The Garden Isle
Welcome to glorious Kauai. Here, in Hawaii’s garden, majestic waterfalls cascade into pristine canyons, and the rugged Nā Pali coastline spurs wonder in the heart of visitors and locals alike. There is much to do in Hawaii’s garden, so let’s get started with some of our favorite attractions.
Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures
Capt. Andy’s has been providing sailing, rafting, and snorkeling along the Na Pali coastline since 1980. They’re passionate about sailing and providing the highest quality fun and informative experience for all visitors. (Photo Courtesy of Capt. Andy’s)
Blue Dolphin Charters
Blue Dolphin operates the two largest motor sailing catamarans on the island and specializes in providing tours of the Na Pali Coast and the forbidden island of Niihau. They offer one tank SCUBA diving for passengers with or without prior SCUBA experience and have a money back guarantee that their visitors will see dolphins during their tour. (Photo Courtesy of Blue Dolphin Charters)
Bubbles Below provides an environmentally responsible and educational SCUBA experience along the stunning Kauai and Niihau coastline. They are passionate protectors of the reef residents of their dive sites and aim to create future stewards of the oceans by exposing divers to the wonders of this diverse and beautiful environment. (Photo Courtesy of Bubbles Below)
Kauai Backcountry Adventures
Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers zipline and mountain tubing adventure tourism on a 17,000 acre former plantation in the heart of Kauai. Their exclusive access provides total privacy, a unique tourism experience and allows for responsible stewardship of one of Hawaii’s great wilderness habitats.
Skydive Kauai may have the perfect combination of thrills for the adventure tourist. First, enjoy a 20-25 minute scenic plane ride over some of the island’s best views, then enjoy an exhilerating freefall over the scenic coastline. If you love skydiving, this should be on your to-do list.
Kauai ATV is Kauai’s premiere off road adventure tourism company. Get ready to get dirty in one of their twenty bio-diesel Mud Bugs, or their Ohana Bug (a 4 seat dune buggy made for families.) Bring swimwear, sunscreen and a healthy taste for adventure.
Original Red Dirt Shirts
In 1992 Hurricane Iniki hit the island, causing nearly two billion dollars of damages and completely flooding a small screen printing shop. The white shirts waiting to be printed were stained with the red mud of the island. The shop decided to print them anyway. Thirty years later, Red Dirt Shirts are an international sensation. (Photo Courtesy of Original Red Dirt Shirts)
Polynesian Adventure Tours
Polynesian Adventure Tours offer a variety of tour packages including a Waimea Canyon and Wailua River Tour, a tour of famous movie sets, and the Luau Kalamaku package. Polynesian Adventure Tours also offers tours on many of the other surrounding islands if you want a full Hawaiian experience. (Photo Courtesy of Polynesian Adventure Tours)
Food / Dining
Kauai Island Brewery
The world’s “western-most brewery” and the island’s only brew pub. This retro-industrial themed complex offers thirty-five foot ceilings, chandeliers, a catwalk to a mezzanine over the entryway, gorgeous views of the sunset over Port Allen Bay, and of course fantastic beers and pub food. (Photo Courtesy of Kauai Island Brewery)
Smith’s Family Garden Luau
Want the full Hawaiian experience? Smith’s Family Garden Luau has been voted the best Luau on the island by The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. Four generations of family work together to maintain an island paradise with delicious food, and live entertainment in the form of Hawaiian hula, Tahitian drum dances and the Samoa fire knife dance. (Photo Courtesy of Smith’s Family Garden Luau)
Kauai Coffee Company is a true Hawaaian coffee estate, employing sustainable environmentally sound practices and growing over 3,000 acres of coffee in rich volcanic soil and mountain rain. Stop by their shop in Kalaheo, take the walking tour and enjoy daily coffee tastings.
Home baked Hawaiian sweet bread, grilled polish dog, fresh tropical fruit relish, Hawaiian mustard and fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade – if these sound like your idea of a tasty meal, get down to the Poipu Village Shopping Center and try a Puka Dog, a uniquely Hawaiian taste experience. (Photo Courtesy of Puka Dog)
Kauai Kookie was founded in 1965 to provide island style desserts to serve at a family business. Fifty years later it is now one of Hawaii’s most recognized and trusted brands, making over 50,000 cookies and other specialty bakery items daily. Visit their factory store outside of Hanapepe and sample delectable desserts straight from the oven.
Kauai Chocolate Company
The Kauai Chocolate Company is a small family business that makes delicious treats, freezes them and ships them internationally. If you’re a chocolate lover, stop by their shop at the Port Allen Shopping Center and sample their tasty wares.