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Must-See Museums in Kauai

Must-See Museums in Kauai

Although Kauai is best-known for its emerald valleys, tropical rainforests, and white-sand beaches, the island also has a rich Polynesian culture and history. Visitors interested in learning more about Kauai’s indigenous cultures and history can head to one of the island’s museums. Here are some of the top picks.

Kauai Museum

Located in Lihue, Kauai’s capital city, the Kauai Museum offers a great introduction to Kauai’s geology and culture, and the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy. The museum also features many Native Hawaiian artifacts, and works of art by local artists and sculptors. 

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum

Learn about the history of Kauai’s sugar cane industry during a tour of the Grove Farm Sugar Plantation. Visitors can tour the original plantation house, gardens, and grounds by booking in advance. 

Kokee Natural History Museum

The Kokee Natural History Museum is located near Waimea Canyon and Koke‘e State Park on Kauai’s West Coast. Here, you can learn about Kauai’s geology, flora and fauna, and unique micro-climates, as well as get tips for visiting Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park. 

Waioli Mission House

Tucked in the foothills of Bali Hai is the historic Waioli Mission House, one of the first Christian missionary homes built on Kauai. The Waioli Mission House offers guided tours and gives visitors insight into how Christian missionaries lived in Kauai during the early 19th century. 

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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Dinner Cruise

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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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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$308.27
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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
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour

LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour

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The Na Pali coast is one of the most spectacular sights in Kauai. The best way to see it is from the water, so join this catamaran cruise for unbeatable views of lush green valleys, towering spires, jagged sea cliffs, and wildlife such as dolphins and sea turtles, as well as time for snorkeling and swimming. Includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

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Explore the dramatic cliffs and crystalline waters of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on a half-day snorkeling adventure. Cruise along the spectacular coastline aboard a motorized raft, stopping to splash into the clear waters and snorkel among native marine life at one of Kauai’s best coral reefs. Traveling by raft allows the flexibility to navigate the rugged sea caves and waterfalls that dot the spectacular Na Pali shoreline. A deli lunch and beverages are included on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

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Experience the wild beauty of Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali Coast on this sailing and snorkeling cruise from Port Allen. Witness the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’ the way it was meant to be seen — from the water. Get a fantastic perspective on towering emerald sea cliffs, sparkling waterfalls and remote beaches from the deck of a well-equipped catamaran, and explore the island’s vibrant underwater world during a snorkeling stop. An included buffet lunch and entertaining legends shared by the captain and crew make this an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure.
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  • 5 hours
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Snorkel Cruise

LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Snorkel Cruise

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During our Summer months, take an evening Snorkel Sunset Cruise to the spectacular Na Pali coast aboard a luxury catamaran that features a snorkel swim (when conditions permit). A romantic Hawaiian sunset. Look for dolphins and sea turtles as we host you to a light casual dinner, Beer, Wine & Mai Tai's inclusive. Awesome photo opportunities that will last a lifetime. Check in 1:15 PM
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

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On this incredible tour of Kauai, you’ll experience views so beautiful they will take your breath away. Explore the stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as “Jurassic Park” falls, wedged in between the emerald green mountain top of the Hanapepe Valley. Soar over the amazing views of the Olokele Canyon and majestic Waimea Canyon. Waimea canyon is also know as the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” where you’ll catch sight of dozens of cascading waterfalls including the 2000-foot Waipo’o falls. Then on to the sacred Napali Coast with its 3500-foot seacliffs plummetting into the vast Pacific ocean. Along the Napali coast you will fly into the secret valleys of Nualolo and Kalalau valley with there amazing landscape. On to Kauai’s magical North Shore which reveals the sculpted green Hanalei Valley with more waterfalls than you can count. Last but not least the pilot will take you to the Wai'ale'ale crater with the "Wall of Tears" A dormant shield Volcano which receives 500" of rainfall.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Koloa Zipline

Koloa Zipline

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Get a new perspective on Kauai as you soar through lush forests and over the Waita Reservoir on the island’s longest ziplines. While cruising across the 8-track course near Koloa, hang on to the handlebars or try some more daring acrobatic stunts with the hands-free ‘Flyin' Kauai'an’ harness.
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  • 3 hours
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Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Super Snorkel Cruise

Ni'ihau and Na Pali Coast Super Snorkel Cruise

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Uncover the ancient legends and dramatic landscapes of the Na Pali Coast and the  ‘Forbidden Island’ of Ni’ihau on this sailing and snorkeling adventure. Cruise alongside the towering emerald spires and remote beaches of Kauai’s breathtaking, rugged shore in a state-of-the-art catamaran, and snorkel among native marine life in the reefs just off Ni’ihau’s mysterious shores. Hear tales of Hawaiian history and mythology from the friendly crew, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard.
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  • 7 hours
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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour

Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour

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This tour gets the guest up close and personal with the history of the South Side of Kauai, all within the comfort of a Polaris RZR 1000 UTV. This 22 mile round trip guided tour goes out rain or shine and takes you through several different island climates. This tour will satisfy both history and adrenaline enthusiasts!
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  • 4 hours
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Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

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Skip the restaurant reservation and enjoy dinner while sailing along the towering emerald cliffs and sea caves of the Na Pali Coast, Kauai’s most dramatic natural wonder. Sip cocktails, wine, or beer while listening to the captain’s legends of old Hawaii and looking for marine life splashing offshore. Rugged, roadless Na Pali is best seen from the water, so pair unbeatable views with a satisfying meal and tropical sunset on this romantic catamaran adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

