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Sightseeing on a Budget on Kauai

Sightseeing on a Budget on Kauai

You don't have to break the bank to enjoy Kauai’s spectacular scenery. The island’s small size and laid-back vibe make it possible to experience gorgeous beaches, tropical reefs, and lush jungles, all without splurging on big-ticket adventures. Here are our top tips for planning an unforgettable Kauai vacation on a modest budget. 

Pick Up a Paddle

Kayaking is a great way to explore Kauai’s coastline and unspoiled interior while avoiding the higher price tags of sailing tours. Paddling down the scenic Wailua River or through peaceful Hanalei Bay allows you to go at a slower pace, so you can spot birds and other island wildlife. Bonus: Your arms will get a solid workout. 

Snorkeling Is for Everyone

Because Kauai is ringed by shallow reefs and calm bays, budget-friendly snorkeling is much more popular on the island than pricey scuba diving. Hanalei Bay, Ke’e Beach, Tunnels Beach, and Lydgate Beach Park all offer fantastic snorkeling right off the sand. 

Book a Combo Tour

Combination tours may not look cheap at first, but they can be an economical way to fit two or more of your must-do activities into one packaged price. Included transportation makes them an affordable way to see most of the compact island without renting a car. 

Pack Your Hiking Shoes

Hiking trails for all levels crisscross Kauai’s landscape, from flat jaunts through the jungle to the epic Kalalau Trail, which hugs the sheer cliffs of the Na Pali Coast. Plus, on this island with few roads, hiking is often the only way to reach sublime spots such as hidden waterfalls and lava caves, so it’s worth the effort.

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Wailua River Kayak and Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.99
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Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

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Discover the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Kauai on this full-day tour of the island’s natural attractions. See the breathtaking expanse of Waimea Canyon and float through tropical paradise with a Wailua River cruise. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned coach as your local guide narrates the passing sites and shares tales from Kauai’s rich history. Keep your camera ready for many vista points and photos stops along the way!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.15
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$128.15
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

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Spend a whole day exploring the best of Kauai’s beauty and culture on a tour combining land, water, and aerial sightseeing. Skip the car rental and let a local driver and guide show you the Garden Isle’s top sights, from romantic Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea Lighthouse to a bird sanctuary and historic sugar cane plantations. Catch a boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto for a traditional hula show, and upgrade to soar over the entire island on a fixed-wing airplane tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.20
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Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group Lessons

Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson - Private & Group 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.06
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SeaFun Snorkel

SeaFun Snorkel

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Come face-to-face with colorful Kauai marine life at one of the South Shore’s best snorkeling beaches. On this family-friendly tour from Koloa, splash into clear water that's just the right depth for exploring coral gardens teaming with fish and turtles. Beginning snorkelers can find their sea legs using handled surfboards to easily stay afloat while viewing the fish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.29
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Kipu Zipline, Kayak, and Hiking Safari

Kipu Zipline, Kayak, and Hiking Safari

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Spend a thrilling day among the glorious scenery of Kipu Ranch on this Kauai zipline, kayak and hiking adventure! The full-day tour packs in the action, with a river kayak trip, covered wagon ride, waterfall hike and treehouse lunch. For the grand finale, soar through the jungle canopy on a series of ziplines, including an 1,800-foot (549-meter) tandem cable you can ride with a family member or friend.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.91
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