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Kauai

Lush rainforest, dramatic coastlines, and stunning waterfalls make this Hawaiian island a natural paradise.

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Kauai: Buffet Dinner with Open Bar and Luau Kalamaku Show

Kauai: Buffet Dinner with Open Bar and Luau Kalamaku Show

Experience an unforgettable evening at Kilohana Plantation's 60-acre orchard and agricultural park. Savor a delightful buffet dinner and watch a spectacular 45-minute main show chronicling an epic sea voyage between Tahiti and Kauai along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Browse the wares at the craft fair of local artisans. Witness the unearthing of the pig from the imu. As you arrive at Kilohana Plantation, enjoy a traditional lei greeting and drinks from the open bar. Sit down to a luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), fresh salads, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and seasonal fish. Dig into teriyaki chicken, noodles, fresh fruits, salad, pineapple upside down cake, haupia (coconut pudding), and a banana crème tart. After dinner, relax with live Hawaiian music and marvel at the cast of entertainers, including graceful hula dancers and traditional fire knife and fire poi ball dancing. The interactive stage design with transport you back in time to ancient Polynesia, during the time of the people’s remarkable migration to the Islands. Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. Have the chance to take a photo of the cast at the end of the show.

Kauai: Air Tour of Na Pali Coast, Entire Island of Kauai

Kauai: Air Tour of Na Pali Coast, Entire Island of Kauai

Climb aboard the new Australian-made G8 AirVan for a personalized 65-minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour of Kauai. Fly through the Waimea Canyon and then catch your breath as the majestic cathedral spires of the Na Pali are suddenly beneath you. Continue alongside the ridgeline behind the lovely Hanalei Bay and travel south to see the numerous waterfalls of Hanalei Valley as well as the crater below Kauai's Mt. Wai`ale`ale (weather permitting). In winter months whale watching may also be possible! The experienced pilot will tell you about the rich history and mythical lore of Kauai, and using the 2-way intercom you can ask questions. Only Wings Over Kauai features an expert agricultural narration by the owner and chief pilot, the research scientist Dr. Bruce Coulombe. For approximately 65-70 minutes, you’ll experience a safe and thrilling experience that’s the ultimate air tour of the Garden Island. What makes Wings Over Kauai unique is a dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. The ultimate goal for every flight is to make sure every passenger has the best experience possible.

Lihue: Scenic Helicopter Tour of Kauai Island's Highlights

Lihue: Scenic Helicopter Tour of Kauai Island's Highlights

Explore Hawaii's Garden Isle, Kauai, from the best vantage point possible: the sky. Get a bird's eye view of some of Hawaii's most gorgeous scenery on this helicopter tour. See the island's most iconic locations, including the Na Pali Coast, the Waimea Canyon, the Jurassic Falls, and more. Uncover waterfalls, towering red cliffs, emerald green jungles, and the lush paradise of one of Hawaii's oldest islands on this tour. See these natural marvels from a different perspective all while listening to your pilot's information about each sight. Soar above the thundering Jurassic Falls — the iconic waterfall featured in Jurassic Park. Fly above the rolling red hills and valleys of the Waimea Canyon, and glide through the air over Kauai's most iconic location: the Na Pali Coast. Marvel at the countless waterfalls nestled in Waialeale Crater. Best of all, snap pictures of these natural wonders without having to stop along the way, all from the comfort of your helicopter seat.

Kauai: Hughes 500 4-Passenger Doors-Off Helicopter Flight

Kauai: Hughes 500 4-Passenger Doors-Off Helicopter Flight

Discover Kauai from above on a turbine-powered 4-passenger Hughes 500 helicopter tour. The doors are removed, so you experience the best views possible with glare-free photography opportunities. Depart from Lihue Airport and fly over some of the most amazing areas of the islands, such as the Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic), Waimea Canyon, Napali Coastline, and so many more striking locations. Listen to your pilot as you fly high in the sky over the two-way intercom, so you can ask as many questions as you like. Feel safe and in good hands with your highly experienced pilot, who is known for flying to remote locations on the island and has extensive helicopter-flying experience.

Kauai: Entire Kauai Air Tour with Window Seats

Kauai: Entire Kauai Air Tour with Window Seats

Soak in spectacular views of the lovely island of Kauai from the air on a sightseeing flight tour. Let your pilot fly you over places that are completely inaccessible by car and remain untouched by human hands. Experience the untouched beauty of this spectacular island from a unique perspective. Aboard your scenic flight tour, discover the best of Kauai on an incredible flying adventure. Fly over the Garden Isle's most scenic areas to truly get a sense of this majestic place. Soar over the cathedral-like spires of the Napali Coastline and high above Hanalei Bay's white crescent sand beach. Snap some pictures of the azure blue waters below, as well as the monumental red valley walls of Waimea Canyon.

Kauai: Zipline Adventure

Kauai: Zipline Adventure

Ziplining is the perfect way to experience truly authentic Hawaii. Get the best view of three unique valleys and dramatic backdrops of mountains and Kauai's southern coastline while gliding through the jungle canopy. Kauai is called the Garden Isle because 97% of its land is undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. There's no better place to see all that untouched beauty than on a 5 or 8-Line Zipline Tour. After checking in at the Poipu Shopping Village, hop in one of the 4x2 adventure vans and take a scenic ride to the zipline course where your adventure tour begins. Enjoy some family fun as the whole crew learns about Kauai’s rich cultural history and untouched flora between thrilling zips over rich, green valleys. With a dramatic backdrop of mountain and ocean scenery, this zipline adventure is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Kauai's natural beauty. Uncover Kauai’s rich history while your guides keep you safe and smiling throughout the tour. Your guides are experts at what they do and will make sure you stay safe and have fun.

