kauai | activities

Imagine reeling in an 1800 lb Marlin, or an Ahi Tuna? It's not so far fetched. The largest Marlin ever caught was 1805 lbs. Around Kauai, both deep sea and fresh water fishing are available from shorelines, piers and boats. If you're looking to catch a Marlin, it's best to try a deep-sea charter at either Nawiliwili Harbor or Kekeha. License's are only required for freshwater fishing. Snorkeling is another way to get in close contact with Kauai's tropical fish, some of the best snorkeling is found inside the island's protected lagoons. For something a bit deeper, diving on the east or west shore will expose you to a world full of lava tubes intertwined with live reefs and a plethora of bright, tropical fish, dolphins, turtles and whales. If you're just beginning, it's best to stick to shore diving off Hanalei, Kee, or Poipu beach on the north and south shores. Don't worry about having to lug your diving equipment through the airport and onto the plane, there are rental shops, certification courses and diving tours almost everywhere.

On the surface you can get another very different experience of the world below. Hop into a kayak at Poipu beach and head west. Along the way, catch a glimpse of the beauty beneath and if you're tempted, try snorkeling at Port Allen. If you're experienced, it's a trip you can take solo, or if you want, you can hire a guide. There's also great kayaking along the Wailua River to the famed fern grotto or on Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbour to Menehune fishpond.

You don't have to stay in the water in Kauai to experience something amazing. On the back of a bike, you can simply head down the road in Poipu to where it's quite flat, across a dirt road between Kealia Beach and Anahola where sugar cane is routinely hauled, or you can fly down the side of a mountain on a custom tour. There are different routes and tours for all types of bikers and abilities. Much like the other islands, horseback riding and camping are both popular in Kauai, whether you do the activities separately or as part of a combined tour. The areas to be explored are seemingly endless, from state parks to bluffs, foothills, beaches, and across sugar cane fields.