Things to Do in Lihue, Hawaii

Things to Do in Lihue, Hawaii
Lihue is an entry point to natural attractions and tours on the island of Kauai for the typical tourist. Travelers see attractions like Nawiliwili Harbor and Wailua River State Park as they fly into Lihue Airport. Your time on Lihue fills quickly with tours, hiking excursions and fishing trips offered through local companies. The following attractions offer days worth of outdoor fun in the abundant forests, waterfalls and beaches of Lihue.

Ali'i Kauai Kayak Tours

The signature tour available through Ali'i Kayak Tours is the four-hour Wailua River Kayak/Hike Tour. This tour leaves four times daily Mondays through Saturdays to accommodate traveler interested in exploring Kauai's natural environs. This tour includes a trip to the Wailua River's North Fork, the rain forests of Wailua River State Park and through the 120-foot Uluwehi Falls. Ali'I Kayak Tours is led by a group of guides born and raised in Kauai with CPR and first aid training.

Ali'i Kauai Kayak Tours
174 Wailua Road
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 241-7700
www.aliikayaks.com

True Blue Charters

True Blue Charters offers private fishing charters and coastal tours out of its base in Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor. This charter company reserves spaces for sunset and whale-watching cruises aboard its 42-foot Rainbow Runner. From Mondays through Saturdays, True Blue Charters runs a Jungle Falls Kayak, Hike & Swim Tour that passes through Wailua River State Park. True Blue Charters offers private charters to couples, families and other groups interested in charting their own courses off Lihue's coast.

True Blue Charters
3500 Rice Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 246-6333
www.kauaifun.com

Lydgate State Park

Lydgate State Park presents 40 acres of pristine green spaces and coastline near the Wailua Bay. Visitors to Lydgate State Park passing along the white-sand beaches notice the ruins of Hikina A Ka La, a refuge for common Hawaiians from persecution dating back to pre-colonial times. The park features a picnic area and two swimming pools for families looking to spend the entire day outdoors. The playground at Lydgate State Park provides slides and tunnels for kids creating their own adventures in Lihue.

Lydgate State Park
Nalu Road
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
www.kauai-hawaii.com/destinations.php?38

Safari Helicopters Tours

Safari Helicopters Tours offers a 60-minute Deluxe Waterfall Safari passing over the Waialeale Crater and Waimea Canyon on Kauai. The 90-minute Kauai Refuge Eco Tour focuses on the plants, animals and ecology of Kauai with a 30-minute stop at the Kauai Botanical Refuge. Every tour at Safari Helicopters takes place aboard an ASTAR 350 B2-7 helicopter. This helicopter features Bose X noise-canceling headsets, leather seats and skylight windows to ensure a comfortable tour for every passenger.

Safari Helicopters Tours
3225 Akahi Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 246-0136
www.safarihelicopters.com

Article Written By Nicholas Katers

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.

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