours. This has been my favorite and most memorable one I’ve had! What a blessing! We saw a tiger shark! I have never actually seen one in the wild ever. The customer service and patience the staff had was outstanding. A bunch of saints putting up with us! Thank you for making this such an incredible experience and I look forward to making this an annual tradition. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good time on a boat! P. S. Made the biggest sandwich ever for lunch and ate it up after our snorkeling that included two beautiful turtles. Even the food was delish and hit the spot after working up an appetite. I keep adding to this but they even provide reef safe sunscreen! How generous! I’ve never seen that before, just take the damn tour already totally worth it!

Gabriela N — Google review

Amazing amazing tour!! Jess was our captain and the guys were great, keeping everyone safe and with a drink in hand. We were lucky enough to see a dolphin pod, a rainbow and a humpback whale and calf. Would highly recommend!!

Jaclyn J — Google review

We had a great experience with Captain Christian, Jay, and John. The weather wasn’t the greatest but Christian was able to pivot and make the experience enjoyable and educational. The crew, Jay and John were there to cover accommodations and assist with movement around the boat. What the experience lacked in sunshine was far outweighed by whale watching, dolphins, rainbows, snorkeling with turtles and great bar service. Be prepared to be flexible with your captain on your voyage if weather isn’t super favorable, and don’t give them a hard time, they just want to keep everyone safe. We didn’t make it to our final destination but we have zero complaints. Don’t sleep on sitting in the front if you’re down for a fun and wild ride! Mahalo!

Cait A — Google review

We had the best time with Captain Glen and his crew. They were very friendly, entertaining and their hospitality was 10/10. We snorkeled with some amazing views. The music was great and the food (breakfast, lunch and cookie) were really delicious! Thank you for an amazing day on the water! Oh, I almost forgot, we saw whales, dolphins, sea turtles and a seal along the way plus really cool fish while snorkeling! It was definitely a full day of adventure! Thank you HoloHolo!

Jayme G — Google review

We had such a fabulous time! The staff was wonderful and very generous about sharing all their knowledge about the island. They took really good care of us. We lucked out on weather, so the Napali coast was beautiful. The snorkeling was incredible. We even swam with a Hawaiian monk seal!!! We took the tour to the forbidden island and I highly highly recommend going! Thank you!

Katie H — Google review

On a mom daughter trip with my 13 year old. It was her 1st time snorkeling in the ocean. The captain and crew were amazing helping her and others through a bit of sea sickness. The views were incredible and the meals fantastic! Excellent adventure!!! We even saw 2 whales and dolphins right near the boat, and saw sea turtles while snorkeling!

Shelly S — Google review

The staff were super friendly and very knowledgeable. The trip was amazing beautiful along the Nepali coast one cannot get much closer to dolphins or whales or monk seals Then we did. This was my second trip all with Holoholo and they were just as good this week as they were years ago

Yuan W — Google review

Staff was knowledgeable and informative about the whales, ocean and the beautiful island. They gave us fair warning about an ‘adventurous’ day in the water and gave multiple opportunities to get out of the tour and reschedule or get a refund. They had quality drinks, and were always checking to make sure we were well fed and had a drink at all times. The waves were big as promised and I ended up getting sick and they were so attentive and kind. No regrets. The whales and Nepali coast were magical. I highly recommend Holo and hope to get back to Kauai and do another adventure with them!

Sarah E — Google review

Great experience seeing the Na Pali coast as well as snorkeling across the ocean at a deserted island. Staff were the best and they take care of everything. Friendly, outgoing and very informative. Recommend this trip to all!

Robert E — Google review

Awesome experience! Captain and crew were top notch! Would recommend to anyone. Ride was very choppy, wished I had dramamine. I have never been sea sick before and had a very mild case. Just go prepared. Only thing we thought it would be nice to stop and snorkel a second time in another spot. Over all. Excellent trip and crew!

Ken C — Google review

This was an absolutely brilliant tour! The service was great and the food was good. I love that they used products made in Hawaii.We saw whales and spinner dolphins. The snorkeling was awesome and we saw a ton of fish. The coast was beautiful, everything we would want in a tour.My STRONG recommendation is that you get the motion sickness patches. The water in the channel is quite rough and there were quite a few people who got sick. Even those who don’t normally have issues.

Noreen B — Google review

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Blue Dolphin Charters is a charter boat agency that offers whale watching trips, snorkeling tours, and other adventures on Kauai. The company uses 65 catamaran boats to take visitors to see the whales and other wildlife in the area.

We just had an amazing experience doing the raft tour of the Na Pali coast! I would highly recommend this experience to any physically able to do this tour! It was beautiful beyond my ability to describe and so fun. Our captain and crew were J-Sea and Luke and they were the best! They both shared great information about the Island and it's history and culture along the tour, kept us safe, made sure we had a wonderful experience, and were just fun to be with. J-Sea made sure we got to see as much marine life as possible (we saw dolphins, sea turtles, snorkeled, and were even lucky enough to see two whales!), and got to go inside the sea caves. J-Sea's driving skills were phenomenal. Thanks for such a fantastic experience J-Sea, Luke, and Blue Dolphin Charters!

Jessica Y — Google review

Highly highly recommend! My partner and I originally booked a Thursday trip, and staff called two days in advance and gave us the option to move our tour to Saturday as the weather would be nicer. It ended up being the best weather the entire time we visited, and our captain made sure we enjoyed every minute! We rode with Captain Nate and his crew: Kevin, Luke, and Luke (aka Dirk). Loved the crew, loved the atmosphere, loved it all really! Their dolphin guarantee was a huge bonus for us, as this was the first time we had ever seen them, and we also saw several sea turtles, and tons of whales jumping out of the water on the way back which was really exciting to see. When we return to Kauai one day, we’ll be coming back here for sure!

Chelsea F — Google review

Had so much fun on the Sunset Cruise. Capt. J Sea and her crew were all awesome. The boat ride was definitely rough but we always felt safe. Lots of folks on the boat got seasick but the crew was prepared and handled it gracefully. Be prepared to get splashed! I wish I had brought a towel but it probably would have just gotten soaked anyway.Truly the only thing I was bummed about is that at times it was difficult to hear the "tour" part over the loudspeaker because of the wind and boat noise. That didn't take away from the spectacular views and fun of the journey.The food was better than I was expecting. All in all I felt like the charter was worth the price and would highly recommend for anyone looking to do something adventurous during their trip to Kauai.

Yael E — Google review

I recently went on a snorkeling tour on the Nepali coast and it was absolutely incredible! Captain J-Sea and her crew, Cole JR and Kealoha were the most amazing I've ever encountered. Not only did we get to see the amazingly beautiful Nepali coast, but we got to see dolphins and whales up close.The boat and equipment were in pristine condition, and I was impressed by the cleanliness and quality of everything. What stood out the most to me was the availability of prescription-strength masks. As someone with a prescription, this attention to detail really made the experience comfortable and enjoyable.Overall, I highly recommend this snorkeling tour for anyone looking for a memorable and well-organized adventure on the Nepali coast. Thank you to the team for an unforgettable experience!

Amie F — Google review

Wonderful tour. The captain and crew were AMAZING. The tour to the forbidden island for snorkeling was a bit more rough than I expected. If you get motion sick, load up on Dramamine and avoid the bathroom below deck. I was fine the first half of the trip, until I went to the bathroom, then was sick the rest of the time. We saw several pods of spinner dolphins right next to our boat and a baby, mom and escort whale who jumped out of the water. We saw several more whales during the tour too. Highly recommend!

Nichole M — Google review

We had a fantastic Napali Coast Tour with Captain Nate, Mia, Luke, and CJ. The catamaran was smooth and we loved bouncing through the waves as we headed up the coast. The captain told us a lot of information about the places we were passing on the shore and about Hawaiian history and myths.Breakfast was cinnamon rolls, fresh tropical fruit, and coffee or juice.The coast is gorgeous and we saw an enormous pod of spinner dolphins. After touring the coast, we returned to a snorkel spot and saw several fish. Most of the fish in this area hang hang around the aft portion of the boat. There is a fun waterslide to play on if you are done snorkeling.After snorkeling, lunch was served. The choices were pulled pork or a turkey wrap with chips, Cole slaw, and pineapple. Mai Tais and beer were available and cookies were served as we neared the harbor.A fantastic trip with a fantastic crew!

Leah L — Google review

Did the sunset cruise. Saw dolphins which is apparently rare for a sunset cruise, but the sun mostly set behind the clouds so I guess we’ll take the trade off. It was so much fun! Captain J-sea and Ruby brought the best *vibes.* Probably the most engaging tour guides I’ve had in all of Hawaii. You can tell they really enjoy their job. It was beautiful, educational, and entertaining. An absolute dream. Worth every penny. I’d go again! (Don’t forget to take your non drowsy Dramamine if you’re at all worried. Worked like a charm for me.)

Melanie K — Google review

The views were amazing, and the water was crystal clear. We saw dolphins, turtles, fish, an eel and the most incredible coast God ever created.Captain Elia, Ruby, JR and Mikaela did a great job keeping us safe on our adventure. Captain Elia and Ruby went out of their way to keep our son entertained on the boat, while Mikaela talked to him about the fish we saw while we were snorkeling.We were on island a week, and this was our favorite of many great experiences!

Marla J — Google review

What a great experience! I don't even know where to start. First and foremost me and my family wanted to say big thank you to the crew - Nicole, Mikaela, JR and captain Cole! They were so amazing - knowledgeable, courteous, super friendly and funny. I would recommend this tour just because of them! But of course that is not all, on our tour we saw different dolphins, some fish when we went snorkeling and turtles in the distance. Learned some history of the Kauai island and saw beautiful coast line! On the way back we had some food and did some drinking while tackling some waves- daughter loved this part especially -got soaked:)) if you love nature, being on a boat and you like great company - you need to take this tour - you won't regret it!!!

Stanislav K — Google review

This was the highlight of our trip! At first we were nervous about the amount of people on the boat but there was plenty of space for us to get up and move around. The food was decent but this tour is more about the views and my gosh there were plenty. Seeing the Napali coast was so beautiful and the water was so crystal blue. At times the waves got scary but Captain Joe seemed very knowledgeable and the team made sure everyone felt comfortable at all times. They consistently made rounds offering water, juices and pretzels for snacks. On the ride back you get an open bar which was awesome and a champagne toast at sunset! Make sure to bring a light jacket for when the wind picks up and take some Dramamine before hand.

Aimee L — Google review

Took the 5 hour morning snorkel tour and it was all so, so much better than I hoped. The tour itself was great. Amazing sites, great narrative, strange weather making the end of the trip into a wild ride, but truly the very best detail was the crew. They know their stuff. Lots of interesting tidbits and knowledge, but they also just really seem to care. Would head out with Collin, Cole, Nicole and Jeff in a heartbeat (Captain Cole, to be exact.)

Jenica — Google review

Captain Chad (who is now retired), ruby, Jeffery, Keli were spectacular! Everyone in our group had a fantastic time. From getting on board to the time we left our every need was taken care of. The boat was clean and spacious, the breakfast of cinnamon rolls and fruit was better than we could imagine, lunch was fresh turkey wraps and chips. Open bar was also a fan favorite. We were up top and the crew took excellent care of us. Captain Chad let us get under a waterfall and get great pictures of the coast. He told us the history and had a great play list of music. The snorkeling was perfect and everyone enjoyed the slide and jumping off the side of the boat.

Marie T — Google review

This tour was a great culmination to our vacation in Hawaii on the last day before flying out. The views and the experience were fantastic!It started off by a leisurely tour around the southwest corner of the island then up along the beautiful coast until they found a calmer spot where they set the anchor and allowed all of us off for a swim or snorkeling.The swim was beautiful in the water with a perfect temperature. A convenient seat was laid out in the water behind the boat where people could just rest and enjoy their legs in the water, a slide into the water and even a place to jump and dive off the ship. Snorkeling gear and noodles were also provided. It was pretty idyllic...The scenery of the Napali was awesome and the photo opportunities were great, whether with backdrops of the beautiful coastline, the sunset, or just the open area - or really all of the above.Food and Mai-tais were provided on the way back before enjoying the sunset, just before returning to portThe crew was very friendly and helpful, Nicole reached out to us many times and helped in many ways - thank you Nicole!

Karl — Google review

Best experience!!! The crew was fabulous! I went on a referral, and thankfully, it was a good one. The crew, J-Sea, Naya, and Luke (aka Bradley Cooper) are awesome, friendly, fun, attentive, and always happy. I was on a girls' trip with friends, and we had a perfect evening being served and entertained. I would definitely recommend this cruise to everyone looking for a fun time with perfect views of the Napali Coast.

Sylvia U — Google review

Incredible Napali cruise! The snorkel trip was stunning, got a bonus dip under a waterfall, and the food and mai tais were delicious! All in all a beautiful day with the remarkable captain Joe! Thank you Blue Dolphin, can’t wait to come back.

Emily O — Google review

We had an absolute blast on our Blue Dolphin excursion! Our crew was top notch! Thank you to Captain Elia and crew members Jayce & Maizy! They really went above and beyond to make it a wonderful and very memorable experience. Much appreciated! Highly recommend this tour as you will not be disappointed.

Mike F — Google review

Just wow! We did the dinner cruise. What a great experience! We had a female captain and she rocked! The crew was very friendly and knew what they were doing, they were excellent as well. Food was good. Views were amazing. There were 2 guest that did get sick. Waters were a bit rough, but we had a fantastic time and I would do it again!

Dawn P — Google review

Highlight of the vacation. This was our second time with Blue Dolphin. Much rougher ride this time due to ocean swells and wind. Captain and crew did an amazing job making sure everyone was taken care of. The views are stunning. The food is decent. I can’t compare to the other tour operators but these guys did a great job.

Eric C — Google review

Highly recommend!!! We had the best time and easily will be a highlight of our trip. If you are visiting Kauai definitely worth every penny! The views were out of this world!We had a great captain and crew (Elia, Zach, and Luke) they were so personable and really did a 10/10 job making it such an enjoyable experience. The food and drinks were also wonderful!Definitely don’t skip the Dramamine though!

