You could live on Kauai for a lifetime and never see all the beauty and experience all the fun the Garden Isle has to offer. So just, what are the top Kauai adventure bucket list activities that no self-respecting adventurer should miss out on? 



1.  Hit the skies in a helicopter

If buzzing mountaintops, soaring deep into tropical valleys and hovering in front of waterfalls rings your bell, then this splurge-worthy journey is for you. Nothing matches the thrill of taking a doors-off helicopter tour over the eye-popping landscape of Kauai. More than 70 percent of the Garden Isle is inaccessible, which means a helicopter escort is the only way to get a real look at vast stretches of the island’s hidden beauty. Kauai is a natural wonder, and you cannot fully appreciate its grandeur until you see it from the sky.

2. Hike the Kalalau Trail

If these jaw-dropping vistas look like something right out of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” well . . . it’s because they are! Hiking the Kalalau trail is not for sissies. This unforgettable but treacherous 11-mile trek starts at Ke’e Beach, follows a rugged stretch of the Na Pali Coast and rewards you at the end by delivering you to pristine Kalalau Beach. You’ll also find a sizable waterfall ready to offer a refreshing outdoor shower post-hike.

3. Zipline through Poipu

Imagine yourself flying . . . right through a tropical rainforest! Go easy or tear through the air at up to 50 miles per hour, with the longest line clocking in at half a mile. You can ride backward, in tandem with a friend, and even upside down. Satisfy your need for speed!

4. Chase waterfalls

The most accessible waterfall on Kauai is the 173-foot double-barreled Wailua Falls, just a short drive up Maalo Road off the Kuhio Highway. You can easily spot it from above or hike down to the pool and experience it thundering before you. Rainbows come standard! Also, with a bit of extra hiking, ingenuity and a good map, you can come face-to-face with more remote specimens like the spectacular Hanakapiai Falls near Ke’e Beach, the Na Pali Coast’s massive Manawaiopuna Falls — aka “Jurassic Falls,” the “Weeping Wall” of Mount Waialeale (the 2nd wettest place on earth) and many many more. These cascading natural forces are gorgeous to look at — and put you in awe of Mother Nature. You, too, will be gushing.



5. Travel up the Na Pali Coast

Set sail on an enormous catamaran, a 6-man power boat or even a speed raft and fly up the breathtakingly gorgeous and utterly pristine Na Pali coast. Pods of spinner dolphins race alongside you in the turquoise waters as Humpback whales breach the horizon. Once the anchor is dropped, you can snorkel to your heart’s content amid turtles, eels and brilliant schools of tropical fish—the ideal place to feel truly off the grid.



6. Explore Waimea Canyon

Mother Nature was showing off when she lit up a volcano millions of years ago to create this so-called “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Stretching 14 miles long, about a mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, this geological wonder is like nothing else you will see in Hawaii — or anywhere else, for that matter. Colorful hiking trails of all levels wind you past soaring cliffs and deep red gorges sprinkled with cascading waterfalls. You will run out of adjectives.

7. Snorkel at Tunnels

The coral reef at Tunnels is so massive you can see it from space. Currents are strong and parking scarce, but if you’re a good swimmer with good gear, you will be regaled by crystal clear waters and a rainbow of sea life. Make friends with sea turtles, boxfish, unicorn fish, grouper, moray eels and, of course, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a — Hawaii’s shimmer-golden state fish.

8. Get offroad in an ATV

Hop on an All Terrain Vehicle and follow the leader through pristine landscapes that take you from makai to mauka (ocean to mountain). While tearing up the plantation roads, you can learn all about Kauai history and botanical life. Stop atop an inactive volcano crater, ride through rainforests and see where some of your favorite movies were shot. Some tours even stop to fish or camp or do a little trick riding. A fast, furious and fun way to get to know the island. Plenty of mud included.



9. Explore the Hanalei River: Kayak to Secret Falls

Embarking on a kayaking journey along the Hanalei River is an adventure that deserves a place on your Kauai itinerary. This serene and picturesque journey takes you approximately 3 miles up the river, leading you to the trailhead of a hidden treasure known as Secret Falls.

Start with a leisurely kayak or paddleboard trip, allowing the natural beauty of Kauai’s North Shore to surround you. The gentle flow of the Hanalei River is suitable for paddlers of all skill levels, making it a perfect family-friendly outing.

Upon reaching the trailhead, it’s time to hike. A moderate yet sometimes muddy 40-minute trek through tropical vegetation awaits, leading you to the majestic Secret Falls. This hidden waterfall is a slice of paradise, nestled amidst the verdant surroundings of the Garden Isle.

Pack your bathing suit for a refreshing dip in the clear pool beneath the waterfall. Remember bug repellent, some comfortable layers, a good pair of hiking shoes, and your camera to capture the incredible views.

For a seamless and enjoyable experience, you can rent kayaks or paddleboards from local operators like Kayak Kauai. Guided tours are also available, providing fascinating insights about the area, its flora and fauna, and the cultural significance of places along the route.

Whether it’s the rhythmic paddling down the Hanalei River, the sounds of birds in the lush forest, or the awe-inspiring sight of Secret Falls, this adventure offers a chance to connect with the island’s soul truly. Explore, enjoy, and embrace the wonders that await you on this unique Kauai adventure!



