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KauaiUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Kauai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kauai Beach Resort
Kauai Beach Resort
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $180 per night

Located in Hanamaulu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Lydgate Beach Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lae Nani Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,330 reviews)

"We had a great visit and will plan to return here! Our room was fine - reasonable size, clean, small fridge, coffee maker, comfortable king size bed, small outside seating area (we had a ground floor room). We had two breakfasts and two meals in the restaurant, which were all good, especially enjoyed ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Kauai Beach Resort
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Sheraton Kauai Resort
4 out of 5
2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa, HI
The price is CA $444 per night

Located in Poipu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Kiahuna Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Poipu Beach. Moir Gardens and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,314 reviews)

"The Sheraton was amazing. Great views for watching whales and dolphins. The rooms and grounds are very well kept up and enjoyable to leisurely walk around. Lots of places to walk to on the property. The beach is so enticing. There is something there for everyone. The pool area is large and plenty ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Sheraton Kauai Resort
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI

Nestled on the beach, this Poipu resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Poipu Bay Golf Course and Poipu Beach. Shipwreck Beach and Makawehi Lithified Cliffs are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,630 reviews)

"The views are great, the restaurant are wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Popular places to visit in Kauai

Poipu Beach
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Poipu Beach

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Visit one of the world’s best beaches, with coves of white sand and clear water decorating the Sunny South Side.

Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park

5/5(60 reviews)

Hike for hours along a meandering path to reach a hidden beach or go kayaking along the shore to see soaring cliffs rising dramatically from the sea.

Kalapaki Beach
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Kalapaki Beach

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.

Top things to do in Kauai

Smith Family Garden Luau
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Smith Family Garden Luau

94% of travellers recommend
CA $152
Per adult
Garden Walk & Chocolate Tour
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Garden Walk & Chocolate Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $112
Per adult
Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure

98% of travellers recommend
CA $186
Per adult
5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike
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5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike

94% of travellers recommend
CA $92
Per adult
Doors-off Helicopter Flight
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Doors-off Helicopter Flight

92% of travellers recommend
CA $436
Per adult
A-Star Helicopter Flight Around Kauai
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A-Star Helicopter Flight Around Kauai

98% of travellers recommend
CA $408
Per adult

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