Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii

The fourth largest island in the Hawaiian group, Kauai is known as the "Garden Island." The terrain ranges from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Waialeale and the desert-like beauty of Waimea Canyon to the Wailua River's lush Fern Grotto. Ironically this once isolated island was the site of the first meeting between Europeans and Hawaiians. On January 19, 1778, Captain James Cook anchored his ships off the mouth of the Waimea River, becoming the first in a long line of enthusiastic visitors.

Kauai was never conquered by the great warrior King Kamehameha.

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Points of Interest

  • Waimea Canyon
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto
  • Napali Coast
  • North Shore of Kauai
  • Grove Farm Homestead
  • Kilauea Lighthouse
  • Snorkeling
  • Outdoor Adventures
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  • Waimea Canyon

    This natural wonder astounds the viewer with stunning vistas that go on for miles. Located on the west side of Kauai, It truly lives up to its nickname, "Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

    A two-mile journey on the famed Wailua River leads to legendary Fern Grotto. It's a dramatic must-see attraction and the setting for live performances of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song."

  • Napali Coast

    The remote northwest shore of Kauai has provided a stunning and pristine backdrop for movies like Jurassic Park, King Kong and others. A must-see attraction, "Napali" means "cliffs" in Hawaiian.

  • North Shore of Kauai

    One of the most scenic places in the world with miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and mountain waterfalls.

  • Grove Farm Homestead

    This well-preserved sugar plantation/museum features a main house, farm office and workers' homes surrounded by tropical gardens for a fascinating glimpse of island life in the late 1800s.

  • Kilauea Lighthouse

    Put into service in 1913, it is one of the nations most intact historic light stations. Atop Kilauea Point, this is one of Kauai's most visited sites for its scenic beauty. This landmark played a pivotal and prominent role in the life of the nearby sugar plantation town of Kilauea and is a symbol if the town.

  • Snorkeling

    Step from the sand to the water and snorkel in one of the island's beautiful beaches, or head to Kauai's famed Na Pali Coast for a glimpse of incredible fish, coral and sea turtles playing offshore.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Some of Kauai's most popular outdoor activities include zip-lining above the tropical forest canopy, hiking through the jungle, swimming in natural pools, river kayaking and tubing the Hanamaulu Ditch System.

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Waimea Canyon

4.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-200
  • Waimea Canyon

Watch Spouting Horn shoot water 50 feet in the air while emitting a loud groan. It's just one highlight of Waimea Canyon, hailed by Mark Twain as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Along the way, this moderately active half-day excursion also reveals Lihue, Koloa, Oma'o, Kalaheo and Hanapepe.

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Waimea Canyon (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-201
  • Waimea Canyon

Watch Spouting Horn shoot water 50 feet in the air while emitting a loud groan. It's just one highlight of Waimea Canyon, hailed by Mark Twain as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Along the way, this moderately active half-day excursion also reveals Lihue, Koloa, Oma'o, Kalaheo and Hanapepe.

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Wailua River Cruise & Fern Grotto

3 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-205
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

Kauai is blessed with stunning natural features. This moderate half-day excursion spotlights some of the island's most popular sights from the Wailua River and Fern Grotto, home of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" to the magnificent Opaekaa Falls. And along the way see small towns and villages amidst luxuriant countryside.

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Panoramic Kauai - Opaekaa Falls, Plantation & Train

3.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-220

Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past on a tour including Opaekaa Falls, the historic Wailua Complex of Heiaus and the enchanting Kilohana Plantation. Here you'll enjoy a vintage railway tour followed by time to explore the magnificent Tudor-style Kilohana mansion with its extensive shops and galleries.

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Panoramic Kauai - Falls, Plantation & Train (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-221

Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past on a tour including Opaekaa Falls, the historic Wailua River Complex and the enchanting Kilohana Plantation. Here you'll enjoy a vintage railway tour followed by time to explore the magnificent Tudor-style Kilohana mansion with its extensive shops and galleries.

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Beach Snorkel

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-780
  • Snorkeling
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore Kauai's underwater wonderland on a snorkel adventure suited to all experience levels. This active half-day excursion will have you gazing in awe at tropical fish and swimming near green sea turtles. Your guides are marine life experts who will eagerly share their love of the sea.

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Grove Farm & Kauai Plantation Railway

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-310
  • Grove Farm Homestead

Explore Kauai's colorful history on this intriguing and moderately active half-day excursion with snack. You'll tour Grove Farm, a beautifully preserved 1864 homestead that was one of the island's first sugar plantations. Then you'll travel to Kilohana Plantation for a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway through lush fruit orchards.

