The Kauai Bucket List – Where Island Pursuits Can Take You

Spring has sprung which means summer is just around the bend! If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful garden island of Kauai, then Aloha and welcome. There are so many incredible things to see and do here but we’ll let you in on a little secret – we know the real “Bucket List” activities. Yep, those must-see places and pastimes that come together to create the best days of your life. With the help of our adventure team at Kukuiula, Island Pursuits, you can experience them too!

Hike Sleeping Giant 


Let our tour guides take you from the deepest valleys to the highest mountains. Sleeping Giant, appropriately named for both the mountains’s shape and silhouette, is one of Kauai’s most famous hikes. Hikers will immediately find themselves surrounded by thickets of wild green shrubs, twisting vines and towering canopies overhead. As you crunch red dirt beneath your feet, a warm tropical shower might pass by (complete with a rainbow, of course). Just a little further up and the dazzling Pacific Ocean will come into view. From high atop the iconic “Sleeping Giant” you can see across the entire island.

NaPali by Sea or Air


Discover crystal clear waters, underwater caves and more. Jump in and swim with the sea turtles and rainbow colored fish or dock on the shore and play along the white sand coastline (as seen in many movies including Pirates of the Caribbean).


From above, witness the dramatic and craggy mountainside of Kalalau Valley. Fly over the “Weeping Wall” and you’ll understand how up until recently, Kauai was the wettest place on earth!


Surfing / SUP (Stand Up Paddle) with Family



This seems like a no brainer! Kauai, with its perfect swells and barrels, is a surfer’s dream. Whether you’re just beginning or a weathered veteran, surfing on the island is a must. From the sunny south side to the tropical north shore, there are endless surf spots to choose from. So where do we like to surf? Try Hanalei Bay and Poipu. Looking to Stand Up Padde? Check out Poipu, the Hanalei River and Wailua River.

Beach Day / Picnic at Polihale 


During the summertime the southern and western points of Kauai offer much more tranquil swimming conditions. Load up the cooler and grab the umbrellas because Polihale is the perfect place for a beach day. Known for its strong currents and wild swells, Polihale becomes virtually lake-like during the summer months. Guests will also find “Queen’s Bath” here, a shallow pond offering protected waters from the surrounding reef. Perfect for beginners or those looking to get their toes wet. The gorgeous views are well worth the trek and with our team of passionate guides, there’s nowhere you can’t go.

Bike Along The Coconut Coast


Just along the eastern side of Kauai, otherwise known as the “Coconut Coast,” guests can enjoy the gorgeous coastal bike path known as Ke Ala Hele Makalae. Beginning at Lihi Park in Kapaa and ending just past Donkey Beach at Ahihi Point, this ride is roughly eight miles roundtrip. At a leisurely cruise this outdoor activity offers the perfect bonding opportunity between visitors and the island. Get to know the unpredictable turns of the land while witnessing firsthand the incredible beauty of the ocean. It’s a win-win!

Looking for more entertainment deemed “Bucket List” worthy? Island Pursuits are just the folks to talk to. With a knack for all things adventure and a deep sense of Aloha Aina (love of the land) they’re sure to knock your socks off with ideas. Where would you like to go first?