Kauai Water activities

Our most recommended Kauai Water activities

Kauai: Na Pali Coast Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks

1. Kauai: Na Pali Coast Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks

Acquire a nice overview of Kauai and the Na Pali Coast with a comprehensive tour that will bring you to majestic natural formations, iconic ancient buildings, and a unique diving spot. Jump into pristine waters and discover the marine wildlife that populates the local reefs. Take in the views along the 17-mile Na Pali Coast from every angle. Hop on a small boat that provides the versatility of entering the many caves and waterfalls of this site. Travel along this secluded coastline and come across the imposing cathedral of Kalalau. Put on your snorkel gear to come face to face with Hawaiian sea turtles and a variety of colorful reef fish. Have a light snack, water, or a soft drink on board, and enjoy the possibility of spotting playful spinner dolphins.

Eleele: Humpback Whale Watching Raft Tour in Kauai

2. Eleele: Humpback Whale Watching Raft Tour in Kauai

Spend an afternoon observing humpback whales from a raft on a guided excursion from Eleele. Soak in the beauty of Kauai’s south shore while munching on light snacks and cold drinks onboard. Watch as the whales breach, spray, and tail slap. Listen to their songs through a state-of-the-art hydrophone. Hear groups or pods of whales socialize and communicate with each other through clicks, whistles, and pulses in distinct patterns that form the humpback song through a hydrophone. Learn how each sound serves a unique purpose as they navigate the waters, feed, and breed with each other.  From November to March, more than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands each year in search of a warmer climate, which makes it Kauai‘s peak whale watching season. This is also when these whales nurse their offspring, so keep an eye out for newborn whale calves learning how to play.

Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

3. Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

Experience an unbeatable surfing experience while drenched in the sunshine of Kauai’s iconic Poipu Beach. This beach boasts a series of golden sand crescents and crystal-clear waters perfect for all ocean activities. Whether this is your first time catching waves or you would like to take your skills to the next level, this course will be customized to your needs. Learn to surf from Rochelle Ballard, world-renowned pro surfer, and her elite professional team, who will encourage you every step of the way as you hone your skills. Delight in their proactive approach to identifying areas for improvement, while also taking the time to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Your world-class coaches will share their knowledge and expertise of wave riding, understanding swells, waves, and reefs to ultimately help you improve your surfing ability.

Kauai: Private Wildlife, Beach Hike with Snorkel Option

4. Kauai: Private Wildlife, Beach Hike with Snorkel Option

Grab a friend or 2, and take part in an eco-friendly private hike along the Northern coastline of Kauai. You will walk with the ancient Kauai lands and learn what it was like long before tourists left their footprints in the sand. It is in this untouched, natural setting that you will have a good chance of seeing the endangered species like the Hawaiian monk seal. You may also see honu (green sea turtles) basking in the sand and migratory seabirds, such as mōlī (Laysan albatross), ʻiwa (great frigatebird), and red-footed boobies soaring overhead. Hugging the rocky, wild coast, the trail will take you over beaches and shorelines for about two miles before reaching a peak that boasts epic views in all directions. If you chose to add the snorkeling option, you will then head into the waters for an underwater adventure. Keep an eye out along the terrain for shells. If you want to give back, you’ll also have the opportunity to pick up marine debris washed up from corners of the world. 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: Personalized Standup Paddle and Yoga Session

5. Kauai: Personalized Standup Paddle and Yoga Session

Whether you are gliding on the quiet Kauai bay waters or floating along the tranquil Wailua River, your stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and yoga adventure will offer a tranquil experience for body and mind. SUP, said to have originated in Hawaii centuries ago, is a growing water sport that provides a relaxing experience while challenging your body. Your seasoned instructors will customize your day to your experience level, guiding you safely to the most serene waters for an SUP tour followed by a hatha yoga flow and meditation session. Soak up the breathtaking setting and learn to embrace the element of water surrounding you while you focus on your balance, core, and serenity.  Feel the ebb and flow of the water underneath you as you start with a leisurely paddle to warm up your muscles. Along the way, you might even encounter turtles, dolphins, and whales in the beautiful waters of Kauai (for ocean lessons). Next, get ready to take your yoga practice offshore and settle into a hatha yoga flow while you skim the surface of the water. Your instructor will guide you through poses that will help you enhance your balance and strengthen your muscles. Sync your movements with each breath and begin to wind down with a meditation session on your board. Finish your experience with a peaceful meditation to calm your mind and expand your consciousness.

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What people are saying about Kauai

After a little safety chat and brief demonstration of how to get up we were straight in. The instructor stood in the same point in the surf and we were supposed to paddle out and across to him. Good fun was had by my teenage kids. They got it straight away and he helped them catch waves and tips they said helped. For the slower/older/less fit person I would have liked a bit more confidence building. Maybe trying to stand up on the board on land to get the feeling. If you are able to get it you'll have good fun.

Really great turn out for my kids. Even had my hubby get up and surf. The instructor was professional, laid back and really knew what he was doing. My kids felt so comfortable with him and he was extremely patient. Wish I would have booked again for the next day. Highly recommend. Keola was great

We had an instructor named Chris who was absolutely amazing - we didn't think we were going to be able to get up on the boards, and we both did almost immediately. Chris was so fun and easy to learn from. An awesome teacher. This lesson is great value!

unication and trustworthy! She had my daughter up and surfing in no time and gave her positive guidance along the way! Wonderful experience!!!!

The boys really enjoyed the surfing lesson. Kaipo was friendly and very professional.