Experience Kaua`i's best tours & excusions via helicopters, boats, hikes, waves and waterfalls

Kaua`i is the land of adventure. From the mountains to the ocean, from under the sea to the top of the mountains at the wettest spot on earth, Kaua`i is home to some of the best tours and excursions on the planet, and 10Best is here to guide you to these great attractions. It can be overwhelming at times when exploring all of the options for an exciting day on the island - there's a lot of them. That's why we've thoroughly explored all of the possibilities so that we could compile this list of the top ten, must try tours and excursions on the Garden Island.

There's many ways to see the island, and we recommend trying at least one of each kind. Aerial views of Hawaii's most diverse island will create ultimate memories and leave you with amazing photos. The Kaua`i Grand Circle Tour with Island Helicopters offers a birds eye view of the most hard to reach places on the island. From the vertical cliffs of the Na Pali Coast to the depths of Waimea Canyon and the hidden waterfalls in between, the helicopter ride will leave you in awe.

Seriously adventurous visitors will find excitement with Na Pali Kayak, on a long paddle down the gorgeous coast. Guests have the option of seeing the coast during a day long tour, camping trip, or special honeymoon tour.

So check out our list and then grab your gear and head out to explore Kaua`i's nooks and crannies.

Owned by the owners of the "Forbidden Island" of Ni`ihau, Safari Helicopters offers two tours. The Deluxe Waterfall Safari offers just that - a 60 minute trip to Wai`ale`ale Crater which is known as the wettest spot on earth and takes you over...  Read More

Holo Holo Charters
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A great Na Pali snorkeling boat tour that leaves from the west side, Holo Holo charters will give you a wonderful day on the water. They offer the Na Pali snorkeling sail, ranging from $99 to $139. Here you'll wind along the coast seeing the...  Read More

Ni`ihau Helicopters
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Fly to Hawaii's Forbidden Island of Ni`ihau, owned by the Robison family, the same owners of the helicopter company. Hop on the chopper mid-morning and then across the west side channel to the desolate island. Here you'll explore beaches,...  Read More

Water Sport with Kauai Water Ski and Surf Co.

Water skiing, kneeboarding, hydrofoil (a type of board where it rises above the water while being pulled behind the boat), and wakeboarding are all offered with Kauai Water Ski & Surf Co. This is the only company on Kauai to offer these...  Read More

Experience the best surfing with the Grand Master of Surfing himself, the famous Titus Kinimaka. From beginner to experienced riders the Hawaiian School of Surfing is run by native Kauaian's with a rich surfing tradition that dates back to the...  Read More

Kuilau Ridge Trail

A lovely hike with great views, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is pretty gentle at first but is at a consistent incline, which can be a bit tiring. About half an hour up the trail you'll come to a picnic area and this is a great place to enjoy a lunch....  Read More

Kayak Kauai

Cruise up the Hanalei River on a stand-up paddle board, or a kayak with the outfitter Kayak Kauai based out of the historic town. Morning is a nice time to go before it gets too hot, and it's a wonderful way to begin the day. Kayak Kauai offers...  Read More

Touring through the air with Island Helicopters, who is conveniently located across from the Lihu`e Airport helipads and flies over the highly desired Manawaiopuna Falls, otherwise known as Jurassic Falls, is one of the best experiences on the...  Read More

Na Pali Kayak

For some seriously fun Na Pali Coast Exploration, check out the Na Pali Kayak tour. They take adventurous hikers, honeymooners, and campers along the gorgeous rugged coastline during a variety of guided tours. Tours include day long kayaking...  Read More

Wailua Falls
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Many visitors recognize these twin falls as the ones pictured in the opening sequence of the "Fantasy Island" TV show. Their dramatic, 80-foot double tumble is the subject of many tourist photographs, a distinct difference from the days when...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade