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Hop On & Off Tour

Kauai Highlights

Check the Kauai Highlights off of Your Bucket List on Our Hop on Hop off Kauai Tour!

Embark on a captivating journey through Kauai’s rich history with our 20-mile scenic Hop on hop off Kauai Tour. Experience the birthplace and cherished playground of the esteemed kings, immersing yourself in the local heritage that has shaped this remarkable destination.

Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guides will provide live narration, sharing fascinating stories and insights. Prepare to be enthralled by the untouched natural beauty that graces this enchanting region.

Enjoy the freedom to customize your itinerary, as our tour allows you to hop on and hop off at your leisure, enabling you to stop at nine locations and explore captivating places of interest in Kauai’s historically significant area!

Our stops include: Lydgate Beach, Smiths River Cruise to the Fern Grotto, Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden, local shopping, Kilohana Plantation, Kilohana Plantation Railway, Koloa Rum Company with free tasting.

Please keep in mind that extra charges apply for access to some of the stops listed above. The following locations required advanced booking to guarantee a spot: Kilohana Planation Railway, Koloa Rum tasting, Smith’s River Cruise

Why Choose This Tour?

Travel back in time & learn first hand the history of Kauai and the sugarcane industry, see over 50 fruits and vegetables with a stop at the farm yard to be greeted by herds of wild pigs, sheep, goats and an occasional horse & donkey at Kilohana Plantation!

Explore the Kilohana Plantation Mansion and take advantage of the free rum tasting!

Experience the best shopping, restaurants, cocktails, Kauai Ocean Discovery, Kauai Society of Artists, live music, Hawaiian cultural entertainment, and free WiFi at Coconut Marketplace and Kukui Grove Center!

Swim and frolic at Lydgate Beach, a great family beach for swimming and picnicking, hiking or just relaxing!

Enjoy live Hawaiian music & song while learning the hula at the Wailua River Marina

Explore the quiet serene atmosphere of this beautiful garden on "The Coconut Coast”, AKA Smith Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden

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Trip Details

Trip Details


$40 per person

Departure time

Every hour on the hour. Please keep in mind starting departure times are based on the arrival and departure schedules of cruise ships. Refer to the booking schedule for the most up-to-date information

Meeting point

Shuttle pick up from Nawiliwili Harbor to Kukui Grove Mall
Pick-up hop-on bus at Kukui Grove Center


Year-round, cruise ship days only
Check our booking calendar for the schedule


1 hour, 20-mile loop

Group size

Up to 85 people


  • Transportation from Kukui Grove Center to eight attractions
  • Narrated Tour
  • Air conditioned bus

Not included

  • Water
  • Food
  • Gratuity

What to bring

  • Water
  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bathing suit and towel if you plan to stop and swim at Lydgate Beach
  • Cash for incidentals & gratuity

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Kukui Grove Shopping Center – kukuigrovecenter.com

The Kukui Grove Shopping Center is the largest shopping center on the island of Kauai, located in the city of Lihue. It offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for the whole family. From well-known brands to local boutiques, this shopping center has something for everyone. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy a variety of dining options, from fast food to full-service restaurants. The Kukui Grove Shopping Center also hosts community events and special activities throughout the year.

  • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Explore a blend of history, culture, and cuisine in Lihue, where you can visit the fascinating Kauai Museum, savor local brews at the Kauai Beer Company, enjoy artisanal coffee at Ha Coffee, and shop for unique handcrafted goods at Alakoko Artisan Market. Delight in traditional Hawaiian noodle soup at Haimura’s Saimin and enjoy casual dining at Rob’s Good Time Grill, all in one vibrant town.

  • Kauai Museum – kauaimuseum.org:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Kauai Beer Company – kauaibeer.com:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      • Friday to Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ha Coffee – hacoffee.store:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Saturday: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Alakoko Artisan Market:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Haimura’s Saimin – hamura-saimin.weeblyte.com:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
  • Rob’s Good Time Grill – kauaisportsbarandgrill.com:
    • Operating Hours:
      • Monday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      • Friday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wailua Golf Course

Description: The Wailua Golf Course is a scenic public golf course located along the eastern coast of Kauai. Known for its breathtaking ocean views and challenging layout, it is one of Hawaii’s premier municipal golf courses. The course offers a mix of coastal holes and lush inland fairways, providing an enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Start your day at Lydgate Beach, a popular destination for families with its calm waters, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the coastal beauty of Kauai. After a day at the beach, head to Mamahune’s Tiki Bar & Restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn for a refreshing tropical cocktail and delicious island-inspired dishes, all while soaking in the relaxing tiki ambiance and stunning ocean views.