Lauren S — Google review

We took a zodiac raft tour along the Na Pali coast (5 friends), with a couple and one solo lady in our group. In a word, it was DOPE. We loved this so much, it is my favorite day in Kauai so far. Captain J Sea has a decade of experience on these boats and her first mate (SO very soon to be a captain herself), Naya, are both Kauai natives and so incredibly capable, professional, and fun! Lots of cool historical information about the coastline and the island, and we even went into some caves in our little boat. Both women had great tips for our seasickness feelings (including dumping the most refreshing cold water on us). We had a perfect beautiful day and the views were incredible. We also saw dolphins (so many!) The sea would usually be the star of the show, but we actually think the ocean came second to this incredible crew and the company as a whole. Check in was fast, easy, efficient. We can’t recommend Blue Dolphin enough!

C.E. K — Google review

Absolutely amazing tour that made our vacation. We went to one of the rainiest places on Earth during the rainy season and shockingly, it rained the entire time! The last day the weather looked good so we booked this trip about 24 hours before setting out, and we are so glad we did. The Na Pali coast is absolutely stunning and a must see when you go to Kauai.The surf was about the calmest it had been all week according to our captain (J-Sea), so we were able to get as far up the coast as possible before turning around. We also saw whales about 5 times on the trip, including two that were only 101 yards from the boat! A few people out of the 40 or so on the trip did get sick, so just understand you're on a boat in the middle of the Pacific and yes there are waves. If you're fine with getting wet and some motion it makes a fun experience to sit in front and really get an up close look at the North Shore surf. The crew was great, did an excellent job telling stories, taking pictures, and keeping the drinks flowing. Dinner was a good Hawaiian style picnic (again, you're on a catamaran in the middle of the ocean, keep your expectations at the right level), and the vegetarian option with the lentil loaf was surprisingly good.I'm sure the weather plays a huge role in how great the tour is, so if you can book it close enough to the day to see a forecast that would be my suggestion. Understand though that they do fill so sometimes you have to just roll the dice 🤷‍♂️Edit: thank you admin for adding the proper Hawai'ian terms for what I meant to say!

Peter D — Google review

Captain Nate, Ruby, and Chasen did a fantastic job make sure everyone had a wonderful time. They offered ample opportunity to have snacks and drinks, the dinner tasted amazing, and the cookies were great for dessert. I loved hearing the stories and information Capt. Nate had to share about different points all along coast.

Kaitlyn V — Google review

Late Christmas present for Mom! Captain Elia, Nicole and Dylan delivered an amazing sunset dinner cruise. With so many charters in Port Allen to choose from, today's crew really set Blue Dolphin apart. Whales, dolphins, Kalua pork juice stain on my shorts. Not coming out. Crew took care of us in every way conceivable. Thanks for a great time today, guys!

Griffin M — Google review

I have done 2 tours with Blue Dolphin Charters, first an early morning raft tour/scuba, and second a sunset dinner sail on a catamaran. Both were incredible! Our captain was J-Sea both times and she was the best. She’s a great captain, very good tour guide, and sooo funny! Our crew on our sunset tour, Nicole, Charli, and Ruby, were super friendly, helpful, and personable during our trip! They were very quick with serving water, pop, and bar drinks, and they quickly prepared dinner when it was time. They made sure everyone was comfortable and assisted with getting around the boat during rough seas. Ruby was also a GREAT photographer!! I attached some photos she took for us. Overall we absolutely loved both of our trips with Blue Dolphin and would absolutely recommend them for all tours of the Na Pali coast!

Greta B — Google review

We did the na pali coast tour that included snorkeling, and it did not disappoint. The check in process was super simple, but the real fun happened once we got to the boat. The crew (Capt Nate, Ruby, Alex, and Dylan) were absolutely exceptional! I did not think that level of service would be included on a tour like this. You are constantly checked on, offered water/juice/coffee, plus they also stayed close to any guest that was moving when the seas might have been a bit rougher to make sure they didn’t fall. We started the journey with some snorkeling. Lovely location with nice water and beautiful fish. Once back in the boat, we had breakfast including some wonderful cinnamon rolls. The cruise then proceeded up the coast. Incredible views throughout the trip. We also saw spinner dolphins and a ton of whales. This was one of our favorite days spent on our vacation in Hawaii. Definitely worth booking.

Chelsea P — Google review

We did the NaPali Coast Sunset Dinner cruise and had a wonderful experience! Captain Elia and crew were very professional, knowledgable and fun. Captain Elia did a great job sharing fun facts and highlighting everything there was to see along the way, from Barking Sands to each of the different valleys along the NaPali coast.Even though we had a bit of rain during part of our sail, it wasn't too bad and all part of the experience of being on Kauai. Our boat had seating on the upper deck along with some exterior seating on the lower deck as well as interior seating down below.Later in the cruise as we sailed back down the coast, it got especially rough and choppy with tons of splashing in the front, and guests were asked to move inside or to the top deck where it was safer.The views were the reason we were there and they didn't disappoint! You get up close and personal with the NaPali coast and it's absolutely breathtaking. This cruise did not include a snorkel element, but we did manage to see a turtle, two pods of spinner dolphins and a young humpback whale which was incredibly exciting since this was early November and not yet officially whale season!The food was fine but honestly nothing too special. They market it as a luau style menu, and I guess that's what it is, but it's not as fancy or exciting as what some of the other upscale sailing companies might offer. The cookies for dessert were disappointing.That being said, this cruise was less expensive than the one that boasts the fancy food, so if you are truly here for the views and experience and not for a gourmet meal, you can save a little money and enjoy what Blue Dolphin has to offer (which is otherwise great!).Finally, the sunset itself was stunning. That was the other reason for selecting this tour as opposed to others earlier in the day. We got the golden hour views of NaPali as well as the perfect sunset to finish our day.All in all, I highly recommend sailing with Blue Dolphin Charters and would happily book with them again in the future.

Victoria K — Google review

Ten out of ten would recommend! We went on a whale watching sunset cruise and it was amazing! We saw many whales and the sunset was beautiful! The crew was amazing as well! Kai was our captain and he was great! This has been my favorite thing I’ve done so far since coming to the island!! Money well spent!

Julie J — Google review

We had a great experience on the sunset, cruise with Captain Nate and his team on Christmas Eve. Do note that the route to the Na Pali coast is notoriously bumpy, with high wind in the winter, some people have definitely never been on such a boat cruise before, so seasickness for someone is essentially inevitable. But they really do their best to provide a very High-quality service, they bring drinks to you, the luau dinner was great quality, and we saw some humpback whales which were nice icing on the cake!

Julia G — Google review

4.7

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4353 Waialo Rd #7B, Eleele, HI 96705, USA

(808) 335-5553

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Catamaran Kahanu

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Boat tour agency

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Catamaran Kahanu is a boat tour agency located in Port Allen, which offers various catamaran tour packages. These include dolphin and whale watching tours, swimming and snorkeling tours of the Na Pali Coast, as well as sunset dinner tours. The area surrounding Catamaran Kahanu is known for its romantic ambiance and beautiful beaches. If you're visiting the area, stopping by at Catamaran Kahanu for a fun-filled tour experience is highly recommended.

We had an amazing time. All of the people who worked there were extremely helpful and especially knowledgeable about the whales. We got super lucky and ended up behind two male whales that were competing for a female’s attention and we got to see over 20 breaches! The whole trip was a blast and WAY less crowded than the other more “popular” boat that showed up when we originally searched for whale watching tours. The boat was a good size and there were only 13 people on our boat, but we saw another tour company while we were out that had a slightly larger boat filled with 50+ people all packed in. The other boat tour also cut in front of the whales path which is a huge no-no. I highly recommend taking this one and not the dolphin boat company!

Emily S — Google review

If you come to Kauai this is the company you need to go with for the best excursion of your entire trip! You immediately feel like part of their family. They are the most kind & amazing people! They go above and beyond to make sure you have the most incredible experience! They constantly go out of their way to take pictures of your family & make sure you are enjoying your time! When we saw a group of dolphins the captain immediately stopped, called the children to come lay on the nets and get an actual up close experience to be RIGHT next to the animals!! They take you to so many incredible stops and the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen! Sea caves, waterfalls, and the coolest reef to snorkel at! I cannot recommend them enough. You truly leave feeling like you gained lifelong friends.

K G — Google review

Snorkeling with Catamaran Kahanu was the highlight of my trip! The whole crew was absolutely incredible! The ride, the views, snorkeling, lunch, and stories in between- everything was great! Makes it even better that this is a family owned business! I will recommend this business/ tour to anyone and everyone! Mahalo Catamaran Kahanu!!!

Sarah S — Google review

Our trip with another big tour group got cancelled due to rain, my family and I decided to reschedule with Catamaran Kahanu. I’m so glad we did! Much more personable experience than I imagine the bigger trips to be. Was happy to support small business! Our Captains, one of which is Hawaiian Native, was very knowledgeable about Hawaii and Hawaiian History, and the other was very knowledgeable about marine life. The Na’Pali Coast was beautiful. Ended up being a great day for snorkeling. Saw whales along the way, sea turtles, and fish. Highly recommend!

Mckenna B — Google review

Great family run company. Such an awesome trip. We had about 20 lovely people on the boat compared to 50+ on other catamarans that went past. It felt more intimate and higher quality than shoving lots of people on a boat. Hopefully the pictures he’ll show how good it is. Plus the service throughout was excellent.

Rod D — Google review

The experience on Catamaran Kahanu was a once in a lifetime experience for us. The crew and captain made you feel like family. The captain always took time to tell you stories about different areas and also the history of their island. Also they don’t over pack the boat so it’s much more relaxing!! Also Niki your the best!!

Amanda P — Google review

Such a great experience! The crew are very friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Our Captain did a great job! We saw tons of porpoises, and the lunch was wonderful. We made lei's on the way back and my daughter loved it. It was such a nice tour, and the Na Pali coast is amazing!!

Dani — Google review

This was one of the best experiences I’ve had the chance to be a part of! The crew did a phenomenal job touring us around the west side of the island! I loved the history they shared along the way. We saw so many dolphins and I even got to see a huge sea turtle while snorkeling. They took us into the open ceiling cave which adds to the list of awesomeness this island has to offer. Captain Kamua, Karen I want to thank you for this amazing experience.

Alex B — Google review

This family run company is awesome!! We went on the Na'Poli coast snorkel tour and had a blast! We saw dolphins, whales, manta rays, among many other fish! They shared many interesting facts about their family and Kauai and are very knowledgeable about the island/area in general!!I became sea sick right after our snorkel adventure and they were so kind to me, trying to help me feel better by having me sit in certain spots and keeping me warm from the cold water that sprayed us on the return trip! I won't be boating again anytime soon, but my husband had a blast and would do this tour again and again because of this awesome family company! Thanks for giving us such an awesome adventure on our trip!:)

Chianne B — Google review

Book it, book it now. Service was amazing. Small group, only 16 of us or so. Very mom/pop feel and not commercialized. The food was great too, fresh cold cuts, drinks and some desert that was amazing! Wish I knew what it was! The boat ride is about and hour up and back. We saw dolphins, amazing views, water falls, mountains and snorkel for a bit. Highly recommend! The pictures just do not show the beauty!

Eric M — Google review

Would recommend them 100% for a catamaran tour of the Na Pali Coast of Kaua’i. Our captain was super cool, chill and very informative. He even gave us information and suggestions of where to get the freshest fish on the island. We also had two deck hands that walked around the catamaran who also had information about the different parts of the island we were going by. Niki is AWESOME!! It was a smaller more intimate tour with only 12 people on the boat. You really feel like you’re part of their family. They really make you feel welcomed. I would absolutely go again if we’re ever visit Kaua’i again. BOOK THIS CATAMARAN YOU WONT REGRET IT!

Allison P — Google review

The adventure we had with Catamaran Kahanu was the highlight of our trip! We brought our five year old daughter with us and the crew made her feel so special. We saw hundreds of dolphins, the captain made sure she was front and center! The crew taught us some Hawaiian history, while hand making us leis. The Nepali coast was beautiful. I would recommend booking this trip to anyone who wants to have an unforgettable time. We will definitely be back! Mahalo from us and Ellie!

Hayley R — Google review

The kids said this tour was the best thing we did all week in Kauai. We had Captain Kamua along with his lovely assistants Makana and Anuenue. This was my parent's 3rd time with this family-run business, our 1st but definitely not our last. We saw groups of almost 50 people getting on the huge catamarans but that's just not our scene. Captain Kamuah and his ladies were so personable, knowledgeable and fun! And on this smaller boat, we could get closer to waterfalls and such. They provide snorkeling gear and the snorkeling was fantastic. When we got back on the boat, a locally catered lunch was laid out and was delicious.Though every day is different, we were able to see breaching whales from a distance, a baby whale and mama somewhat close up, porpoises super close up, and a few sea turtles. They were also extra prepared for my sister who is prone to motion sickness and took great care of her.Of all the things to do on Kauai, this is what they wanted to do on their 40th anniversary. You must book early! I promise, you won't regret it, especially if you get to have Captain Kamua, Ānuenue and Makana on board. Thanks again!!!

Jennifer F — Google review

We had an incredible trip on Catamaran Kahanu! Getting to experience Kauai from the sea is something everyone needs to do. This boat is family owned and operated and you can tell by the care that they put in to every trip! We came during a stormy week and they worked with us to reschedule our trip. On the day of the trip, it was windy but Captain Kamua still took us north and we got to see whales breaching! Absolutely incredible. HIGHLY recommend this tour! Anuenue (our hostess) was also amazing and shared so much of Hawaii culture and history. If we make it back to the island someday, we will be coming back (fingers crossed for good weather to see the entire coast)!

