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Must-See Museums in Kauai - page 2

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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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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  • 4 hours
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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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Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour

Hanalei River Paddle and Bay - Snorkel Tour

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Explore the tropical waters of the Hanalei River and Hanalei Bay on this guided kayak and snorkeling tour. Paddle through the lush tropical surroundings as you make your way down the Hanalei River out into the open Hanalei Bay, where you can glimpse the famous cliffs of Makana Peak (also known as Bali Hai). Snorkel through the marvelous underwater world of the Bay Reef Lagoon, home to sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish.
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  • 4 hours
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Da Westside Explorer - Nature's Wonders, History & Fun... 7-9 hrs

Da Westside Explorer - Nature's Wonders, History & Fun... 7-9 hrs

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Our Westside tour is a unique experience not to be missed. All tours are small for an intimate experience. You will be guided by the owner, Coco Maria, who has over 12 yrs of experience. Treat yourself and take the day off from driving. Seat back and relax while you marvel at the beauty of Kauai and listen to the fascinating history and legends behind the sites. This tour features famous Waimea Canyon, Waipoo Falls, Kokee State park, the only black sand beach on Kauai, Cooks landing, old Hanapepe town and its swinging bridge, the largest coffee plantation in the US, and more.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Skip the Line: Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour and Chocolate Tasting Ticket

Skip the Line: Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour and Chocolate Tasting Ticket

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Indulge a passion for both nature and chocolate on this tropical tasting tour of Princeville Botanical Gardens in Kauai. Explore the plants and flowers that thrive at different elevations of the island on a guided tour of the garden’s terraces, creek beds, and valley floor, stopping along the way to taste fresh Hawaiian fruit and honey. Rest your feet in a shady outdoor tasting area as you sample single-origin gourmet chocolates from around the world and learn how cocoa beans are transformed into delicious chocolate products.
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  • 3 hours
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South & East Kauai - History-Legends & Waterfalls - 6 hrs.

South & East Kauai - History-Legends & Waterfalls - 6 hrs.

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The South and East Kauai tour is a history and nature lover experience. Join our professional and fun guide on a 6 hours cultural and historical journey along the South and East coast of Kauai. Kick back in the comfort of an air condition van as you marvel at the beauty of the Garden Isle in every stop. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture as your guide brings all the sights to life with fantastic stories, from waterfalls to ancient temples of worship.
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  • 6 hours
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Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour

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To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii’s ‘Garden Isle,’ take to the skies above Kauai on a helicopter tour in a new Eurocopter Eco-Star. Soar over the island’s diverse terrain, from rain-soaked Mt. Waialeale and the waterfalls of Waiapuna to the dry red ravine of Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking emerald spires of the Na Pali Coast. A two-way radio to communicate with the pilot and expansive viewing glass add to the unforgettable flight.
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  • 50 minutes
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride
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Waimea Canyon Downhill Bike Ride

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We share some of the most intimate history and legends about Kaua'i in a personal way, stopping at the most iconic and secret lookouts covering three state parks, we venture in a bucket list type coasting downhill bike ride, we make it down to the breeze of the Pacific just on time to witness the beautiful sunset over the forbidden island. **Requirements and restrictions** Weight limit 250lbs Height minimum 4'11inches and maximum 6'5 inches Must have closed toe shoes, NO sandals or water shoes Must have good biking skills We depart on time and is not possible to meet after we depart meeting location, no shows or late arrivals will forfeit your ticket.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Waimea Canyon Tour
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Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Experience the best of Kauai on a full-day private tour through the island’s scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe; see the last Russian outpost on Hawaii, follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo’o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf and watch for sea turtles in a sheltered cove before finishing your tour with a visit to stunning Wailua Falls. *Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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RAFT ADVENTURE - Nu'alolo Kai Beach Landing

RAFT ADVENTURE - Nu'alolo Kai Beach Landing

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Explore Kauai’s legendary Napali coast up close on an inflatable raft that can access sea caves, waterfalls, and hidden beaches. While most Napali boat tours stay far from the shore, this one includes landing at an ancient Hawaiian fishing village on Nualolo Kai beach, a site only accessible with a special permit. Walk around this sacred site, look for sea turtles while snorkeling, and enjoy lunch on a secluded beach on this adventure that earns rave reviews.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Secret Kauai Tour
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Secret Kauai Tour

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Explore the rugged paradise of Kauai on a private, 5-hour tour. Venture off the beaten path to experience stunning beaches, cascading waterfalls and fantastic mountain vistas, including from the rim of the majestic Waimea Canyon. See the Spouting Horn blowhole, swim at Poipu Beach, and opt for a picnic lunch on the beach. A friendly local driver and guide can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences for an unforgettable island adventure.
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  • 5 hours
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Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

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Our friends the humpback whale or gentle giants as we call them make their journey to our Hawaiian waters during the months of December through May, during this time you will witness these gentle giants breaching and hear their song from a distance. Kauai whale watching tours are a must see in Hawaii, this always leaves families with a lifetime of memories and children are always left with a whale of a story for all to hear when they return home. Come join us for a great adventure. **No snorkeling on whale & dolphin adventure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

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Spend a whole day exploring the best of Kauai’s beauty and culture on a tour combining land, water, and aerial sightseeing. Skip the car rental and let a local driver and guide show you the Garden Isle’s top sights, from romantic Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea Lighthouse to a bird sanctuary and historic sugar cane plantations. Catch a boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto for a traditional hula show, and upgrade to soar over the entire island on a fixed-wing airplane tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour
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Hanalei Bay Kayak & Snorkel Tour

