Kauai: Experiencing the Island

Bicycle down a canyon, visit movie sites, or maybe get married. Whatever the goal of a Kauai vacation, there is a package ready to fill the need. Below is a sampling of some of the packages available through operators on Kauai.

Hawaii Helicopters. Sample Package: The Garden Isle Special, priced at $135 per person, is a 45-minute flightseeing tour that includes views of the Waialeale Crater and its 2,000-foot waterfalls; the Waimea Canyon -- "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific;" the Na Pali Coast, and Nurse's Beach, featured in the movie musical "South Pacific." Contact: (800) 367-7095.

Hanalei Sea Tours. Sample Package: Kipu Kai Whale Watch/Snorkel/Picnic by catamaran or rigid-hull raft, priced at $80 per adult ($60 for children) includes a narrated humpback whalewatching and sightseeing cruise along the inaccessible (by land) southeast shore of Kauai, vessels equipped with hydrophones to listen to whale songs, swim/snorkel stop (snorkel gear included) at secluded Kipu Kai Bay and a picnic lunch. Departs Mondays through Saturdays. Contact: (800) 733-7997.

Kayak Kauai Outbound. Sample Package: Half-day guided Hanalei River National Wildlife Refuge & Bay snorkeling tour, priced at $55 per person, including snorkel gear. In addition to these and other tours, the operator offers surfboarding lessons and kayak rentals. Contact: (800) 437-3507; e-mail [email protected] The Web site is planet-Hawaii.com/outbound/.

Outfitters Kauai. Sample Package: Canyon to Coast Downhill Bike Ride, priced at $65 per person, includes continental breakfast, drinks, a guide and transportation. The ride is a 13 mile downhill cruise from Waimea Canyon to Kauai's westside beaches. Contact: (808) 742-9667.

Smith's Tropical Paradise. Sample Wedding Package: Evening Candle and Torchlight Wedding at Fern Grotto, priced at $1,075, based on maximum of 20 guests/passengers, includes a private boat to Fern Grotto with entertainers, minister and professional photographer. Optional features, such as a video, are also available at additional cost. Contact: (808) 821-6887 or fax wedding specifications to (808) 822-4520.

South Seas Tours and Hawaii Movie Tours. Sample Package: Grand Estate Tour, priced at $245 per person, combines helicopter, van and motor launch sightseeing, to famous movie sites on the island. Movies filmed on Kauai have included "South Pacific" and "Jurassic Park." The five-hour van tour may be booked by itself, for $85, through Hawaii Movie Tours. Contact: South Seas Tours (800) 367-2914 or Hawaii Movie Tours (800) 628-8432.

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