Abigayle W — Google review

We booked last minute but we got the best! Captain Kamua and Anuenue (Rainbow!) were so wonderful and welcoming and charming and adorable and really made every effort to get us some whales to see. And we did! They were not showing up that day as usual but they made the extra effort to make sure we could experience whales breaching and spouting. Plus, we had a school of dolphins swimming along with us - and we worked on our dolphin calls to get them to follow the boat :). It was a bit rough out there (early January) and I ended the tour a bit (hah!) green, and I didn't get much chance to say thank you, but it was a wonderful experience and the kids all loved it. Thank you!!!!

Catherine R — Google review

Amazing experience! The captain took us really close to the caves and a waterfall of Napali Coast which is impressive. Nicky was our host and I loved her storytelling and historic facts about the coast. Highly recommend the tour to anyone visiting Kauai!

Jamila S — Google review

My husband and I had a great time with the Captain and crew! We had an informative guided tour about the land, people and Hawaiian history. We had numerous whale sightings, dolphins and sea turtles. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and we loved that they're a smaller (FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED) company! We highly recommend sitting at the front of the catamaran if you want the best view point--you will get soaked but it was 100% worth it!

Catherine A — Google review

Our group of 10 had the most amazing day with Catamaran Kahanu. Captain Kamua and hostess Nikie were amazing. There were able to share so much knowledge on the area and made the whole trip a lot of fun. The Na Pali coast is stunning and so impressive. The snorkling was a lot of fun and were were able to see lots of fish and turtles too. On our journey we were escorted by a pod of dolphins and a group of whales too including a baby which was breaching constantly. The catamaran moves through the water with ease and even in the wavy conditions none of of fell ill. Thank you Kamua, Nikie, Lani, and Debbie for a memorable day!

Ryan A — Google review

Absolutely the highlight of our Hawaii trip. Captain Lani, his son Captain Kamua and grandson Kamaehu were great. They were fun, funny and very accommodating. The lunch was good. Loved the feeling of family, and the stories about the history of the island. Do not hesitate to book with them. It was amazing!

Charlene D — Google review

*please SUPPORT LOCAL HAWAIIAN FAMILIES* Because look no further, you’ve found the greatest boat tour on the island that truly makes you apart of their ohana. The entire family is lovely compassionate people who are very knowledgeable in their trade and compassionate to those lucky enough to book with them.Unfortunately, I got severely sea sick as I am very prone to it. It was at no fault of the crew or boat. However, Captain and Anuenue were helping me drink water, chew ginger, spray fresh water, readjust my location, take pictures for me, & even went out of their way to move my car for me so I didn’t have to walk after disembarking. I felt terrible for being so incapacitated, especially as a nurse, it’s one of the only times I realized I was the one needing help. But I was in awe by the support and Kindness they demonstrated continuallyThe tour was amazing we got to swim with dolphins, see sharks and whales! Although there are many other well advertised marketable boating tours groups, they don’t demonstrate the love shared as this local Hawaiian family does, Mahalo

Kaya H — Google review

Meant to post this earlier. My bad. Sorry. This trip was amazing! Everything promised was delivered. Beautiful coast. Great history and commentary. Fun snorkeling. And some of the best whale watching we’ve ever had! Best of all: the crew! Fun, smart, knowledgeable, flexible, safety conscious. Added an hour to our trip because the whales were so plentiful and close by. Loved the boat. Smaller than others but that allowed us to easily move side to side to see all the scenery and animals. Bigger cats looked too big with no room to switch sides quickly. Thumbs up!

Cooper A — Google review

Had a great time with the Catamaran Kahanu crew that is family owned and run. Got to see the Na Pali coast, a couple white tip sharks feeding, turtles and spinner dolphins! Stopped to snorkel which was awesome with the fish swimming right up to us!

Gary H — Google review

4.9

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(808) 645-6176

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Wildlife refuge

Nature & Parks

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Kauai's Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for seabirds, spinner dolphins, and other wildlife. The refuge stretches along the country's northernmost coast and features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

One could easily spend more than half a day enjoying here. A great spot for a relaxed family bonding time or solitude time for rejuvenating yourself.The rules have changed and you'll need reservation to actually visit the lighthouse. Reserve in advance for your visit and reach on time for a stress-free experience.

Dr A — Google review

The views are really fantastic here. If you are a bird lover, then this is the place for you. If not though, there are just as beautiful views elsewhere on the island that are free. I was a little disappointed at how small the wildlife refuge was. I don’t necessarily regret going but also would not do it again because views like this can be seen all over the island.

Matt U — Google review

What a beautiful place to watch all of the sea birds and take in the views. If this were whale watching season, we would have been for hours.Be sure to make reservations in advance. It’s a busy place. But you have time and space to see the lighthouse and take in the views.

Charene R — Google review

This is the farthest point i can go to see a lighthouse right now. The gate to enter Kilauea Lighthouse is closed. The main gate is the same to enter a National Wildlife Refuge and a Kilauea Lighthouse. However, i can see lighthouse from here, and i feel i have already received 75 percent of satisfaction. Not sure, if i need to come back again when the gate is opened to see a lighthouse up close. It is nice to have a small binoculars with you right now or on any trip. This area is small, parking is limited. Early morning is the best time to be here.

Alex V — Google review

If you love birds, it is a must. There are seabirds that are rare to see this close. The Lighthouse is here also, at the moment not open for tours inside. It is a small area, however the reason for a wildlife refuge is to preserve the land for the wildlife, also means to give them their space. I appreciate the small look into their habitat. Hawaii is more than a tourist destination it has heart, soul, and historical/cultural aspects we must respect and preserve. This location is offering protection for ground nesting birds from the predators humans brought to the islands. I personally think helping any living being from going extinct is our duty while we borrow the earth in our lifetime.

Angela E — Google review

1. Now requires pre-registration.2. Charges per vehicle + per-person + registration charge.3. Wants to limit your stay to 45 minutes or additional registration is requested.*These new post Covid requirements put a damper on spontaneous visitation. However, the natural beauty of this national park makes it a MUST SEE on the your visit to Kauai!

Richard C — Google review

Booked a reservation for an hour in the morning here, and the weather was great for capturing gorgeous views.Liked reading about the history of the lighthouse and watching the scenery with the provided binoculars.The restrooms deserve a special mention for being so well kept.

Deepti T — Google review

Amazing. I did not expect to see so many sea birds. The hill facing the lighthouse was literally dotted with birds. One can see them flying in and out, quite closeby. The ocean view is great too, with waves crashing into caves. The website and the banner outside says that pre-registration is needed. However, they do accept walk-ins, so do take a chance

Shubha R — Google review

Came on a bad day. Major storm which didn’t allow us to go visit the lighthouse but still got some amazing pics from the overlook. Will have to come back on better weather

Benjamine H — Google review

Views are fantastic. Reservations are easy to come by. Entrance is free if you have an NPS pass. Worth the stop if I’m the area. Views are great.

Andrew B — Google review

As a unregistered bird nerd who lives in the middle of Canada with absolutely no exposure to any tropical birds, this was such a joy. There isn't a whole lot to explore but there is so much to see. If you look out go the ocean, you might even see whales or dolphins. We were lucky to see a humpback do a "pec slap".To enter, you will need to reserve tickets. $11 per person to enter as of April 2023.

Joanna Y — Google review

So many sea birds! It's a very small area that is accessible to the public, but there are waves crashing against the coast on one side of the peninsula, a little island straight out, and views of a great beach on the other. The lighthouse itself is cool. I wish you could go inside.

John N — Google review

Beautiful no need to pay to see it closer not like u can go inside the lighthouse

Sa9165 R — Google review

Another breathtaking location on the island. It's noted as sunset paradise on the maps but, depending on the time of year, you won't see the sunset from here. However, the road up to the point has pull outs to find the perfect spot.Still, this is a special place at sunset to watch the birds roost/nest for the night. Many threatened species nest here and you can watch the birds make their rather ungainly (comical!) landings at their nesting holes in the bank. Worth the trip!

Christine H — Google review

This spot is so worth it! The view of the coast is amazing!! And we were able to spot so many whales in the ocean

Arti P — Google review

Beautiful scenery! Saw a couple whales! Didn’t end up going to the lighthouse since you need a reservation.

Ella B — Google review

Natural point with historical lighthouse that you can walk to. Binoculars available to borrow. Views of ocean, coastline, animals, and birds. Trails for hiking.

Valerie F — Google review

This is a great look out point, we saw lots of red-footed boby. Recommend some binoculars to get a better look. You'll need to reserve a ticket to get all the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse (highly recommend) where you can see even more different types of birds. You'll likely see Nene from this spot too.

Courtney F — Google review

A nice, easy walk to enjoy both a wildlife sanctuary as well as an historic part of the island, from Victorian era through the wars and on to present day.Make sure to shop at the gift shop to help support the preservation efforts!

J S — Google review

What a beautiful place. Wish it had been open but closed on Sun and Mon. Still, it was so peaceful and beautiful

Kim D — Google review

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is simply spectacular. Its marvelous views showcase a dazzling palette of blues, and nature unfolds in all its splendor. The sky provides a mind-blowing spectacle, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re on a trip and have a car, whether it’s rented or your own. Experiencing the sound of the sea and its surroundings is an unforgettable experience.

Alejandra G — Google review

4.7

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Kilauea, HI 96754, USA

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Anini Beach

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Beach

Nature & Parks

Located on Kaua's north shore, Anini Beach is a laid-back beach that offers clear, calm waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and windsurfing. The reef along the coast of the beach is one of the longest in the state and makes it safe for families. There are plenty of grassy areas and sand for sunbathing and beachcombing.

This is a surprisingly very good beach, perfect for whole day spend; good for snorkeling. Waves stop quite far and it’s knee deep for a long distance. Super safe for kids as well. Going down there is bit of a work and only possible on a bright sunny day.

N N — Google review

Beautiful beach with great shower access! Snorkeling was also beautiful and saw over ten turtles, crabs, and a good deal of fish. Would be a somewhat intermediate snorkeler because there’s a lot of reefs that can be easily destroyed and substantial turtle life that can be hurt if not surrounded carefully!

Shruti R — Google review

Great beach. Very private and quite and CLEAN. Not crowed at all. At least in mid Feb.There is even a camp site along side the beach. Would be a great place to be in the summer with great view and cheaper price. Also some great vocation home along side the beach line.

Jiahang L — Google review

Calm waters, sandy beach with almost no stones in the shore.. Best for lying down or have a picnic. The beach is too big and had a park area in the front… ample parking!! Pleasant and great for swimming and playing!!

Amreen S — Google review

Nice place to watch the sunset and look at Coral! Although you can't take any Coral it's fun to see what weird shaped one's you can find. The water is warm, so it's good for swimming.

Kaylee B — Google review

Wonderful beach for hanging out, swimming & snorkeling. Calmer and clearer than many of the other beaches. Definitely worth visiting & hanging out there for the day.

Alberto G — Google review

Beautiful Beach park with shallow waters, perfect for snorkelling. The highlight of the beach is extensive coral reef parallel to the shore and the water is protected with vibrant marine life

Priyanka N — Google review

Lots of parking. A long stretch of beach. There are people around but It doesn’t feel busy. There are a few campers. Snorkeling is only ok. But it’s good for swimming and just relaxing on the beach.

Justin L — Google review

Perfect beach for the kids. Beautiful coral reef.Super shallow water. You can walk to the coral reef and you stay above water the whole time probably chest deep at most. Great spot for beginner snorkelers. I saw about 10 sea turtles not too far out. Maybe 30 to 40 ft off the shore line during the month of June. There are some shaded areas to keep the kids out of the sun under the trees. Nice little park area with benches and decent size parking lot that filled up pretty fast. We got there at 9:00 a.m. and the beach was pretty empty. The beach did fill up pretty fast within the next hour or two.Schools of fish all over, especially at the coral reef. All around great spot. This is the last Beach we are going to before heading back to the mainland. Untill next time Kauai. I love this island. ⛱️ 🌞 😎

Chris B — Google review

My favorite beach on the island. Absolutely perfect for kids and for adults who enjoy very calm water. It is like a lake! It is protected by a big reef, so there are barely any waves. Amazing and beautiful. Great snorkeling.

Marina V — Google review

Really loved this beach. Great for swimming and snorkeling.Don't wear sunscreen in the water even the "reef safe" can damage the marine life.

Peri G — Google review

Cool little spot. Lots of shade on the beach. Water is very shallow and stays that way for quite a way out. It's protected by a big reef so practically no waves. Too shallow and not enough to see where I tried to snorkel. Only about 30" deep, sharp rocks/coral in the water so bring reef shoes if you plan on wading out.

*Scott* — Google review

Good beach to snorkel and bring toddlers. For some odd reason the waves don't enter here as rough

John F — Google review

Beautiful beach with lots of space to park and lounge. It's really shallow water for the most part but looks perfect for snorkeling. Will have to snorkel on the next trip out given how windy/cloudy it's been this trip. Was cool being able to walk out pretty far into the water because of the sand dunes/low water. Great spot for children to play and enjoy themselves as well. Looks like there's some camping space at the end of the beach as well.

Sway A — Google review

Beautiful beach. Plenty of parking. Tons of shade. Great snorkeling and protected waters because of the fringing reef. Water is gorgeous!

Janet M — Google review

Nice beach with good safe snorkeling. Protected by the reef. Long Beach to get space between other beach goers. We parked around a bend past the main park and had our car nice and close which was nice since we had all our luggage in the car since we were flying home later that day. Beach was nice and sandy where we were.

Jason H — Google review

Long beach protected from the surf, plenty of shade if you need itwith a reef. Course to fine sands, excellent shallow water snorkeling. Plenty of parking rest rooms and camping.

Fred W — Google review

Great beach for kids. We stopped without going all the way down the road. Our low riding car wouldn’t handle the bumpy road well. The beach is shaded and the water is extremely calm and clear.

Dan L — Google review

Beautiful day (2024-02-16). Many families with kids due to the large shallow area with minimal waves. The beach is so long that there were unoccupied areas.Very scenic.

