From viewing old movie sites to racing around in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) there's plenty of adventure to be had on land. You can ride mountain bikes or horses or enjoy some truly outstanding hiking.
Hawaii Movie Tours: Kauai was the location for numerous memorable movies. See where Elvis sang and danced and more! www.hawaiimovietour.com
Outfitters Kauai: Downhill mountain-bike rides and kayaking trips in the ocean or up rivers. www.outfitterskauai.com
Aloha Kauai Tours: Proudly proclaim that they are “the adventure company.” They offer a full assortment of half-and full-day excursions including biking, hiking, four-wheel-drive tours, and snorkeling. www.alohakauaitours.com
Kauai Adventure Trek: Biking, hiking, and swimming adventures. www.kauaiadventuretrek.com
Princeville Ranch Hike & Kayak: Offers delightful exclusive adventures on private land featuring a little hiking, a little kayaking, and waterfalls! www.kauai-hiking.com
Kauai Cycle and Tour: Bike rentals and custom guided bike tours. www.bikehawaii.com
Kauai ATV Tours: ATV tours where you get to drive. The vehicles are provided, of course, and beginners are welcome. Drivers must be age 16 or over. Two-passenger “Mud Bugs” can accommodate passengers age 5 or older. www.kauaiatv.com
Kauai Backcountry Adventures will take you out on ATVs in the backcountry or send you on a gentle tubing excursion through an old plantation irrigation system. www.kauaibackcountry.com
Kipu Ranch Adventures conducts ATV tours of a ranch which served as the location for such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Mighty Joe Young. Drivers need to be at least 16 years old and a special vehicle is available for those who'd like to come along but don't want to ride the ATVs. www.kiputours.com
Princeville Ranch Stables: Go horseback riding through the countryside of a scenic cattle ranch. www.princevilleranch.com
Silver Falls Ranch: Located near the North Shore town of Kilauea; a full-service equestrian center offering several trail rides. Novices are welcome. www.sfrkauai.com
Esprit de Corps Riding Academy: In Kapa'a, welcomes riders of all levels of expertise. www.kauaihorses.com
Hiking and Backpacking
Well-traveled hikers and backpackers will tell you that some of the best hiking in the world can be found on Kauai. The Kalalau Trail along the island's Na Pali coast is considered world-class. Likewise, adventures down into Waimea Canyon or up in the Koke'e area are often proclaimed as outstanding. You might be forewarned that some trails, such as the Kalalau, have a daily quota and require reservations far in advance. For detailed trail descriptions, take a look at the following volumes:
Robert Stone, Day Hikes on Kauai (Day Hike Books, 2001).
Robert Smith, Hiking Kauai: The Garden Isle (Hawaiian Outdoor Adventure, 2002).
Yellow on the outside and pink in the middle, the delicious guava fruit grows wild in Hawaii but can also be grown commercially and transformed into many tasty products like juice and jams. There are even guava-scented body lotions. Guava Kai Plantation is located off of Hwy. 56 on the Kauai's north shore at Kilauea (828-6121). Visit this genuine guava plantation, enjoy its gardens, and sample some of its products. Open from 9 A.M.–5 P.M. daily.