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Tread Lightly Kauai

Your Guide to Kauai fun, learning and Adventure

My wonderful clients

What a wonderful job.

  I get to share Kauai and help people make the most of their all to short visit. Lets love Kauai together.

"Jay, your Kauai private sightseeing tour was the best day of my parents vacation. They so enjoyed their Kauai day with you. Thanks again for all your kindness."  Louise Martin, Houston, Texas

"Fantastic Day"  5 Star Rating

My husband and I were on a cruise, and Jay picked us up from the wharf just after we arrived. We had already discussed via email the things we were interested in, and Jay provided a full, fun filled and informative day. He took us to waterfalls, beaches, scenic spots and also showed us where several movies were made. 

Jay pulled over at a coconut stand and bought us cold coconut milk, which we loved! He also took us to his property where we met Karen his wife who is also a tour guide and she was really lovely too. Jay showed us the many exotic fruit trees in his garden, and we sampled some of them. We had lunch at a beach, and Jay provided drinks and fruit, and we sat talking for ages. 

We had lots of laughs when we went to 'Gilligans Island' beach, as unbeknown to us, Jay had brought props for us to wear. We have some wonderful photos of the day, and Jay used our camera to take many pictures of us. He got us back to the ship in plenty of time, and when we said goodbye we hugged like old friends. It was a very personal tour, and my husband and I both had a fantastic day!

Visited April 2013  Karen C.   

Whyalla, Australia

" Beauty. Blue Ocean. Nature. Peace. We so enjoyed our day on Tour with you Jay.

Much peace and happiness"   Donna and Mark Alexander, Cleveland, Ohio


Dear Jay,

Again, thanks a million for the excellent tour you provided in May. We definitely plan to return in the near future but not sure exactly yet. Will call you for sure. Thanks again, 

Ken and Gail  

South Carolina

"We loved our Kauai Tour Experience. We particularly appreciated getting to see your small fruit farm homestead, and the rural nature of Kauai.  Picking tropical fruit off the trees was a big hit with my husband and myself. We had a wonderful time. Thank you!"  Cindy Thomas, Vancouver, Canada  

“A Fabulous Day with Jay!”

5 Star Rating

Going to enchanting, unknown spots, hearing the inside scoop on the local scene historically and currently, being willing to respond to my whims for stops and exploring, and being an easy-going tour guide and companion - that's just some of the highlights of my fabulous day with Jay! 

Roberta Meilleur  TripAdvisor

Dear Jay, 

Thank you for the lovely day we had with you. It was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. 

I can really say that Kauai was my favorite island that we saw and I think that your tour had a lot to do with that. 

Jim and I feel that this trip was the trip of a lifetime and that your private Tread Lightly Kauai tour helped to make it so. 


Caroline Philpot    

Birmingham, Alabama 

"A Passion for Kauai" 5 Star Rating

We toured Kauai with Jay for two days, and can't say enough about what a great guide he is. On our first day, he picked us up at our hotel, and gave us a survey of the beautiful beaches of the north shore, from the Hanalei to Kapaa (including a quick pass near big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton's old workshop - a personal request of mine). We saved our second tour for our last day. Our flight didn't leave until the late afternoon, and, not wanting to sit around feeling blue all day, we asked Jay to find somewhere to show us. He he took us all over the island, from short hikes in heavenly places, to a cool bookstore (Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe) and some great local cafes. Jay has a passion for Kauai, and it is so evident in his knowledge of this incredible island; its history, ecology, culture, and politics. And he's funny. Really funny. You can't go wrong touring with Jay. 

"Jay, We so enjoyed our time on our private Kauai tour with you on your precious island. Your warmth and hospitality was felt by us.  We would not experienced what we did without your help: from experiencing  your favorite tropical fruits we got at the local fruit stand, to walking through the rainforest to the unspoiled beach with a young monk seal there sound asleep. We are very grateful for your service. Thanks again, for a wonderful Kauai experience."  The Taylors,  Washington, DC

" Back from our Kauai trip and had to write to express our profound appreciation for the wonderful two days we spent touring the island of Kauai with you. What a wonderful trip within a trip with you as our leader. We have already recommended you to your friends."

John and Diane Feltcaster,  New York, New York.

"Exceptional day from an exceptional guide. Thank you!"   Daniel Markes, Boston MA


About Tread Lightly Kauai

Respecting the island


Tread Lightly Kauai tours

E Komo Mai  Welcome to Kauai! 

Tread Lightly Kauai Tours provides wonderful Kauai private sightseeing as well as private light hiking tours.  All of our Kauai tours are customized according to your personal preference, and physical ability level.  

We cater to your individual needs and abilities.   

Learn about Kauai's rich history, and experience the spectacular sites that make Kauai famous. 

“From sightseeing tours of the most spectacular locations on Kauai with little or no walking, to gentle flat walks through forests to deserted beaches, or hiking tours through rain forests to river streams or along rugged coastlines, I will the lead the way. 

As we explore Kauai together, I will share with you the rich history of Kauai and introduce to you some of the plants and culture that makes Kauai so rich and magical.


Jay Dorrance

Call 808-821-8008 or email  Treadlightlykauai@gmail.com

Tour Days fill up quickly, so please contact me soon to reserve your Tour day or days. Multi-Day Tours are very popular and have a $50 discount per additional day.

To reserve a tour please call: 808-821-8008 or use the tour inquiry form. 

About US

Tread Lightly Kauai Tours is owned and operated by Jay Dorrance, a 20 year Kauai resident with family root in Hawaii. As a homeowner, Jay has a profound love of history, Geology, Kauai’s politics, wildlife, plants and nature as well as having fun and exploring.