Ben — Google review

Best winter snorkeling. Protected reef so don't worry about high surf. Tons of parking and space on the beach. Bathrooms available. Lots of turtles

Dustin K — Google review

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This boat ride was an amazing experience! My boyfriend and I had a really fun time and he says it was the best time of his life. Mads and Kori did an awesome job taking us out, playing music, giving us info on the stories of the different locations... they really made it a memorable time. We were able to see turtles, spinner dolphins, and goats. Recommend them 100%.

Becky B — Google review

BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!The highlight of our family’s vacation.Grace and Madge couldn’t be more amazing!!!!They made our trip UNFORGETTABLE! They have an INCREDIBLE energy.We felt secure all the time and had the time of our lives!!!Madge was an exceptional captain! We had so much fun riding the waves while listening and singing to terrific music!Whale and dolphin watching was unbelievable!!!Grace was knowledgeable about Hawaiian history.Coming back for sure when in Kauai.Danny, Rick, Bea, and Yeni from Miami.

Ricardo L — Google review

My fiance and I booked with Blue Ocean Adventures because our best friends used them before. When you book with them you are supporting a local business - not some big outside tour company. We had the BEST DAY EVER (and there's always tomorrow <3) with Captain Cori and Kai - both of them were so warm, welcoming, and made you feel safe. We stayed on the North Shore of the island so we had to leave around 5:30 am to get to the docks on time, but 110% we would wake up that early just to do it again. The zodiac tour last around 4 and a half hours and every minute of it was exciting and thrilling. Cori was amazing behind the wheel. We saw SO many dolphins and a couple of sea turtles. We also saw humpback whales in the distance. Our tour was at the end of February which meant that the waves can get pretty high & rough but if you like a thrilling adventure this is the tour for you. We sped through caves and Captain Cori threaded the needle. If you can only do one tour in Kauai this is the one you should do and ask for Cori! We can't wait to do this again.

Macey S — Google review

Excellent experience, but beware it is an ADVENTURE! The views were of the Napali coast were breathtaking! We saw a ton of spinner dolphins and even a couple of whales! The caves were very cool. We didn’t get to snorkel due to high surf but it’s good to be safe. Totally worth it!Highly recommend Dramamine 45-60 minutes before the boat departs if you are the slightest bit prone to motion sickness. It SAVED me, a couple people threw up but we had a very choppy day with 20’ waves! I almost chickened out, but pushed myself & it was actually doable and so fun!The waves are bigger in the winter, we went in February. There were times it felt like we were in a roller coaster but it wasn’t often and our Captain Jesse was excellent! Her and Becca made us feel comfortable, played great music and provided snacks.Just be warned, this is NOT a relaxing trip. You’re holding onto the ropes so put sunscreen on ahead of time! They give breaks but my hands were sore from gripping/holding on tightly. I’d bring a jacket (we did rain jackets which was nice bc you’ll get wet), sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, phone for pics, wear your bathing suit and just bring minimum. You’ll have your shoes off.Honestly it was life changing, just know what to be prepared for!

Anastasia P — Google review

My husband and I had such an amazing time on our sea adventure and snorkel trip with this crew. They were fun and made the whole trip exciting. The captain showed us some incredible views paired with some historical context. We’ve been in Hawaii for about 8 days and this was by far the best day of our trip. Thank you so much!

Laura B — Google review

This tour was the most exhilarating, adventurous, informative and entertaining boat ride our family has ever taken. And we have gone white water rafting in Costs Rica! Danny and Becca gave us a thrill of our lives. When we started we all were tired having to get up so early but soon the music was going and our adrenaline from hanging on as we felt the wind in our hair and the taste of salt water as we rode the waves getting out into the ocean. We soon picked up on the high energy and vibe from our captain Danny and the fearless co-captain Beck! You would be so lucky to have this dynamic duo take you out. We saw spinner dolphins galore and swam with turtles!!

Jyoti C — Google review

We did the zodiac tour with Mads and Kay (might be mispelling) and it was so much fun! Their unmatched energy is really a big part of the experience. We saw a lot of dolphins which was incredible. The views were amazing. I would absolutely do it again if I were to come back. I did get sea sick even tho I usually never do, it really is a bumpy ride. Consider taking motion sickness pills in doubt.

Vincent R — Google review

An absolute highlight of our trip! It was an immersive boat an entire that took us right to the shores of the Napali coast. Looking up at the mountains from the base of the cliffs was incredible. Due to rough conditions, we were unable to snorkel because of the surf visibility. We did get out and swim, and we got to trail some dolphins along the way. The tour took a couple hours but was worth every second. It was exciting, unique and a must when visiting the area!

Samantha F — Google review

The Na Pali Coast Adventure tour was a unique and amazing experience. Seeing the coast, exploring caves, and snorkeling made for an unforgettable day. Cori and Kaikoa were awesome throughout the excursion! Highly recommend.

Jessica H — Google review

Nessa and Grace were the best crew VERY fun and amazing captain skills to put us in caves and jump waves. This tour is for the Adventure seeker. You will get wet, yell out load, sing along to the music and dive into clear blue water and the views will bring tears to your eyes. I hope you ladies get your new speaker and keep sharing your positive energy!!

Greg H — Google review

MONO & MONO WERE THE BEST CAPTAINS.... Started the morning off with dolphins next to the boat... within hands reach! Then playing the greatest music we went around listening to the greatest Hawaiian music. The views were breath-taking!!!Highly recommend!!!

Kashon W — Google review

1000% recommend doing a tour with Blue Ocean Adventure!! They’re one of the few local tours in Kauai now. Our captain Mana and his brother Kai had the best vibes, great playlist and continuously checked in on all of us to make sure we were feeling okay and not getting sea sick. Captain made sure our safety came first.. We did the zodiac boat tour and it was phenomenal!! Well worth the money.. got to see the Na Pali Coast, dolphins, sea turtles, jump into the water, snorkel etc. this tour was the highlight of our trip in Kauai. Just do it!!

Brooke H — Google review

We did the 7:30am zodiak tour and it was hands down the best excursion we did while in Hawaii for 10 days. We chose this early time because typically the waters are not as rough as in the evening. So worth it!Be there by 7am for check in! Don’t be late. They give you a dry bag to put your things in during the excursion which is super nice. I recommend getting a wet bag for your phone so you can take photos/videos and not have to worry during the trip (I didn’t do this and wish I had).We had Cori & John as our captains and they were amazing. My husband and I had the BEST time. They had great music, danced & sang the whole trip. The vibes were amazing and made the experience even more fun!On the way out the waters were a bit rough so we didn’t expect to be able to snorkel, but by the time we headed back it had calmed a bit and we were able too. We saw a turtle & several dolphins along the way. We also were able to go inside the caves since we were on a raft. I did a different trip similar to this in Maui on a larger boat and felt sick, but didn’t feel sick at all on this raft even in the rough water.I typically don’t repeat trips, but this one I definitely will! It was so much fun we can’t stop talking about it.Thank you Cori & John!!!!!#teamplatinum

Haley V — Google review

This was by far the highlight our Kauai trip last week! This trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The coastline was stunning, the dolphins and turtles were so fun to spot, the snorkeling spot was beautiful, the zipping in and out of caves was awesome, our captain (Danny) & crew were so fun, friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable. We enthusiastically recommend Blue Ocean Adventure Tours!!

Emily F — Google review

Captain Maka and Tita were amazing! We went on the 7:30 am tour with the landing. Maka shared his culture and history with us. It was special. He's a very skilled captain and great DJ too! This was an unforgivable experience.

Ludmila S — Google review

Amazing experience with Aka and AJ. I was a little nervous going on this adventure, and though I did have to hold on pretty tightly (and make sure my 9 and 12 year old boys were also holding on tightly!) I’m so glad we did this. The views along the Napali Coast are just majestic and have to be seen to be believed. We were fortunate to be able to enter a sea cave, which Captain AJ said he hasn’t been able to do in two months because of rough conditions! We stopped for a snorkeling break and we also saw a turtle, an entire pod of dolphins, and a few whale spouts!If you’re physically able to participate, I definitely recommend this experience! Mahalo for the amazing memories!

Angelique M — Google review

THIS was Hawaii! Captain Kevin, Maka, and Carli were fantastic. Kevin was a master of the Catamaran; operated the vessel with an incredible amount of skill, and shared the rich history, breathtaking scenery, sea life, and majestic beauty of the Nepali coast and the Pacific. Would do this again; thank you Blue Ocean for a truly exceptional experience!

Tammy K — Google review

First, I'd like to thank our Captain AJ and his assistant Captain Carlee they were so much fun. Very professional in their care and concern for each passenger. Professional and very comfortable communicating with us all. The ride was amazing, and the views were spectacular. Our beach side lunch was a pleasant break from the excursion on the water. Seeing the wildlife in their natural habitat was such a highlight of our trip. Thank you. Keep up the great work. Best Regards.

Jean B — Google review

Zodiac adventure, “Best Day Ever” with Captain Mads & Carly!!!Absolutely the best zodiac adventure on the Napali Coast in Kauai!!! These two hosted our group in the most adventuresome, safe, enthusiastic, informative way possible. Don’t forget the great Karaoke!!! A must see adventure and with Captain Mads and Carly you will not be disappointed! Thank you for lifelong memories that our entire group (10+) will be able to share and talk about forever! Mahalo!

Tyson P — Google review

Easily one of the best experiences I've had in Hawaii! Worth every penny! Captain Aka took his time while watching dolphins which I'm very grateful for. Steven took some amazing footage as well. Very much appreciate all of you!

Chaemin L — Google review

What a special experience! Their Na Pali Coast Tour is an absolute must if you’re visiting Kauai. The company have clearly been in business for a while and know what they’re doing. Our Blue Ocean crew made the experience memorable with their charisma, local knowledge of the area, initiative and attention to detail. Always on hand to help when needed. Huge thanks to AJ, Mana & Tita for the laughs and magical memories! We’d book again in a heartbeat. From someone who doesn’t usually book these touristy type tours - don’t think, just book!!@satori.retreats • @gypsezza

Sarah P — Google review

Danny and Grace were amazing! The trip was beautiful and breathtaking. Loved it all! We saw turtles, whales, and tons of dolphins. This is the gorgeous spot we stopped for lunch and snorkeled. Grace also took us on a little walk and told us all about the history there. Highly recommended!

Holly S — Google review

LOVED the trip!! The tour, the waves and the crew was amazing. Went on the 07:00 am trip along the coast and we saw turtles, fish and soooo many dolphins. Our tour was with the best crew (think their names was Mala and his brother Ke Oki). Locally owned company too!

Aurora — Google review

STOP SCROLLING! THIS IS WHAT YOU’RELOOKING FOR!! Definitely best rafting tour available. Great experience and vies of the Na Pali coastline. Would definitely recommend Cory and Tita, they made the experience a 100 times better.

Eugenio J — Google review

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We had an awesome tour with Drew! We were able to see whales, dolphins, some really cool ocean caves and capped it off with some snorkeling (including reef sharks and sea turtles). Loved the boats (only six people) - great way to celebrate our honeymoon. Drew was highly knowledgeable & made our trip very special. Highly recommend!

Paul R — Google review

I went on a private tour with Na Pali experience and had a great time. The coastline is breathtakingly beautiful. The encounters along the way with dolphins and turtles just add to the experience. My only qualm was that the time for snorkeling is on the shorter side (I love to snorkel) Our captain was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and was about to educate us on not only the geological history contributing to the stunning coastal formations we saw, but the history of the native people of Kauai. He also seems very in tune to the sea so we felt very safe as he navigated along the coast. I would highly recommend using their services.

Sheldon L — Google review

We had an amazing boat driver that made sure we had the best experience possible! Drew was so enthusiastic and gave us so much information! We had beautiful Mountain View’s and cave views. Drew kept us safe and made sure we had the best safe experience. Overall a great captain and boat ride! P.S. he also gave us a list of all the things to do in Kauai

Audrey B — Google review

Wow! What a day! Had the best time with Capt Drew and Nolan. They gave us an amazing experience. We went in every cave, saw spinner dolphins, snorkeled, saw monk seals, turtle. Our crew was informative, personable, helpful. They made the day exceptional. Definitely recommend. Glad I wasn’t on a zodiac. Smooth ride but still got to do everything and I wasn’t wet all day.

Michelle S — Google review

We had a great experience with Captain Drew on our morning Na Pali boat tour.Captain Drew had lots of knowledge to share about the wildlife and scenery during our time together and his energy was chill, which was great for an early morning trip.The weather cooperated and so did the wildlife.Got to see bottlenose and spinner dolphins, a baby and mama humpback whale, and some turtles during our stop to snorkel.But most impressive was the Na Pali coast, a truly spectacular sight and the main reason for this trip.Na Pali Experience was great with their communication, directions and check in were a breeze.My only tip I want to share, other than, absolutely book this tour, is to skip having a beverage on the boat, there is no toilet aboard and unless you get it all out while snorkeling, that ride back to the harbor is gonna be a test of fortitude.

BJ L — Google review

We had Rob as out tour guide and he was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable and did an excellent job of keeping us excited for the next thing we were gonna see.We enjoyed every aspect of it. We were able to check out the entire Na Pali coast, managed to see two separate pack of Dolphins, and went swimming at one point which was great!Sadly we didn't see any whales but that was expectedIt was pretty choppy outside so we were unable to check out the caves which would have been very cool but definitely would have freaked me out a little.In the end, I would recommend Rob and this tour to everyone!

JonErik M — Google review

We were very nervous about going out to sea in the winter but we were in extremely competent hands. Captain Dan is awesome. Perfect combination between feeling safe and a thrilling ride. We were lucky to have a calm ocean (for winter) so he took us further down the coast and got us near (but not in) the sea cave. Dan also seems to be the dolphin whisperer. We saw 3 pods of dolphins and they seemed to love swimming next to Dan's boat. He also knew the perfect speed when leaving to get the dolphins to Surf our wake. Dan also shared lots of stories, legends and pointed out movie set locations along the breathtaking coastline. Absolutely perfect Kauai experience. So glad we booked with Na Pali Experience!!

