Private tour

Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

4.7 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Kaua'i Hiking Adventures
Private tour

Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

Activity provider: Kaua'i Hiking Adventures

From US$ 420.71 per group up to 4


Feel the power of the ocean and smell the salty air as crashing waves explode below you and your friends on this private hike of the South Shore. Add snorkeling to your tour to get the best of both sea and land.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Hike from ocean cliffs down to caves along the shore
  • Learn about the Maha'ulepu, an area rich in natural and cultural history
  • See giant land tortoises bathe in the sun
Full description

Walk along the edge of lithified limestone cliffs, feel the power of the ocean, and smell the salt-infused air as you climb from the heights of the South Shore cliffs down to the cool caves facing Oahu. The compacting of air within the cliffs creates a special surprise, which you really shouldn't miss on your trip to Hawaii.  Hike with your friends and family to Maha'ulepu, an area rich in natural and cultural history. Learn about the epic land and sea battle that was fought and won by the people of Kaua'i in the 1300s, which has given the area its name of Maha'ulepu, literally meaning "and falling together." As one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore, the Maha'ulepu area is still fiercely protected by locals. Your local guide welcomes you to join them in the fight to keep the land pristine. Take a guided tour of the nearby Makauwahi Cave Reserve to see Hawaii's largest limestone cave and richest fossil site. You will also have an opportunity to visit with the giant land tortoises that line the shore. Rest assured knowing you’ll be doing your part, as 10% of every tour will be donated to Makauwahi Cave Reserve and/or Mālama Maha’ulepu. This wonderful journey is suitable for all levels of fitness/experience, from beginner to advanced. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

  • Hiking guide
  • Transportation to and from the meeting location
  • Safety gear such as hiking poles and a first aid kit
  • Commercial use permit
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at your selected tour start time in the grassy pull-off on the left side of Poipu Road, opposite and just past the main entrance to the Grand Hyatt Poipu. From there you will journey for 5 minutes down a dirt road to the parking area where the hike will begin. Your guide will call you a day or two before the start of your tour to see if you have any questions and to share what vehicle they will be in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • People taking this tour must be able to walk on unpaved, uneven, and possibly muddy terrain
  • Tours operate rain or shine, except in the most extreme cases
  • Dress in layers as temperatures vary
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 9 reviews

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knowledgeable guide. exceptional scenery.

October 8, 2022

August 1, 2022

Awesome guide and access to cool spots

June 26, 2022

Product ID: 385542