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Kauai

Travel Guide
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With its lush mountainous landscapes, “The Garden Island” offers exceptional outdoor activities, classic Hawaiian atmosphere and stunning natural beauty.

The fourth largest and northernmost of Hawaii’s islands, Kauaʻi is known for its lush rainforests and rugged coastline, earning it the nickname “The Garden Island.”

Follow the eastern coastline to Wailua. Located along the shores of the state’s only navigable river, the town is a hub for outdoor activities. Take a boat tour along the tributary to explore Fern Grotto, then on the drive back to town, pull over to admire Wailua Falls, a towering triple waterfall.

Hawaii’s northernmost point, Kīlauea, is known for its dramatic, rugged setting. Take in the views at Kīlauea Point. Once a volcanic vent, this National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to glimpse some of the state’s rarest bird species, which nest around Kīlauea Point Lighthouse.

The sleepy oceanfront village of Hanalei is just 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of Kīlauea. Surf and snorkel in Hanalei Bay or hike the Kalalau Trail for unparalleled views of the coastline. Watch the sun set over Hanalei Pier, immortalized in the classic film South Pacific.

Head southwest to explore the rugged cliffs and breathtaking scenery along the Na Pali Coast. This 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch of coastal wilderness is accessible only on foot, boat or helicopter, but is an unforgettable experience.

Waimea is located on the western coast of Kauaʻi. This relaxed beach town is just 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Waimea Canyon, often called “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Poipu and Kōloa are two of the island’s southernmost towns. Often considered to be a single municipality, these old-fashioned villages feel like they belong in a bygone era. Stay at one of the oceanfront resorts and wake up to views of the Pacific each morning.

Kauaʻi’s Lihue Airport offers direct routes to the USA and Canada, and is connected to most major destinations throughout Hawaii. With only two main highways, one of which partly circles the island, Kauaʻi is easy to navigate. Car rental is highly recommended. The island operates a bus service, however only carry-on luggage is permitted and stops are limited.

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Where to stay in Kauai

Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$389 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Good place for holidays. Just check the building of your room, some are too close to the parking lot and the dumpster."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Kauai Shores Hotel
Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
4 out of 5
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$763 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Lihue resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Bay and The Ocean Course at Hokuala ...
4.3/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"The property was beautiful but very large and far to walk from front entrance to our room and to pool/beach. Restaurants were nice. It would have been nice to have daily housekeeping, which isn't available due to Covid, so we had to call for every little item we needed. Overall, we really enjoyed ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$482 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
This Hanamaulu resort is on the beach, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Lydgate Beach Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lae Nani Beach and Kauai Museum. Kauai Lagoons Golf ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,009 reviews)
"The entire staff was super friendly, rooms were very clean. Housekeeping was very sweet and attentive."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
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