Imagine a tropical paradise with verdant forests, cliffs that rise 4,000 feet above the sea, picturesque beaches, and rich culture. You’ll find all this on the Garden Island, aka Kauai.

Kauai is a gorgeous place that lives up to its name of the Garden Island. It’s the oldest of the islands and offers natural beauty and dramatic views in a quiet atmosphere. While it can be tempting to rent a car and drive around the island, you’ll learn so much more about Kauai on a guided tour. And if it’s on a cruise boat, you’ll be treated to a relaxing excursion while learning so much more than you would have on your own.

Here are some steps to get a Kauai tour as a cruise ship passenger:

Consider What Kind of Experience You Want

While Kauai isn’t as touristy as some of the other islands, Kauai has no shortage of adventure. By booking a tour of Hawaii via cruise ship, you’ll get to experience a variety of different adventures and activities. Here are a few types of tours you’ll get on a Kauai Sea Tour:

Tour the Napali Coast

The Napali Coast is one of the most iconic locations on Kauai. View jagged cliffs, waterfalls, sea caves, pristine beaches, and remote coastline. During your tour, the captain and hosts will narrate legends of Hawaii and Hawaiian history. You’ll learn how lava tubes made sea caves and how the original Hawaiians traveled between communities on catamarans like the one you’re riding.

Snorkel Tour

How would you like a tour of the island followed by snorkeling in the ocean? That’s exactly what you’ll find when you book a Snorkel Tour in Kauai. You’ll embark on an adventure via catamaran near the picturesque coast of Napali, where the peaks rise 4,000 feet above sea level. The captains will teach you the legends of Napali and explain the history and geographic significance of the Napali Coast.

Dolphins, sea turtles, tropical fish, and other marine wildlife live in this area and you’ll have the opportunity to see them while snorkeling. These tours usually provide the snorkeling equipment

Whale Watching Tour

Whales are an important part of Kauai’s history, from whale songs to hunting them. Today, whale watching tours are the perfect way to see these majestic creatures and learn about them while respecting their space. Book a whale watching tour between December 24 and March 30 to see them during their migration to the south shore of Kauai.

During this tour, you’ll learn about the whale’s migration patterns, history of whale songs, part whales have played in Kauai’s culture, and much more. And you’ll do it all while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.

Dinner Cruise

Explore 17 miles of remote iconic, mountainous shoreline on Kauai’s North Shore while enjoying dinner beneath the sunset. You’ll see the Napali Coast’s gorgeous peaks, remote coastlines, waterfalls, and dramatic view. Visitors usually spot marine life such as sea turtles, spinner dolphins, tropical fish, sea birds, and even flying fish.

You’ll enjoy all these things while feasting upon an exquisite meal. While the menu may change, appetizers include pretzel bits w/cheese dip, sliced salami, and cheese, assorted fresh fruits, focaccia bread with balsamic vinaigrette & parmesan cheese. Dinner includes white or brown steamed rice, teriyaki chicken, pulled pork, tofu stir fry, a toss green salad & dinner rolls.

Beer, cocktails, wine, and soda are available with your meal.

Book Your Tour

Check availability for your vacation dates. Boat cruises reach capacity fairly quickly so it’s good to reserve your seats as far in advance as possible to secure the cruise experience you want. Once you’ve picked the date, book your tickets and wait for the email confirmation. It’s that easy!

Get a Tour of Kauai

Kauai Sea Tours has been providing award-winning tours since 1991, with a history of ten consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. With a team that’s passionate about creating incredible adventures in paradise, we’re excited to explore the Napali Coast with you. Check out our website for information about snorkeling next to the Napali Coast and exquisite dinner tours below the cliffs, and more.