Kristeena K — Google review

While on my honeymoon, my husband and I booked a morning boat ride with Jacob C. It was arguably the highlight of our trip. It was absolutely beautiful, getting to see the Napali coast from the water was magical. We enjoyed snacks, fresh fruit, snorkeling, caves and so many dolphins! Book the morning tour if you can, for a calmer ride and a better chance to see dolphins!😊 HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Taryn C — Google review

We got to chill with chellen on the best tour ever! We did the afternoon tour on the 6 person boat and it was incredible! We saw dolphins, turtles, fish the beautiful Na Pali Coast and go into caves. Chellen provided us with the best service and was able to give us local knowledge about the island and its history. Definitely book in and ask for Chellen if you can! Mahalo nui!!

Kahu H — Google review

An amazing day! Captain Jacob made sure that our trip was great. We saw Bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and countless beautiful fish when we snorkeled on a calmer reef. Fabulous views of the Na Pali coast were around every corner; we saw waterfalls and motored into sea-caves. Also on the menu, interesting history of the area, and snacks. Even though the wind picked up later in the morning, Jacob still found a good snorkeling spot. I would repeat this adventure in a heartbeat!

Suzanne P — Google review

Drew and Corbin were fantastic! Our group of 17 had a private charter and it was the most amazing experience! Highly recommend and our tour guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. They kept us safe, cracked jokes, educated us on the Na Pali coast, and played awesome music during our boat ride :)

Sarah O — Google review

We could not be more impressed with this company, our tour and our captain. Captain Colin was fun, safe, knowledgeable and perfect for our group! The scenery can't be beat and Na Pali Experience's smaller vessels made exploring so much fun. We had a morning, private charter on their 6 person boat. Booking pre-tour communication and check-in were easy. We saw whales, bottle nose and a huge pod of spinner dolphins. Ventured into caves safely (we were there in late March) and got to swim in the ocean. When we showed friends our pictures they asked if they were real. Yes! and it was stunning! We will definitely book with Na Pali Experience again!

Kristi M — Google review

We took a boat tour of the Na Pali coast and it was fantastic. We purposely booked with this company on the smaller boat because we did not want the huge boats with 50 other people on them, and we're glad we made that decision. There were 2 other couples for a total of 6 people plus our captain and it made for a more personal experience. The boat was small enough to go into the sea caves to explore, instead of just looking at them from afar, which I've heard some of the bigger boats do. Our captain was friendly and easy to talk to, and gave us tons of facts about the coast and stories of the ancient Hawaiian people and their traditions. We learned so much. He had designated spots to stop and take pictures, and took TONS of photos of us to make sure we had enough to sort through and have good ones. He gave us tips on how to snorkel instead of just giving us our gear and letting us loose, which we were grateful for as it had been a while since we last went snorkeling. We saw dolphins at the beginning and end of our tour, and got to snorkel and swim with sea turtles in the middle of the tour. He had fresh cut pineapple and snacks waiting for us when we got back on the boat after snorkeling. All in all it was an amazing tour and WELL worth the price, highly recommend. We wished we had brought more cash to tip our captain because he provided such an excellent experience.

A S — Google review

It can be very challenging to choose which way you wish to see the Napali coast. Hands down this six person boat ride is the best. You flew all the way here; the extra cost is worth it.Unlike the zodiac pictured below, we all had comfortable seating. We saw the larger catamaran go by under motor and it was rather crowded. We could sit in shade if we wanted and stretch out.Capt. T was excellent and maneuvered the craft into the smallest caves and spaces with a flourish.The whole experience was incredibly intimate and one of the best we had on the islands (even after helicopter and kayak tours).

Eric S — Google review

Wow, is all I can say!!! This was an unreal experience for myself and my 3 friends. Not only did we have the best captain, captain Drew, but we saw dolphins, whales, goats, AND turtles!! Captain Drew was extremely knowledgeable of the Na’Pali coast, it’s history and geological characteristics and was able to show us all the iconic caves alongside the coast. The coast, mountains, water, snorkeling, snacks and drinks AND photo opportunities were bountiful. Definitely an unforgettable trip that I will be sharing with others when we visit again.

Cawood H — Google review

We had a group of 4 of us on the new 35’ catamaran and had an absolute blast. We experienced the entire NaPali coast along with caves and beaches. Our Captain “Nate” was excellent and super informative along with Nolan the first mate, who was very personable and friendly. They made time to explain so many details and made us really feel like Ohana. We started the day off with an awesome moon set and sunrise, then a rainbow, and long the way we got to see Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins right at the boat, then we had time for snorkeling where we saw tons of Sealife including green sea turtles and seals, the amount of respect they showed to the wildlife and this beautiful island was top notch. I cannot tell you how much I recommend this company. You will not be disappointed and remember to tip those guys for all their hard work. We will be back again.Capt Nate, thank you sir for a great time and growing such a wonderful company. And Nolan keep up the good work my friend.

Ryan C — Google review

My absolute favorite activity in Kauai- even better than the helicopter tour. I’m glad I chose a catamaran instead of a raft because the waters were a little rough but this boat was comfortable. The views were stunning. We saw a ton of spinner dolphins right next to our boat too! Touring the caves was awesome. The snorkeling was hands down the best experience. We saw so many beautiful fish and sea turtles in the crystal clear, gorgeous blue water. The snorkel gear was the best I’ve ever used. We also had the best pineapple I’ve ever eaten, as well as chips and drinks. Our tour guides were so funny, nice, and informative. I can’t say enough good things about this tour, I didn’t want it to end!

Lizzy T — Google review

Had an AMAZING time on this charter! JD was simply the best. He was able to “read” our entire group and did such a great job making sure everyone was within their comfort zone for the totality of the trip. His knowledge, being born and raised on the island, was second to none every minute during our trip. He is a masterful navigator and we felt safe 100% of the time even in the roughest of water. The sites are beyond beautiful and JD made sure to take us to the very best sites…….making sure we got to see both the whales AND the dolphins……the trip was priceless!

Joe W — Google review

You know those experiences that remind you how beautiful the world is and how amazing it is to be alive? Well, this tour is just that. Cheesy but true.I’ve had the pleasure of going on this tour twice. Yesterday 5/2 we did morning magic 6 person boat with Captain Jackson - he exceeded all expectations. We saw tons of dolphins, snorkeled, explored the sea caves, etc. Incredible conditions and even better vibes. I cannot recommend this company enough. If you are in Kauai, you NEED to book this tour.

Amanda Y — Google review

We were on the Monday morning, March 4, 2024 tour. 7:00am-11:30am, 18 person catamaran Na Pali Experience. We had 14 people on this tour, along with Captain Khellum (spell?), and Guide Corbin. They told us all about the sights, sea life, and history we viewed during our 4-1/2 hour tour. My wife and I had so much fun, along with learning all about the gorgeous things we saw. The spinner dolphins, spouting of whales, the Kauai sea caves, and scenic cliffs were great. We even took the chance given to us to jump into the ocean and enjoy the crystal clear waters for a swim off the back of the 35’ catamaran. The snacks and tasty pineapple were delicious too. Thanks to our crew we had a wonderful time, and would do it all over again on our next visit. Thank you Na Pali Experience.Bob & Kathy

Bob D — Google review

My family went out today with Captain Candi on the 6 passenger Morning Magic tour. Not only was she super knowledgeable about the coast, she knew just where to go to find all kinds of wildlife the kids wanted to see. We saw humpback whales breaching, spinner dolphins, and goats! She took us in all the caves (our weather and ocean conditions were great)! We so enjoyed spending our morning with her, and we would definitely do this tour again in the future. If you are on the fence about doing this tour, do it!!! The views were amazing, perfect day!! Thanks Candi!!

April J — Google review

Captain Drew and crew, Nolan, were so knowledgeable on our tour. They took the time to seek out amazing wildlife sightings, pointed out highlights along the coast, entertained us with stories, and were excellent navigating the boat. They were a dream team.We did the morning magic tour. Spectacular sunrise. We had incredible conditions and were able to explore some caves, tour a big stretch of the coast and see so much wildlife. Whales, spinner & bottle nose dolphins, Hawaiian sea monk, turtles, and so much more. We even had a chance to snorkel a reef.So happy! Great job!! Loved every minute. Book the tour! This operation and the crew are absolutely top shelf!

Emily E — Google review

I did the 7AM tour in February 2024, along with my mother. We'd never seen the Na Pali coast before, and this trip exceeded expectations. Our guide and captain, Corbin and Chellen, were both knowledgeable and excited to tell us about the coast and answer any questions we had.We managed to see three pods of dolphins, including a huge one that surrounded the boat. We also got to see a mother and baby whale, at a distance of maybe 300 yards.The boat is unique, and offers a great compromise between the zodiac boat tours and the larger catamarans. Chips, snack bars, and fresh pineapple was served during our swim stop.

David M — Google review

I highly recommend Na Pali Experience for a tour of the Na Pali Coast. We had Captain Jackson on our tour. He is so nice, professional, knowledgeable of the coast and genuinely wants to ensure his passengers have a great time! You won’t be disappointed with choosing Captain Jackson and Na Pali Experience!

Sonya S — Google review

Manu and Brian (aka Pinky and the Brain) took us on an epic morning adventure filled with dolphins, whales, fighter jets, cultural insights and more. Na Pali coastline has long been on my bucket list, but little did I know we would be showered with beauty from the coast to the ocean life. They tried to stay away from the dolphins and whales, but the ocean life wouldn't have it - and neither would we. ❤️

Spencer M — Google review

Great trip with Chellin! We saw dolphins and whales as well as tons of cool spots along the Ne Pali Coast. Also saw turtles and tons of cool fish while snorkeling. Backing into caves along the coast was also awesome. The smaller 6 person boat was perfect for our group and allowed us to focus on what we were interested in seeing. Would definitely recommend!

Chris B — Google review

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Scenic spot

Outdoor Activities

Hanalei Valley Lookout provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding valley and lush hillside. It is one of the top lookout points in all of Hawaii, and is popular with tourists for its serene views.

The panoramic view from this spot is fabulous. Binoculars, of course, would be a great help to see even more. However, it is more than just a beautiful landscape. This is an important agricultural site as long as people live here. The most significant area to look at is Taro fields which are composed of many agricultural parcels. This is a principal crop for Native Hawaian people and it is grown whole year around. Hawaiians believe that the taro plant is sacred. In Hawaiian, it is called "kalo". Taro is a tropical root vegetable that can be consumed in many ways. There are taro chips, flour, pancakes, hummus and bread. Also, it can be baked. But the most popular way is to mash taro root into a paste, great alternative to potatoes. Great stop to learn about Hawaian culture.

Alex V — Google review

It is a breathtaking landscape which I cannot recommend highly enough. It certainly is a moment to pause and allow yourself to take in this stunning natural beauty.It is a very popular point offering sweeping, panoramic views of the surrounding valley and lush hillsides. If ever you find yourself fortunate enough to be in Kauai, this too is a place you simply must visit.LOVED IT!

Darryl M — Google review

Just perfect! We waited to get there for our last day in the island and it didn't disappoint. Beautiful scenary, beach perfect for swimming and surfers were having fun too.

Ricardo V — Google review

So beautiful. You look out and forget your on a small island

Angela M — Google review

Absolutely gorgeous view. Definitely worth stopping and enjoying the scenery. Looks almost unreal.

Alberto G — Google review

Need a place to stretch your legs after a long drive? This place is where to be. Not only will you get some fresh air but you this vista point is beautiful place to take a family picture or a selfie. Don't forget to say "hi" to Heihei.

Jeanelyn S — Google review

Magic. Magnific. One of the best look up points. The view of the valley is just breathtaking. There is a small place to park and it’s a must to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Ovidiu B — Google review

Beautiful views of the farm land valley below with beautiful mountain scenery and a waterfall high on the mountain top in the background. Not a lot of parking, close to a relatively busy road, but absolutely worth stopping to take in the gorgeous views.

Kawiti F — Google review

Note that lookout is moving and new much better facility location officially opens TUE, April 30, 2024 @ 9am & is nearer the main entrance to Princeville...just past & mauka side of hwy enroute Kīlauea...more here from Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Facebook post 3/31/24...The long-awaited viewpoint site for the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge will be open beginning Tuesday, April 30, 2024.The site will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except on Federal Holidays.#WildlifeRefuge #Hanalei #Wetlands #BirdsVisit our website for more information:fwsDOTgov/story/2024-03/public-opening- hanalei-national-wildlife-refuge- viewpoint-set-april-30

Brian Z — Google review

Terrific views of the Hanapepe valley below. Stopped there twice and never encountered any crowds. Gotta see this place both before and after a rain, as the views were totally different after rain with multiple waterfalls forming outta nowhere.

Abhirup D — Google review

Easily accessible, right by a busy road. I stopped a few times on my way to Hanalei and I always got the best pictures in the morning, before clouds moved-in in the afternoon.

Adrian M — Google review

Stunning. absolutely stunning. every time you seen the most incredible view On the island, something like this shows up and blows your mind all over again.Worth the drive by itself, but also conveniently between destinations.

David E — Google review

Near princeville shopping center. Beautiful lookout.

K. C — Google review

Beautiful view of the Hanalei valley with so much greenery and farms laid out in a nice pattern.

Debbie L — Google review

Be sure to stop here. Great views of the taro farm fields and the mountains

Andrea C — Google review

Just breathtaking! The view of the valley is amazing! I recommend making it one of your stops! There is usually plenty of room for several cars to pull in and most folks stopping are only there a few minutes to take some pics!

Steve L — Google review

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Hanalei Beach

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Beach

Outdoor Activities

Hanalei Beach is a serene strip of sand with gentle waves, showers, and picturesque mountain views. The beach is so tranquil and relaxing that it's perfect for all sorts of activities- from surfing to kayaking to swimming to sailing or sunbathing. It's an incredible sight and well worth the drive from Lihue.

Awesome beach. Beautiful scenery all around it. Kids loved it and so did I. The drive to the beach coming from Lihue is beautiful.

Brian F — Google review

Best beach for learning surfing. Don’t miss this beach if you have plans to learn surfing in Kauai.Also you can kayak here. Very nice beach for activities.

