Take a tour of famous Hollywood set locations - a great way to see the island and be a part of the pictures.
The Directors Cut tour was great, on the bus they have a screen at the front where clips from films are shown and as they show you the clip, you drive past/through the area where that scene was shot. The timing was excellent! They also take you to beautiful Hanalei Bay where the Descendants was shot and some other movie. We didn't stay there long but if we go back again I'd stay and swim there all day - it's absolutely beautiful. It's definitely a tour for movie buffs!
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked the Hollywood in Hawaii -- Movies and Waterfalls excursions through Princess. My hubby and I did watch some of the movies listed in the tour's description in the few weeks before our cruise to get us in the mood Our tour guide played a video on the screen at the front of the bus that showed a quick summary of many of the movies that were shot on Kauai. During the day, we stopped at Wailua Falls ("The plane..."), Hanama'ulu Bay, Wailua (where the ruins of the Coco Palms hotel -- featured in "Blue Hawaii" -- sadly sit, a casualty of Hurricane Iniki), ?Opaeka?a Falls, Aliomanu (from where you can see a famous formation nicknamed King Kong Mountain). On the way to the next stop, we watched the open of the "Gilligan's Island" pilot that was never aired. After discussing the ways the show was changed before the sitcom finally was put on the air, we arrived at Moloa'a Bay, where the beginning shot with the coconut trees was filmed.
We zipped by the grassy plain that was populated with dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park." Fortunately, the little buggers weren't around this day. Then we stopped for lunch at the diner featured in the movie "The Descendants."
After our repast, we boarded our bus and headed to the Hanalei Pier and beach, where scenes from movies such as "South Pacific" were shot. On the way to our ship, we watched part of a Weather Channel special about Hurricane Iniki. The segment we saw described the Jurassic Park cast and crew's experiences at that time.
All in all, a very enjoyable and informative tour of much of this beautiful island.
Provider: Princess Cruises
Small van tour, very expensive. Saw movie locations from Gilligan's Island, Fantasy Island, None but the Brave, South Pacific etc. We did not like that the tumble-down ruin of Coco Palms Resort was given a half hour, but less than 5 seconds to Jurassic Park as we drove by at 60 mph. Not even a photo stop. Very disappointed! Definitely not worth the money.
Provider: Holland America Line
The coach broke down 20 minutes into a 6 hour trip and we were stranded for 3 hours, with no facilities, at a waterfall. We missed out seeing this island as by the time another bus got to us, it was too late for them to complete the trip and we were taken back to the ship.
Provider: Princess Cruises