Things to do in Kauai featuring an aerial view of Kauai's lush green landscape, featuring the dramatic Na Pali Coast cliffs, turquoise waters, and a couple enjoying a peaceful kayak adventure in a hidden cove.
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Aloha! I’ve got a fantastic episode of Hawaii’s Best Travel podcast that you absolutely need to listen to! If you’re dreaming of an unforgettable trip to the enchanting island of Kauai, this is the perfect guide to make your vacation one for the books.
For a full list of things to do on Kauai and even more insider tips, be sure to check out the blog post here. Explore and experience the unique culture and beauty of Kauai on your next vacation, check it out here!
In this episode of Hawaii’s Best Travel Podcast, I’ll explore the top 5 unique things to do on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle, offers a variety of activities, from tubing adventures to indulging in local cuisine. Here are the top 5 unique things to do on Kauai:
  1. Mountain Tubing Adventure: Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers a unique tubing experience through the island’s sugar plantations. Float down open canals surrounded by stunning tropical landscapes, perfect for ages five and up.

  2. Limahuli Garden and Preserve: Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and history by visiting Limahuli Garden and Preserve. This lush tropical garden showcases over a thousand plant species and ancient sites like sacred heiaus (temples). Opt for a guided or self-guided tour to learn about the history and significance of the plants and the preserve.

  3. Kauai Humane Society’s Shelter Dog Field Trip: Give back while enjoying your vacation by taking a shelter dog on a day trip through the Kauai Humane Society. This program helps dogs socialize and potentially find permanent homes on the island.

  4. Hanalei Food Tour: Taste Kauai’s unique flavors and learn about the island’s food culture with a Hanalei food tour. Meet chefs, business owners, and locals who are passionate about their food and culture. Explore the charming town of Hanalei and sample native produce and local dishes.

  5. Koloa Rum Company Tasting: Sample the flavors of Hawaii with a rum tasting at the Koloa Rum Company. Enjoy handcrafted rums with options like white gold and coconut rum, and take home a bottle to remember your trip.

There you have it – five must-try experiences on the enchanting island of Kauai. With such a diverse and exciting list, you’re guaranteed to create unforgettable memories on your next Hawaiian vacation. Go ahead and seize the opportunity to explore the best of the Garden Isle!


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[00:00:00] Bryan Murphy: Are you looking for unique experiences on Kauai that'll leave you and your family with unforgettable memories? From tubing through the Lehua plantation to indulging in mouth warning local cuisine on a Hanae food tour? We've got you covered. And don't worry, mom and dad, we've got some exclusive treats just for you at the Koloa Rome. 

[00:00:23] So grab a mai tai. Put those wayfarrers on and come join us as we reveal the top unique things to do on Kauai. 

[00:00:33] Hawaii's Best: Aloha. Welcome to Hav Hawaii's best. Here. You'll learn what to know before traveling as we discover Hawaiian culture, local businesses. And the experiences that make hav Hawaii one of the most incredible places in the world. 

[00:00:47] And now your host Bryan Murphy. 

[00:00:51] Bryan Murphy: Aloha and welcome back to Hawaii's best podcast that brings you the culture, the must sees, and the secrets of the Aloha state. I'm your host [00:01:00] Brian Murphy, and today, like I mentioned, we are jumping into an unforgettable. To the lush, enchanting island of Kauai. In this episode, we're diving into our top five unique things to do on the garden aisle, and I know there's tons of other things to do as well. 

[00:01:15] And we've included a few more with our blog post 29 Things to Do on Kauai for your next visit to the Island, and you can get that in the episode description of. Podcast. So I wanna jump right into it. And the first one I think is pretty unique because you can't do this on any other island. It's a tubing adventure. 

[00:01:39] Now imagine just hanging out with your family or friends, floating down open canals surrounded by the stunning tropical landscape of kauai's sugar plantations. Now I know that sounds like a dream. This is actually an experience that is one akin. It's a mountain tubing adventure with Kauai backcountry adventures, the [00:02:00] mountain tubing adventure. 

[00:02:01] It's perfect for AJ's five and up who are, I'd say generally in good physical condition. There's some dark patches within this, so if. You know, you have a little one who might be a little scared of that. Just be aware. For the most part, it is super relaxing as you navigate the beautiful scenery, plumes and tunnels. 

[00:02:20] And what I say is unique. I really mean, like I said, this is the only toing activity of its kind on Kauai number two, visit garden and preserve. All right, so now that you've had a blast on that unforgettable mountain tubing adventure, let's talk. Another must-see spot on Kauai. That's perfect for nature lovers and those interested in Hawaiian culture. 

[00:02:46] So picture yourself strolling through a lush tropical garden with a rich cultural heritage. That's Limi Huli garden and preserve one of the five botanical gardens on the island of Ka. You know [00:03:00] what I love about Lumi Huli is that it's not just about the stunning landscape and over a thousand plant species on display. 

[00:03:08] It's also a place where you can immerse yourself in traditional Hawaiian ways of life. You'll find ancient sites like Sacred Hey Als, which are temples nestled within the garden, and it gives you a real sense of the island's history. That's one of the cool things about this experience is it's not just a cool experience, but it is also. 

[00:03:32] A way to learn more about the culture of Hawaii, and specifically the history of Kauai. If you love photography, Lima Huli is a dream, and with an average rating of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, it's no surprise that many visitors consider this one of the top experiences on Kawaii. Now, it's important to know that you can choose between a self-guided tour or a guided tour to learn about the history and significance of the plants [00:04:00] in the. 

