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How to Spend 1 Day on Kauai

How to Spend 1 Day on Kauai

Kauai may be a small island, but it’s jam-packed with natural wonders—including its famous coastline—and rich cultural sites. Maximize your time by booking tours that include multiple activities or combine visits to several of Kauai’s top attractions. Here are some suggestions for making the most out of your one day on Kauai. 

Morning: Sightseeing Flight

Since you only have one day on Kauai, splurge on a helicopter tour or sightseeing flight to see the entire island by air. On the trip, you soar over the colorful Waimea Canyon and rugged Na Pali Coast and zip past remote waterfalls and spectacular cliffs. Tours vary in length and some are doors-off. Alternatively, take an in-depth tour of Waimea Canyon, which includes many of the South Shore highlights such as Spouting Horn blowhole, Hanapepe Valley Lookout, Poipu beach park, and old Koloa Town.

Afternoon: Beach Adventure

After lunch, it's time for the beach. Hanalei Bay and the other island beaches offer a variety of water-related activities perfect for the whole family. To maximize your time, book a tour that includes multiple activities such as a combo Hanalei River and Bay Reef Lagoon kayak and snorkeling tour or a combined hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Other options include paddle boarding, taking an afternoon surf lesson, renting snorkel gear, or just relaxing at the beach.

Evening: Dinner Cruise

Make the most out of your one evening in Kauai by combining dinner with a Na Pali Coast sunset cruise. You get to sample traditional Hawaiian favorites while taking in the views of the dramatic Na Pali cliffs and enjoying a tropical Hawaiian sunset. Be on the lookout for dolphins, whales, and turtles from the ship deck. You could also attend a traditional luau experience complete with a pig roast and buffet of other island specialties while enjoying colorful song and dance from cultures across the Pacific.

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Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s ‘Garden Isle,’ take to the skies above Kauai on a helicopter tour in a new Eurocopter Eco-Star. Soar over the island’s diverse terrain, from rain-soaked Mt. Waialeale and the waterfalls of Waiapuna to the dry red ravine of Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking emerald spires of the Na Pali Coast. A two-way radio to communicate with the pilot and expansive viewing glass add to the unforgettable flight.
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  • 50 minutes
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Dinner Cruise
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Dinner Cruise

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Hanalei Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kauai Learn to Surf Private /semi privates (2 or 3) /Full group (4)Lessons
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Kauai Learn to Surf Private /semi privates (2 or 3) /Full group (4)Lessons

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Learn to surf Kauai’s famous waves with this 2-hour surf lesson on the shores of beautiful Hanalei Bay. Your instructor, a local surfing expert, will teach you fundamentals of paddling, reading the waves and standing up. It’s a great introduction to surfing for beginners, and group size limited to four people to ensure a personalized experience. Toward the end of your lesson, enjoy free time in the mellow waters of Hanalei Bay to practice your new surf skills.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Kauai North Shore Tour

Private Kauai North Shore Tour

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Discover Kauai’s highlights and hidden gems on a full-day private tour that offer a personal glimpse of the island’s local culture and history. Navigate the Garden Isle in a private minivan, and feel the mist from a pair of beautiful waterfalls. Look out to sea from the Kilauea Lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, and watch for whales and endangered geese at a wildlife refuge. Visit Kauai hidden beaches and ancient sites and learn about Kauai's history and local culture along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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$260.00
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$260.00
Price varies by group size