Sam R — Google review

Beautiful, not too busy. Just some rocky areas but really quiet. Parking is limited.

Angela M — Google review

This beach was very nice. Large open beach area with plenty of grass areas for activities. Looks like there are lots of lifeguards on duty as well.

Sway A — Google review

What a magical beach, perfect anytime. Great for a morning run, relaxing at sunset or learning to surf. Mostly protected from any major swells, and in spots there are lifeguards on duty. 🤙🤙🤙

Aharoni Z — Google review

Big and beautiful beach. I went around 3 pm and it was a big cloudy. The water was at the right temperature and we enjoyed on the beach. There are showers as well. We struggled a little bit to get the parking, since this is a popular beach.

Abhishek S — Google review

The views from this beach are stunning, especially from the east end of the beach where the pier is.You'll definitely appreciate why people are willing to make the treacherous 11 mile hike to Kalalau Beach though... this beach is very crowded and anything but serene.

Anand T — Google review

Big waves. Good for surfing. Great views as well.

Adrian H — Google review

This is a huge breach! Sand was powder soft and the waves are a little bigger but still enjoyable even for a beginner swimmer

John L — Google review

Great little beach, stunning views, no restrooms or shade. Can have some strong currents if you're not careful they can get you.

Ann W — Google review

First (to correct a previous post) there are bathrooms located by the Pavilion & at the Pier. Also saw port -a-potty options. Great beach. Not a lot of people (it was Friday am). Great stress-free place to chill.

M M — Google review

Ended up being our favorite beach. Beautiful Mountain View's, great food and shops nearby. Surf was great for lessons and boogie boarding. Bigger waves further out for pros.

Wade — Google review

I think this is my favorite spot on planet earth. Gorgeous mountains, huge beach with tons of space and sand. Good for surf, good for play

Spencer T — Google review

Great beach with sandy shallow water. Boogie boarder and surfer playground.

Eric C — Google review

Not too nice in my opinion I liked Poipu beach better

Sa9165 R — Google review

Hanalei Beach is an amazing location on Kauai! Everyone should go here for the beautiful beach, awesome pier and fantastic sunset!

Kevin R — Google review

Beautiful creation of Jesus Christ. Beach is long and wide, waves are pretty small and soft when breaking. Fish cleaning station. 8/18/23

I A — Google review

I drove here on a whim. A friend suggested it and it did not disappoint. The view was amazing. The water was calm and the sand was powdery. I had to park on the side of the road but I didn't care.

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Nature & Parks

Hiking area

Geologic Formations

The Queen's Bath is a natural pool located on the north shore of Kaua'i, filled with water flowing from a scenic waterfall. The visitor can hike to the falls and explore the pools during low tide or witness an amazing show during high tide.

I really liked it! It is very beautiful here, the hiking is not hard (but on a rainy day be very careful, a lot of mud and very slippery, you have to go down the slope all the time). Before the queen’s bath you need to go through the jungle, on the way you will meet a waterfall. This place is worth it! Sunsets are breathtaking! By the way, finding the entrance is not easy, so if you want to save your time, it will not be out of place to ask the locals.

Aizhan — Google review

Beautiful spot on the north shore! The lava rock formations looks awesome in contrast to the blue waters. Make sure to bring water shoes with grips. No flip flops as the the lava rocks are rough and slippery. Parking is tight but you can park at the golf course across the street for 20 dollars for the day. There is usually a music and arts festival at the golf course every Wednesday so parking is free. I lucked out by visiting on Wednesday. The walk from the golf course is about 15 minutes and the hike down to the bath is additional 20 minutes. Overall recommend this place.

Sambhav D — Google review

Hike difficulty: Medium Hard.The walk down was muddddddy. We decided to walk barefoot for most of it. The jungle trail part is not very long (maybe 1/4 mile) but it was slow moving because we had to place every step carefully because the mud was so slick/slippery. Then you have a short walk across the rocks (also nimble walking). It was fun to hang out at for a bit. Water was clear and warm.*there are only a few parking spots in the lot (maybe 10) so consider going early or late or not optimal weather.No bathrooms/ Not ADA accessible/ No tickets necessary/ Parking v limited/ consider if it has rained recently.

Melissa ( — Google review

My husband brought us here without any research except for “everyone say this is a really good spot”. He thought it’s a spot where we just stroll in for 2 minutes and we’ll be by the beach. Well no… it’s a pretty rocky hike downhill towards the water. We got lucky as the rocks were dry, managed to get there within 30 minutes VERY slowly with a 1YO strapped on. A seasoned hiker would be able to get to the bath in about 15-20min it’s.Was it worth the trouble? Heck YES! Absolutely gorgeous. Would do it again in a heartbeat (with more planning and readiness) lol definitely recommend taking 2 hours out of your day to visit. We get to see giant sea turtles 🐢 just floating with the waves… multiple tide pools along the rocks… the most peaceful scenery and I could sit there for hours if we hadn’t had other plans right after.

Mandy C — Google review

Beautiful rock formations! The hike down is short, about 15-20 minutes to get down to the rocks then another 5-10 minute to get to Queens Bath. The hike down to the rocks is steep and can be very slippery. It’s about as steep as stairs with roots and mud for footing. You could do it in water shoes, some people did it in flip flops (one slipped) but light hiking boots will make footing feel better. Walking down by the water and on the rocks isn’t too bad, just watch your footing so you don’t twist an ankle. Once you get down the main trail, make a left and keep walking till you see a totally enclosed pool. Look at some of the tide pools walking in, there’s lots of life.WARNING- Be careful at high tide especially in the winter. The waves will come up and into the pool and when the current pulls out some tourists have been dragged out to sea over the Queens bath lip. Always watch the waves before getting into the ocean.Very beautiful and would do it again.

Stephanie N — Google review

A very muddy walk down to the rocky shore but well worth it. Prepare to take a dip within the tidal pool. I wished that I had carried my snorkel. I am not sure if the hi/low tides would effect the accessibility of the place. There were a number of locals fishing on the rocks nearby. Worth a quick stop if you have the time - and can find a parking spot near the trail entrance.

Gary D — Google review

Went on a Friday at 11am. Parking available right above it, but limited. 10-15 minute hike down, difficulty level depends on the weather. Very worth it, as the ‘bath’ is amazing and beautiful. Very cool temperature and deep enough for cliff jumping or just to relax. Lots to explore.

Karina B — Google review

A highlight of our Kauai trip! We were told not to take the trail without shoes, and we were glad for that advice. I’ve never seen a muddier trail. It had just rained all day, so it was extra sloppy when we went. Felt sorry for the people we saw in flip flops. It was slick going even in hiking boots.Bring something to put your muddy shoes in after. Don’t wear white, and don’t be afraid to get dirty. (You‘ll hate this trail if you don’t like dirt.) We loved it and felt like kids getting to play in the mud :) It’s a short hike, then you get a beautiful stream fall before seeing the ocean crash against the lava cliffs. We sat awestruck for quite awhile just watching the waves. Then we ventured over to the Queen’s Bath and took an amazing, refreshing dip in the pool.Be very careful not to get close to the edge. Those waves are no joke and could whisk you out to sea in a heartbeat!

Brianne G — Google review

I love going here. The parking lot is tiny so I suggest going to the golf course and parking and then walking to the trail. It’s $20 or if you spend $30 at the shop parking is free. The trail down is a little rough so watch your step. When you get there there’s two options. Go right and walk along the cliffs and snap some awesome sea turtle pics. Go to the left and you’ve got 3 swim spots so obviously the further you walk the less crowded it is. Be prepared to climb rocks to get back out of the water and plan your climb. Some spots are far easier than others to get out of.

Keven S — Google review

We went after the rain, SUPER muddy!! Wear keens or something other than sandals as you will slip and fall in the mud no joke. My legs were covered mud. Not far from parking, and totally worth it. The actual baths are at the end and enclosed. Some people went in the wrong pools which are very dangerous. The bayhs were calm and very still inside. Beautiful waterfalls and views. Don't miss it

Stephanie H — Google review

If you visit Kaui this stop is a MUST! It’s beautiful & because it’s summer waves are not as dangerous. The only negative thing is some people were being a bit reckless and going to the edge with a 8 yo’ child while big waves were starting to form. A lot of fishes, sometimes turtles. The day I went was really nice and dry so the path was quick and easy with water shoes

Christina E — Google review

A great experience to visit one of the tide pools in Kauai.We had our concerns about this place as we didn't know swimming. We are glad that we decided to do it.First it is difficult to find parking as there are limited spots, we were lucky to get one in 5 minutes as someone was leaving.The trek downhill is demanding and gets muddier if it rains. It was no rain day and we found it slippery at places. It is 15 minutes trek to queens bath. It is small pool with 7 ft depth at max. It was relaxing to put our feets there and catch some fishes swimming around.Definitely recommended if you can bear 20 minutes hike.

Abhishek S — Google review

I’ve been coming to Hanalei since I was 18 months old and finally made it to Queens Bath. We went early-ish, around 8am, and there were a few spots open (there are only about a dozen total). The hike down is moderately easy. Queens Bath is not the first thing you see, it’s a few minutes further down to the left once you come out of the trail. We were maybe two of 10 folks who were enjoying the sights. We were treated with some sea turtles who were eating and floating right off of the rocks, we saw maybe 7-8! That was the highlight for me :) the hike back up is easy but will leave you slightly out of breath. 10/10 recommend, very worth it.

Leeann F — Google review

Absolutely awesome, but the hike is not for everyone. It is slick and steep going down, then lava rock climbing involved to get to the inlets/lagoon/baths. Free parking is limited, and paid parking is available at a nearby golf course. We advise going long before high tide. We saw sea turtles, dolphins, and so many fish! We loved the climb, swim, views, and spectacular natural energy around us.

Ali H — Google review

I've been to Kauai 4 times now, and Queen's Bath is still my favorite place. I heard about it first in a travel book on Kauai, and picked it out as my adventure on our first trip. We have gone every trip since, and it never disappoints.Parking : Parking is extremely limited, so try to get there early or expect to wait to get a spot. You can also pay for parking in the nearby golf course, but you will have to walk down the street to get to the trailhead if you do so.Hike : The hike is fairly easy, a bit of up and downhill. If it's been raining, expect mud. Don't go here in your white sundress and expensive sandals. Expect to get dirty. I usually do this hike in shorts and a swimsuit top, with my phone in a waterproof sling around my neck and either barefoot or in tennis shoes.The two most difficult parts of the hike you may need to get down on your butt, and expect the smallest amount of climbing over rocks and down a little steep stretch, but if my 54 year old mom can do it, so can you.Wildlife : You will constantly hear chickens in the distance, and may see them on the path. On our first two trips, we didn't see any turtles, and were surprised that it was named as a good place to view them, however on our most recent visit in June 2023, we spotted them over 12 times floating in the water. In the pool of Queen's Bath itself, there are lots of little fish, and if you get in the pool, you will be swimming with them. They are small and tropical, and a joy to sit and watch.Safety : The first part of the hike is very safe, though the path is small. The second half, once you get down onto the lava rocks between the cliff and the coast, if you are with small kids, please keep your eyes on them at all times. The path is wide and safe, but the waves are large and standing on the edge could prove dangerous. Once you get down to the pool that is Queen's bath, be very cautious if you're on the side where the waves hit. A lot of people seem to underestimate how water actually gets into the pool, and I've watched countless people get drenched by waves they weren't expecting to crash in.All in all, as long as you know what to expect, this hike is an easy and fun experience that you do NOT want to miss.

Xerts — Google review

A beautiful location, the quick hike down the hill was arduous and strenuous. Don't recommend flipflops, maybe hiking shoes or barefoot is your best bet. I do recommend bringing water and a umbrella do to the changing weather conditions. The hike is worth it if your a nature lover.Also parking is a pain so be prepared for that.

James B — Google review

It was really beautiful and worth the muddy and short hike! There's not a lot of parking space and can be tricky to find a spot, so I would suggest getting there pretty early! Take your time doing the hike and be careful doing it if it is raining or rained the day before. When you get to Queens Bath, do not get into the water, no matter how good of a swimmer you think you are. It is very dangerous, especially in the winter months.

Emily Z — Google review

This was one of my favorite things we did on our trip to Kaua’i! Wear sneakers! The trail wasn’t very long, but was VERY uneven.

Christine D — Google review

Very cool area of Kauai. Worth the visit. Hike down to the ocean is very very muddy and quite slippery. You will need to wear some shoes you don’t care for as much since they will get drenched in mud and stained. The hike isn’t that hard, but it’s pretty nerve wracking. Every step feels dangerous since it’s super slippery. There are sticks that past hikers left by the sign to enter, be sure to grab one since using it to balance makes things much easier.There are 5-6 different “baths” and only one, maybe two are swimmable since the waves crash into some of them making them impossible to safely swim in. But cool to take a quick dip into the water, and you can dive in a few parts. Great views of the coast.Visit but be cautious. Parking is tough to get as there’s only like 10 spots available so you will likely need to wait for one. There are signs saying waiting in a car is illegal so be aware you need to park quickly. No cost to get in.

Nick — Google review

I've been to Kauai 2 times now, and Queen's Bath is one of our favorite places. I heard about it first from a local and it did not disappoint.Parking is very limited, so try to get there early and carpool in if you can.The hike is easy, but it is very rooty and slippery. It is downhill going there and very lavaish on the shore. If you’re not sure on your feet, don’t go or take hiking poles.There are chickens everywhere on the island, and may see them on the path.The path is ok for kids but keep them in your sites. The can get hurt quickly without supervision.

Greg K — Google review

It's beautiful at sunset. If you have a good balance and are able to handle steep and uneven ground, you can do it. Probably 15-20 min hike down from parking, taking it slow. Also, you can use a drone here.

Kevin C — Google review

There is little parking but got lucky. The walk down was pretty fun, would not say it’s a beginner walk as there are some muddy and slippery spots. But it is not a long hike at all. Once you get down to the rocky area it gets sharp so make sure have good water shoes or sandals. The views and waterfall is beautiful. Definitely worth the hike.

