Looking for adventure in Lihu‘e? Adrenaline-fueled fun ranges from ATV rides to ziplining to an island take on water tubing. Here are tours, packages, and prices for adventures sports in the region.
Ziplining and Tubing
You flew to Kaua‘i on a plane, so why not fly through the air on a harness? Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures (3-4131 Kuhio Hwy., 808/245-2506) offers ziplining and tubing on 17,000 acres of old sugar plantation land. You have the choice of seven different courses for your zipline experience. Zipline sessions begin at 8 and 10am, noon, and 2pm daily for $99.
Tubing begins at 9 and 10am and 1 and 2pm daily for $102. The ride takes you down the plantation’s old irrigation system. Float through open canals and several tunnels dug in the late 1800s.
Driving yourself into otherwise inaccessible parts of the island offers awesome views, mud puddles to plow through, and exciting terrain in Kipu Ranch just outside of Lihu‘e.Another option is Outfitters Kauai (2827A Po‘ipu Rd., 808/742-9667), which offers ziplining in the Kipu area on the southern border of Lihu‘e. The Zipline Trek Nui Loa offers an 1,800-foot tandem zipline over the Ha‘upu Mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and huge trees. You fly for about a quarter mile, enjoying over 90 seconds of air time. This tour includes a picnic lunch of a turkey or veggie wrap, pasta salad, a cookie, and cold water. It costs $152 for adults and $132 for children 14 and under. Another zipline trek is the Kipu Zipline Safari, which includes kayaking two miles up a river, exploring swimming holes and waterfalls, views of features that appeared in the films Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and ziplining through jungle terrain. This tour includes snacks, a picnic lunch, and cold drinks. It costs $182 for adults and $142 for those 14 and under.
Muddy family fun can be had when driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with Kipu Ranch Adventures (Kipu Rd., 808/246-9288, 6:30am-6pm daily). Guided ATV tours take adventurous drivers into 3,000 acres of Kaua‘i’s uninhabited interior. Driving yourself into otherwise inaccessible parts of the island offers awesome views, mud puddles to plow through, and exciting terrain in Kipu Ranch just outside of Lihu‘e. The land is former plantation property turned working cattle ranch and offers adventure driving through its pastures and up to Kilohana Crater. Drivers must be 16 or older, but there are other vehicles available for younger guests. Long pants and shoes are a must. After getting muddy and dusty drivers can cool off in a stream. Three different tours are offered and range $75-160 depending on guests’ ages and the tour chosen.
Aloha Kaua‘i Tours (1702 Haleukana St., 800/452-1113) offers a range of tours into the interior of the island. The rainforest hike is actually a combo of four-wheel-driving and hiking. The tour goes inland from Wailua into the heart of the island. After a bumpy ride, the tour walks from the gate where scenes from Jurassic Park were shot. Guests walk for about three miles to freshwater pools while learning about Hawaiian culture and history. The guides provide umbrellas, ponchos, and walking sticks, as well as backpacks, snacks, and beverages. Groups are required to be a minimum of four and maximum of 12. Adults cost $80 and children 5-12 are $62.50. They also offer a Kaua‘i backroads four-wheel-drive tour over the 22,000-acre Grove Farm Plantation, offering a scenic route of the interior. The half-day tour departs at 8am and 1pm from Kilohana Plantation. The tour covers 33 miles of mostly private roads from the top of 1,250-foot Kilohana Crater, along the rugged coastline of Maha‘ulepu, and through a cane tunnel. Prices are $80 for adults and $62.50 for children under 12. Tours run seven days a week.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.