Discover the best of authentic adventure on Hawaii’s Greenest Isle

Kauai Adventure Activities

Kauai is wild. Bathed in the scent of fresh flowers in the fresh Pacific air, the lush peaks and endless rainbows greet you around every corner. Abundant whales, turtles and dolphins play in water so blue it almost doesn’t look real. The sun sets each day in the endless Pacific bringing a spiritual calm to the island. On the down side, you will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming when it is time to leave. Good luck on that one.

The Kalalau Lookout (West)

The Pihea trail teeters on the edge of an abyss overlooking the dramatic Kalalau Valley. It is the closest you can get to the most pristine part of the Napali coast by car. Head to the end of Kokee Road and the trail begins from there. The weather can change rapidly and without warning, the clouds can swallow you.

The Blue Lava Hole (North)

Kauai Lava Hole

Just past Kahili Beach is one of the more bizarre geologic formations. The jet black volcanic rocks beneath your feet as the white brilliance of waves crashes over the coastline forcing turquoise water up through the lava holes. From of that tension and forces of nature, all the brilliant colors of the rainbows surround you. An awesome display of the beauty hidden in nature’s delicate balance.

Haunted Beach of Souls (West)

Kauai Haunted Beach of Souls

Yes, Kauai is haunted. The beach at the end of Polihale state park is said to glow with the orbs of ghosts on some nights. Native Hawaiians believe that souls jump from the Ha’ele’ele cliffs to the afterworld, just offshore. Many get stuck, leaving ghosts yearning to go home and residing in the rocks around this, “Beach of Souls.”  Follow the dirt road to the end of Polihale Beach and look for the hippies.

The Grand Canyon of the Pacific (West)

Waimea Canyon Kauai

The rainiest place on earth is also one of the most spectacular. A powerful vortex of mysterious energy is said to exist around the Waimea Canyon Falls. The entire Waimea River is said to be spiritually charged. The source of the river, on the northern slope of Kawaikini Mountain, is the wettest spot on earth.

Learn the Culture at Waimea Overlook (West)

Kauai Waimea Warrior Ancient Hawaii

Native Hawaiians were fiercely aquatic with some of the more interesting traditional clothing. These helmets were worn to protect the eyes from the glaring sun on their long fishing expeditions. Learn about the spirituality of the ancient Hawaiians and walk in their shoes.

America’s Most Spectacular Coastline (West)

Kauai Waimea Hike

The Napali Coast is rugged and pristine largely due to it’s sheer inaccessibility. The craggy cliffs are mind-blowing from every angle. I recommend seeing it from as many as possible. You can kayak, take a boat, helicopter or hike. Sherry Ott posted some amazing photos of the Napali Coast by Air and Sea.

Find Puff the Magic Dragon (North)

Hanalei Beach is something magical about this beach. The inspiration for the song, ‘Puff the Magic Dragon,’ this place has a great energy. I can’t describe it, you just have to go.


The Ke’e beach Sunset (North)

Kee Sunset Kauai

At the end of the road in the North is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Kauai. Sit on the boulders as the white foam of crashing waves envelops the boulders around you and the sun glistens off of the picture perfect waves. I don’t think I’ve seen that many colors in one sitting before.


Kalalau Trail (West)

Napali Coast Trail

The more adventurous can hike the length of the Napali Coast on foot.

Vistas await you at every turn as you are surrounded by tree-shrouded peaks waterfalls bursting with waterfalls. You will see for yourself why it has been called, “America’s Most Beautiful Coastline.” All gear has to be carried in if you are camping so be prepared. Day trippers can hike to the first river on foot for an awesome place to have a picnic.


Queens Bath (North)

Queens Bath Kauai

Sometimes death attracts people, but this is more dangerous than it looks. The bubbling aquamarine pools look so inviting, but remember that several people die here at these pools carved out of the craggy lava by the surging tide. Go check it out at your own risk.


Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops

Kauai Photography Tour

If you have noticed a slight improvement in my photography, there is a reason for that. Patrick from Kauai Photo Workshops took us on several workshops all over the island as he somehow found all of the perfect spots with the perfect weather conditions. He runs an amazing photography workshop and I highly recommend him.

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand” -Ansel Adams


Thank you to our spectacular partners: Holo Holo Boat Tours and the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort where this photo was taken: 

Kauai Sunrise Beach



About the author: Brad Bernard


Brad Bernard has traveled through 92 countries to find off-the-map experiences and authentic adventure travel. He pushes his own personal boundaries by travelling experimentally. Brad’s personal quest to find the most extreme and unique in travel has bred misadventures and moments of enlightenment alike. You can read his craziest stories on his adventure travel blog