Island Air is proud to resume affordable and convenient direct flights to Kaua‘i. Not only is Kaua‘i renowned for its stunning natural beauty and its laid back small towns, but it’s also a spectacular destination for your next adventure vacation. Whereas you’re sure to find great surfing and kayaking in Kaua‘i, there’s a whole lot more for you to explore while you’re on the island. Here are five great Kaua‘i activities that you don’t want to miss.

1. Stand-up Paddleboard on the Hanalei River


The Hanalei River runs north from the slopes of Mount Waiʻaleʻale to the Pacific Ocean at Hanalei Bay, and the lush scenery and gentle waters near Hanalei make this a great place to rent a board and try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). This sport has become very popular lately and SUP is one of the best core workouts around! Hanalei Surf School offers a rental, lesson and tour package that’s great for beginners. You’ll cruise under the Hanalei Bridge and up the river, where you’ll find yourself peacefully surrounded by coconut trees, hibiscus flowers and endangered wildlife.

2. Experience Kaua‘i by Horseback


Experiencing Kaua‘i by horseback is a great way to take in the island’s amazing topography. There are a few ranches that offer guided trail tours. If you’re on the north shore of Kaua‘i, Silver Falls Ranch is a great option near Kilauea Town. Located near a wildlife refuge and adjacent to the Kamookoa Ridge, these guided horseback rides treat viewers to lush valleys, stunning vistas, and the Silver Falls, where riders can cool off with a swim in the waterfall. Offering rides that vary from beginner to experienced, with a few different destination options, Silver Falls Ranch is a consistent crowd-pleaser for those who are looking for something truly memorable.

3. Zipline Over Mountains and Valleys

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Head for the southern side of Kaua‘i for an amazing zipline adventure perfect for the whole family. The Skyline Kauai Course from Skyline Eco Adventures departs fromThe Shops at Kukui’ula in Po‘ipū. A short van ride into the nearby mountains brings you to the first of a five and eight line zip tour. Both options will take you soaring over stunning mountains and valleys, but true thrill seekers will appreciate the eight line course, which offers a final “walk the plank” platform that requires a leap of faith over Wainiha Valley. Voted the number 1 zipline company by Hawai‘i Magazine’s readers choice awards, Skyline Eco Adventures will not disappoint.

4. Explore the Na Pali Coast by Boat

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The fifteen mile rugged stretch of cliffs along Kaua‘i’s northwest shore features some of the most stunning natural beauty in Hawaii. Because there are no roads along these vertical cliffs, the best way to experience them is by boat. You can book a lunch or dinner cruise by catamaran, or opt for the ultimate sporty option: Captain Andy’s Na Pali Day Expedition, a day long adventure tour that’ll take you into sea caves along the Na Pali coast. Led by expert snorkeling guides, you’ll decamp at a remote beach for hiking, snorkeling, and a picnic lunch.

5. Mountain Tube Through Kaua‘i History


If you’re looking for a more relaxing adventure, be sure to look into mountain tubing along Kaua‘i’s historic waterways. Over a century ago a series of waterways and canals were dug to bring water down from the mountains and irrigate the sugarcane fields. The plantation has long since closed, but a guided tour with Kauai Backcountry Adventures will give you some great history as you float down these scenic waterways. You’ll even float through a series of tunnels hand-dug in the 1870s!

Photos:  Flickr/Roy LuckWendy Cutler; Rocky A; Sdluvingit; Captain Andy’s; Jeff