  • Lydgate Beach: Open 24 hours
  • Mamahune’s Tiki Bar & Restaurant – mamahunes.com: Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Coconut Marketplace – coconutmarketplace.com

The Coconut Marketplace is a charming open-air shopping center located in Kapaa. It offers a diverse range of shops, from boutique clothing stores to souvenir shops, as well as a variety of dining options. Whether you’re looking to buy unique gifts, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants, or simply stroll through the marketplace soaking in the vibrant atmosphere, Coconut Marketplace provides a delightful experience for visitors.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Island Country Markets: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Discover the enchanting Smith’s Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns and accessible by a scenic boat ride along the Wailua River. This serene location is a popular spot for weddings and offers a glimpse into the island’s natural beauty. Nearby, explore Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden, a 30-acre garden featuring lush tropical plants, flowers, and traditional Polynesian structures. The garden also hosts a famous luau, offering a cultural experience with Hawaiian music, dance, and cuisine.

The Koa Store is a delightful shop offering an array of handmade koa wood products, from furniture to fine jewelry, showcasing the craftsmanship of local artisans. It’s a perfect place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts that embody the spirit of Hawaii. Nearby, Kapaia Stitchery is a haven for quilting and fabric enthusiasts, offering a wide selection of Hawaiian fabrics, quilting supplies, and handcrafted items. This store is a treasure trove for those looking to take home a piece of Kauai’s artistic heritage.

    • Koa Store – thekoastore.com:
      • Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed
    • Kapaia Stitchery – kapaiastitchery.com:
      • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Closed

The Red Hibiscus & Gifts

The Red Hibiscus is a locally owned gift store featuring Kauai souvenirs, local jewelry, and luau fashions. It is a serene destination known for its picturesque setting and relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lush surroundings, featuring vibrant hibiscus flowers and tropical plants. It’s an ideal spot for a peaceful retreat, providing a perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, quiet reflection, and nature photography. Red Hibiscus offers a glimpse into the natural splendor of Kauai, making it a must-visit for those seeking tranquility and beauty.

    • Operating Hours:
      • Daily: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Kilohana – kilohanakauai.com

Kilohana is a historic plantation estate located in Lihue, Kauai. Built in the 1930s, it offers a glimpse into the island’s plantation era with its beautifully preserved architecture and expansive grounds. Visitors can explore the estate’s lush gardens, take a guided tour of the historic mansion, or enjoy a train ride through the plantation fields. Kilohana also features a variety of shops, galleries, and dining options, including a popular luau showcasing traditional Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment. Additionally, guests can indulge in a tasting experience at the Koloa Rum Tasting room, offering a unique opportunity to sample locally produced rum. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty of Kauai, Kilohana offers a memorable experience for all.

  • Operating Hours:
    • Daily: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Koloa Rum Tasting Room – koloarum.com/tasting-room/

  • Operating Hours:
    • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: Closed

What You’ll See & Do

Travel our 20-mile scenic Kauai Historic Tour and take in the local history of the birthplace and playground of the kings. Our stops include snorkel beaches, shopping areas, historic sights, Botanical Gardens, historic sugar cane plantation, train ride, Smith Clark’s Tropical Paradise, Wailua River, boating and kayaking, rum tasting as well as spectacular scenery. Please keep in mind that extra charges apply for access to some of the stops listed above.

Travel the ancient trail of the Alii (Kings) of ancient Hawaii where the royalty lived and played. Enjoy live narration from your tour guide and take in the natural Hawaiian beauty of this unique area.

Hop on and hop off as many times as you want throughout your day as you explore five places of interest along Kauai Clark’s exciting and beautiful historic area.

Our stops include: Lydgate Beach, Smiths River Cruise to the Fern Grotto, Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden, local shopping, Kilohana Plantation, Kilohana Plantation Railway, Koloa Rum Company with free tasting.

Good To Know

No food or drinks are included on this tour nor is bringing and eating your own food allowed while on the bus. Due to this we highly recommend all of our guests eat prior to going on the tour.

Drinking water is allowed but you must bring your own water.

It will come as no surprise to all that Hawaii is a sunny place, so we also highly encourage wearing sun protection, a sun hat as well as comfortable shoes to provide the most comfortable experience, sans the sunburn!

The entire tour is a 20-mile loop, which is an hour without hopping off.

If you choose to hop off, your driver will inform you where and when to be there to hop back on.

The hop on hop off shuttle is non-refundable.

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