Geologically the oldest of the main Islands, Kauai was built up some six million years ago through volcanic activity. It is a very mountainous island, with the highest peak being Kawaikini, which is 5,243 feet high. The second highest peak is Mount Wai’ale’ale, which is near the center of the island and is 5,148 feet above sea level. The top of Mount Wai’ale’ale is one of the wettest spots on earth, with an average rainfall of 460 inches on its east side. Often, when looking at the mountain, you will see it covered in clouds and because of this there is an old Hawaiian belief that this is where the ancestors go after they have died. Because of this huge amount of rainfall, many of the cliffs have eroded to form great valleys in the central mountains of the island and feature many, many magnificent waterfalls.



On the western side of the island, you will find the town of Waimea at the mouth of the Waimea River. Over long periods of time, the Waimea River has formed the Waimea Canyon, which is often called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Be sure to check out Waimea Canyon State Park where you can stand on lookouts and see spectacular views and deep access to the geological history of the island which is written into its walls. Another amazing attraction on Kauai is the Na Pali Coast with its spectacular cliffs that fall down into the sea and waterfalls that tumble hundreds and hundreds of feet into the ocean. The Na Pali Coast is so wild that even today no road has been built through the area. But there is a wonderful hiking trail back to the hidden beaches that are inaccessible by car. Or if you are adventurous, you can even try kayaking past the beaches.

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Best of Kauai Tour

We have and all inclusive Best of Kauai Tour were you will have the opportunity to experience everything that Kauai has to offer. 5 star service at an amazing low price. Beautiful accommodations over looking the Ocean and Mountains for your first night stay with us. 5 star cuisine including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. And best of all personalized shuttle services which take you on amazing activities. You will see breath taking waterfalls, hike magnificent hiking trails and swim with endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Everything you want can be had on this Best of Kauai Tour.

Day Trips

$198

Kauai Waterfalls Tour

This is an amazing four waterfalls in a day tour. This guided 6-hour tour is a small-group tour, which will take you to some of the most breathtaking waters on the island of Kauai. Be prepared to get wet and have the best time of your life.

Nature & Wildlife

$95

H20 Ninja Mask Rental

Offering rentals and sales of the H20 Ninja Mask. Explore the amazing underworld of Kauai with the newest snorkeling sensation. A revolutionary full face snorkeling mask designed to make snorkeling effortless and natural. The unique full face design allows you to breathe normally just the same as you would on land, without utilizing a mouthpiece. Benefits include a 90% reduction in fogging, extended snorkeling time, and optional integrated GoPro mounts. We offer daily rentals and sales with two convenient locations. Reserve your mask today and enjoy the best snorkeling experience possible!

Snorkeling

$30

Afternoon Napali Adventure

An unforgettable 3 Hour Afternoon Napali Adventure is perfect for those wanting to explore the historic Napali Coast from Hanalei Bay on Kauai's north shore on our custom Kauai built high speed raft. Make sure to bring a camera to capture your unforgettable experience. As we travel down the coast, your crew and Captain entertain your imagination with stories of the ancient Hawaiians who once made this coast their home. Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and seabirds which are often seen on our tours.

Dolphin & Whale Watching

$180

Napali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

Sail the majestic Na Pali Coast and witness its beauty with 4,000-ft cliffs, cascading waterfalls, sea caves, secluded beaches, dolphins, turtles and breathtaking scenery. You will see why the Na Pali Coast is known as the jewel of Hawaii and the 8th natural wonder of the world. Feel the wind in your sails as our crew entertain your imagination with Hawaiian legends and history. Nobody sails more and its not uncommon to reach speeds of 20 knots or more. Snorkel along the coast of Kauai. All gear, food and beverages are included.

Snorkeling

$158

Wikiwiki Zip Tour

The Wikiwiki('quick' in Hawaiian) Zip Tour is exciting, beautiful and a shorter version of the Treetop Zipline Tour. Enjoy 3 runs combined with 2 canopy bridge crossings. If you want a great zipline tour but don't have much time, the Wikiwiki Zip Tour is perfect and at a great price point.

Ziplines

$82

Zipline Treetop Tour

Come soar through a unique and majestic Norfolk Pine forest. Enjoy 7 different zipline runs and 4 canopy bridges. This amazing canopy tour is our most popular and provides gorgeous mountain views as you glide 60 - 85' above the forest floor over mango, eucalyptus and bamboo trees. After the tour relax in the lush surroundings of the bamboo forest while enjoying the provided juice and snacks. To top your tour experience off, take the drop on our famous 60' monster swing or swaying 60' climbing wall.

Ziplines

$125

Na Pali Sunset Dinner Cruise and Snorkel

Cruise to the spectacular Na Pali coast aboard a luxury catamaran for an afternoon sail that features a snorkel & swim (when conditions permit) and incredible scenery topped off with a delicious three course dinner buffet and a romantic Hawaiian sunset. Look for dolphins and sea turtles as you sip a drink, snap some photos and make memories to last a lifetime.

Night Cruises

$156

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The Hawaiian Lei

Synonymous with Hawaiian culture and a historic symbol of Hawaii is the Lei. This is a garland of flowers that is usually draped over your shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back. The custom comes from ancient Polynesians who visited the islands and passed down their tradition of wearing leis to the Hawaiian people. This tradition evolved into the Native Hawaiians wearing them to signify their ranks and royalty. They are also worn as an honor to their gods.

As tourism reached Hawaii, the custom of the lei became a staple of Hawaii popular culture and is used as a symbol of affection - typically when a person is arriving or leaving. The locals use leis for all sorts of occasions including: birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc. During a graduation, high school or college graduates can be seen wearing so many lei that it covers their face! Visitors can order a traditional flower lei right at the airport for an old school Hawaiian greeting. It's always a nice way to transport yourself to the tropical island mindset.

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