Our private coastal hiking tour moves at your pace and cater to your interests. Our goal is to provide what you want and allow you to experience Kauai your way. Because our tours are private we may have limited availability. Book now to ensure a private guide for the day(s) you are interested in exploring the island!
Our local guides take you to some of their favorite coastal spots, the places they enjoy exploring in their free time. We hope to inspire understanding, respect and reverence for these sacred, often fragile, environments. Far beyond snapping a few pretty pictures, we aim to create life changing experiences that stay with you long after you return home!
- Transportation is included. We'll pick you up from your hotel, resort, or vacation rental.
Trail is an Easy 1- 4 miles Round Trip
This gentle stroll will take us along the edge of lithified limestone cliffs, jaggedly overhung in impossibly thin slivers over the ocean! Feel the power of the ocean, and smell the salt air, as crashing waves explode below you. The compacting of air within the cliffs creates a special surprise. Our hike will take us to a promontory, where we will see impressive views of Hāʻupu Mountain, Kawelikoa Point, and deep into the Kaua’i Channel in the direction of Oʻahu (which you can see at 108 miles away on extremely clear days). If you would like, you will also have a chance to meet our resident Giant Land Tortiouses at a nearby Wildlife Restoration Project.
Maha'ulepu (MA·HA ule·PU) is an area rich in natural and cultural history. Learn about the epic land and sea battle that was fought and won here by the people of Kaua'i in the 1300’s, giving it the name Maha'ulepu which literally means “and falling together.” As one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore, the Maha'ulepu area is still fiercely protected by locals, who recognise its unique historical significance and aesthetic value; and fear more resort development.
On Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun, or by special request, our visit will include a guided tour of the nearby Makauwahi Cave Reserve to see Hawaii's largest limestone cave and richest fossil site! We will also have an opportunity to visit with giant land tortoises that are doing their part to help restore native plants. Know you’ll be doing your part, as 10% of every tour will be donated to Makauwahi Cave Reserve and/or Mālama Maha’ulepu.
Trail is an Easy/Moderate 2-4 miles Roundtrip with 200ft of elevation gain.
Hiking this pristine stretch of undeveloped coastline will give you a sense of what ancient Kaua’i might have felt like, long before tourists left their footprints in the sand. It is in this natural setting that we will have a good chance of seeing the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. We may also see honu (green sea turtles) basking in the sand and migratory seabirds, such as mōlī (Laysan albatross), ʻiwa (great frigatebird), and red-footed boobies soaring overhead. This is a true Wild life tour!
Our hike hugs the wild coast, taking us over beaches and rocky shorelines for about two miles before reaching a rocky promontory with epic views in both directions. As you study this unspoiled terrain for shells, you'll also have the opportunity to pick up "marine debris," washed up from far-flung parts of the world (trash bags provided).
After the hike, if ocean conditions permit, you will be given the option to snorkel at a beautiful South Shore location. Snorkeling will add approximately two hours to the tour time. If you choose this option during booking, please pack a lunch.
Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756
You may cancel up until 5 days before your tour starts. No cancellations, changes or refunds can be made within 5 days of your tour, but we will attempt to reschedule you if possible. Cancellations more than 5 days before the tour start date are subject to a 10% service charge.