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Hidden Falls Kayak Adventure

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-760
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience a beautiful jungle stream on a fun downwind kayak trip along the Hule'ia River, the film site for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Lost World." Then hike to a swimming hole and waterfall and return via a unique double-hulled, powered Hawaiian canoe on this active half-day excursion.

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Kauai Hiking Adventure

4.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-475
  • Outdoor Adventures

Put on your hiking boots and experience the raw beauty of Halele'a Forest Reserve. As Kauai's only dedicated hiking tour for cruise line guests, you'll be treated to stunning views and exotic plants. Following the hike, you'll be rewarded with snacks and refreshments at Keahua Arboretum.

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Kauai Sip, Savor & Shop

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-300

Kauai's bounty is yours for the tasting on this delicious tour of the only remaining sugar estate plantation on the island. Pick and taste fruit off the tree, watch a fresh fruit cutting demonstration, and learn to operate a sugarcane press. A mixologist creates signature mai tais to enjoy with Hawaiian appetizers. There's even time to shop!

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Jewels of Hawaii: Allerton & McBryde Tropical Gardens & Waterfall

5.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-215
  • Outdoor Adventures

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens comprises five garden complexes dedicated to preserving endangered plant species - and three of the gardens are on Kauai. National Geographic described Allerton Garden as one of the world's 50 must-see destinations, and adjacent McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of Hawaiian flora in the world.

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Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto

8 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-100
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

View Kauai's famous Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain described as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Then cruise up the Wailua River to legendary Fern Grotto for a performance of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song." With additional stops at Spouting Horn, Opaekaa Falls and lunch, this full-day excursion is unforgettable.

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Discover Kauai

6.25 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-210
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto
  • North Shore of Kauai
  • Kilauea Lighthouse

Discover the beauty of this breathtaking island. Designed for small groups, you'll explore the famous Opaeka'a Falls and Poliahu Heiau, take a leisurely boat ride up the Wailua River, visit the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge & Bird Sanctuary and enjoy lunch at Anini Beach.

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Hollywood in Hawaii - Movies & Waterfalls

6 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-305
  • North Shore of Kauai

More than 50 Hollywood productions have been filmed on Kauai since the studios discovered its lush beauty. Star-struck explorers can fall under the spell of these same locations on an easy full-day excursion. Sightsee aboard a custom mini-bus outfitted with a monitor to view each locale's corresponding footage.

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Na Pali Cruise & Snorkel

7 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-775
  • Napali Coast
  • Snorkeling
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore the Na Pali Coast by zodiac and snorkel or swim in a protected lagoon on this very active full-day excursion. Learn island history, marvel at dramatic sea caves and cascading waterfalls, see colorful reef fishes up close, and maybe even swim with endangered green sea turtles.

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Poipu Horseback Riding Adventure

3.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-430
  • Outdoor Adventures

Saddle up for a great horseback riding adventure in one of the most unspoiled regions of Kauai. Beautiful Maha'ulepu is the backdrop for an approximate1½-hour ride across pasture ranch land and farm crops to coastal and mountain vistas. And your half-day tour includes a scenic drive.

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Mudbug Waterfall Off-Road Adventure

5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-525
  • Outdoor Adventures

Drive your off-road Mudbug through a cane haul tunnel. Then splash through riverbeds to arrive at a mountain waterfall for a refreshing swim and a picnic lunch. Along the way experience Kauai's beautiful south shore from ocean to uplands with movie sites, panoramic viewpoints and historic outposts in between.

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Kauai's Grand Helicopter

2.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-800
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Napali Coast

No other excursion offers such astounding aerial perspectives and covers so much ground. Soar from Hanapepe and Waimea Canyon to Wailua Falls, the Waialeale Crater and the Na Pali Coast and still have time left for other adventures. This half-day excursion is ideal for nature lovers and thrill seekers.

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Kauai's Grand Helicopter (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-801
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Napali Coast

No other excursion offers such astounding aerial perspectives and covers so much ground. Soar from Hanapepe and Waimea Canyon to Wailua Falls, the Waialeale Crater and the Na Pali Coast and still have time left for other adventures. This half-day excursion is ideal for nature lovers and thrill seekers.

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Helicopter, Kilauea Lighthouse & Hanalei Pier

6 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | LIH-850
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Napali Coast
  • North Shore of Kauai

Tour historic Kilauea Lighthouse and stroll down Hanalei Pier, a scenic backdrop featured in the classic musical "South Pacific." Then take to the air and sightsee via helicopter from Waimea Canyon to the Na Pali Coast. This full-day excursion includes lunch for a comprehensive Kauai adventure.

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