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Adventurous Kauai - Things to do, places to see....

20 Jul 2007  2006 anniversary trip to Kauai
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 15 votes

Not only is Kauai one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it offers many fun outdoors activities for those who want some adventure. This goList includes reviews of the activities that we did during during our 2006 anniversary trip to Kauai, along with some must-see sites and a few dining options.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Kapaa, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Kauai, Waimea, Princeville, Poipu
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Kauai Country Inn
    Kauai Country Inn, Kapaa, Kauai

    This is where we stayed for the duration of our trip. The KCI is in Kapa'a, which is a great location because it's really central to everything on the island. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the extremes: Waimea (South) or Princeville (North). Everything else fell somewhere in between, so we thought it was a nice location for our stay. The inn is out in the country a bit, which is cool; we listened to the frogs, insects, and chickens instead of traffic! We had the Yellow Ginger Suite, which was very nice; two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, and a living room (I believe it is 800 sq ft total in space). Mike and Martina (the owners) have personal touches all throughout the inn, and they have lots of beach and snorkeling equipment for your use (free!). They also have kayaks for rent. All in all, we were very happy that we chose to stay here, as we saved a ton of money yet really liked the accommodations.

  • 2. Inter-Island Helicopters

    We did the one hour tour with Inter-Island Helicopters, who we chose since they have no doors on their copters. We LOVED this; it was one of the most amazing things we've ever done! If you enjoy photography, you have to choose this option. It was excellent! I can't recommend this company enough. Big thumbs up!!

  • 3. Kai Bear Sportfishing

    We went fishing with the Kai Bear out of the Nawiliwili Harbor. They have lots of rods and one fighting chair, so the five paying passengers drew cards to see who would go first in the fighting chair when a fish was on the line. Luckily, I drew the first spot, and we only had one fish on during our four hour tour (not the norm, from what I understand; just a bad day), so I got to bring it in (it was a decent sized barracuda). Even though the fishing wasn't very successful, it was a very nice boat and crew, and we had a good time. We'd do it again!

    (One note: I do have a tendency to get motion sick on small watercrafts, and so I got a prescription for the Scop patch before our trip. This helped SO much; I didn't feel sick at all during the fishing trip!!)

  • 4. Priceville Ranch Horseback Adventures

    We went on the four hour waterfall tour with Princeville Ranch Stables. This is a very nice outfit; although they only stick to walking since they're geared for beginners (although if you have horse experience you'll like it too!), they do let you fan out instead of walking nose-to-tail if you want to do that. The waterfall and picnic lunch is very nice, and afterwards you do a tiny hike to a very small rock wall that you climb. It's a piece of cake, but fun nonetheless. We really enjoyed this ride!

  • 5. Kaua_i Backcountry Adventures
    Kauai Backcountry Adventures, Hanamaulu, Kauai

    We went ziplining with Kauai Backcountry Adventures, and we had a blast! It's not at all scary, and it's so much fun. They get you suited up at the warehouse base, and then they drive you out to the old plantation grounds in a very cool 4WD vehicle. There are seven ziplines total, and they give you very thorough instructions at the beginning and check all of your equipment before each and every zip. The scenery is beautiful, and the guides are really a lot of fun. You can tell that they love their jobs (and why wouldn't they?!?). This was a great experience! Be sure to take a camera; I took my small point-and-shoot digital camera on this one instead of my nice digital SLR because we were afraid we couldn't carry it, but we should've taken the big camera. Oh well! Picnic lunch is provided at the end of the zip course.

  • 6. Smith Family Luau
    Smith Family Garden Luau, Kapaa, Kauai

    After much debate about whether we wanted to do this or not, we decided to go for it and booked with the Smith Family Garden Luau. We had a good time; the show is a tad bit cheesy, but fun, and the dinner was very good (yes, I even tried the poi!). The Smith Family seems very nice, and they really try hard to welcome everyone and have a good time! We enjoyed it; I'm glad we decided to book a luau.

  • 7. Kipu Falls

    If you have time, try to find this one. It's worth the drive. Be sure to wear your swimming suit!

  • 8. Wailua Falls
    Wailua Falls, Lihue, Kauai

    A Kauai must-see.

  • 9. Opaekaa Falls
    Opaekaa Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

    We drove past these falls every day. There's a nice overlook for viewing.

  • 10. Donkey Beach
    Donkey Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

    North of Kapa'a. Not great swimming, but there are a couple of secluded coves around if you feel like doing a bit of walking/hiking. We really enjoyed this one.

  • 11. Waimea Canyon
    Waimea Canyon, Waimea, Kauai

    We took the rest of the day after our morning helicopter ride to drive up the canyon. Beautiful views!! Waimea Canyon Lookout is great, and Kalalau Lookout is pretty, but if you don’t mind the walk the Pu’u O Kila Lookout is much better. Breathtaking!!

  • 12. Queen's Bath
    Queen's Bath, Princeville, Kauai

    Very nice little hike down to the lava pools. Great to swim in; bring a snorkeling mask to look at all of the cool fish! This was one of our favorite sights; it’s a must-visit!

  • 13. Kilauea Lighthouse
    Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai, Hawaii

    Although we didn't pay the admission to go in, it's a beautiful spot and a nice place for a photograph.

  • 14. Secret Beach & Secret Lava Pools

    Near Kilauea. Very beautiful beach, and practically no one was there! We really liked it here.

  • 15. Spouting Horn
    Spouting Horn, Poipu, Kauai

    We heard a lot about this one, so we decided to check it out. Worth the trip....a neat site to see.

  • 16. Food in Kauai

    We stayed on the relatively inexpensive side here. We bought some groceries in the beginning of the week, so we usually had breakfast in our suite, and sometimes we would pack a picnic lunch for the day. We really liked Coconuts and the Pizzeta. Scotty's BBQ has good food as well, and Bubba's Burgers is nice for cheap eats! The Lighthouse Bistro is good for lunch if you?re near the Kilauea Lighthouse (can't see it from here, though, so don't expect to!). You have to hit Jo-Jo's Shave Ice in the South, although expect to wait in line for awhile.