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Kauai
Travel Guide

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.

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
The price is CA $252 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Offering direct access to the beach, this Lihue hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Wailua Beach Park and Smith's Tropical Paradise. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (841 reviews)
Hotel that is close to nature

"Although the hotel itself is old, but i think they remodeled well. It is close to nature for this hotel. As you step out your room, you can see mountains immediately. There are chicken and cat there. There are i think four cats there that you can pet. The beach is not as pretty as the beach in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $138 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

This family-friendly Kapaa condo building is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Lydgate Beach Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,233 reviews)

"Everything was perfect . Service is Excellent the room is very clean and spacious. The surroundings itself is very soothing and relaxing. I’m very satisfied with it all"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

Plantation Hale Suites
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
4 out of 5
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
The price is CA $302 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Lihue, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is ...

4/5Very Good! (270 reviews)

"Location excellent to beaches and food places. Service was good. Missed not experiencing the pool and fitness room because of social distancing."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
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.
Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is CA $138 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

This family-friendly Kapaa condo building is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Lydgate Beach Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,233 reviews)

"Everything was perfect . Service is Excellent the room is very clean and spacious. The surroundings itself is very soothing and relaxing. I’m very satisfied with it all"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

Plantation Hale Suites
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
4 out of 5
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
The price is CA $302 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Lihue, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is ...

4/5Very Good! (270 reviews)

"Location excellent to beaches and food places. Service was good. Missed not experiencing the pool and fitness room because of social distancing."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
4 out of 5
4-820 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Waipouli Beach and Fuji Beach. Lae Nani Beach and Town Park are also within 1 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (811 reviews)

"Slides were closed but was open on 1 day out of the 7 we were there (Sunday) . Pool and hot tubs were nice. However pool was not heated as advertised in their website. Oasis by the sea was closed. Free parking. Office has limited hours. Our room had two bathrooms and one bedroom and washer dryer. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
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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