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Kilauea

Travel Guide
Kilauea showing general coastal views

Hawaii’s northernmost point is renowned for its dramatic coastline, abundant bird and sea life, and for being the “Guava Capital of the World.”

Kīlauea is located on Kauaʻi’s northeastern shore and is set amid mountainous terrain and dense rain forests. Kīlauea shares its name with one of Hawaii’s most active volcanoes, which has been erupting steadily since 1983.

Take in the dramatic view at Kīlauea Point, a former volcanic vent that marks the northernmost point of all of Hawaii’s main islands. Kīlauea Point was designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1985. Sit for a while beneath the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse and watch for humpback whales and dolphins. Or, pack your binoculars and go in search of native birds like the red-footed booby and the Laysan albatross. Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the area’s rich history and wildlife.

Kīlauea’s perpetually warm, sunny weather is best appreciated on one of its beaches. Whether you’re an avid surfer or prefer to sunbathe, Kīlauea’s clean sandy shores are an ideal place to pass the afternoon. Secret Beach is dotted with lava rocks and affords a beautiful view of the lighthouse. Kalihiwai Beach and Rock Quarry Beach are two other popular oceanfront destinations. Take a diving or snorkeling lesson to see vividly colored coral gardens, schools of tropical fish and graceful sea turtles.

Head to the town center to enjoy fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. Boutiques, galleries and cafés make the compact downtown area a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Each week the street is closed off to make room for a farmer’s market, where you can sample fresh produce and regional delicacies. Kīlauea is nicknamed the “Guava Capital of the World” thanks to the large number of plantations growing the fruit. Make sure to sample freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie, which is something of a local specialty.

No trip is complete without experiencing a luau, where you can enjoy local dishes and learn more about the musical and cultural traditions from the area.

Kīlauea is less than an hour’s drive southwest of Lihue Airport. Public transportation is limited, so rent a car, motorbike or bicycle to get the most out of your visit.

AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
1980 Kolo Road Unit 2, Kilauea, HI
This family-friendly Kilauea holiday home is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kauai Mini Golf, Secret Beach and Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. Kalihiwai ...
5/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Beautiful
"How fortunate we were to spend 10 days in this wonderful home. As soon as I read the description of the house and property, I knew this would be the place for us. The house is lovely, well furnished and comfortable. The view in all directions is so beautiful, you will never forget it. The home overlooks ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
4320 Wailapa Rd, Kilauea, HI
Situated near the beach, this property is within 1 mile (2 km) of Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Rock Quarry Beach. Waiakalua Beach and Pila'a Beach are also ...
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
3665-A Moloa'a Road, Kilauea, HI
This family-friendly Kilauea holiday home is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Moloaa Bay and Moloaa Beach. Pila'a Beach and Ka Lae Amana are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Probably the best rental experience we ever had
"It was amazing. The house clean. Instructions were clear, reminders everywhere, house had great energy, close to beach, really responsive and accommodating. Way over the top. We loved it."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
1980 Kolo Road Unit 2, Kilauea, HI
This family-friendly Kilauea holiday home is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kauai Mini Golf, Secret Beach and Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. Kalihiwai ...
5/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Beautiful
"How fortunate we were to spend 10 days in this wonderful home. As soon as I read the description of the house and property, I knew this would be the place for us. The house is lovely, well furnished and comfortable. The view in all directions is so beautiful, you will never forget it. The home overlooks ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

AS Seen ON TV- Rated #1 Northshore Rental/retreat With the "wow" Factor
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
4320 Wailapa Rd, Kilauea, HI
Situated near the beach, this property is within 1 mile (2 km) of Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Rock Quarry Beach. Waiakalua Beach and Pila'a Beach are also ...
Comfortable NEW Sugarloaf White Pineapple Farmstay, Walk to a Secluded Beach
Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
3665-A Moloa'a Road, Kilauea, HI
This family-friendly Kilauea holiday home is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Moloaa Bay and Moloaa Beach. Pila'a Beach and Ka Lae Amana are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Probably the best rental experience we ever had
"It was amazing. The house clean. Instructions were clear, reminders everywhere, house had great energy, close to beach, really responsive and accommodating. Way over the top. We loved it."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Skippers-central A/c, Private Location, Near a Gorgeous Beach----tvnc-4190
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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