Grace C — Google review

Queens bath has a nice mini trail that leads to a natural pool of ocean. Really cool to jump into

Zach D — Google review

This is one of my fav hikes on the island. Makapuu lighthouse is such a nice stroll with this as a cherry on top!! You can get here once you see the telescope viewing station. Check for tides when you go. It’s much more ideal to go when it’s “low” tide l, but I’ve gone during both high and low tides times. Either way, I always enjoy the times I’m here! Make sure you wear grippy shoes as the trail is pretty gravel-y!!

Sarah H — Google review

Beautiful coastal location on the North Shore of Kauai. We walked from our condo, but there are about 10 parking spaces at the trail head. If you are within walking distance, I would highly recommend that instead of driving as people were waiting for parking spaces to open up.It was dry when we went, so the trail down did not take more than 15 minutes. Once you are down on the rocks, you can go about 10-15 min more to get different views of the coast line. The tide was coming in when we were there and we did see several people swimming and jumping from the cliffs. I am a strong swimmer, however did not feel comfortable at all going in due to the rapid rise and fall of the water levels as well as several sharp and hidden rocks in the water.We saw several sea turtles and dolphins. There were a fair number of people here, but it is a large area so there is plenty of room to spread out and explore. The hike from the trail head to the start of the rocks was about 0.4 miles and I would rate it as easy/moderate (would be much harder if it had just rained). I wore hiking boots but there were plenty of people wearing flip flops.

Bethany B — Google review

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Pali Ke Kua Beach

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Beach

Outdoor Activities

Awesome concrete path to the beach-not nearly as treacherous as the other way down to Hideaway.

Karen D — Google review

This is a neat little spot at the base of the Princeville cliffs, accessible through a path at Pali Ke Kua condos, or by a short swim from neighboring Hideaway beach. Generally private, with few or no other people there. Steep paved trail with several hundred feet of descent, the last bit of which is dirt until you hit the beach. Fairly narrow beach, with a lot of rocks at the east end, and overhanging trees create a pretty shaded and secluded feel. Decent snorkeling, depending on surf level and water cloudiness. Seems somewhat sheltered by reef, but not nearly as calm as Anini beach just up the road. There are two BBQ grills on a bluff just before you get to the beach if you want to grab some coals and roast burgers or freshly caught fish.There are better beaches on the island for snorkeling, and better beaches for sunbathing or letting the kids play in the surf. This beach feels more like a place to meditate and think, in a positive state of mind, immersed in the beauty that is Kauai.

Brendan H — Google review

(Translated by Google) An absolutely steep descent for extreme lovers.Non-slippery, comfortable shoes are a must.The nature is very beautiful and the ocean shore is strewn with boulders made of lava rocks.After overcoming all the obstacles, a small, unequipped beach awaits you below.(Original)Абсолютно крутой спуск вниз для любителей - экстремалов.Обязательно нужна не скользкая, удобная обувь.Очень красивая природа и берег океана усыпан валунами из пород лавы.После преодоления всех препятствий вас ждет внизу маленький необорудованный пляжик.

Veronika S — Google review

4.5

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Tunnels Beach

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Beach

Nature & Parks

Tunnels Beach is a secluded beach on the eastern coast of Kaua'i that is known for its crystal clear waters and vast coral reef. The beach features a dark jungle backdrop with an oceanfront crescent shaped beach. It is great for snorkeling and diving, as it offers some of the best dive sites in Kaua'i.

Parking is very limited but once you get here this is by far one of my favorite beaches on the island! You can't beat the background views And the reef protects you while swimming and the water is so clear and a beautiful turquoise blue!

Jessica C — Google review

Beautiful experience, spent a few days snorkeling, swimming and just enjoying the sea breeze. Saw sleeping monk seals, and lots of fish. Native fishermen are fascinating to watch in the distance as they have expert skills with the waves. The beach is family friendly and not overcrowded as the parking is limited. Best views in Hawaii as far as I am concerned.

Frida P — Google review

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Very large with amazing views of the mountainous terrain behind. Sand is great

Nick — Google review

Beautiful beach with a lot of protected beautiful natural reef areas to snorkel. Unfortunately, winter waves were beautiful but were too violent to snorkel. Great for advance surfers. Would definitely come back during summer time!

Dan — Google review

We got here early so parking wasn't an issue. This is the best beach that we have been on, on this island, or anywhere! It was so gorgeous around this area and the views from the beach don't feel real. We brought snorkels and snorkeled around and looked at fish and other sea creatures on the rocks. You can snorkel and see fish in 5 feet of water.

Joshua F — Google review

Beautiful beach , clear water and so good for snorkeling, its on the north side of the island and thats why its mostly cloudy but above all the view its amazing, make sure you go early to find parking, its only like 7 spots for parking.

Megan H — Google review

Stunning beach spot great for snorkeling. Parking can be very difficult so get there early. We parked 1.5 miles away on the street near Wainahi Park. It was a far walk along the beach but allowed us to see 10 sea turtles along the way and a newborn baby Hawaiian monk seal and it’s mom in their private marked off beach area.Snorkeling at Tunnels is great as the reef is literally steps away from the beach. Great for children as long as they know to not step on the coral. So glad we got to visit here!

David S — Google review

I'm not going to tell my secrets to getting epic parking... we found it funny that boats were bringing people from the other side of the island to swim, where we stepped into the water.Such a beautiful place on earth!

Sam W — Google review

Most beautiful beach we have ever been on. We didn’t have as much luck with snorkeling conditions as some others and you need to be more aware of the surf report at this location than other shore dives we did. We saw beautiful rainbows though as well as a seal resting on the beach who we left alone.

Kelsey M — Google review

We arrived just after 8 AM, parked in the main parking lot and walked down to the reef area to swim. Although the water was choppy, it was still nice for a dip. For the most part, it was also pretty quiet and secluded until about 10am, when the crowds started to arrive. I still can't get over how gorgeous to see the mountain backdrop. It made it easier to walk back to our car which, took about 10 min. On the way there a huge turtle attempted to come up shore which was pretty cool to see. I would definitely go back again.

A A — Google review

Had a great time here. Parking was a little crowded but the beaches definitely were not. We spent all afternoon snorkeling and saw whales, sharks, lobster, and a ton of reef fish. No turtles :(Easy in and out for snorkeling, beautiful scenery, tons of fish, beautiful drive out…5 stars all the way.

Brandon-Dean M — Google review

If you like snorkerling, this is the spot. You will almost guaranteed see a turtle. Hundreds of different fish. Water is calm usually and pretty earm and has a lot of shallow areas even further away from the shore.Weather can be moody but the sand, the beach the trees, the mountains in the background and the beautiful ocean are a sight to behold.

Gergo F — Google review

My favorite beach in Kauai. The views are absolutely fantastic with the mountains in the back.Parking is scarce but I still found a a spot by arriving early (before 8:30am). One can find more parking at the next beach (Haena Beach) and walk backwards towards Tunnels if need be.There are no facilities at Tunnels. No washrooms, no showers. If in need of facilities, you need to walk to Haena Beach.The ocean was rough in the middle of October. The lifeguards kept telling everyone to stay out of the water.As beautiful as the beach is, the current can be strong . If in doubt, don't go out!

Adrian M — Google review

Our favorite beach in Kauai and great for snorkeling during the summer.Parking can be a bit challenging so arrive early!

Lyndsey A — Google review

Easily one of the greatest beaches on earth. Unbelievable snorkeling. Absolutely stunning. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Dalidreams — Google review

I saw a lot of warnings that parking is limited so get there early.... Well we came from the south and on vacation it's hard to find motivation to get up early... But it was totally fine! Dropped off fam and stuff at the tunnels beach. Parked at Haena Beach Park free (not Haena state park) and walked along the beach towards Tunnels. Not an issue if you're ok with a 10-15 minute long walk on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Kyle D — Google review

Absolutely beautiful. Limited parking: spacing for apx 8 vehicles. Kauai County Sign says parking only one one side.

K. C — Google review

Favorite beach on North Shore! Waterfall view from the beach, soft sand, killer snorkeling spot and sunset. You'll miss out if you don't check it out! Only 8 spots to park on the street with access to the beach. We got lucky and scored one every ti.e we came.

Stephanie H — Google review

Absolutely stunning beach with incredible snorkeling, but there were SO many visitors who can't read/have no common sense walking ON the reef. If you're fortunate enough to visit, treat this sacred place with the respect it deserves.

Jacquelyn B — Google review

Tunnels Beach is an amazing location for landscape photography. Be there at sunset to see the sun set to the right of the beach. Be there at sunrise to see the mountain illuminated by the rising sun. So worth the drive to get here.

Tim S — Google review

My favorite beach on Kauai!! I’ve never imagined being on a beach with a mountain in the background! Like a lot of the beaches, there’s limited parking unless you want to walk for a while to get here. Definitely worth it regardless! Great place to swim, snorkel and relax on the beach! I fell in love with this beach the moment I step foot on it. The water was pretty calm, but waves would get pretty big. But that’s anywhere! Watch out for the reef, it’s pretty big and we saw some amazing fish and turtles!

Jannah Q — Google review

This is a great beach, but not my favorite. Beautiful scenery and a nice fringe reef makes this a good place for snorkeling and swimming in the protected area. Downsides are lack of parking (need to park at the park down the road) and strong currents.

Brandon M — Google review

Amazing beach, great to snorkeling but doesn’t have a lot of variety of animals but if you want to see a turtle, definitely come here. I saw like 5.

Ulysses L — Google review

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Nature & Parks

Park

Kōkeʻe State Park is a lush, mountainous park with waterfalls, a campground, a museum, and panoramic ocean and valley views. The park is home to endemic vegetation and various types of birds and insects. There are more than a dozen hiking trails to choose from, each providing a unique view of the park.

This was one of our favorite hikes on the island. Breathtaking views! Beautiful hiking trails throughout the park, especially the Pihea Trail. The trail was pretty slippery. I recommend hiking boots, water, snacks, and hats!

Allie B — Google review

Even if you go just to take in the views at the overlooks, it’s worth it! Lots of great trails in the park, too, of course. Beauty everywhere you look! A must do. The lodge is a nice stop for lunch and live music if the timing works out. Remember there is nearly 0 cell service; download offline maps if you’ll be relying on GPS.

Ashley D — Google review

Long journey up a mountain, but it is worth every single second!!Great family day!!I do hope they use the tourist money for park access to get some of the potholes fixed soon. With no service at the top, you really hope your car doesn’t blow a tire on some of those. They are deep and large!

Emi M — Google review

This place is beyond beautiful! If you make it to the island of Kauai you have to visit this place! There are quite a few lookout points to see, but it is possible to see them all in one day. There is a site for picnics and there are cabins as well. The museum is small, but definitely worth seeing. There are some really nice hiking trails also, but be careful if it rains, as they can become very slippery.Some of the lookouts have a price you have to pay to enter. They are $10 per car, and $5 per person. Absolutely worth it.

Jason H — Google review

This was a really good hiking and overall experience. We did about 14 mi across six different trails and each one of them was amazing. It wasn't too busy in July, The parking seem to be filling up when we left at about 1:00 p.m. we had the entire park to ourselves when we got there at 6:00 a.m. for sunrise.

Bryon T — Google review

5 Stars for the views - 0 stars for the park management.$10 per car and $5 per person fee - no problems at all, I'm happy to pay for park service fees because that means there is active park management. Well, that's what I thought it meant.Several sections of road were worse than some 4x4 tracks I use with monster potholes that have obviously been there a long time. The toilets were an absolute disgrace.Then the hiking trails - most places that we hike that are subject to high erosion have elevated sections over flood & erosion prone areas to help the hikers and to protect the trails (or at the minimum some gravel) - not here where you simply navigate great pools of mud and make the trail worse. Most places will have steps in the really steep places to avoid serious erosion and protect root systems - nope, massive muddy slippery sections ripping through the slope.They also have a nice sign asking you to brush your shoes before and after your hike to prevent the spread of seeds and diseases impacting native plants - great. Except all the places where the brushes should be were void of brushes. If the forest management team can't be bothered to help stop the spread of seeds and disease then why would anyone else!?Nice views - terrible, incompetent management.

Brad C — Google review

Koke’e state park is beautiful and amazing! The views of the coast is breath taking and so is the gorgeous view of the mountains ⛰️. God created a beautiful view with this.

Chibuike U — Google review

Absolutely gorgeous, I highly recommend that you visit. It’s pretty much as breathtaking as the Grand Canyon but much more green and lush.

Mark T — Google review

Magnificent park!! After hiking the Kalalau Trail and all its glory, we can safely say that we preferred the views from the hikes in Kokee. So beautiful!

abitofjess — Google review

The drive up to the lookout is long and people prone to motion sickness should have Dramamine on hand. Several pullout over amazing views. There are a few hiking trails from the Kalalau lookout. If you have time and can pack for muddy, rainy, muggy weather, the views and experience of being in the canyon are amazing. Ease do your research on length of the hike and conditions. Being fully equipped makes for a better experience.

Paula Z — Google review

Koke’e State Park, Kauai. My sister and I rented a truck and drove up a beautiful winding road to an elevation of about 5,000 ft I believe. This spot over looks one of the most breathtaking views I think I have ever seen. The pictures can not do it justice. The colors are amazing. Best day trip. The air seems so clean and crisp. Shouldn’t leave Kauai without making your way to Koke’e.

Michelle S — Google review

Great place and great view. Don't miss! We were so excited about Kauai that we went everywhere then followed it up with a helicopter ride to see everything again. Fun fun fun!

Jeff D — Google review

Incredible views you can drive to, hikes of various difficulty levels for the more adventurous. The koke’e lodge has good (but pricey) food that hits the spot after a hike. No place to clean off the mud, though.

Melissa D — Google review

Amazing views from the various lookouts and great hiking in the park too. The lodge is so cute and cosy. Pretty reasonable entry fee for all day entry.

