Kauai Guided tours

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Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

1. Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

Let an expert show you the real Kauai on this tasting adventure through the island's unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Specially curated tours run daily from different sides of the island. Select the tour option that best suits your schedule, depending on the day you're looking to go, or the neighborhood you want to visit. Tour Options: Mondays and Tuesdays - North Shore Tour11:00 AM-3:00 PM Adventure through Kauai's famous North Shore to try local fruits, teas, grass-fed beef, and fresh-caught fish. Learn about Hawaiian food culture and meet the makers of some of Kauai's locally grown and raised food. Enjoy tastings on this North Shore adventure. For guests staying in Princeville, this is a convenient location for you to meet and explore the lush farms and restaurants on the North Shore. Wednesdays - South Shore Tour 12:45 PM-4:45 PM Savor the flavors of the Sunny South Shore on a full day of eating delicious bites and exploring what’s fresh and seasonal on the Garden Isle. Gain exclusive access to local upscale restaurants, learn about the history of Kauai's diverse cultures, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Poipu, this is the best tour for you. Thursdays - East Side Tour 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Explore Kauai's famous Royal Coconut Coast as you visit East Side's best farm-to-table restaurants. On this small-group tour, learn about Kauai's diverse foods, meet with local business owners, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Kapa'a, this is the perfect location for you to meet your local guide and experience delicious food on the East Side. Fridays - Hanapepe Old Town Tour 2:00 PM-5:15 PM Experience the food and fun of Hanapepe by joining this unique walking tour for a fun afternoon exploring the area on foot. Learn about the rich history of the historic town, the culture of Kauai, and the modern cuisines that are continuing to shape the people and the place today. On this food walking tour, savor 5 different tastings. After the tour, you end up right at the start of Hanapepe’s weekly Friday Art Night. Food stands, artists, and local craft makers line the street and make for a fantastic local experience. Saturdays - Downtown Lihue Tour 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Embark on a sustainable agriculture farm tour as you learn about Kauai's unique farm culture. On this Lihue Farm Tour, learn about the agricultural connection to food on the island. Kicking off at the Farm Bureau Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, have a chance to meet with local farmers and farm-to-table vendors first-hand in the market setting. After the market, continue on a culinary romp through the town of Lihue and taste farm-to-table restaurant cuisine, meet local chefs, visit Kauai’s best brewery, and more. Sunday - Hanalei Walking Tour (North Shore) Come down to Hanalei and taste the best of Hawaiian Food straight from the farmers. Learn how to eat Hawaiian food while visiting this little town. Select the day and tour that sparks your interest. Each Kauai food tour option offers a unique and incredible experience. When booking, please inform the local operator of any food allergies they should be aware of. All tours require you to drive your own vehicle. Guests will follow their guide to each destination along the food tour.

Kauai: Allerton Garden Guided Group Walking Tour

2. Kauai: Allerton Garden Guided Group Walking Tour

Embark on a relaxing and informative guided tour of Allerton Garden. 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 Caribbean, 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.

Kauai: McBryde Garden Day Pass

3. Kauai: McBryde Garden Day Pass

Board a tram into the lush Lawai Valley and see the magnificent coastline of Kauai’s south shore while listening to commentary about your surroundings. Arrive at McBryde garden and walk amongst the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian plant life, with endangered flora and flora that are extinct in the wild.  See and smell exotic spices ranging from allspice to vanilla on the Spice of Life Trail. Take a journey back in time in the Hawaiian Life Canoe Plant Garden and along the Biodiversity Trail. This garden showcases a multitude of plants that the ancient Polynesians brought to Hawaii that provided materials to make cloth and build canoes and structures and for medicine and food. Explore the agroforestry project with spices, glimmering water features, and a canoe garden reminiscent of the voyages of ancient Polynesians. Delight in the wide variety of palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. You can even visit the living laboratory where scientists are still discovering the secrets of these plants. You might catch sight of various birds living in this pristine location.

Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

4. Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

Walk along the edge of lithified limestone cliffs, feel the power of the ocean, and smell the salt-infused air as you climb from the heights of the South Shore cliffs down to the cool caves facing Oahu. The compacting of air within the cliffs creates a special surprise, which you really shouldn't miss on your trip to Hawaii.  Hike with your friends and family to Maha'ulepu, an area rich in natural and cultural history. Learn about the epic land and sea battle that was fought and won by the people of Kaua'i in the 1300s, which has given the area its name of Maha'ulepu, literally meaning "and falling together." After the hike, you will be given the option to snorkel at a beautiful South Shore location. Snorkeling will add approximately two hours to the tour time.  As one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore, the Maha'ulepu area is still fiercely protected by locals. Your local guide welcomes you to join them in the fight to keep the land pristine. Take a guided tour of the nearby Makauwahi Cave Reserve to see Hawaii's largest limestone cave and richest fossil site. You will also have an opportunity to visit with the giant land tortoises that line the shore. Rest assured knowing you’ll be doing your part, as 10% of every tour will be donated to Makauwahi Cave Reserve and/or Mālama Maha’ulepu. This wonderful journey is suitable for all levels of fitness/experience, from beginner to advanced. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Kauai: Waimea Canyon & Kokeʻe State Park Private Tour

5. Kauai: Waimea Canyon & Kokeʻe State Park Private Tour

Journey from Hanapēpē to Waimea, along the only road that crosses the entire island. Follow the path that is steadily leading up the rim of Waimea Canyon, and take in the views of the world famous Nā Pali Coast on Kauai's North Shore, at an elevation of over 4,000 ft (1220 m). Along the way, stop at the most beautiful canyon overlooks to marvel at Kauai's treasures including rainbow-colored canyon walls, the 800-foot (244 m) Waipo'o Falls and thick island vegetation. If you’re feeling up for "stretching your legs", your guide will select the best trails to explore, based on the weather and your group’s interests. Hikes may be 0.25 - 0.5 miles (400 - 800 m) round trip on relatively even terrain. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Kauai: Allerton Garden and Estate Tour with Sunset Dinner

6. Kauai: Allerton Garden and Estate Tour with Sunset Dinner

Join this early evening tour of an immense 80-acre tropical oasis filled with lush foliage, European sculptures, and carefully-landscaped garden rooms. Allerton Garden extends along the banks of the Lawai Stream, where the valley narrows before opening onto the coast past the Spouting Horn. Stroll through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features with a knowledgeable guide by your side. Then, venture to the Allerton Estate and listen to fascinating stories about the former owners and visit the home where they once lived. Admire the Allertons' personal collection of pictures and keepsakes. The Allertons hosted notable individuals such as Jackie Kennedy. See Queen Emma's cottage, now nestled into the cliffs next to the Allerton Estate House. Complete your garden and estate excursion with a delicious sunset meal on the lanai, surrounded by a picturesque garden and the sounds of ocean waves in the distance.

Kauai: Waimea & Koke'e Parks Full-Day Private Hiking Tour

7. Kauai: Waimea & Koke'e Parks Full-Day Private Hiking Tour

Embark on this full-day trip to Kauai and visit some remote locations. This Hawaiian adventure through Waimea and Koke’s State Park offers the very best of this beautiful island.  Drive through the vast farmland and the hills of Western Kauai. Pass the historic towns of Hanapēpē and Waimea, and drive up the only road to cross the island. Start at sea level in Waimea Town and make your way along the rim of Waimea Canyon, as the group is heading North. Stop to take in epic views including the world-famous Nā Pali Coast that you can admire from over 4,000 feet.  Prepare to step into the fresh mountain air to see rainbow-colored canyon walls, including the stunning Waipo'o Falls. Arrived in the park, you can choose between several adventures such as hiking or exploring the hidden corners of the park. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Kauai: Private Adventure Photography Tour

8. Kauai: Private Adventure Photography Tour

Venture to unforgettable tropical locations on this private photography adventure, which is personalized to suit your interests and needs. With a local guide, experience the beauty of the Garden Isle and capture spectacular memories along the way. Hike to secluded spots including sea caves, lava tubes, waterfalls, and remote beaches where you can take incredible photos without the crowds. Let your guide share their inside local knowledge of all the must-see locations on Kauai, which are missed by most visitors. If you want to make the experience even more romantic, let your guide bring along a selection of beautiful garments. At each photography location, pop on a new outfit and pose next to breathtaking landscapes. With this experience, you will receive 5 complimentary edited professional photos from the shoot with access to all the photos from the shoot.

