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Kauai: Eco-Friendly 5 line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

1. Kauai: Eco-Friendly 5 line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

Experience the "Garden Isle" from above an an eco-friendly zipline tour. Fly through the skies all while learning the rich history and unique culture of Kauai. Soar over 3 different valleys against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery on a 5-line family fun tour.  Ease into the course on sloping hill falling away from the take-off point and take in the views of the lush mountain valley filled with Kauai’s garden-like greenery. Be amazed as you fly off a steep hillside and across a different mountain valley filled with native Hawaiian fauna. Take in the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the tail end of a ridge where two valleys meet. Be enthralled as your expert guides will share with you Hawaii's culture and history while on the tour. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits. 

Kauai: Eco-Friendly 8-Line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

2. Kauai: Eco-Friendly 8-Line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

Experience the "Garden Isle" from above on an zipline tour. Embark on a thrilling 8 line zipline adventure that will truly take your breath away.  Soar over three different valleys against a backdrop of majestic mountains and ocean scenery. Feel a mountain valley rush past you as you skim just a few dozen feet above the valley floor.  Learn the stories and legends of the island while experiencing an exhilarating adventure. Listen as your expert guides share with you Hawaii's culture and history while on the tour. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

3. Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

Embark on a relaxing and informative guided tour. 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 Carribean, 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: Small Group Surf Lesson on Poipu Beach

4. Kauai: Small Group Surf Lesson on Poipu Beach

Meet your guide at Poupi Beach, Kaui's most popular beach and the perfect venue for beginner surfers, due to the mild waves. The owner and operator of the surf school is a world-champion surfer, and the rest of the instructors are highly-trained and experienced professionals. They will share their knowledge and expertise of wave riding, helping you to understand the ocean's swells and reefs, and offer coaching on how to improve your surfing ability, whether it’s your first time or you're looking to take your surfing career to the next level. In a small-group setting, you'll get more hands-on experience and walk away with more.

Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

5. Kauai: Personalized Surf Lessons with World Class Instructor

Experience an unbeatable surfing experience while drenched in the sunshine of Kauai’s iconic Poipu Beach. This beach boasts a series of golden sand crescents and crystal-clear waters perfect for all ocean activities. Whether this is your first time catching waves or you would like to take your skills to the next level, this course will be customized to your needs. Learn to surf from Rochelle Ballard, world-renowned pro surfer, and her elite professional team, who will encourage you every step of the way as you hone your skills. Delight in their proactive approach to identifying areas for improvement, while also taking the time to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Your world-class coaches will share their knowledge and expertise of wave riding, understanding swells, waves, and reefs to ultimately help you improve your surfing ability.

Allerton Garden and Estate Tour with Sunset Dinner

6. Allerton Garden and Estate Tour with Sunset Dinner

Join this early evening tour of an immense 80-acre tropical oasis filled with lush foliage, European sculptures, and carefully-landscaped garden rooms. Allerton Garden extends along the banks of the Lawai Stream, where the valley narrows before opening onto the coast past the Spouting Horn. Stroll through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features with a knowledgeable guide by your side. Then, venture to the Allerton Estate and listen to fascinating stories about the former owners and visit the home where they once lived. Admire the Allertons' personal collection of pictures and keepsakes. The Allertons hosted notable individuals such as Jackie Kennedy. See Queen Emma's cottage, now nestled into the cliffs next to the Allerton Estate House. Complete your garden and estate excursion with a delicious sunset meal on the lanai, surrounded by a picturesque garden and the sounds of ocean waves in the distance.

McBryde Garden: Day Pass

7. McBryde Garden: Day Pass

Board a tram into the lush Lawai Valley and see the magnificent coastline of Kauai’s south shore while listening to commentary about your surroundings. Arrive at McBryde garden and walk amongst the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian plant life, with endangered flora and flora that are extinct in the wild.  See and smell exotic spices ranging from allspice to vanilla on the Spice of Life Trail. Take a journey back in time in the Hawaiian Life Canoe Plant Garden and along the Biodiversity Trail. This garden showcases a multitude of plants that the ancient Polynesians brought to Hawaii that provided materials to make cloth and build canoes and structures and for medicine and food. Explore the agroforestry project with spices, glimmering water features, and a canoe garden reminiscent of the voyages of ancient Polynesians. Delight in the wide variety of palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. You can even visit the living laboratory where scientists are still discovering the secrets of these plants. You might catch sight of various birds living in this pristine location.