Kat — Google review

Pull over and take fifteen minutes here! It's nothing like Utah's arches or New Mexico desert. It's smooth and powdery and alien and fantastic! Lots of photo ops.

J S — Google review

Incredible park! The views are stunning. There are plenty of great hikes you can do in the area, as well as lots of scenic viewpoints. We did the Pihea Trail which had some great views of the Na Pali Coast.The road to get here is long and winding.The entry fee to the park is $10 per car, plus $5 per person. This is payable at all the main viewpoints. This is not the price for just one outlook, but also valid for the whole park.A must visit in Kauai!

Michal B — Google review

It truly is the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. You can drive to multiple lookouts or hike in if you're feeling adventurous. There's a on site restaurant, a souvenir shop and a museum. You pay for parking and park entrance fee per person at the parking lots, not at a gate.

Christopher D — Google review

A must visit in Kauai! Highly recommend stopping as many spots as you can along the way. The top lookouts are gorgeous but the ones along the way also share their own beauty!

Shruti R — Google review

So worth the visit! Completely different nature from where we spend most of our time on the north shore, great hiking, and yummy food at the end of the road.

Maya S — Google review

Fantastic views of the cliffs and the ocean. There's also a nice open park just below the top.

Alexander S — Google review

4.8

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Kalalau Lookout

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Sights & Landmarks

The Kalalau Lookout is a popular site within the Kokee State Park on the island of Kauai known for its breathtaking views of the Kalalau Valley and ocean. At an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet above sea level, visitors can witness the largest valley on the island stretching all the way to the ocean. The best spot for optimal viewing is located in the right corner of a fenced area.

Best trail ever. If you walk down the ridge to the top you will experience a host of beautiful views, better than the one from the lookout. It’s muddy and in parts steep, so be careful. We enjoyed the hike and will take it again. A lot of bugs at the last piece towards the end, so take bug spray if you want to sit down and enjoy the views for a while.

Martin M — Google review

Worth the drive! Checkout Waimea canyon on the way up. We stopped at the restaurant and museum for lunch and had the BEST smoked ahi!! They also had a guy singing which added to the awesome experience!! Alot of people came up to do trails but even as just spectators it was beyond worth it. It started cloudy but cleared. Can't see anything really if the clouds stayed but it was magical to be in the clouds at 4000 feet. The pullouts along the way are apart of the fun and beauty exploring. Try to download map or directions as we got turned around leaving which added 20 more minutes to our drive. We didn't mind it as the views were spectacular every way you looked.

Stephanie H — Google review

We planned on just going to Winema Canyon but were told about the lookouts on the road miles beyond that are fantastic and they were right, the view is amazing. The road eventually ends at lookouts overlooking the Napili Coast from the backside. We couldn’t get reservations for the many boat rides that go to the Napili Coast so we were glad to learn about this. The road is small, winds a lot and can be REALLY bumpy in parts but it was an adventure with a payoff at the end of truly paradise live. If you are already going to Winema Canyon add this to your trip, you won’t be sorry, I highly recommend it!

Patrick S — Google review

The best lookout to the Nā Pali Coast. There is a non-official path below the viewing platform which is totally worth taking - even if you hiked to the Kalalau beach itself like us. The birds eye perspective shows again a different face of this incredible valley.

Matej ( — Google review

An absolute must see! When we first arrived it was covered in clouds. We thought..."Bummer", however if you are patient and wait it out a little, the clouds will usually clear out unveiling an absolutely breathtaking view of the valley and ocean below!If you feel adventurous there is even a hike you can take, but we stayed at the easily accessible lookout point and surrounding area to get some once in a lifetime pics and videos! Truly memorable!

Steve L — Google review

A once-in-a-lifetime view. This was our favorite lookout of our entire trip to Hawaii. The landscape is breathtaking and untouched. It is a perfect place for photos with a stunning background. Took about 45 minutes to drive to the point and was worth every second. I wish we would have planned and prepared for the long hike that goes past the lookout

Samantha F — Google review

This is a major attraction on the island. Elevation is about 4,000 feet above sea level and you are inside the Kokee State park. Kauai island does no have any National parks, unfortunately. You will see in front of you the largest valley on the island stretching out all way to the ocean, Kalalau Valley. The best view of the valley from Kalalau lookout is in the right corner of the fenced area. Also, recomend to arrive early to enjoy the view before the clouds roll in. Finally, Binoculars can be very useful here. This place is worth your time!

Alex V — Google review

Amazing trail. Great walk/hike. Very fun time with family. Come on a clear day to get the best views. Careful if it starts to rain though as the trail can become slippery.

David N — Google review

This is a gorgeous lookout. When we first arrived it was covered by clouds but we were told wait 20-30 minutes and it would clear. Sure enough the clouds moved past us and we had a great view.

Travelbuff — Google review

Fantastic views! Nice spot right off the road. Beautiful view of the rugged Napali coast. The birds eye perspective shows again a different face of this incredible valley. I even captured a waterfall . . .

Cree P — Google review

Stunning views! Not to be missed. The road is a little windy but very scenic. The views all along the way are amazing, too .

K S — Google review

Beautiful vantage point in Koke'e park down to the Na Pali coast line! If you did any of the Kalalau trail hike or saw it from a boat tour off the north coast, it's a great way to get a different perspective on the coast line. As others have said, the clouds roll in quick and can linger, but with patience they will usually go away and give you that killer view.

Mike M — Google review

Amazing views of the canyon on the drive up but once we got to the end it was raining and we were in a cloud with no view at all. Check the weather before you make the drive. Overall it was a great day with many great lookouts and trails.

Matt B — Google review

My favorite lookout in Kauai - not to be missed. No matter if you’ve done a helicopter tour(which I highly recommend) or a scenic boat ride - getting another perspective of the Nā Pali Coast never gets old. Super short walk from the parking lot to the outlook.The temp drops about 15 degrees or so up there - highly recommend taking a light jacket! Oh and there are bathrooms up there, which is a huge positive after the drive up there. Many other lookouts to stop at as well.

Valeria C — Google review

It is journey to get up to the lookout but with many other lookouts along the way, you get to see so much beautiful scenery!Once at the top, It’s honestly, indescribable. The beauty and views are the most amazing thing.We even could see whales out in the ocean!!

Emi M — Google review

Great scenic drive to the lookout. Many stops along the way so take your time. Temps were about 15 degrees cooler at the lookout so keep that in mind.

Paul G — Google review

Takes approximately 1 hour to drive (very winding road) from Poipu Beach to the first of four lookout points. Reminded me of lookout points of the Grand Canyon. Went in December where there was minimal traffic/tourist.

Frank A — Google review

The Kalalau Lookout can be reached by car after a one hour drive from the coast. The paved road is twisty and turny, but nothing too bad. The lookout overlooks an amazing view of the coastline. It rains alot here, even when it is sunny elsewhere on the island. When the sun catches the water vapor in the clouds you can witness some amazing rainbows like the attached photo that I took.

Tim S — Google review

Unfortunately we went on a day with lots of fog. I can imagine how pretty this is on a clear day. Definitely worth the drive though.

Chris M — Google review

Kalalau Lookout is a haven for nature lovers and hikers, offering stunning panoramic views in a cooler mountainous setting. The unique microclimate showcases diverse plants, creating an immersive experience that seamlessly combines breathtaking scenery with the beauty of nature. It's a must-visit spot for those seeking a refreshing escape and a glimpse into the wonders of the outdoors.

Leonard B — Google review

4.8

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Kalalau Trail

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Nature & Wildlife Areas

Hiking Trails

The Kalalau Trail is a challenging hiking path that spans 11 miles and offers breathtaking views of the ocean, sandy beaches, and waterfalls. It serves as the only land access to Kauai's remote Na Pali coast and provides an excellent opportunity to explore the area's stunning scenery. The trail begins at Kee Beach and leads hikers through the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park towards Kalalau beach, which is situated at its end.

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Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

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Nature & Parks

Nature & Wildlife Areas

The Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park is a popular hiking and camping spot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. With steep climbing cliffs and dramatic waterfalls, it's an excellent place to see tropical plants and wildlife in their natural environment.

Absolutely stunning! Exceptional views even if you hike the first few miles. The beach is beautiful as well. Wear hiking shoes--the mud is extremely slippery when wet. The trek is a bit difficult, but well worth it.

Allie B — Google review

Such a beautiful place. We learned that you need to get to this view early in the morning, before 9am if you want to enjoy the beauty of the view. It is breathtaking. This view point is not hard to get as you can just drive and walk a few steps to the observatory area. There is a parking lot near the row very convenient as well. There are different hikes and trails around the area. Lovely place to take friends and family.

Giselle S — Google review

Absolutely incredible park with some of the best views anywhere on earth. Real rainforest and so many plants and trees. Wildlife everywhere. So cool to visit. You could spend months here. Beaches are amazing.

Nick — Google review

Amazing drive with fantastic views. It’s ten dollars a car plus 5 dollars per person but totally worth it. Make sure to wear sunscreen and good shoes because there are some hikes you’ll want to take.

Lis M — Google review

What an amazing place. The natural beauty of this place is amazing. Definitely a place to add to your bucket list. Highly recommend a helicopter tour. Best views we had were from the air.

Adam R — Google review

Located at the North Western end of the road at Ke’e on Kauai is the lookout over the Na’Pali Coast. A beautiful drive from Lihue about 1 1/2 hours on winding roads and increasing to an elevation of approx. 5000 ft. Honestly one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. You will also pass Waimea Canyon on the way. The only other way to see the Na Pali Coast is by boat or helicopter.

Michelle S — Google review

Amazing view!!! One of the rainiest places on earth. pu'u okila lookout and pihea trail...We went at 11am on a dry day...otherwise the trail would have been difficult due to mud. Limited parking ....Were able to grab the last open parking spot. ....10.00 per vehicle and 5.00 per person....definitely worth the stop...a very beautiful area.

Andrea G — Google review

We did the two mile hike from the Na Pali state park to this spot. It was a challenging hike but awesome, and the destination was totally worth it. There are cliffs, caves, ride pools, rocks and trees to discover. So much fruit on the way to pick and eat. I would plan 5 hours for the hike (an hour per mile plus time at the beach). Bring snacks and water. No swimming allowed.

Katie L — Google review

The Na Pali Coast in Hawaii is a breathtaking natural wonder that offers stunning views of rugged cliffs, lush valleys, and clear blue waters. Its remote location makes it a paradise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Kalalau Trail provides an adventurous trek along the coastline, revealing hidden beaches and waterfalls along the way. The vibrant marine life and coral reefs in the surrounding waters make it a prime spot for snorkeling and diving. Whether you're admiring the coast from a boat or exploring it up close, Na Pali is a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable Hawaiian experience.

MD R — Google review

Gorgeous hiking. The trails are rocky and steep but the views are incredible. We hiked to Hanakapi'ai Falls and back. We took the 7am shuttle in which was perfect, we were able to complete much of the hike while it was still cool and the sun hadn't come out yet. I think we caught the 2pm shuttle out, so it took us about 6 hours in the park but that included some time spent at the falls taking a break. The last stretch from the beach back to the shuttle was the worst part as it was during the heat of the day and there isn't as much shade on that part of the trail. Highly recommend!

Alexandria W — Google review

One of the most beautiful places in the world. The coast line is simply magical. Na Pali means “many cliffs”, and the name could not be more accurate. Definitely a place to add to your bucket list. It is not easily accessible - it can be only seen by boat or by air. Unfortunately, neither of these options are cheap, however they are absolutely worth it. We did a sailing trip out to see the coast and it was an incredible experience.

Michal B — Google review

So beautiful make sure to do the boat tour to see all it’s beauty and the small plane or helicopter tour

Sa9165 R — Google review

One of my bucket list dream hikes. Done 🫶 thank God he kept us safe all the way there and back. December is really probably not the best time to do the hike because you won't really get to enjoy the beach due to the big swell. But working with our schedule it just happend to work out that way for us and we did keep an eye on the weather and committed to do it if they kept the trail open and the streams were good to cross always keeping it safe. We really enjoyed the trail. The hike itself is definitely difficult. My husband and I love hiking and hike in the States. But this is the first backpacking hike we have done. This is the hardest one of all lol. You really need to have the energy cardio in you to make it all the way through. I was struggling after mile 8 and I think is 11 miles one way. The trail is a lot of up and down and it really takes the energy out of you. Especially if is hot sunny. There is some shade along the mountain and under the trees in some part of the trail. But you really need to hydrate a lot and take brakes so you don't overheat lol at least that's what worked for me. There is a lot more info that you can get about this hike on Facebook the group is Kalalau trail and the people will help with good feedback and advice about it. Is one for the books for sure. Be safe and enjoy it. We sure did 🫶

Elizabeth H — Google review

Highlight of the Kauai trip! We took a helicopter ride and while the whole island is gorgeous, Nā Pali is just something else and it humbles you to your core.

Cristina — Google review

It’s a park on the north west of Kauai! Park has per person and per car entry. There are restrooms near parking spots. Do take water while hiking, if it’s raining then don’t hike, you might get stuck! Hike is for all levels, given the conditions are right!

Ash S — Google review

We took a catamaran tour along the Nā Pali Coast and it proved to be a splurge well worth it. While Hawaii tends to be on the pricier side, the experience offered by this coastal journey was nothing short of extraordinary. The views along the rugged cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast were simply breathtaking, showcasing the raw and untouched beauty of Kauai's shoreline. An added bonus to the tour was the close encounters with dolphins and whales, which added a magical dimension to an already enchanting experience. Despite the expense, the memories created against the backdrop of the Nā Pali Coast make it a must-do for anyone seeking a truly awe-inspiring adventure in Kauai.

Leonard B — Google review

Just do yourself a favor and visit here, at least once in your life. One of the best moments of my life. And I got engaged there. Awa’awapuhi trail. Will remember this for the rest of my life.

Mel E — Google review

This place left me speechless. It's stunningly beautiful. The trails are for experienced hikers only. Make sure to do your homework and plan ahead (permit needed). Also bring enough water and food.

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