This full-day private tour of Kauai’s north shore starts with a visit to Wailua Falls, one of the Garden Isle's most famous natural sights. With an informative private guide, continue sightseeing around the coastal area, stopping for multiple photo ops at Opaeka’a Falls and the Wailua River Overlook, Kilauea Lighthouse, Hanalei Bay, the Hanalei Valley Lookout . Visit Kauai hidden beaches and ancient sites. Learn about Kauai's history and local culture along the way. * Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
Departing Lihue by private minivan, listen to your guide’s narration about Kauai's history, culture and the natural sights that make up the beautiful Garden Isle. The benefit of a private tour is that information is tailored to your interests, and you can ask any questions you may have. Make your first stop at Wailua Falls, made famous in the opening credits of the TV show Fantasy Island. Snap photos of the double cascade, which drops over 100 feet into the stream below, before continuing on to another stunner: Opaeka’a Falls. Located in Wailua River State Park, this 151-foot twin waterfall flows over basalt into a hidden pool. From the Wailua River Overlook, your private guide will point out a re-created ancient Hawaiian village below, used as a set in the movie Outbreak. For your next stop, you have a choice between the beautiful Smith's Tropical Paradise gardens or the Kauai HIndu Temple and monastery. Then, you’re driven through Kapaa Town, passing by 100-year-old coconut trees on the way north. Hop out of the van to view the Anahola Mountains, looking for formations that resemble a gorilla, a turtle, a hippo and an elephant. We stop to see a beautiful secluded beach as we head further north. Next stop is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse. From this cliffside vista point, you can observe seabirds and maybe even get an up-close look at the endangered Nene goose, the Hawaiian state bird. Keep your eyes open for humpback whales, too, during their migration from mid-December to mid-May. On a drive through the historical sugar plantation town of Kilauea, note the buildings made from stones taken from the sugar fields. Then head to Hanalei Town for lunch with options for every taste. (own expense). After lunch we visit Hanalei Bay where we take a stroll on Hanalei Pier for more breathtaking mountain and waterfall views. Next we stop for a picture of the historic Waioli Mission Church and take in the views from the Hanalei Valley Lookout. From here we head back to Lihue and along the way we can stop for the best shave on the island or enjoy delicious pure fruit frosties at Banana Joe's Fruit stand. Your memories of this special day will last a lifetime!