Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the northernmost and geologically oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Nearly circular in shape, only three percent of the land area has been developed for residential and commercial use, with the remaining 97 percent divided between agriculture and conservation. The majority of the island’s population of 52,000 lives and works in the coastal areas. The interior of the island is spectacularly beautiful and pristine. In the centre rises Mount Waialeale, a remnant of an extinct volcano that gave birth to the island. View more
Experience one of Kauai's most popular attractions, Waimea Canyon.
Known as 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific', Waimea Canyon is one of Nature's most spectacular creations. From your lookout at 3,400 feet (1,036 metres), enjoy an unsurpassed view of the 2,857-foot-deep (871-metre-deep) canyon and the surrounding countryside. The canyon's dramatic size combined with the reds and browns of exposed volcanic rock and the blues and greens of lush tropical vegetation truly create a magnificent sight.
After leaving Waimea Canyon, visit the beautiful South Shore area known as Poipu. Here you see a blowhole called "Spouting Horn". A natural salt water geyser that sprays plumes high into the air, which occurs when the surf is washed into a lava tube and sucked up through a hole in the coastal rock. The geyser may reach up as much as 60 feet (18 metres) depending on the surf that day, and provides photographers with an added challenge in capturing one of Poipu's most scenic coastal shots.
As you leave Poipu, pass through the oldest plantation town in Hawaii, Koloa, the birth place of Sugar in Hawaii en route to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair as long as they can embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. Guests should wear seasonal clothing, sun protection and flat walking shoes.
Explore the extraordinary beauty of one of the world's premier congressionally chartered botanical research organizations on a guided tour of Allerton & McBryde Garden.
Enter the gates of this once-private estate and wind past dramatic cliff-top views of the protected bay below. Stroll through outdoor rooms and see rippling pools, fountains and dramatic sculptures and venture to a secluded waterfall in a part of the gardens most visitors do not see. Architect Robert Allerton created this masterpiece of landscape architecture and garden art in the early 20th century.
Your day of adventure begins with a short scenic van ride to the Allerton & McBryde Garden in Poipu on the southern coast of Kauai. Upon arrival to the Lawai Valley, embark on a guided walking tour of Allerton Garden, described as a living work of art that includes water features, statuary and garden rooms that delight visitors at every turn. Allerton Garden has been noted by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the top 50 must see attractions in the world. This dramatic location was used as the backdrop in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Jurassic Park.
Next, travel by vehicle deeper into the upper Lawai Valley and McBryde Garden exploring areas of this beautiful valley that most visitors don't get to experience. McBryde Garden is over 250 acres (101 hectares) of conservation research land and home to over 6,000 rare and endangered species of plants collected from throughout the Pacific Basin and the world.
After a delightful deli lunch in the Canoe Garden Gazebo you have the opportunity to embark on a short leisurely walk on a magical trail with some of the rarest species of plants found in the Garden, to an enchanted tropical rain forest which has a backdrop of one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Kauai.
Once the tour of the garden is complete, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Visitor Center and make a stop at Spouting Horn, one of the most popular attractions in Kauai before heading back to the cruise ship pier.
If you dream of the ideal garden paradise and a unique experience that few get to enjoy, this tour is for you.
Allerton & McBryde Gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization. The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. Your visit to this unique and special location will contribute to their on-going restorations and missions.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking. Guests should expect to walk approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) on uneven, gravel and dusty maintained paths and trails over a 2.5 hour period with several rest stops. There are approximately 10 steps in 4 different areas and therefore is not wheelchair accessible. Deli lunch includes a variety of sandwiches and fruit. Guests should wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, long pants and/or mosquito repellant, hat for shade, bring sunscreen and bottled water, although water is provided; umbrellas are provided in the event of rain. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The order of sites visited may vary.
A unique tubing adventure that takes you back in time to the sugar plantation era - this exclusive tubing experience takes place on private lands that have never before been open to the public.
A short drive takes you to the headwaters of the 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometre-long) Hanamaulu Ditch system, where you will begin your 2-mile (3.2-kilometre) tubing expedition. Grab a tube, don a headlamp, and jump in for a leisurely cruise. Witness Kauai's spectacular engineering feats as you float down the tropical waterway consisting of open ditches, tunnels and flumes all of which were engineered and hand dug circa 1912.
At the end of your tubing adventure, you are whisked away to an enchanted picnic area complete with a pristine swimming hole to enjoy your delicious snack. After swimming and picnicking, you'll be returned to the cruise ship pier. Truly a unique and memorable experience for the entire family.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking and levels of exertion that require guests to be in good physical condition. Guests should wear swimsuits or quick drying shorts and shirts. Bring a towel, change of dry clothing, waterproof sunscreen, hat and mosquito repellent. Water shoes, headlamps, a snack and beverages are included. Guests must be a minimum height of 43 inches (109 centimetres) and over the age of 5 to participate. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant women or those with back problems. Participants must not weigh more than 300lbs (136kgs).
Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past during this half-day panoramic tour.
Explore Kauai's most significant archeological sites and sacred treasures once inhabited by Kauai's Hawaiian Royalty and Chiefs, view a majestic waterfall, then complete your day with a visit to historic Kilohana Plantation, Kauai's premier destination and experience, and the private mansion and estate of Gaylord Wilcox, Kauai's Sugar Plantation Baron.
View the majesty of Opaekaa Falls, an 80-foot (24-metre) tiered waterfall. The name 'Opaekaa' means 'rolling shrimp' in the Hawaiian language. The waterfall was named after the shrimp that were once in abundance in its stream and pool, which was the source of water that irrigated the extensive Wailua Taro fields, the Hawaiian staple crop.
Visit the Wailua Complex, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the exclusive and sacred home, sanctuary, and center of government of Kauai's Hawaiian Royalty and Chiefs. It contains the remains of many significant structures including Poli'ahu Heiau, a sacred and royal temple of worship that was in full and regular use when Captain James Cook landed on Kauai in 1778.
Then head to historic Kilohana Plantation, established in 1864 and managed by Gaylord Wilcox, Kauai's Sugar Plantation Baron. Your adventure begins on the Kauai Plantation Railway with a 40-minute fun and informative conductor-narrated authentic train tour of 105 acres of Kilohana Plantation. During your ride, see fruit tree orchards, sugar cane, pineapple, banana, papaya, and countless other exotic fruit and indigenous trees, animal pastures, and the train will stop for you to feed a herd of wild pigs, goats and sheep.
Afterwards, you can explore Kauai's largest sugar estate mansion built in 1935 by Gaylord Wilcox with over 16,000 square feet (1486 square metre) of boutique shops and galleries. Don't forget a visit to the onsite rum tasting room before you head back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair (with advance notification). Guests are requested to wear seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection. The order of sites visited may vary.
Harness up and zip across valleys and gulches - soar over streams and view places more spectacular than you can ever imagine during this half-day canopy zip-lining adventure.
This is an exclusive zip experience that occurs on private lands that have never before been open to the public. This 3.5 hour backcountry adventure takes you deep into Kauai's interior as you traverse down a mountainside into the lush valley below.
The tour starts with a historic and scenic drive to the start of the zip course. After a thorough briefing by your certified guides, you are ready to start your zip adventure. Transcend down the mountainside along a series of seven zip-lines. At the end of the zipping, enjoy a delicious snack and a refreshing swim. Relax, bask in the sun, or just soak in a natural swimming pool.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those who utilise a wheelchair and those who suffer from agoraphobia. We suggest guests wear a swimsuit under their clothing, long pants and secure closed-toe footwear. Guests with long hair must use hair ties to secure their hair during the zipping. Minimum age to participate is 12 and all guests must weigh between 100 - 250 lbs. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All safety equipment is provided.
Experience the idyllic beauty of Kauai during this picturesque riverboat journey. Your half-day excursion features a delightful cruise along the scenic Wailua River, visit to Fern Grotto for a memorable performance of the Hawaiian Wedding Song, and stops to marvel at the lovely Opaekaa Falls and Holo-Holo-Ku Heiau.