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Must-See Museums in Kauai

Must-See Museums in Kauai

Although Kauai is best-known for its emerald valleys, tropical rainforests, and white-sand beaches, the island also has a rich Polynesian culture and history. Visitors interested in learning more about Kauai’s indigenous cultures and history can head to one of the island’s museums. Here are some of the top picks.

Kauai Museum

Located in Lihue, Kauai’s capital city, the Kauai Museum offers a great introduction to Kauai’s geology and culture, and the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy. The museum also features many Native Hawaiian artifacts, and works of art by local artists and sculptors. 

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum

Learn about the history of Kauai’s sugar cane industry during a tour of the Grove Farm Sugar Plantation. Visitors can tour the original plantation house, gardens, and grounds by booking in advance. 

Kokee Natural History Museum

The Kokee Natural History Museum is located near Waimea Canyon and Koke‘e State Park on Kauai’s West Coast. Here, you can learn about Kauai’s geology, flora and fauna, and unique micro-climates, as well as get tips for visiting Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park. 

Waioli Mission House

Tucked in the foothills of Bali Hai is the historic Waioli Mission House, one of the first Christian missionary homes built on Kauai. The Waioli Mission House offers guided tours and gives visitors insight into how Christian missionaries lived in Kauai during the early 19th century. 

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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour
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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour

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This tour gets the guest up close and personal with the history of the South Side of Kauai, all within the comfort of a Polaris RZR 1000 UTV. This 22 mile round trip guided tour goes out rain or shine and takes you through several different island climates. This tour will satisfy both history and adrenaline enthusiasts!
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour

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The Na Pali Coast is one of the world's most spectacular coastlines. And one of the best ways to see it is with this sunset cruise. As the sun sets, glide past the jagged peaks and emerald valleys from aboard a luxury catamaran,
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Morning Snorkel Tour

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The Na Pali coast is one of the most spectacular sights in Kauai. The best way to see it is from the water, so join this catamaran cruise for unbeatable views of lush green valleys, towering spires, jagged sea cliffs, and wildlife such as dolphins and sea turtles, as well as time for snorkeling and swimming. Includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and drinks.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

RAFT ADVENTURE - Na Pali 1/2 Day Snorkel

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Explore the dramatic cliffs and crystalline waters of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on a half-day snorkeling adventure. Cruise along the spectacular coastline aboard a motorized raft, stopping to splash into the clear waters and snorkel among native marine life at one of Kauai’s best coral reefs. Traveling by raft allows the flexibility to navigate the rugged sea caves and waterfalls that dot the spectacular Na Pali shoreline. A deli lunch and beverages are included on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Koloa Zipline

Koloa Zipline

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Get a new perspective on Kauai as you soar through lush forests and over the Waita Reservoir on the island’s longest ziplines. While cruising across the 8-track course near Koloa, hang on to the handlebars or try some more daring acrobatic stunts with the hands-free ‘Flyin' Kauai'an’ harness.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

Private Kauai Helicopter Tour with No Middle Seats

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On this incredible tour of Kauai, you’ll experience views so beautiful they will take your breath away. Explore the stunning Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as “Jurassic Park” falls, wedged in between the emerald green mountain top of the Hanapepe Valley. Soar over the amazing views of the Olokele Canyon and majestic Waimea Canyon. Waimea canyon is also know as the the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” where you’ll catch sight of dozens of cascading waterfalls including the 2000-foot Waipo’o falls. Then on to the sacred Napali Coast with its 3500-foot seacliffs plummetting into the vast Pacific ocean. Along the Napali coast you will fly into the secret valleys of Nualolo and Kalalau valley with there amazing landscape. On to Kauai’s magical North Shore which reveals the sculpted green Hanalei Valley with more waterfalls than you can count. Last but not least the pilot will take you to the Wai'ale'ale crater with the "Wall of Tears" A dormant shield Volcano which receives 500" of rainfall.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour
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Entire Kauai Island Air Tour

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Soar over the entire Garden Island for unforgettable views on this air tour of Kauai. From aboard an aircraft designed for sightseeing, soak up breathtaking views of natural attractions like Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls, the rugged Na Pa Coast, and Mt Waialeale — the wettest spot on earth. Your experienced pilot provides informative narration during this thrilling flight.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

Wailua River and Secret Falls Kayak and Hiking Tour

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai on a 5-hour tour that combines a lovely kayaking trip with an moderately easy hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls. Your experienced guide provides a paddling lesson and guided kayak tour in the Wailua River Valley, following gorgeous waterways through the lush Kauai landscape. Then hop out of your kayaks and take a 45-minute hike to Secret Falls where you can cool off in the clear waters before returning to the Wailua marina the way you came.
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Deluxe Waterfall Safari
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Deluxe Waterfall Safari

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Get great views—and see far more than would be possible from land—by taking to the Kauai skies on this small-group helicopter tour. You'll cover the island's most important attractions as you soar over landscapes made famous by movies; the high sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, waterfalls and more.
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Doors Off Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

Doors Off Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

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Known for its lush rainforests, dramatic cliffs, and tumbling waterfalls, Kauai is a sightseer’s dream—and this helicopter tour provides one-of-a-kind aerial views of its scenery. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, head to the Lihue Airport, and take to the skies: in this doorless helicopter, you’ll enjoy extraordinary perspectives on Mt. Waialeale, the Na Pali Coast, Manawaiopuna Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park, and more.
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour
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Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Boat Tour

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast during the most romantic time of day on this sunset dinner cruise. Feel the fresh island breeze while cruising alongside towering cathedral spires, emerald valleys, waterfalls, and sea caves aboard a deluxe sailing catamaran. Enjoy a delicious onboard buffet dinner complete with Mai Tais, beer, wine, and fresh juices, and toast the end of another day in paradise with a glass of champagne as the golden hues of sunset wash across this legendary landscape.
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Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate Guided Shore Snorkeling Adventure

