Meet your private guide in Lihue in the morning, and set off in a minivan on a customized tour of Kauai’s south and east shores. Hear the legend of the freshwater Menehune Fishpond en route to the Kauai Coffee Company, where you’ll learn about the coffee-growing process and sample gourmet products at Hawaii's largest coffee plantation.
Listen to stories about Kauai’s modern history as you drive through Hanapepe and Waimea towns, pass the early 19th-century Russian Fort Elizabeth, and stop at Captain Cook’s original landing site. Wind up a mountain to a lookout point over the striking red ravines of Waimea Canyon, and stop for photos in front of Waipo’o Falls. Get panoramic views over the Kalalau Valley and drive along the island’s longest beach before stopping for a typical Hawaiian barbecue lunch (own expense).
After this break, watch ocean spray shoot up through a lava tube at the Spouting Horn blowhole and look for sea turtles near the beaches of Poipu. Get a glimpse of Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on Earth, on the way to Wailua Falls. Admire the remarkable 80-foot (24-meter) double cascade before ending the full-day tour back in Lihue.