Ideal for a romantic getaway or family vacation, a cruise to Kauai is a way to see the island without dedicating your entire trip to it. Thousands of tourists take cruises to Kauai seeking the best island attributes and take away many memorable experiences. A number of modern cruise shops provide cruises to Kauai, Maui, the Big Island, and Oahu to explore this magnificent chain of Pacific islands. There are so many combinations available when planning your Hawaiian vacation that each journey can be as unique as you choose.
If you're taking a cruise ship to Kauai, you'll be disembarking at the main port in Lihue. In Lihue alone there are many attractions, including Wailua Falls, Kipu Ranch, and Kilohana Plantation Estate. There are several cruise options that include a cruise to Kauai and a choice of on-shore excursions. Kauai cruises can be combined with numerous vacation packages, and on-shore excursions include many interesting island adventures. Once you've arrived in Kauai, your activities can include exploring Kauai's natural wonders. From the cruise ship, passengers are whisked off on a four-wheel journey around the island where the highlights are Kauai's natural attractions such as Kilohana Crater, Waimea Canyon, fast-flowing waterfalls, and the wet and dry caves of the North Shore. Some tours visit the wet and dry caves near the Na Pali Coast with a tour of the coastline afterward.
Visitors can also combine Kauai cruises with an island golf tour. Once you disembark from your Kauai cruise, you'll visit some of the best golf courses available, where rolling greens and lush fairways are incorporated into award-winning course designs. Rental cars offer a versatile transportation option after your cruise to Kauai, lending the opportunity for an open agenda and a personalized itinerary. Shopping and dining around Kapaa and Wailua is a great way to enjoy island favorites and find the perfect souvenirs. A diving or snorkeling tour is a great way to explore Kauai's underwater world brimming with tropical fish and other marine life.
Longer Kauai cruises include visits to some or all of the other islands, which is a good way to see more than just one part of Hawaii. A cruise to Kauai can last seven to fourteen days or more. At each island, passengers will have a chance to explore the top attractions during a day trip or overnight stay. If you're booking through Kauai vacation packages, a hotel will be included and the cruise ship will leave the port at some point the next day. While some cruises to Kauai leave from destinations such as Mexico and Canada, many depart from a point on one of the Hawaiian islands, such as Honolulu. During an island tour, a typical cruise to Kauai stops at some of the major ports such as Kona, Hilo, Maui, Kauai, Lahaina, and Kahului.
Aside from large cruise ships that dock at Kauai's main port, there are other variations on island cruises. Sunset cruises, dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises, and more are all possible when visiting the region. These types of cruises are generally aboard catamarans with small groups of people. These are all great ways to further your exploration of the Garden Isle. Whether you take a sunset sail or a two-week journey you'll arrive home with beautiful images of Kauai etched into your memory.