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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.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2017, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


Guide to Exploring Kauai


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Kauai Beach Resort $179
Kauai Beach Resort

Kauai Beach Resort

4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 2,390 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Set on an isolated stretch of beach with an adjacent sunning lawn, the 25-acre Kauai Beach Resort- an Aqua Boutique offers complimentary shuttle service to Lihue Airport.

    Kauai Shores Hotel $159
    Kauai Shores Hotel

    Kauai Shores Hotel

    420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1,260 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Sleeping Giant Trailhead and Smith Family Garden Luau are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Kauai Inn $161
      Kauai Inn

      Kauai Inn

      2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 1,068 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated near the airport, this resort is steps from Nawiliwili Bay and Niumalu Beach Park. Nawiliwili Harbor and Nawiliwili Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Aston Islander on the Beach $179
        Aston Islander on the Beach

        Aston Islander on the Beach

        440 Aleka Place, Kapaa
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 2,170 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located on a nearly deserted beach, this East Kauai resort hotel offers sweeping views of the Pacific and provides a central location for exploring both North and South Kauai.

          Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection $329
          Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

          Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

          2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 645 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Koloa resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Beach. Poipu Shopping Village and Moir Gardens are also within 10 minutes.

            Kauai Marriott Resort $309
            Kauai Marriott Resort

            Kauai Marriott Resort

            3610 Rice Street Kalapaki Bch, Lihue
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 1,679 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Just 1.5 miles from Lihue Airport on Kauai's east coast, this Hawaiian resort drops down a lush hillside to a crescent beach on Kalapaki Bay and is adjacent to 2 golf courses and a tennis center.

              Tip Top Motel Cafe & Bakery $107
              Tip Top Motel Cafe & Bakery

              Tip Top Motel Cafe & Bakery

              3173 Akahi Street, Lihue
                 
                3.3
                of 5, from 225 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the airport, this motel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Kalapaki Beach and within 32 mi (52 km) of Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay.

                Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa $509
                Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

                Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

                1571 Poipu Road, Koloa
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 1,456 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Hidden gardens and picturesque grottos earmark this expansive resort overlooking a surf-swept beach at an isolated end of South Kauai.

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