Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii

The fourth largest island in the Hawaiian group, Kauai is known as the "Garden Island." The terrain ranges from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Waialeale and the desert-like beauty of Waimea Canyon to the Wailua River's lush Fern Grotto. Ironically this once isolated island was the site of the first meeting between Europeans and Hawaiians. On January 19, 1778, Captain James Cook anchored his ships off the mouth of the Waimea River, becoming the first in a long line of enthusiastic visitors.

Kauai was never conquered by the great warrior King Kamehameha.

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Points of Interest

  • Waimea Canyon
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto
  • Napali Coast
  • North Shore of Kauai
  • Grove Farm Homestead
  • Kilauea Lighthouse
  • Snorkeling
  • Outdoor Adventures

More about Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii Points of Interest

  • Waimea Canyon

    This natural wonder astounds the viewer with stunning vistas that go on for miles. Located on the west side of Kauai, It truly lives up to its nickname, "Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

    A two-mile journey on the famed Wailua River leads to legendary Fern Grotto. It's a dramatic must-see attraction and the setting for live performances of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song."

  • Napali Coast

    The remote northwest shore of Kauai has provided a stunning and pristine backdrop for movies like Jurassic Park, King Kong and others. A must-see attraction, "Napali" means "cliffs" in Hawaiian.

  • North Shore of Kauai

    One of the most scenic places in the world with miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and mountain waterfalls.

  • Grove Farm Homestead

    This well-preserved sugar plantation/museum features a main house, farm office and workers' homes surrounded by tropical gardens for a fascinating glimpse of island life in the late 1800s.

  • Kilauea Lighthouse

    Put into service in 1913, it is one of the nations most intact historic light stations. Atop Kilauea Point, this is one of Kauai's most visited sites for its scenic beauty. This landmark played a pivotal and prominent role in the life of the nearby sugar plantation town of Kilauea and is a symbol if the town.

  • Snorkeling

    Step from the sand to the water and snorkel in one of the island's beautiful beaches, or head to Kauai's famed Na Pali Coast for a glimpse of incredible fish, coral and sea turtles playing offshore.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Some of Kauai's most popular outdoor activities include zip-lining above the tropical forest canopy, hiking through the jungle, swimming in natural pools, river kayaking and tubing the Hanamaulu Ditch System.

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Best of Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Wailua River & Fern Grotto

8 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 1 0 0
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

View Kauai's famous Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain described as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Then cruise up the Wailua River to legendary Fern Grotto for a performance of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song." With additional stops at Spouting Horn, Opaekaa Falls and lunch, this full-day excursion is unforgettable.

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Waimea Canyon

4.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 0 0
  • Waimea Canyon

Watch Spouting Horn shoot water 50 feet in the air while emitting a loud groan. It's just one highlight of Waimea Canyon, hailed by Mark Twain as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Along the way, this moderately active half-day excursion also reveals Lihue, Koloa, Oma'o, Kalaheo and Hanapepe.

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Waimea Canyon (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 0 1
  • Waimea Canyon

Watch Spouting Horn shoot water 50 feet in the air while emitting a loud groan. It's just one highlight of Waimea Canyon, hailed by Mark Twain as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Along the way, this moderately active half-day excursion also reveals Lihue, Koloa, Oma'o, Kalaheo and Hanapepe.

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Wailua River Cruise & Fern Grotto

3 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 0 5
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto

Kauai is blessed with stunning natural features. This moderate half-day excursion spotlights some of the island's most popular sights from the Wailua River and Fern Grotto, home of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" to the magnificent Opaekaa Falls. And along the way see small towns and villages amidst luxuriant countryside.

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Discover Kauai

6.25 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 1 0
  • Wailua River & Fern Grotto
  • North Shore of Kauai
  • Kilauea Lighthouse

Discover the beauty of this breathtaking island. Designed for small groups, you'll explore the famous Opaeka'a Falls and Poliahu Heiau, take a leisurely boat ride up the Wailua River, visit the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge & Bird Sanctuary and enjoy lunch at Anini Beach.

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Jewels of Hawaii: Allerton & McBryde Tropical Gardens & Waterfall

5.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 1 5
  • Outdoor Adventures

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens comprises five garden complexes dedicated to preserving endangered plant species - and three of the gardens are on Kauai. National Geographic described Allerton Garden as one of the world's 50 must-see destinations, and adjacent McBryde Garden is home to the largest collection of Hawaiian flora in the world.

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Easy Panoramic Kauai - Opaekaa Falls, Plantation & Train

3.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 2 0

Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past on a tour including Opaekaa Falls, a drive through the historic Wailua Complex of Heiaus and the enchanting Kilohana Plantation. Here you'll enjoy a vintage railway tour followed by time to explore the magnificent Tudor-style Kilohana mansion with its extensive shops and galleries.

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Easy Panoramic Kauai - Falls, Plantation & Train (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 2 2 1

Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past on a tour including Opaekaa Falls, a drive through the historic Wailua Complex of Heiaus and the enchanting Kilohana Plantation. Here you'll enjoy a vintage railway tour followed by time to explore the magnificent Tudor-style Kilohana mansion with its extensive shops and galleries.

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Hollywood in Hawaii - Movies & Waterfalls

6.5 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 3 0 5
  • North Shore of Kauai

More than 50 Hollywood productions have been filmed on Kauai since the studios discovered its lush beauty. Star-struck explorers can fall under the spell of these same locations on an easy full-day excursion. Sightsee aboard a custom mini-bus outfitted with a monitor to view each locale's corresponding footage.

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A Taste of Kauai

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 3 1 5

Taste the history of two of Kauai's most famous palate pleasers - coffee and rum. See the entire production process at the Kauai Coffee Estate with samplings of Kauai coffee. Then, treat your taste buds to rum at the Koloa Rum Company followed by a vintage train ride through fruit orchards.

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Tasting & Walking Tour of Downtown Lihue

3.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 3 8 0

Immerse yourselves in Kauai's burgeoning food scene on a guided walk through downtown Lihue, with stops in restaurants, establishments and craft breweries along the way. You'll be treated to tasty nibbles, "must haves," and an extra helping of the island's artistic culture, fascinating history and lore along the way.

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Kauai Bike Explorer

4 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 4 5 0
  • Outdoor Adventures

Take on two wheels and discover in the most fun, eco-friendly way, the charming east side of Kauai'i. From a casual stroll along the clear blue waters of put a smile on your face and in your soul. Bike, shop, eat, explore at your own pace. Ride on your own, never alone. 

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Kauai Hiking Adventure

4.75 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 4 7 5
  • Outdoor Adventures

Put on your hiking boots and experience the raw beauty of Halele'a Forest Reserve. As Kauai's only dedicated hiking tour for cruise line guests, you'll be treated to stunning views and exotic plants. Following the hike, you'll be rewarded with snacks and refreshments at Keahua Arboretum.

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Kalapaki & Hule'ia River Catamaran Cruise

2 hours | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | L I H - 6 1 0
  • Outdoor Adventures

Let the ocean breezes envelope you while gazing out at Kauai's natural beauty aboard a 50-foot state-of-the-art catamaran. Revel in the views of mountains, marine life and the Huleia River where you'll visit the historic Alekoko Menehune Fish Pond and Huleia National Wildlife Refuge.

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