2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Kauai Tour
Aloha! Buckle up for a tropical adventure you’ll never forget! Cruise through lush jungles, walk along pristine beaches, and dive into the history of the beautiful island of Kauai.
On the Kauai tour, you will learn about the culture and how everything changed when sugar plantations arrived. Hear about clashing cultures and a failed Russian invasion? No, really!
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About the Tour
Explore Kauai and discover why it’s called “the Garden Isle.” This stunningly lush island is covered in tropical rainforest, bursting at the seams with life of all kinds. This drive will take you along the most famous stretch of Kauai’s historic highway and show you all the best sights the island offers.
Visit Grove Farm, where you’ll glimpse what remains of the once-booming sugar plantation industry, then turn back the clock to the time of ultra-rich sugar barons. Hear about this enormous industry, its connection to the American Civil War, and what life was like for the lavishly wealthy owners.
Then, treat yourself to the fabulous Poipu Beach, where sand and surf meet in perfect harmony, and you can always see some surfers hitting the waves. And be sure to keep your eyes open! If you’re lucky, you might spot Rocky, a Hawaiian monk seal who’s something of a celebrity on Kauai.
Don’t miss the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge on your Kauai tour! This precarious bridge spans a jaw-dropping valley and offers views and an experience like nowhere else on Earth.
Along the way on the Kauai tour, we’ll fill you in on the fascinating, complex history of Kauai and Hawaii as a whole. Hear about how the first people journeyed across miles of ocean on tiny canoes to get here, learn about their kings and traditions, and get a close-up look at how the arrival of American businesses changed the islands forever. Be prepared for the unexpected, like an attempted Russian invasion that took place in the 19th century!
And, of course, visit the so-called Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon. This 3,000-foot-deep canyon is as lush and green as the rest of the island and is guaranteed to take your breath away. Don’t forget to snap plenty of photos to make your friends jealous!
Along the way, we’ll point out all of Kauai’s best hiking spots, from accessible walking routes to more advanced trails which lead to awe-inspiring overlooks. It’s easy to drive straight past these in the dense jungle, but we’ll ensure you don’t miss anything!
Finally, we’ll arrive at the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, a perfectly secluded slice of the jungle, cliffs, and crashing ocean with all you can want from Kauai packed into one place!
Tour Start Address:
Kauai Southern Island: 4393 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766
Kauai North Shore Tour: 4393 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766
Drive Your Way to Paradise
Experience the natural beauty and vibrant culture of Hawaii at your own pace with our All Hawaii Self-Guided Driving Tours Bundle! Enjoy the freedom to explore the islands on your own terms, we guide you to the best hidden gems and must-see attractions. From the stunning beaches of Maui to the lush rainforests of Kauai, this bundle has it all. So, grab your keys and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in paradise!
What You'll See
Welcome to Kauai
Sugarcane & Grove Farm
Old Koloa Town
Detour To Old Sugar Mill Of Koloa
Hanapepe Valley Lookout
Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
Niihau: The Forbidden Island
Red Dirt Waterfall
Kukui Trail & Iliau Nature Loop
Waimea Canyon State Park
Pu’u Hinahina Lookout
Waimea Canyon Trails
Kōkeʻe Natural History Museum
Kōkeʻe State Park
Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Pu’u O Kila Lookout - Conclusion
Preview the Tour
Welcome to Kauai Audio Story
Tree Tunnel Audio Story
Kauai is likely the most accessible Hawaiian island for seniors, there are a number of Kauai tours for seniors and activities for all kinds of age groups to enjoy.
Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle,” a nickname earned by its lush greenery and tropical wildflowers. Along with tours, senior adventurers can also visit a botanical garden. Limahuli Garden is a 1,000-acre feast for the eyes with tons of exotic plants lovingly tended for on the north shore of Kauai.
Any Kauai tour would be incomplete without a visit to Grove Farm, Poipu Beach, The Hanapepe Swinging Bridge, and Waimea Canyon.
Based on weather, crowding and hotel prices, the best time of year to visit Kauai is from April to early June.
There are tons to choose from, but some of the best beaches in Kauai are Poipu beach, with its resort and Hanalei beach.
As the name suggests, this beach is not the easiest place to access, be prepared to hike through some undergrowth, and use an unmarked trail to find this hidden gem. The unmarked trail forks off of an unnamed dirt road. From Kilauea, head north on Kuhio highway, towards Hanalei. Then, you’ll take a right onto Kalihiwai. Drive a short distance and then take a right onto the unmarked dirt road. Park and walk all the way to the end of the road. At the end, you’ll find a small path that you’ll walk on for 10-15 minutes. Be prepared for a steep walk, and pick your day wisely, after a heavy rain this path can be treacherous. This path will lead you directly to the Secret Beach.
On the top of many traveler’s lists is Poipu beach, Ke’e and Lumaha’i beaches. These are some of the best beaches in Kauai if you’re looking to swim in crystal clear water.
There are plenty of things to do in Kauai and Maui. However, weighing Maui vs. Kauai against what you’re looking for from a trip is important.
Kauai is one of the less-developed Hawaiian islands, so having a rental car will make it much easier to get around.
A car rental on Kauai will cost most tourists anywhere from 38$ to 120$ per day depending on the amount of time used, the season you’re traveling, how far in advance you’re making the rental and the make and model of your rental vehicle.
One of Kauai’s most famous waterfalls is Wailua. Wailua Falls are the biggest on the Garden Isle. Falling 173 dizzying feet, this beauty is a popular drive-by attraction.
There are eleven waterfalls on the Garden Isle in total.
The best part yet is that so many of the waterfalls on Kauai are highly accessible. Many of these beauties can be viewed right from the road or after a short walk.
The short answer is yes. Many folks visiting the Hawaiian islands will do some “island hopping”. The islands are all connected to each other by flight and by boat, so getting from one island to the next isn’t impossible.
The island of Kauai is known for its lush greenery, dramatic seascapes, and also its many waterfalls. Including Waipoo falls, which is one of the largest on the island. Kauai is also known for the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
The tour works offline, so you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we suggest you download the tour on WiFi at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc., before heading out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket to any of the attractions along the way.
Not a Car Rental
We do not provide car rental services. You must arrange for a car yourself. Our self-guided driving audio tours will work in any car via an aux cable or Bluetooth.
How many tours should I buy?
Since this is a driving tour, we suggest you buy one tour per car for the best experience.
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!