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Kauai Island

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.


Guide to Exploring Kauai


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Kauai Beach Resort

Kauai Beach Resort

4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue
4.2
of 5, from 2,632 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hanamaulu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Nukolii Beach Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Golf Course and Hanamaulu Beach Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£150
Kauai Marriott Resort

Kauai Marriott Resort

3610 Rice Street Kalapaki Bch, Lihue
4.3
of 5, from 1,704 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lihue, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Nawiliwili Park and Kalapaki Beach. Port of Lihue and Vidinha Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£83
Kauai Shores Hotel

Kauai Shores Hotel

420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa
3.9
of 5, from 941 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Wailua hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Smith Family Garden Luau and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Golf Course and Sleeping Giant Trailhead are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Kahala 822 Condo

Kahala 822 Condo

1901 Poipu Road, Koloa
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Bay Golf Course and Shipwreck Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£102
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa
4.0
of 5, from 306 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Smith Family Garden Luau and Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Golf Course and Sleeping Giant Trailhead are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£168
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa
4.4
of 5, from 501 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Poipu, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and Poipu Shopping Village are also within 10 minutes.

£167
Sheraton Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort

2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa
4.0
of 5, from 2,294 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Poipu resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and Shops at Kukuiula are also within 15 minutes.

£102
Aston Islander on the Beach

Aston Islander on the Beach

440 Aleka Place, Kapaa
4.2
of 5, from 2,432 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Wailua hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Smith Family Garden Luau and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Golf Course and Sleeping Giant Trailhead are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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