10. Additional Experiences

Surfing at Poipu Beach Park

Catch the perfect wave on the beautiful island of Kauai. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, surfing along the shores of Poipu Beach Park or Hanalei Bay promises so much fun and adventure. Want to ride where the pros do? Head to Shipwreck Beach, a hotspot for top Kauai adventures. Grab a board, and you might even see a sea turtle or two!

Cultural Experiences like Luaus

Embrace the rich culture of the island with traditional Hawaiian Luaus. A visit to Kauai is complete with enjoying the authentic music, dance, and cuisine that this experience offers. At venues near Poipu Beach and Kauai’s North Shore, you’ll find fantastic luaus filled with island flavors, amazing views, and a warm Aloha spirit.

Scenic Drives

Kauai’s lush tropical vegetation, majestic Na Pali Coast, and grand Waimea Canyon provide ample opportunities for scenic drives. Exploring the Garden Isle’s breathtaking landscape is a must-do for your Kauai itinerary. Head to the Waimea Canyon Lookout for a view that rivals the Grand Canyon, or take a leisurely drive to Kilauea Lighthouse or the famous Jurassic Park locations.

Seasonal Considerations

Best Time to Visit for Various Activities

Kauai offers exciting experiences year-round, but some adventures are seasonal. Whether it’s the calm waters of Poipu Beach in the winter or the epic Na Pali Coast hike during summer’s low tide, our concierge team can guide you to the best times for each outdoor activity. Surfing in Hanalei River or exploring Koke’e State Park? We know the perfect seasons.

Seasonal Festivals and Events

The island of Kauai celebrates various festivals and events throughout the year. Enjoy the East Side food trucks and white sand beaches, or join the whole family in celebrating island traditions in the little town of Hanalei. From the wettest places like Mount Waialeale to the best beaches like Kalalau Beach, each season brings unique beauty and unforgettable cultural experiences. Ask our tour guide or Captain Andy about seasonal offers, and we’ll make your stay at Koloa Landing Resort a truly memorable adventure.

With Koloa Landing Resort’s Concierge Services, amazing views, and vibrant culture, Kauai’s allure is boundless. From the caves of the Na Pali Coast to the stunning vistas of the Kalalau Lookout, we invite you to discover the island’s magic. Aloha, and welcome to your next adventure!



Koloa Landing Resort’s Concierge Services

At Koloa Landing Resort, the luxurious Kauai beach resort, our dedicated concierge team is your gateway to the best Kauai adventures. With exclusive access to local tours, outdoor activities, and all the island’s hidden gems, your next adventure is just a call away.

Activities and Adventure Bookings

From helicopter tours over the Na Pali Coast to guided tours to secret falls, our concierge service ensures your Kauai adventure is super fun and tailored to your interests. Want to kayak the Wailua River or hike the Sleeping Giant Trail? We’ve got you covered. Our team can even arrange exceptional experiences like a visit to the Kauai Coffee Farm or an adventurous tour of the Alaka’i Swamp Trail.

Special Offers for Guests

Enjoy exclusive offers on outdoor adventures like Kauai’s longest zipline, boat tours, snorkeling at Tunnels Beach, or scenic hikes like the Awa’awapuhi Trail. Our special packages provide the best snorkeling, surfing, and other adventurous things to do on the island. Our guests receive top-notch services and unforgettable experiences visiting Kauai on a round trip to paradise.


From the towering cave walls of the Na Pali Coast to the refreshing waters of Wailua Falls, the island of Kauai bursts with endless adventure. Whether hiking the Kalalau Trail, kayaking the Hanalei River, or exploring the Iliau Nature Loop, the adventures are as diverse as the island’s stunning landscapes.

Take a guided tour to Hanakapi’ai Falls, bask in the sun at some of Kauai’s best beaches, or explore the secret wonders of the island, such as Queen’s Bath or the Kukui Trail. The possibilities for outdoor adventures are limitless, with options for every skill level, from serene white sand strolls to skill-challenging treks like the Sleeping Giant Trail.

The wettest place on Earth, the stunning Kalalau Lookout, and the super fun excitement of Captain Andy’s boat tour await you. Imagine enjoying a perfect day on Poipu Beach, followed by a delectable meal from local food trucks, and then catching the fantastic views from the Kalalau Lookout. Every corner of this beautiful island promises a discovery, from the east side to Kauai’s north shore.

Koloa Landing Resort invites you to embark on your next adventure in the heart of this paradise. With our exclusive access to top Kauai adventures, our team ensures that your experience is tailor-made and unforgettable. Big Island may be famous for its size, but Kauai is unrivaled in beauty and adventurous things to explore.

Let the tropical breeze guide you to the best snorkeling spots, let the lush green trails lead you to secret falls, and let the stars at night dazzle your senses. Kauai is more than an island; it’s a world of wonder waiting to be explored.

Get Started with Your Kauai Adventures

Please contact our concierge team for further information, detailed Kauai itinerary planning, and exclusive booking opportunities. Our concierge team is your one-stop spot for all the fun adventures on Kauai — and beyond! Go to Koloa Landing Resort activities or call them directly at 808-240-6609.

Embrace the spirit of Aloha, explore the wonders of the Garden Isle, and let us be your guide to a journey filled with memories, joy, and awe. See you soon in Kauai!