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Get up close and personal with the spectacular scenery of Hanalei Bay—and enjoy an active way to explore—on this two-in-one, half-day tour. Begin with a kayaking trip along the Hanalei River before heading onto the Bay to soak up the scenery, spy sea turtles, and more. Then, swap your kayak for a snorkel for an underwater nature expedition. Finally, unwind with lunch on the beach.
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  • 5 hours
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'IMILOA - Express Nā Pali Snorkel Tour
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'IMILOA - Express Nā Pali Snorkel Tour

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We believe this is the most adventurous & exciting way to view the Na Pali Coast. This adventure is on our newest Catamaran 'Imiloa, which has a shaded top, open sides and 2 restrooms. With forward-facing padded seats, we are excited for you to enjoy the ride. Our crew members will serve you food and drinks as your Captain will narrate the highlights of this magnificent coastline. Along your journey, you will be taken to a snorkeling destination, depending on the weather conditions that day. Dolphins, turtles, waterfalls, sea caves and more!! You are bound to get wet on 'Imiloa, She's our wet and wild adventure option!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Snorkel Tour

LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Snorkel Tour

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During our Summer months, take an evening Snorkel Sunset Cruise to the spectacular Na Pali coast aboard a luxury catamaran that features a snorkel swim (when conditions permit). A romantic Hawaiian sunset. Look for dolphins and sea turtles as we host you to a light casual dinner, Beer, Wine & Mai Tai's inclusive. Awesome photo opportunities that will last a lifetime. Check in 1:15 PM
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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The Secret Waterfall Private tour with photos

The Secret Waterfall Private tour with photos

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This private tour gets you closer to some of the most stunning waterfalls on Kauai than would be possible alone or in a big group. The exact location depends upon your party's preferences and abilities but the tour can be as challenging as you wish. Your guide is a professional photographer and videographer so you will have someone with you to capture memories to cherish.
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  • 3 hours
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$285.00
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Traditional Airport Lei Greeting on Lihue Kauai
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Traditional Airport Lei Greeting on Lihue Kauai

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Embrace the island spirit as soon as you step off the plane with a fresh flower lei greeting at Kauai’s Lihue Airport (LIH). Soak up the sweet scent of the local symbol of love and friendship, made from island orchids. Enjoy your choice of single- or triple-strand leis, or upgrade to the deluxe package for honeymooners.
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  • 15 minutes
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$36.66
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Kauai Learn to Surf Private and Semi Private Lessons

Kauai Learn to Surf Private and Semi Private Lessons

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Not only is Hanalei Bay on Kauai one of the most beautiful spots in Hawaii, but it’s also one of Kauai’s best places for first learning how to surf. On this private Kauai surf lesson, your expert instructor will teach you how to paddle and pop up on waves, and will have you up and riding faster than you ever thought was possible. With the sun on your shoulders and the green mountains in front of you, you’ll experience the thrill, joy, and beauty of surfing on Kauai.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

Secret Waterfall Paddle Board Adventure with photos

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Some of Kauai's best places to paddleboard are known only to locals, but you can get in on the secret with this stand-up paddeboard lesson and tour. Your guide will hand pick a spot based on the group's abilities and lead you through the lush jungle, past waterfalls and sacred Hawaiian sites, to a river where you can practice your new skills. Plus, get five professionally edited digital photos of yourself in action to remember the experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Canyon Landing Safari on Kauai
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Canyon Landing Safari on Kauai

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The privately owned Olokele Canyon is inaccessible to most visitors to Kauai but this exclusive, small-group helicopter tour can take you there. Soar over the cliffs of Nāpali and Waimea Canyon, explore the inside of a once-active volcano and stop at Olokele Canyon with the only helicopter operator with landing access.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Discover Scuba Dive - OCEAN EXPERIENCE (1 Tank Dive)
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Discover Scuba Dive - OCEAN EXPERIENCE (1 Tank Dive)

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Explore the world beneath the waves with this diving tour off the coast of Kauai. In a small group of no more than four divers, you'll receive detailed instruction and a marine ecology and fish identification briefing before building your confidence with a dive in shallow water. Then you can dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet under the direct supervision of PADI instructors.
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Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour
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Kauai's Waimea Canyon and South Side Private Guided Tour

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[FOR UP TO 6 PASSENGERS, private tour] *For more reviews, check us on TripAdvisor, "Noah's Ark Kauai"* This tour starts by heading directly to the Waimea Canyon on the west side. On the way there, we will stop to stretch our legs and take a look at the Hanapepe Valley overlook. At Waimea town, we will begin our ascent into the canyon. We will stop at about 1800 feet for our first view, stop at a miniature waterfall for pictures, take a short walk on a nature trail with native Hawaiian plants where you can stand at the very edge of the canyon, and then on to the main canyon viewing area. From there we will head to the top stopping to see the Waipo'o Falls on the way. At the very top we will view two different vantage points of the Kalalau Valley from 4700 feet down to the ocean. On the way back down I will tell a historical tale about Kalalau. Lunch. Then to the south side for Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach (monk seals) and a walk to see the Makauwahi Sinkhole cave in Mahaulepu State Park.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$600.50
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Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

Our friends the humpback whale or gentle giants as we call them make their journey to our Hawaiian waters during the months of December through May, during this time you will witness these gentle giants breaching and hear their song from a distance. Kauai whale watching tours are a must see in Hawaii, this always leaves families with a lifetime of memories and children are always left with a whale of a story for all to hear when they return home. Come join us for a great adventure. **No snorkeling on whale & dolphin adventure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.00
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$127.00