Yay! You’re going to Kauai! There is soooo many great things to see and do on the island that you’ll literally be bombarded with activities and excursion opportunities from the minute you arrive at the airport. So how do you know where to save and where to splurge? Listen up, here’s what you need to know:
In my opinion, there are a couple paid tours/excursions on Kauai that are absolutely worth doing. However, many tours and excursions are actually things you can do yourself or things that maybe aren’t worth doing. I’ll break down the activities on Kauai that I think are worth paying for, the ones you can do yourself, and the ones you should skip.
To clarify, this post is breaking down the best PAID activities/tours. For more ideas, check out the best FREE things to do in Hawaii and my favorite general things to do on Kauai.
UPDATE: In April 2018, Kauai experienced record setting flooding especially on its north shore. As a result, the road west of Hanalei town is currently closed cutting off access to the popular Kalalau Trail, Ke’e beach, and snorkeling at Tunnels. I encourage you to check local news coverage before your trip to obtain the most current conditions, and I will also update this as things reopen.
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Helicopter Tour: Don’t miss a helicopter tour of Kauai! If you can only afford to do one thing on the island, make it this. You won’t regret it. Read more about it here.
Napali Coast Boat Tour: The other must do experience is a boat ride down the Napali Coast. During the summer months (April to October) you HAVE to take a tour that leaves out of Hanalei on the north shore as you get to see the full coast this way (if you leave out of Port Allen in the south, you’ll spend much of your excursion time just journeying to get to the coast). Read more about it here.