Welcome to the forum! SO - what type of activities do you enjoy? Snorkeling, surfing, hiking, kayaking, golf, strolling around eating shave ice . . . so much you can see and do on Kauai. Tell us more about what you hope to see and do while you are in Hawaii . . . also what you plan to do on the BI, so we don't offer the same types of activities. If it is your first time to the islands, I would recommend a luau. Happy planning! :)
Where are you staying on Kauai? I'd definitely take a Na Pali Coast tour--not for the snorkeling but for the beautiful views. Check out www.napalicatamaran.com On the Big Island, our favorite excursion was the AM Snorkel and BBQ Cruise with Fair Wind--great snorkeling and lots of fun.www.fair-wind.com Do you have a guidebook? We like The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook--lots of good info. and easy-to-read maps.
Kaua`i is THE island for a helicopter tour. There are several companies, but I like Jack Harter, the company that started it all. There's also a fixed-wing tour, Wings Over Kaua`i, if you'd prefer.
Lots of hiking up in Waimea Canyon, and you'll want to do at least the first 2 miles of the Kalalau (the Hanakapi`ai Trail), maybe hike another 2 miles up to the falls.
You can kayak the Wailua and Hanalei rivers, and Huleia Stream.
Maybe you'll want to try surfing? Or stand-up paddling? This is a good place to learn.
I'll try again www.fair-wind.com
I would buy a guidebook tomorrow. I would check out the area on the right of your post titled top questions.
I would do a helicopter ride for sure. If helicopters aren't your thing, check out Wings Over Kauai.
I would go to Smith's luau. I would plan a day trip to North Shore and another to the canyon.
Planning is half the fun!
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