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  • Aug
  • 2013

What can I do onshore while my cruise ship is docked on Kauai?

Called the island of adventure, KAUAI has one cruise port–Nawiliwili

When your ship pulls in to Nawililli, your shore excursions are more cultural and remote than the other Hawaiian islands:

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The cruise was wonderful. No problems. We had a great time. NCL has the best staff and the best entertainment. We took shore excursions at all four ports and we very happy with them. Jeremy, thanks too for getting us such great deal on this cruise. — Sue

1. Waimea Canyon State Park is also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” And if you’re adventurous, you can coast downhill on a 12-mile bike tour to the Pacific Ocean.

Waimea Canyon is the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"

Waimea Canyon is the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

2. Na Pali Coast. You can get there by boat or by hiking the rugged Kalalau trail—no roads to this coast. However, it is the site of many Hollywood movies and a really good spot for snorkeling.

3National Tropical Botanical Garden.  These beautiful gardens are worth your time.

4Hanalei Valley. Explore one of the most photographed destinations.  After discovering the waterfalls and rainbows, head on over to Hanalei for some shopping, dining or beach activities. .

5Kilohana Crater. Rent a 4-wheel drive to the Kilohana Crater and drive along the Haha’ulepu coast.

6. Kilaueau Lighthouse and Hanalei Pier. Take a scenic helicopter ride across the entire island to see the volcanoes, waterfalls and coastline as well as the Lighthouse.

7Kualoa Experience Tour. This all-inclusive tour will take you to the famous movie sites, a ranch tour and a jungle expedition all in one trip.

8. Farm Tour. Take a train to the Kauai Plantation and visit the Manor House at the Grove Farm Homestead.

9Attend a Luau. Attend the Kalamaku Luau  and watch hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers and fire knife dancers. Make a day of it by taking the Plantation train and visiting the manor house before the show.

Attend a luau with fire dancers to light up the night!

Attend a luau with fire dancers to light up the night!

10Kayak down the Wailua River that leads to the Fern Grotto. You can also take a river cruise that includes a luau and a romantic ceremony.  Other great places to kayak are the Hidden Falls or the Jungle Falls.

11Hanamaulu Ditch System Inner Tube Ride. Grab an inner tube and float down the Hanamaulu Ditch System through the tropical rain forest.

12Zipline. There are lots of places you can zipline. Try the Kauai Canopy Zipline, or hike to the Iki Mua Zipline. If you want a full-day of adventure consider an excursion to Kipu Ranch that includes a jungle mountain trek, swim under a waterfall and a zipline ride.

13. Rent an ATV. Rent a mud bug and take an off-road adventure to the waterfalls, or a 4×4 ATV and stop along the way at one of the trails for a hike.

14. Horseback Riding. Go horseback riding for a more laid back adventure through lush hidden valleys and secluded beaches.

15. Golf. Kauai has two great golf courses—Kauai Lagoons Golf Club (9-hole option is available) and Puakea Golf Course, on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater.

Whatever you decide to do while ashore in Kauai, can help you make all your excursion arrangements and reservations. Just give us a call!

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