A couple exploring a cave on the Napali Coast on Kauai on a boat tour Image Ben Ono Hawaii Tourism Authority
A couple exploring a cave on the Napali Coast on Kauai on a boat tour. Image: Ben Ono Hawai'i Tourism Authority

Best things to see and do on Kaua’i

Explore the spectacular rippled cliffs of the Nāpali Coast and Waimea Canyon, do a film locations tour, go river tubing and try bicycle ziplining on Kaua’i!
See the spectacular Napali Coast on a tour with Holo Holo Charters on Kauai
See the spectacular Nāpali Coast on a tour with Holo Holo Charters on Kaua‘i

Nāpali Coast tour or scenic helicopter flight

The rugged velvet green cliffs
and cascading waterfalls along the 25km-long Nāpali Coast are a truly spectacular sight. Book a boat tour to see them from the coast – or splash out on a scenic helicopter tour for a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget!

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon, which stretches for 22.5km and is 1.6km wide and more than 1km deep, is a great destination for hiking or mountain biking. 

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Mountain tubing

Kaua‘i is also the only place in Hawai‘i where you can go mountain tubing. Don a headlamp and float down canals and through tunnels dug by Chinese labourers circa 1870 to bring water from the rainforest to sugar cane fields.

Wailua Falls on Kauai horizontal Hawaii Tourism Authority Kenji Abe
Wailua Falls on Kaua‘i. Image: Hawai'i Tourism Authority Kenji Abe

Film locations tour

You can also book a tour to see filming locations from some of the many movies and TV shows filmed on Kaua‘i, including Tropic Thunder, Six Days and Seven Nights, South Pacific, Pirates of the Caribbean and Gilligan’s Island. Wailua Falls, which can be viewed from a lookout just north of the island’s biggest town, Līhu‘e, also appeared in the opening credits of Fantasy Island.

Go bicycle ziplining at Kōloa

For a truly unique experience, you can ride through the air on a three-line bicycle zipline at Kōloa.

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