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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku

Luau Kalamaku is an unforgettable experience and a “must see” for any visitor. The twice-weekly extravaganza has welcomed guests since 2007, offering great views from every seat. Following dinner, the cast takes the stage for the 45-minute main show to tell the amazing story of the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land); the epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. The evening begins with craft and cultural demonstrations, and Hawaiian games, followed by the traditional imu ceremony. Guests are treated to delicious traditional local cuisine, while hula dancers and musicians entertain. The show culminates with a fantastic fire dream featuring fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing. Your Luau Itinerary: • Fresh Flower Lei Greeting • Craft and Cultural Demonstrations • Hawaiian Games • Train Ride via the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway (additional charge applies) • Open Bar Service • Imu Ceremony • Dinner, Live Music and Traditional Hula • Main Show – Kalamakū • Photo Session with Cast The Luau Buffet Menu: • Poi • Lomi lomi salmon • Kalua pork baked in the imu • Yellow curry Ratatouille • Teriyaki chicken • Pan seared fish • Fresh fruits & salad • Array of desserts including: Warm rice pudding & banana creme pie Menu includes gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options. Menu subject to seasonal changes.

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Kauai 65-Minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour

2. Kauai 65-Minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour

Climb aboard the new Australian-made G8 AirVan for a personalized 65-minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour of Kauai. Fly through the Waimea Canyon and then catch your breath as the majestic cathedral spires of the Na Pali are suddenly beneath you. Continue alongside the ridgeline behind the lovely Hanalei Bay and travel south to see the numerous waterfalls of Hanalei Valley as well as the crater below Kauai's Mt. Wai`ale`ale (weather permitting). In winter months whale watching may also be possible! The experienced pilot will tell you about the rich history and mythical lore of Kauai, and using the 2-way intercom you can ask questions. Only Wings Over Kauai features an expert agricultural narration by the owner and chief pilot, the research scientist Dr. Bruce Coulombe. For approximately 65-70 minutes, you’ll experience a safe and thrilling experience that’s the ultimate air tour of the Garden Island. What makes Wings Over Kauai unique is a dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. The ultimate goal for every flight is to make sure every passenger has the best experience possible.

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Kauai: VIP Island Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

3. Kauai: VIP Island Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

Experience an unforgettable evening filled with delicious island cuisine and a spectacular story-telling Hawaiian show. You will begin your Plantation Owners Evening begins with a culinary journey back in time. Feast on a traditional dinner at Gaylord’s Restaurant, located in Kilohana Plantation’s 60-acre orchard and agricultural park. Following dinner, take a leisurely stroll over to the Luau Kalamaku venue where you will enjoy premier seating at the Luau Kalamaku show that pays homage to Kauai's mythology. As the sun sets, marvel at the live Hawaiian music and cast of entertainers including graceful hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers and traditional fire knife dancing. The cast will take the stage for the 45-minute main show to tell the amazing story of the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land”), the epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Be transported by the interactive stage design of the theatrical luau and travel back in time ancient Polynesia, during the time of the people’s remarkable migration to the Islands. Four-Course Meal Menu: First course with a choice of: • Shrimp and scallop spring rolls or • Pacific blue crab cake Second course with a choice of: • Island caprese or • Local field green salad Third course with a choice of: • Sesame seed seared fresh catch • Hoisin glazed pork spare-ribs Fourth course with a choice of: • Banana cream pie • Profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream

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Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

4. Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and the lush Waimea canyon. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land, by water. Your day starts as your tour guide picks you up on Kauai's North or East Shore. The comfortable, air-conditioned touring van offers large viewing windows on all sides for you to admire the beaches, mountains, and waterfalls. Arrive at the Wailua River and step aboard a spacious open-air riverboat for a leisurely journey to the Fern Grotto landing. A short walk through the rainforest brings you to one of Kauai's geological wonders, where ferns grow upside down in a natural amphitheater of lava rock – the perfect location to be serenaded and entertained by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. 

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Kauai: Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

5. Kauai: Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

Explore Hawaii's Garden Isle, Kauai, from the best vantage point possible: the sky. Get a bird's eye view of some of Hawaii's most gorgeous scenery on this helicopter tour. See the island's most iconic locations, including the Na Pali Coast, the Waimea Canyon, the Jurassic Falls, and more. Uncover waterfalls, towering red cliffs, emerald green jungles, and the lush paradise of one of Hawaii's oldest islands on this tour. See these natural marvels from a different perspective all while listening to your pilot's information about each sight. Soar above the thundering Jurassic Falls — the iconic waterfall featured in Jurassic Park. Fly above the rolling red hills and valleys of the Waimea Canyon, and glide through the air over Kauai's most iconic location: the Na Pali Coast. Marvel at the countless waterfalls nestled in Waialeale Crater. Best of all, snap pictures of these natural wonders without having to stop along the way, all from the comfort of your helicopter seat.