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Avoid crowds and embark on a Kauai snorkeling tour that limits group size to six people. Head for Kauai’s pristine south shore reefs to see tropical fish, sea urchins, and sea mammals. You may also see a turtle nesting on the beach or a Hawaiian monk seal basking in the sun.
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Epic Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

Epic Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

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Kauai’s stunning geography is best seen from the air, so explore the island’s incredible beaches, sea cliffs, and canyons on an epic helicopter tour. See hidden waterfalls and coves as you soar above the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Tunnels Beach, and Mt. Waialeale—one of the wettest places on Earth. Clocking in at over an hour, this extended flight showcases more of the Garden Isle for an unforgettable adventure.
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail
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Na Pali Coast Kauai Snorkel and Sail

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Experience the wild beauty of Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali Coast on this sailing and snorkeling cruise from Port Allen. Witness the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’ the way it was meant to be seen — from the water. Get a fantastic perspective on towering emerald sea cliffs, sparkling waterfalls and remote beaches from the deck of a well-equipped catamaran, and explore the island’s vibrant underwater world during a snorkeling stop. An included buffet lunch and entertaining legends shared by the captain and crew make this an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure.
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Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

Wailua River Kayak and Sacred Fall Hike Adventure

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Explore the natural beauty of Kauai with a combo hiking and kayaking adventure on the Wailua River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle down this sacred river surrounded by lush tropical scenery, and then disembark for a guided nature hike to a waterfall. Refuel with a picnic lunch, and then take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool at the base of the falls. No kayaking experience is necessary — just bring your sense of adventure! Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

Half-Day Kayak and Waterfall Hike Tour in Kauai with Lunch

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Rainbow Kayak Tours has been providing guided tours of the Wailua River for 20 years. Our experienced guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the history of this incredible place.
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Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception

Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner's Dinner and Champagne Reception

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Enjoy an enchanted evening in Kauai with a gourmet dinner followed by one of the top-rated luaus on the island! Kick off the night with a Champagne reception and lei greeting at the historic Kilohana Plantation, then settle into a four-course meal of island favorites. After dinner, take in the mesmerizing Luau Kalamaku as dancers, fire-twirlers and musicians enact the story of the first Tahitian voyage to Hawaii. Your premier seat will provide a great view of all the vibrant action.
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Kauai's Ultimate South Island Zodiac Boat Snorkel Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate South Island Zodiac Boat Snorkel Adventure

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Enjoy a snorkeling experience in Kauai without the crowds. Set sail for the gentle waters of the island’s southern coast aboard a Zodiac, and pass the famed Spouting Horn blowhole on your way to two different snorkeling spots where you can explore an abundance of marine life such as yellow tang and Hawaiian green sea turtle.
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Amazing Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

Amazing Air Kauai Helicopter Tour

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See why Kauai is called the Garden Isle on a helicopter tour that showcases the island’s amazingly diverse landscapes. Soar over the rugged Na Pali Coast for an unparalleled view of the emerald spires and sea cliffs, admire the “Jurassic Park Falls” made famous by the hit film, and fly over the red desert valleys of the Waimea Canyon. It's the best way to see the island in all its glory, with a local perspective thanks to the pilot’s narration.
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Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail

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Skip the restaurant reservation and enjoy dinner while sailing along the towering emerald cliffs and sea caves of the Na Pali Coast, Kauai’s most dramatic natural wonder. Sip cocktails, wine, or beer while listening to the captain’s legends of old Hawaii and looking for marine life splashing offshore. Rugged, roadless Na Pali is best seen from the water, so pair unbeatable views with a satisfying meal and tropical sunset on this romantic catamaran adventure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kayaking and Adventure Tour

Kayaking and Adventure Tour

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This is a Kayaking/Hiking adventure for you and your family. We go at our own pace, we are able to explore all that the river has to offer like true secret falls. If the weather and conditions permits there are more places to explore. Your guide is a naturalist and photographer, so you will have someone with you capturing all your precious memories. With this reservation you will receive 5 free photos, possibly more if you write a review about your experience in a timely manner, then you will have a link sent to you where you can have access to all the photos from the shoot for a small fee per photos..Please remember to bring good shoes for hiking like water shoes, slippers will not work! For those who love photos and NO crowds, please consider our special photographic adventure tour down the river at 3:30. We will have the whole beautiful location to ourselves, which will make for a beautiful photographic experience. All the pictures for the 3:30 group will be perfect and free!
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Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

Guided Kayak Adventure on the Wailua River

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Embark on a Garden Isle adventure with a half-day kayak trip on Kauai’s legendary Wailua River. Paddle through lush tropical landscape with a guide, passing a traditional Hawaiian village and learning about the river’s ancient, sacred history along the way. Feel like an island explorer as you hike to a sparkling waterfall, and keep your energy up with a riverside picnic lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Ultimate Kauai Adventure

Ultimate Kauai Adventure

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This thrilling helicopter tour takes you up and above Kauai’s Mt. Waialeale, Waimea Canyon, and the postcard-worthy Na Pali Coast. This is one of the wettest spots on earth; waterfalls cascade through lush valleys and toward shoreline cliffs. Enjoy the view from a modern aircraft designed specifically for sightseeing with large viewing windows and a professional guide.
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Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

Kauai Shore Excursion: 55-minute Helicopter Adventure Flight

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See the natural wonders of Kauai from the air on this scenic helicopter flight from Lihue. Sights include Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), Manawaiopuna Falls (Jurassic Park Falls), Na Pali Coast State Park, the Hanalei Valley waterfalls, and more. Cruise port pickup and drop-off provided from Nawiliwili Harbor. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 55 minutes
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