Things to Do in the Oldest of the Hawaiian Islands – Kauai

If you are looking for some of the most jaw-dropping, breathtaking scenery offered by the chain of Hawaiian Islands, look no further than the oldest of the islands, Kauai.

Kauai is home to some of the best outdoor activities in the state, but also affords plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation. If you are interested in exploring the wealth of outdoor wonders on the island, here are some great options for your visit:

Tube Down a Mountain

While Hawaii is appropriately known for it’s spectacular surfing, an alternative option for a super fun water activity would be to go mountain tubing through an old sugarcane irrigation system. The three-hour tour takes visitors on a four-wheel drive into the old Lihue Plantation, where you’re given a tube and headlamp before you begin the descent into the gently flowing canals and tunnels built in 1870. At the end of the tour, you can jump in a natural swimming hole and refuel with lunch.

Go Kayaking on the Na Pali Coast

Also known as the Garden Isle for its lush tropical interior, Kauai also has some amazingly scenic panoramas on the remote northwestern shore. The Na Pali Coast is undeveloped and pristine and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the shores for its beauty. A great way to take in the views of towering peaks above the ocean, the gorgeous blue sky, and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific is via sea kayak. Napali Kayak, in the town of Hanalei on the north shore, offers multi-day excursion packages, with a guide for at least the first leg of the trip plus kayaks, seat backs, paddles, dry bags and life jackets. Day trips that compress the paddling into about six hours are also offered.

Hike Along the Waimea Canyon

Aptly named the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon was carved out of the mountains millions of years ago by the Waimea River. At its deepest, the canyon is 3,600 ft. and features gorgeous waterfalls, lush foliage, and terrain reminiscent of the more famous Grand Canyon in Arizona. The canyons can be viewed easily at two lookouts just off the main road, or more adventurous travelers can venture to Koke’e State Park, where numerous trails offer hikers a better look at the canyon’s spectacular buttes and gorges.

If you are interested in more relaxing endeavors while vacationing in Kauai, here are some great options for your visit:

Chill Out at Hanalei Bay

Once used as an exporting hub, this crescent-shaped bay stretches two miles long and includes four beaches: Black Pot, Hanalei Pavilion, Wai‘oli, and Waikoko. During the winter, the bay’s strong currents make for a great surfing spot, while the calmer summer months are ideal for swimming and sailing.

Try the Local Rum

As you continue with your day of R&R, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a delicious rum cocktail or two. The Koloa Rum Company makes its rum from locally sourced ingredients like coffee, coconut, pineapple, and sugar, and is distilled twice in a vintage copper pot. You can find it at their own tasting room or various restaurants and liquor shops on the island.

Contact a travel concierge or submit a travel request today to book your next Hawaiian vacation.