Recommended Self-Guided Kilauea Tours

Not all Kilauea tours need to be done with a paid guide or through a travel package for a fee. Right after settling in your Kilauea Inn, the island offers many options for adventures for you to take on your own. Grab your car keys and follow this list of recommended self-guided Kilauea tours:

Kapaa Town
4-1105 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI 96746-1665

Locals refer to the easy going lifestyle of years ago as the "country lifestyle." One place where that good old "country" feeling is still alive is at the historic Kapaa Town. Located on the east of Kauai just before Wailua, you need to take Highway 56 South (also known as the Kuhio Highway) for about 25 minutes. This is a town similar to Haleiwa in Oahu, where you can find specialty Mom-and-Pop stores that have survived the test of time. There is also a nearby modern shopping center, where you can shop for both souvenirs and luxury items. It is a good idea to avoid the Kuhio Highway during rush hour, as locals are either getting to or driving back from work, and it gets very congested.

Wailua River State Park
Maalo Road
Kapaa, HI 96746

This a must-visit in any list of nearby Kiluaea tours because of the majestic 80-foot (about 25 meters) tall Wailua Falls. Visitors of all nationalities may recognize this waterfall from the opening scene of the popular TV show Fantasy Island. The Wailua River State Park is very friendly for self-guided tours because it has a great network of paved roads, and the Wailua Falls can be seen from well-planned roadside lookout. During humid and hot days, it is a good idea to hike down the lookout to the pond that forms at the bottom of the falls, where swimming is allowed. Check the information office near the entrance gate for the list and location of hiking trails inside this state park. If you decide to hike, it is a good idea to wear sunblock, carry plenty of water and have a cell phone with you at all times.

Anini Beach
Anini Road
Kilauea, HI 96754

Right by your Kilauea Bed and Breakfast, Anini Beach is great for fans of fly fishing, who would like to catch some bonefish. Once at Anini Beach you can walk east toward the shallow reef flats where many fishes can be found. The coral reef flat formations are so big that can be even be viewed from the satellite images from Google Earth. While there are some shallow reef flats toward the west side, it is a good idea to keep away the area because it is a military zone. Local fly fishers recommend to use number 2 and 4 flies tied fully to catch bonefish in this area. Once you're done with your fishing session, there are several shaded areas under palm trees where you can either take a nap or grab a quick bite.