From Lihue: Kauai Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

From Lihue: Kauai Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

Soar above the Garden Isle and soak up the dramatic views across Kauai's lush landscapes on a sightseeing helicopter flight taking off from Lihue. Enjoy panoramic views of Manawaiopuna Falls, Olokele Canyon, Waimea Canyon, and the Na Pali Coast. Climb aboard a modern helicopter and set off for a panoramic flight above the sprawling jungles, red canyons, choppy seas, and breathtaking landscapes of Kauai, the oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands archipelago.   Marvel at Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurrasic Park Falls, thanks to its feature in the hit 1993 Steven Spielberg film. This privately owned location is only accessible by helicopter, making it part of the 80% of Kauai that isn’t accessible by car. Land in Olokele Canyon, home to rare and endangered plant life. Once forbidden, enjoy an exclusive opportunity to explore this paradise valley. Set off once again and glide above Waimea Canyon with its characteristic crimson and emerald-jagged cliffs. Before heading back to the starting point of the trip, take in the views of the world-famous Na Pali Coast. Marvel at rugged cliffs towering above the glittering sea, making for one of Hawaii's most famous destinations.

Kauai: Allerton Garden Guided Group Walking Tour

Kauai: Allerton Garden Guided Group Walking Tour

Embark on a relaxing and informative guided tour of Allerton Garden. Discover a tropical paradise with decades of history dating back to the 1800s.  Allerton Garden extends along the banks of the Lawai Stream where the valley narrows before opening onto the coast past the Spouting Horn. Along the way, you might even encounter koi fish, large bullfrogs, chickens, and ducks. This picturesque setting has been used in a number of films and TV shows including Pirates of the Caribbean, Magnum PI, Starsky and Hutch, and Donovan’s Reef.  Trek through winding pathways and marvel at towering rainforest trees providing you shade from the warm Kauai sunshine. You can’t miss the tall curving roots of the Moreton Bay fig trees made famous in the movie Jurassic Park.  Walk through a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a flower garden, and tropical fruit trees nestled amongst bronze statues and water features. Here the focus is on landscape design but your guide will be sure to point out important species including varieties of palms, flowers, and gingers.

Kauai: Napali Coast Sunset Sailboat Tour with Dinner

Kauai: Napali Coast Sunset Sailboat Tour with Dinner

Marvel at the stunning beauty of the Napali Coast glowing in the afternoon sunlight during an unforgettable evening on the water. Hop onboard a modern, state-of-the-art, fully-equipped vessel for a ride along Kauai’s coastline. The 50’ catamaran features indoor and outdoor seating areas, restrooms, and unrestricted views of the coast. On your journey, the friendly and knowledgeable crew will share their knowledge of the coast and stories of the people who made this area their home. Watch the colors of the coastline change as the sun heads toward the horizon. Be on the lookout for marine life like manta rays, dolphins, turtles, seals and humpback whales (in season). A delicious selection of appetizers and a Hawaiian-style dinner are provided, along with island juices, soft drinks, beer, wine, and mai-tais. Sip champagne at sunset before heading back to Port Allen to complete the evening. The tour operator is committed to responsible tourism by minimizing their impact on natural resources and preserving the natural beauty and unique history of Kauai. Certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant and member of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association, help the operator encourage others to travel lightly by taking the Holo Holo Pono Pledge.

Kauai: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Kauai: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

This tour is a perfect way to end your glorious Day in paradise! Join legendary Kauai Beach Boys aboard their new 50 foot catamaran and drift away into the fading Hawaiian sun while sipping on tropical cocktails and enjoying spectacular Kalapaki Sunset on a pleasant evening tour. On this tour you will: -Join us for a relaxing and cheerful evening on our new 50 foot catamaran for a pleasant cruise of this historically significant area; -Tour along the areas packed with breathtaking Kauai scenery including Menehune fish ponds, Haupu Mauntain range, Kalapaki Beach and Ninini Point; -Enjoy listening to music and historical narration of this culturally significant area along with our friendly crew and full service bar; -Choose from a variety of cruise options to include beer and wine as well as our signature Wiki Wiki Tiki cocktail. Relax, mingle, make new friends and have a good time! Includes: Fruit juices, Soda, Bottled water, Wine, Domestic and Premium local beers, Wiki Wiki Tikis.

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Excellent experience. Thoroughly recommend. Beautiful scenery, great flight, guide very informative. Disappointed that I booked a flight the previous day which was cancelled for “operational reasons.” Rebooked for following day but cancelled due to weather. Wasted 60 mins travelling. Could the cancellation not have been notified by text? The lovely lady promised 2 of us we’d have front seat on a rebooked flight the following day, but I (who flew for the photography) was put in the back and my wife & daughter who hate flying we forced to go in the front. I get weights & balance but this was disappointing especially having been promised something different.

The entire crew was amazing!! Captain Christian put us on some spinner dolphins before we got to the Napali Coast for pictures and video. The food was top notch and the service from the crew was second to none. The snorkeling location was on top of a reef that dropped to a cliff face and the water visibility was incredible! We even had a rare sighting of a Whale Shark. The crew was able to swim with it and I tossed my GoPro to them for some RAD footage!! I will definitely do this tour again!!

Beautiful tour of Napali Coast. Jeff was a great, friendly pilot who interacted with all of us personally. He was very comforting and also knew the area well to pint out many interesting areas for us to look.

Definitely do the Gold Level seats. You are right in the action!

Had a great time food was really good the show was great too