Kauai: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

8. Kauai: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Explore Kauai at your own pace with this narrated, self-guided driving tour. Visit some of the island's most popular and memorable attractions, including white sand beaches, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Take breathtaking hikes through the jungle while learning about the history and natural wonders of this beautiful island or go snorkeling and swimming at the local beaches. Make the most of your vacation time with the freedom to stop and go as you please. Drive around Kauai while listening to relaxing Hawaiian music, stories, and fun facts about the area. Your narrated audio guide will lead you safely where you want to go, so don't worry about getting lost or wondering where to go next.

Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

9. Kauai: Private Luxury Full Island Sightseeing Flight

Get a bird’s eye view of all the most iconic sights of Kaui on this exclusive 1 hour and 10-minute flight. Soar over rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. Your expert pilot will entertain you with personalized narration about the geography, history, legends, and culture of this tropical paradise. The aircraft comfortably accommodates 3 passengers, so it’s perfect for a small group or couple. First, fly up to the sunny and secluded coastline, Kipu Kai, nicknamed the baby Napali Coast. Your knowledgable pilot will point out notable sights including the sandy Poipu Beach, the Spouting Horn, Hawaii’s largest coffee plantation, and the lush Hanapepe Valley, where you will have a great view of Jurassic Falls. Gain an entirely new perspective on the Garden Island’s diverse landscape as you cruise over dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, red lava fields, and cascading waterfalls from above.  Feel a rush of excitement as you make a big u-turn inside the Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Marvel at the beauty of this multicolored expanse speckled with lush greenery and foliage. Soar gracefully over the 21-mile long Napali Coast consisting of ancient valleys, waterfalls, sweeping cliffs, and bright blue ocean waters. Your pilot will make sure to give you the best view of the Kilauea River with its mesmerizing waterfall as you continue up the lush Hanalei Valley and see its jagged 4,000-foot cliffs. Continue your sightseeing tour flying down the Wailua River to catch sights of Fern Grotto. Conclude your magical journey by passing by Coco Palms where Elvis made the romantic film “Blue Hawaii”.

Kauai: Scenic Movie Locations Bus Tour

10. Kauai: Scenic Movie Locations Bus Tour

This exciting, action-packed tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Hawaiian “Hollywood” on the Island of Kauai. Explore some of the most romantic, exciting, and adventurous movie locations in the world while you learn about the region's rich history. As you explore the island, your tour guide will show you specially licensed video scenes from the various movies in which Kauai has been featured. After watching the clips, take a moment to stand in or view the exact spots of the shoots and feel like one of Hollywood's most famous stars! Included with the tour, you will take a break from your journey to enjoy lunch at a local favorite dining spot with a variety of authentic favorites where the George Clooney film The Descendants was filmed. Your tour guide will entertain you, making you feel like you are on the big screen as you explore over 15 locations on the island, including Hanamaulu Bay, Hanalei Valley Lookout, and Coco Palms. There, you can reenact famous movie scenes from Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blue Hawaii, and more.

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What people are saying about Poipu

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We enjoyed this tour very much. We were unlucky and hit a little unpredictable weather. So we decided to do a driving tour to be safe from the rain. And with this we were able to see most of the island and learned so many fun historian facts. My teenage daughter she felt like she was in history class again, this time she enjoyed learning. Highly recommended from a family of 4, including a teenager and an infant.

The self driving tour was great. We were able to see parts of Kauai that we never dreamed of seeing. I would use this service again on other islands. The only thing I would have like to have had was some Hawaiian music played between some of the spots.

unication and trustworthy! She had my daughter up and surfing in no time and gave her positive guidance along the way! Wonderful experience!!!!

Well informed tour guide most knowledgeable...pleasant stroll through the grounds...

Very nice tour with a very knowledgeable botanist, Joanne.