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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.

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Top Hotels in Kauai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

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! (818 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staffs. Really good locations and very central. Just the pillows is too soft and bathroom amenities need to have a loofa."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
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! (999 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
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 $161 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,330 reviews)

"best pool ever for families! Really enjoyed our time there."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Kauai Beach Resort

Vacation Rentals in Kauai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is $99 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

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! (1,206 reviews)

"It’s quiet, comfortable and very reasonable. I stay here every time we’re in Kauai for work"…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Plantation Hale Suites
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
1613 Pe'e Rd, Koloa, HI
The price is $239 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

Located in Poipu, this beach condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Brennecke Beach and Poipu Beach. Poipu Kai Tennis Center and Shipwreck Beach are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (650 reviews)

"Loved the turtle viewing area. There were turtles there every time we went. Close to the beach walk so we could hike."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows
3 out of 5
2253B Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI

Located in Poipu, this beachfront aparthotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Poipu Shopping Village and Poipu Beach. Kiahuna Golf Course ...

4/5Very Good! (1,086 reviews)
A bit inconvenient

"The pool is across the road, so it's not close. The cleaning fee was unexpected for mid-vacation stay and was charged another cleaning fee on check out."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Castle Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows

Popular places to visit in Kauai

Hanalei Bay
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Hanalei Bay

4.5/5(905 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Hanalei Bay, a popular beach in Hanalei. Discover the sunrises and mountain views in this romantic area.

Poipu Beach
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Poipu Beach

4.5/5(916 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

4.5/5(636 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.

Nawiliwili Harbor
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Nawiliwili Harbor

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Lihue with a trip to Nawiliwili Harbor. Discover the beautiful waterfalls and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Nawiliwili Bay
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Nawiliwili Bay

4.5/5(364 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Nawiliwili Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Lihue. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this romantic area, or seek out the local tours.

Kalapaki Beach
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Kalapaki Beach

4.5/5(660 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

5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike
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5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike

$65
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure

$132
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Snorkel with Green Sea Turtles on Kauai's South Shore
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Snorkel with Green Sea Turtles on Kauai's South Shore

$125
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour
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Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour

$155
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Deluxe Kauai Helicopter Tour
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Deluxe Kauai Helicopter Tour

$282
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Opaeka'a falls, Tree Tunnel, Poipu Coast, Spouting Horn, Historic Koloa Town
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Opaeka'a falls, Tree Tunnel, Poipu Coast, Spouting Horn, Historic Koloa Town

$80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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