Kauai: Napali Cliff Tops Private Hike

9. Kauai: Napali Cliff Tops Private Hike

Come hike a cliff-top ridge thousands of feet above the ocean. Accessible only by foot, this tour is designed to give you an in-depth look of the Nā Pali Coast from a unique vantage point few have seen. While these hikes can be muddy, slippery, and strenuous, you will be amply rewarded for your effort with sweeping views of the most dramatic sections of the famous 17-mile-long Nā Pali Coastline. Meet your guide and hop into a comfortable bus. Witness a change in vegetation and climate as you transition into the "rain shadow," characterized by the arid farmland of the island’s leeward side (the opposite side of mountains from typical trade wind direction). Along the way, pass through the agricultural towns of Hanapēpē and Waimea and learn the important role they played in Kauai's history. Your tour continues across the center of the island, winding along the rim of Waimea Canyon and to the North Shore, 4,000 feet above the spectacular Nā Pali Coast. Rainbow-colored canyon walls and cool mountain air create an otherworldly ambiance that's unlike anything you've experienced. Stop at a couple of the top Waimea Canyon overlooks, including one with a view of 800-foot Waipo’o Falls, before beginning a ridge hike above the Nāpali Coast (accessed from Kōkeʻe SP) or along the rim of Waimea Canyon (depending on the group and weather/trail conditions that day). There, you will enjoy jaw-dropping views of the world-famous Nā Pali Coast. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Kauai: Private Jungle and Rainbow Eucalyptus Hike

10. Kauai: Private Jungle and Rainbow Eucalyptus Hike

Join a private guided hike of Kuilau RidgeTrail to get a complete jungle experience while you learn about the history and culture that gave birth to the pristine land on eastern Kauai. Take in all the exotic flora including rainbow eucalyptus, and albizia trees, along with panoramic views jungles, waterfalls, and mountain range. Walk the same path that the ancient Hawaiians used to build their communities. The word kuilau (koo-E-lau) means “to string together leaves or grass.” Plant fibers were used for everything from thatching roofs (pili grass huts) to making large sails for ocean voyaging canoes (from the hala three-leaf).  After a quick stop at the impressive and beloved ‘O’paeka’a Falls, the hike will begin as a gentle climb up a trail that is lined with impressive Sydney blue gum trees (Eucalyptus saligna). Growing over 150 feet tall the eucalyptus in this area can tower over the massive albizia trees. You may feel yourself shrink as you hike through. As you make your way higher, views of several mountain ranges begin to emerge, including the Kahili Mountain to the south, Wai’ale’ale Mountain and Mount Kawi to the west and the Makaleha Mountains to the north. On overcast days, you’ll still be rewarded with dense, green views of the gulches that dominate the area; their abundant native and introduced plant species offer much to discover. These plants include wild orchids, ‘ohi’a lehua blossoms, gala, and the la’i or ti plant (a popular material for making hula skirts, among many other uses). Back at the arboretum, you will take a short stroll through the famous “rainbow eucalyptus” trees (Eucalyptus deglupta). If time permits, you will have the option of taking a quick dip in a cool mountain stream and/or walking up a small hill to once again see the cloud-covered Wai’ale’ale Summit, known as "The wettest place on earth" (averaging over 450 inches of rainfall annually). This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

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What people are saying about Kauai

We had the best time with Caden , our very enthusiastic pilot. His love for flying as well as the island was fabulous. We really enjoyed this time on this private island tour. At first we were disappointed, thinking we booked a helicopter, but this flight in the Cessna, 4 seater was so much better. GREAT Job done by Caden!!

Two hours for a self guided tour was ample time to enjoy the garden. We didn't see everything and would consider returning for another visit on a future visit to Kauai. My mobility is a bit limited but was able to navigate our walk with use of a cane. I was also appreciated benches and stone wall for resting.

Chris was great. He really took us on an adventure that we will never forget. The pictures he took are priceless. He took us to areas for photo shoots that we we would have never known without him. Amazing. Really appreciate all of his communication with us to. We highly recommend him.

We had an amazing experience. The pilot was very knowledgeable and the trip was incredible. He was a lot of fun. The experience couldn’t have been any more outstanding.

Private tour. Isaac was an amazing pilot. Friendly, thoughtful and fun.