Hanalei - North Shore & East Side 5 Hour Tour

Perfect for cruise ship passengers

Discover why Kauai is dubbed the “Garden Island”

Stunning, tropical scenery

Why you can't miss this

Kauai’s North Shore is an enchanting lush wonderland that looks like it’s been plucked straight from a movie. In fact it has – and I was an extra in one! Packed with jagged mountains, luscious green paddy fields, spectacular waterfalls, historic Kilauea Lighthouse and some of the best beaches in Kauai, there’s something for everyone. This privately guided sightseeing tour is absolutely breathtaking. And the best part? Your friendly local expert (that’s me, Doug) will be on hand to inform and answer any questions you may have about this stunning island.


Take a sneak peek at Mark Zuckerburg’s private Kauai property

Stop at some of the most spectacular Hawaiian beaches

Take the Kauai backroads in my 4Runner, and discover territory where no bus can go!

Enjoy the picturesque clifftop Kilauea Lighthouse and the National Bird and Wildlife Refuge

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Trip Details

The tour breakdown


$235 single $150 per pass

Departure time

7:30am, 8am or 9am

Meeting point

Cruise ship passengers: I will pick you up in the reserved “pre-arranged tours” parking next to the ship. I have a special permit for this convenience

Kauai guests: pre-arranged pick up locations in Kapaa or Lihue area (confirmed upon booking)

*35$ pick-up fee from Poipu


9am until 2pm

Group size



A beautiful drive to Kauai’s North Shore, the Kilauea Lighthouse and bird sanctuary, Hanalei Bay, stunning lookouts and other favorite photo ops along the way. Cold Water, No Lunch.

Not included

Snacks & drinks, but we can stop for coffee on the way!

What to bring

Camera, snacks, water, light jacket, cash, light walking shoes, sandals (optional comfort), curiosity…


1 x local expert and friendly guide—Uncle Doug

Good to know

No long walks/hikes. There are non-stair options for the lookout spots—just let me know if you need to use them. If weather happens I’ll do my best to follow the sun and have some fun!

This tour is more suitable than the Waimea Canyon Tour for those who suffer from motion sickness.

What you'll see

Kauai’s North Shore is tropical and generally cooler and more jungle-like compared to the drier, sun-baked south side.

The famous North Shore is the side that people think of when they think of Hawaii. Packed with coconut trees, stunning volcanic mountains and far more scenic lookouts than on the westside, the tropical north end offers a completely different perspective of this ancient Hawaiian island. If you’re wondering what to do in Kauai, wonder no more! Join us on this exciting sightseeing tour and see why it’s named the “Garden Island”. Here are some of the sights we’ll see throughout the day:

  • The pretty little town of Hanalei – I’ll show you where I jogged on the beach with George Clooney as an extra in “The Descendants”!
  • The awe-inspiring cliffside Kilauea Lighthouse and National Bird and Wildlife refuge
  • Some of the best beaches in Kauai – Lumahai, Haena, Ke’e, Anini
  • The upscale and luxury Princeville – see Bali Hai from “South Pacific”
  • Off-the-beaten-track destinations – let’s take the backroads and go where many others can’t

Have we mentioned we’re gonna have fun? Life is too short for me to have started this tour business at the ripe age of 62 without the opportunity to enjoy myself. I want you to feel like your uncle or old high school buddy just gave you the tour of a lifetime. That’s how I roll. I have friends and couches waiting for me all over the world, and I want you to become a part of my friends list!

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