Kauai, HI

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Kauai Island which includes island images, general coastal views and mountains

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.

Where to stay in Kauai

Kauai Inn
Kauai Inn
3 out of 5
2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue, HI, 96766
The price is $245 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly resort in Lihue. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (958 reviews)
"It was close to the airport, but not too far to walk to shops/eateries."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Kauai Inn
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
4 out of 5
650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI, 96746
The price is $399 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (151 reviews)
"Right on the beach with a view, infinity pool, jacuzzi, right across from longs drugstore, clean, cute coffee place good but expensive which seemed to be the theme of kauai but highly recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI, 96766
The price is $280 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
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Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI, 96746
The price is $289 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly apartment in Kapaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,330 reviews)
"Quiet, and very relaxing!"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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, 96756
The price is $339 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Koloa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (726 reviews)
"Loved this property! The pool and bar/grill was fantastic the rooms were great and beds so comfortable, highly recommended!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Hanalei Bay Resort
Hanalei Bay Resort
3 out of 5
5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, HI, 96722
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Princeville. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a free beach shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the bathrooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (359 reviews)
"Great area"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

Hanalei Bay Resort
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