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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge Tours

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
The dramatic landscape of Kilauea Point—a rocky promontory crowned by a historic red-topped lighthouse—is one of Kauai’s most scenic spots. And on this Island, that’s saying a lot. Pacific trade winds whip up the water surrounding the blustery point and drive them, shattering into millions of tiny droplets, against the more than 500-foot-tall sheer cliff faces. Seabirds soar and dive into the deep blue water for food.

Most of the expansive 203-acre refuge is off limits—it protects some of the largest nesting colonies of seabirds in the main Hawaiian Islands. But, from the short interpretive trail between the entrance and the lighthouse, it’s easy to find red- and white-tailed tropic birds, albatross, great frigatebirds, red- and brown-footed boobies and wedge-tailed shearwaters flying overhead. Hawaiian spinner dolphins, rare monk seals and migrating humpback whales (Nov. and April), can sometimes be spotted offshore. The area is also an important habitat for the nēnē, the world’s rarest goose and Hawaii’s state bird.

Visitors can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse, built in 1913, for outstanding ocean panoramas on tours offered two days a week. A small bookstore and information center has details about the various birds and habitats in the refuge.

Practical Info

The refuge is seven miles east of Princeville on Route 56 and down Kolo Road. It’s often included in land-based Island tours. There is a $5 cash-only admission charge for guests 16 and up, kids are free. It is open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm and closed on federal holidays.

Lighthouse tours run every hour from 10:30 to 2:30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays but are sometimes cancelled due to staff ability (call (808) 828-1413 to confirm).
Address: Route 56, Kilauea, USA
Hours: Open Tues-Sat. 10am-4pm and closed on federal holidays
Admission: $5 (16+)
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River and Optional Air

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Spend a whole day exploring the best of Kauai’s beauty and culture on a tour combining land, water, and aerial sightseeing. Skip the car rental and let a local driver and guide show you the Garden Isle’s top sights, from romantic Hanalei Bay and the Kilauea Lighthouse to a bird sanctuary and historic sugar cane plantations. Catch a boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto for a traditional hula show, and upgrade to soar over the entire island on a fixed-wing airplane tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.20
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Kauai Movie Adventure

Kauai Movie Adventure

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Immerse yourself in the cinematic history of Kauai during this full-day movie-focused tour. This multi-stop tour is made easy with round-trip transportation, so you can focus on the Hawaiian scenery and spotting the backdrops for some of your favorite movies. Listen to commentary on many of the movies that have been made here, including little-known facts and figures, from your guide.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.64
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North Shore Kauai Audio Driving Tour

North Shore Kauai Audio Driving Tour

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Explore Kauai's scenic north shore with Shaka Guide and visit the beautiful beaches, gorgeous hiking trails and even a hidden waterfall. You will love the gripping stories we tell of this unique island. Skip the tour bus and explore Kauai at your own pace for a fraction of the cost. Shaka Guide's North Shore Kauai Tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to the best spots! Shaka Guide is the #1-rated app for Kauai with over 2K reviews on the App Store and Google Play Store! WHY SHAKA GUIDE: ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Maui. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.99
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8 hour custom tour of the tropical North Shore/Hanalei/Lighthouse

8 hour custom tour of the tropical North Shore/Hanalei/Lighthouse

Aloha,The North Shore of Kauai is not to be missed. Pick you up at ship or lodging. Just you and your party in a 4 pass car. So many people opt for the Waimea Canyon, which is amazing, but the scenic wonders of the East and North Shore of Kauai often go unseen because people choose the canyon. The tropical vistas and beaches abound on the North Shore tour. We go by mark Zuckerberg's property, too.
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  • 8 hours 8 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Kauai East Side and North Shore Private Guided Tour

Kauai East Side and North Shore Private Guided Tour

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[FOR UP TO 6 PASSENGERS, private tour] ***For more reviews check us on TripAdvisor- "Noah's Ark Kauai"*** This 7 hour tour includes Wailua Falls, Wailua River, Opaeka'a Falls, Kauai Hindu Monastery, Anahola, Kalalea mountain, Kilauea Lighthouse, Moloa'a, Nepalese Stupa, Larsen's Beach (wild beach), Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge/Sea Bird Sanctuary, Anini Beach, Kalihiwai Beach and lookout, Hanalei Valley Lookout, Hanalei Bay. Stop to feast on and drink water from fresh coconuts. See and feed some wild pigs, Hawaii's pua'a. Learn some historical tales about the island, take photos at all the best places, and take some walks in some of the most beautiful natural places on the planet. Stop at a market or restaurant of your choice for lunch or picnic. Include some shopping if or change the itinerary anyway you like. Customize your tour to include an activity (hiking/snorkeling/etc) should you choose. Cooler and cold water are provided.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$565.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge hours of operation?
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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge hours of operation: Open Tues-Sat. 10am-4pm and closed on federal holidays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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