Outside of the incredible spa experiences and gourmet dining at some of Hawaii’s world-class resorts and cruise, you can enjoy some unique excursions and activities around the island. The island of Kauai is a popular destination for luxury adventures and off-the-beaten path excursions. Here are some of our best picks for luxury experiences around Hawaii.

Doors-Off Helicopter Tour in Kauai

Almost all of the island of Kauai is only accessible by helicopter or airplane. If you want to see the stunning landscapes and sites like Jurassic Falls, Na Pali Coast and the Waimea Canyon, settle in for a helicopter tour that can take you from Lihue to Kauai for an afternoon of adventure. Some tour operators offer a ‘doors-off’ tour where you can peer outside the door as you fly above trees and landscapes for some incredible views. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Sunrise Lava Tour

Make your way to the volcanoes of the Big Island at sunrise to see the active lava flows on a morning hike. Volcanoes National Park is a rainforest park that is affected by volcano activity daily. It can be a challenging hike for new climbers but a great way to get outdoors and see volcanic activity safely. The lava flows daily and tours begin as early as 4 a.m. Plan on hiking about four to five miles in either direction to make the most of the experience and see the volcano in action.

Kauai Backcountry Adventure

One unique way to experience the island of Kauai is by going on a tubing tour. Instead of traveling around the island in a kayak or a boat, you can go tubing down the rivers through the rainforest and old plantations. The Lihue Plantation already has an old irrigation system that’s perfect for tubing. Head off on a guided tubing excursion to discover the landscapes and travel through dark tunnels as a group. It’s a fun and unique way to explore the island in a few hours.