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Kauai: Eco-Friendly 8-Line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

6. Kauai: Eco-Friendly 8-Line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

Experience the "Garden Isle" from above on an zipline tour. Embark on a thrilling 8 line zipline adventure that will truly take your breath away.  Soar over three different valleys against a backdrop of majestic mountains and ocean scenery. Feel a mountain valley rush past you as you skim just a few dozen feet above the valley floor.  Learn the stories and legends of the island while experiencing an exhilarating adventure. Listen as your expert guides share with you Hawaii's culture and history while on the tour. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

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Kauai: Wailua River Kayak & Hiking Tour to Secret Falls

7. Kauai: Wailua River Kayak & Hiking Tour to Secret Falls

Your guided kayaking tour will begin as you check-in at the store front to sign your waivers, grab a bottle of complimentary water, and gear up for the kayak and hiking adventure. You will also be provided with a dry-bag to put all your personal belongings in to keep everything dry on the hike. From here, your group will head out with your professional guide to the Wailua River for an epic kayaking and hike adventure. You will paddle the majestic Wailua River, which is the only navigable river in Hawaii. This peaceful river winds through a tropical garden paradise of abundant palms, ferns, flowers and wildlife. Not only will your guide show you the pristine and natural wonderment of the Wailua River, but they will also teach you about the rich history of the area. Soon you will come to the North Fork where you will paddle leisurely through the Garden Isle’s most beautiful jungle river until you come to the trail head for Secret Falls. Here, you will dock up your kayak before heading out on a moderate hike through the Wailua Rainforest, the original home of the first Hawaiians. These original explorers of the island paddled from the Marquesas Islands to Kauai almost 1,500 years ago. You will hear about the legends of Hawaii and learn about the flora and fauna of Kauai’s most sacred area. Hike through Kauai rainforest to the beautiful Secret Falls. The final portion of your hike is to the enchanting Uluwehi Waterfall, which descends 125 feet into a natural pool surrounded by rocks and rainforest. You can take a refreshing dip and play in the pool while your guide prepares your picnic lunch for you and your crew. When booking, please select a sandwich option: • Turkey Rose: Rosemary mayo on whole wheat, tomato sprouts • Ham & Cheese: Cheddar on whole wheat, tomato sprouts • Veggie: Hummus on multi-grain, cucumber, black olives, tomato, sprouts • Turkey Rose on Lettuce wrap: Rosemary mayo on lettuce wrap, tomato sprouts • Ham & Cheese on Lettuce wrap: Cheddar on lettuce wrap, tomato sprouts • Veggie on Lettuce Wrap: Hummus on lettuce wrap, cucumber, black olives, tomato, sprouts

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Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

8. Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

Kauai offers the visitor spectacular and dramatic views at every turn. But this lovely island is only truly appreciated from the air. Aboard your scenic flight tour, you'll experience the best of Kauai on one incredible adventure. We'll fly you over the Garden Island's most dramatic and beautiful areas so that you can truly get a sense of this majestic place. Most of these places are completely inaccessible by car, and remain untouched by human hands. Your expert pilot will sail you over the cathedral-like spires of Napali Coastline and high above the Hanalei Bay's white crescent sand beach. You can snap some pictures of the azure blue waters below, as well as monumental red valley walls of Waimea Canyon. The hour-long flight takes you past all this and more, and is a chance to experience the untouched beauty of this spectacular place.

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Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

9. Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

Get a bird’s eye view of all the most iconic sights of Kaui on this exclusive 1 hour and 10-minute flight. Soar over rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. Your expert pilot will entertain you with personalized narration about the geography, history, legends, and culture of this tropical paradise. The aircraft comfortably accommodates 3 passengers, so it’s perfect for a small group or couple. First, fly up to the sunny and secluded coastline, Kipu Kai, nicknamed the baby Napali Coast. Your knowledgable pilot will point out notable sights including the sandy Poipu Beach, the Spouting Horn, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation, and the lush Hanapepe Valley, where you will have a great view of Jurassic Falls. Gain an entirely new perspective on the Garden Island’s diverse landscape as you cruise over dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, red lava fields, and cascading waterfalls from above.  Feel a rush of excitement as you make a big u-turn inside the Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Marvel at the beauty of this multicolored expanse speckled with lush greenery and foliage. Soar gracefully over the 21-mile long Napali Coast consisting of ancient valleys, waterfalls, sweeping cliffs, and bright blue ocean waters. Your pilot will make sure to give you the best view of the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you continue up the lush Hanalei Valley and see its jagged 4,000-foot cliffs. Continue your sightseeing tour flying down the Wailua River to catch sights of Fern Grotto. Conclude your magical journey by passing by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic film “Blue Hawaii”.

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Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

10. Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

Embark on a relaxing and informative guided tour. Discover a tropical paradise with decades of history dating back to the 1800s. Allerton Garden extends along the banks of the Lawai Stream where the valley narrows before opening onto the coast past the Spouting Horn. Along the way, you might even encounter koi fish, large bullfrogs, chickens, and ducks. This picturesque setting has been used in a number of films and TV shows including Pirates of the Carribean, Magnum PI, Starsky and Hutch, and Donovan’s Reef. Trek through winding pathways and marvel at towering rainforest trees providing you shade from the warm Kauai sunshine. You can’t miss the tall curving roots of the Moreton Bay fig trees made famous in the movie Jurassic Park.  Walk through a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a flower garden, and tropical fruit trees nestled amongst bronze statues and water features. Here the focus is on landscape design but your guide will be sure to point out important species including varieties of palms, flowers, and gingers.

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What people are saying about Kauai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 231 reviews

Our driver/guide, Domi, made this an incredible tour. He was knowledgeable, personable and it was great to be in his company. He obviously loves and quite proud of his home island and brought that love to the forefront through out the tour. Least to say it was the most enjoyable tour in my short visit to Hawaii (Maui/Kauai). We have a wonderful experience.

Excellent hike and activity. Outstanding views from amazing vantage points at both the Canyon / waterfalls and Napoli coast. Jenny (and Bubby the friendly dog) were great guide(s) and we had such a fun time. Easily our best day in Kauai. Jenny’s local knowledge was amazing and we had a great picnic meal / smoothie as well with her during the trip.

The air tour was great - super professional crew. And Kauai from the sky is amazing, totally worth!

It was an awesome experience to look at the whole island by one hour flight tour

Excellent tour...A must-do to truly experience the beauty of Kauai