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Avoid crowds and embark on a Kauai snorkeling tour that limits group size to six people. Head for Kauai’s pristine south shore reefs to see tropical fish, sea urchins, and sea mammals. You may also see a turtle nesting on the beach or a Hawaiian monk seal basking in the sun.
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  • 2 hours
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Kayaking and Adventure Tour

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

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This is a Kayaking adventure for only you and your family. We go at our own pace and we are able to explore all that the river has to offer like true secret falls. If the weather permits there is more to explore such as the sacred fern grotto, local cliff jumping spots and tons of photographic opportunities. Your guide is a trained naturalist and wildlife photographer, so you will have someone with you capturing all your precious memories in pictures. With this reservation you will receive 5 free edited professional photos from the shoot, possibly more if you write a review about your experience in a timely manner, then you will have a link sent to you where you can have access to all the photos from the shoot with a light edit for a small fee per photos
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  • 3 hours
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

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Waimea Canyon is one of the most scenic corners of Kaua’i, and with this downhill bike ride, you’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye view over the dramatic landscape as you coast down to Kekaha Beach to catch the sunset. Explore the canyon with a guide to avoid getting lost, and learn about the island’s history and lore as you take in the sweeping views over three state parks.
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  • 4 hours
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Kauai's Ultimate South Island Zodiac Boat Snorkel Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate South Island Zodiac Boat Snorkel Adventure

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Enjoy a snorkeling experience in Kauai without the crowds. Set sail for the gentle waters of the island’s southern coast aboard a Zodiac, and pass the famed Spouting Horn blowhole on your way to two different snorkeling spots where you can explore an abundance of marine life such as yellow tang and Hawaiian green sea turtle.
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  • 4 hours
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Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception

Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception

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Enjoy an enchanted evening in Kauai with a gourmet dinner followed by one of the top-rated luaus on the island! Kick off the night with a Champagne reception and lei greeting at the historic Kilohana Plantation, then settle into a four-course meal of island favorites. After dinner, take in the mesmerizing Luau Kalamaku as dancers, fire-twirlers and musicians enact the story of the first Tahitian voyage to Hawaii. Your premier seat will provide a great view of all the vibrant action.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

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Rainbow Kayak Tours has been providing guided tours of the Wailua River for 20 years. Our experienced guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the history of this incredible place.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Kauai Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition

Kauai Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition

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Experience first-class tropical 4×4 off-road adventure aboard our “top shelf” Kawasaki TERYX KRX 1000, our well maintained Kawasaki TERYX4 , or our Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT with room for the whole family. Our experienced guides will lead you through our expansive 3,000-acre trail system on a working cattle ranch, which is full of breathtaking scenery, blockbuster movie hits, cultural history, and Hawaiian legends. You will navigate your own vehicle throughout the different trails and obstacles to our private waterfall, bamboo jungles, and much more! All vehicle features and terrain obstacles are exciting enough to challenge and thrill beginners to intermediate levels of off-road enthusiasts. Spend a few hours with us and see why we’ve been recognized as “Best Tour Company in Hawaii” by USA Today.
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Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour

Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour

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Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is home to some of the wettest places on earth. Take a helicopter tour over the island’s lush, yet rugged landscape, including locations featured in feature films such as "Jurassic Park". Fly over Waimea Canyon—which Mark Twain dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—the Bali Hai Cliffs, the North Shore, Mount Makana, and more on this fantastic aerial island tour.
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  • 50 minutes
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Private Waimea Canyon Tour

Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Experience the best of Kauai on a full-day private tour through the island’s scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe; see the last Russian outpost on Hawaii, follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo’o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf and watch for sea turtles in a sheltered cove before finishing your tour with a visit to stunning Wailua Falls. *Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Allerton by Fire (Evening Tour including Dinner and Entertainment)

Allerton by Fire (Evening Tour including Dinner and Entertainment)

An exclusive and one of a kind dinner tour of Allerton Garden with dinner served at the Allerton Estate House accompanied by live Polynesian dancing, music and fire knife performance! Once in a lifetime experience. Most intimate, limited capacity, open air luau offered on island! Come be awed by the beauty of botanicals and then entranced by live music, dancing and fire. Experience the Allerton Garden and explore its beauty while also enjoying dinner and entertainment. Great tour to celebrate that special day or moment! Dinner is your selection of seasonally fresh entrees (options texted to guest after booking) provided by local's favorite chef, and served in personal bento boxes. Offered every other Thursday.
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  • 3 hours
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Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Kauai International Airport to Kauai Hotels

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Kauai International Airport to Kauai Hotels

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Arrange your round-trip airport transfer from Lihue International Airport (LIH) in advance and skip the hassle of booking a service in Kauai. This convenient Lihue airport shuttle takes you from Lihue Airport to your hotel or private residence in Princeville, Kahala, Poipu, Kapaa or Lihue, and then back again. It means you spend more time enjoying your trip and less time puzzling out the logistics. Please note: You MUST select a hotel that matches the area in the Itinerary section of this product. 
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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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Embark on a Garden Isle adventure with a half-day kayak trip on Kauai’s legendary Wailua River. Paddle through lush tropical landscape with a guide, passing a traditional Hawaiian village and learning about the river’s ancient, sacred history along the way. Feel like an island explorer as you hike to a sparkling waterfall, and keep your energy up with a riverside picnic lunch.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$100.38
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