[00:04:00] Located on Kauai's North Shore, the garden serves as a refuge for those rare and endangered plant species, protecting Hawaii's delicate ecosystem. If you're planning a visit, it's a good idea to make an online reservation, especially if you're driving to the garden. This way, you're guaranteed a parking spot. 

[00:04:19] The self-guided tour takes about an hour and a half, and you want to arrive around 15 minutes before your reserv. The ticket price currently for adults is $30, but if you're arriving by the North Shore shuttle, you'll get a discount. So that's something else to, uh, consider. Don't forget to bring a water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, rain protection, and insect repellent, all that good stuff. 

[00:04:43] Make sure you have that packed and ready to go. As you make your way through the garden, envision what the valley might have looked like when the first Hawaiians arrived and learn about the plants that traveled with them in their canoes. Up next is take a shelter [00:05:00] dog on a field trip. This is a program through the Kauai Humane Society, and it's a fantastic way to give back while enjoying your. 

[00:05:09] The program allows visitors to take one of their shelter dogs on a day trip around the island. Not only do you get to enjoy Kauai's stunning natural beauty with it for your friend, but you're also helping these dogs socialize and potentially find permanent homes on the island. So it's a win-win situation. 

[00:05:27] You can choose from a lucky few dogs who get the chance to explore beyond the shelter, and the whole experience is designed to be budget friendly as well. This program was created in the honor of Gene Metta and has become super popular amongst visitors who want to make a difference during their stay. 

[00:05:43] Now to get started, you can schedule a pickup time and the staff at the Kauai Humane Society will match you with the perfect field trip, buddy. They only ask for a non-refundable donation of $40, which helps cover the cost of running the program and taking care of the dogs. Why they patiently wait [00:06:00] for their forever homes. 

[00:06:01] And the program also requires a $200 deposit just in case the dog isn't returned. But don't worry, it's just a precaution. You'll get that. If you return the dog, but if you fall in love with your field trip dog, the CUI Humane Society can't help you adopt them even if you live off the island. If that's you and you take this dog out and you just can't, you can't part with this adorable dog, there is an option. 

[00:06:27] So be sure to talk to them at the Kauai Humane Society. All right, next up is a FU tour in hon. One of the things I love doing is exploring local cuisine while traveling, and this is a perfect opportunity to taste the island's unique flavors while getting to know the charming town of Honah. So for about two hours and around $119 per person, you can meet chefs, business owners, and locals who are passionate about their food and culture. 

[00:06:56] It's well worth it. Yeah. I've heard great things about this [00:07:00] tour from over a hundred reviewers who describe it as both tasty, obviously, and inform. Definitely something to put on the list and consider. There are a couple tour options like Ono cui, food Tours and Tasting cui, and the Honah Walking Food Tour stands out because it truly immerses you In Kauai's community. 

[00:07:19] You'll get to sample native produce and learn about local traditions tied to the island's food culture, which is so much about culture, right? When you're travel. The food is the culture, and the culture is the food. And with this, you get a lot of that. It's not just all about eating delicious dishes, it's about experiencing a slice of this unique culture while you're visiting. 

[00:07:40] And as you visit hon, you know, it's more than just a food paradise. This beautiful town is also known for, its. Beautiful waterfalls, beaches, and rich farming and culinary history. There's so much to do before and after the food tour, like surfing lessons, hiking, kayaking, all that good stuff. You can even take a boat tour from [00:08:00] Honah to the legendary Conna poly coast or listening to music. 

[00:08:04] Live at Tahiti Nui. All right, speaking about Maize at Tahiti Nui, let's talk about number five, the final thing on the list, and that's tasting the flavors of Hawaii. At CLO Rum Company. We actually had CLO Rum company's president on the podcast, and I'll link that down. In the episode description. You get to hear even more in depth history about ku. 

[00:08:27] So this one is for you mom and dad, you gotta be 21 years or older to, you know, participate in this. But the grounds of Aole Rum company are definitely family friendly, but there is this tasting experience that obviously you need to be 21 years or older to participate in. But, um, you'll have the chance to taste the flavors of Hawaii through their handcrafted rums with options like white gold, coconut rum. 

[00:08:51] There's definitely something that will suit your palate. This is the, if you travel Hawaiian Airlines, this is that Rum Punch pour. This is the [00:09:00] company that it comes from, so that's kind of cool. You can take a bottle home, unopened, of course, but you can, uh, grab a bottle for yourself there and, uh, pack it away in your check bag. 

[00:09:10] You can take a little bit of Korum. With you, and plus, if you're looking for something special, they do have all natural Hawaiian blends featuring their signature white rum with tropical flavors like guava and mango. So there you go. The tasting room and retail store are located at the plantation in Lehua. 

[00:09:28] And again, when you visit Low Rum Company store at the plantation, you'll feel like you're stepping back in time to the old plantation days. Since opening in 2009, the tasting room has welcomed nearly 1 million people. Now they allow about 20 guests per tasting, so it's an intimate and fun experience. The tastings are booked on the first come, first serve basis, and they don't take advanced reservations for this. 

[00:09:53] So keep that. And you obviously, like I mentioned, you'll need to be 21 or over, have your id, your physical [00:10:00] ID ready, and I recommend arriving early to put your name in on the list so you get a preferred time spot as the spots fill up quickly. So there you have it. As you can see, there are so many things to do on Kauai. 

[00:10:14] Don't be overwhelmed. Take some time, you know, get a rental car and explore all the size of Kauai. So for a full list of things to do on Kauai and even more insider tips, be sure to check out our blog located in the description of this podcast episode. Again, you don't wanna miss that. And again, thank you so much for joining me today on this episode of Hawaii's Best, and until next time, be well. 

[00:10:38] Aloha 

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Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.