Kauai Travel Guide

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Kauai Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lush gardens, blue ocean views 

  • Con
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    Andraf says…

     Prices can be a little high, little nightlife if this is what you're looking for 

  • In a nutshell
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     "Kauai is the ultimate Paradise, that I will enjoy visiting again and again" 

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Lihue

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Kapaa

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Poipu

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Hanalei

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Koloa

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Haena

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Kilauea

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Nawiliwili

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Waimea

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Kalaheo

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Waimea Canyon State Park

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Hanalei Landing

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Hanapepe

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Wailua

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Niumalu

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Kokee State Park

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Lawai

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Lihue

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  • Island Helicopters Waterfall Tour

    Lihue Things to Do

    My husband I took the Waterfall Landing Tour with Island Helicopters in early January. We know Kauai very well, but, still, I was stunned with what I saw. Wow! As we wound our way into the upper reaches of Hanapepe Valley, headed towards our landing at a truly spectacular waterfall, I thought to myself, "There is no way any virtual reality master...

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  • Garden Island Inn

    Lihue Hotels

    3445 Wilcox Rd, Kalapki Beach, Lihue, Hawaii, 96766, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Kauai Museum

    Lihue Things to Do

    If discovering the history of Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands is your thing then there is probably no better place on the island to do it compared to the Kauai Museum in Lihue. Once inside you will be directed to watch a 30 minute video introduction on the islands and they the rest of the time is spent wandering around the two buildings full of...

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Kapaa

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  • Seafood and More

    Kapaa Restaurants

    We had a great dinner experience here. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was great. Laurie ordered a seafood sampler from the daily specials which consisted of three different fish prepared three different ways, and I got the baby back ribs. The amount of ribs was a bit on the light side, but other than that it was all very good....

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  • Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

    Kapaa Hotels

    It was a great place, good location. However, Kauai Coast Resort business practice is desired to be...

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  • Best Tuna in Kauai

    Kapaa Restaurants

    Coconuts is the type of place you drive by and think... boy that place looks cheesy and touristy. Oversized tiki statues and torches don't quite fit in a parking lot on the side of the highway next to a strip mall. Even the way the name was written on the sign... cocoNUTS (big emphasis on the NUTS!!!!) made us crack up every time we drove by (which...

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Poipu

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  • Poipu Transportation - Taxi

    Poipu Transportation

    Regular taxi rates on Kauai are $ 3.00 per mile and .30 for every 45 seconds (.40 per minute). Poipu has limited taxi transportation. To get around Poipu when you want to go out to dinner either at Poipu Shopping Village (Roys, Keoki's Paradise or Tropical Burgers), The Shops At Kukuiula (Merrimans, Tortilla Republic, Dolphins, Josselin Tapas Bar &...

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  • The Villas at Poipu Kai

    Poipu Hotels

    2373 Ho'ohu Rd, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Lihue Airport

    Poipu Transportation

    The only way to land on Kauai for most people is at Lihue Airport, which is located about 2 miles east of the town of Lihue.Its airport designate is LIH, so when you are booking your flight, search for rates to get you to Lihue. Most likely, you will be connected via Hawaiian or Aloha Airlines, but there are also some direct flights on American and...

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Hanalei

See all 39 Hanalei Tips
  • Economical choice

    Hanalei Restaurants

    Since this is a tourist town, prices are a bit more than you would expect in other areas. Polynesian Cafe seems to have found a market for reasonably priced food here. The place looks like a taco stand; there isn't indoor seating and you have to eat on tables in the middle of a somewhat grimy area of shops right off the main road. But if you don't...

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  • Hale Ho`o Maha Bed & Breakfast

    Hanalei Hotels

    7083 Alamihi Rd., Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Variety and Freshness

    Hanalei Restaurants

    Located in the Ching Young Center, this breezy cafe has a varied menu utilizing fresh ingredients including local specialties (kalua pig sandwich), seafood (fresh fish specials), and a few Mexican dishes. Their concept is gourmet on a paper plate and the menu items look like they take that to heart. On the occassion of our visit I was just a bit...

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Koloa

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  • Pizza and Beer

    Koloa Restaurants

    Pizzetta is your run-of-the-mill pizza joint in Old Koloa Town. They serve a variety of pizzas and pastas and do a good job of it. It’s a family restaurant and they cater to people with children but there is also a full bar for the adults. The service is friendly and the food is good. It’s a nice, affordable alternative for a family dinner out and...

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  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa

    Koloa Hotels

    I generally don't like staying in large hotels, preferring more atmospheric hotels. That being said,...

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  • Koloa Sugar Plantation

    Koloa Off The Beaten Path

    I just loved this old sugar plantation on the road out to Poip’u. I thought it had some great character. But then again, I tend to find a certain beauty in old buildings and run-down barns. They’ve always intrigued me so why should this old sugar plantation be any different. One afternoon, during a break in the rains, we pulled off the main road...

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Haena

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  • Hike the Kalalau Trail

    Haena Sports & Outdoors

    The Kalalau Trail is the only land access to the incredible Na Pali Coast. The trail is an out-and-back trip extending 11 miles from Ke'e Beach to the Kalalau Valley. The trek is basically three parts that can be done in any length depending on your time constraints. The first section is 2 miles to Hanakapia'ai Beach. Take care swimming at this...

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  • Hanalei Colony Resort

    Haena Hotels

    I've stayed at HCR several times and enjoy it more and more each time. The staff is incredibly...

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  • Wonderful Menu with healthy choices!

    Haena Restaurants

    The Mediterranean Gourmet is a true favorite for many locals and visitors alike. It is the only beachfront restaurant on the north shore of Kauai. It is an award winning restaurant with exceptional ocean views and a wonderful setting on Kauai's tropical and vibrant north shore. Open for Lunch and Dinner every night and closed on Tuesday for their...

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Kilauea

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  • Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

    Kilauea Things to Do

    Located on Kilauea Point, this is the northernmost point of the inhabitated Hawaiian Islands. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and decommissioned in 1976. It is located on a very scenic point that juts out into the Pacific. Today it is part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge and a $3 entry fee (children under 16 are free) is required. However...

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  • Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

    Kilauea Hotels

    3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Hawaii, 96722, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Christ Memorial Episcopal Church

    Kilauea Things to Do

    Just before you make the turn onto Kilauea Road to go to the wildlife refuge and lighthouse, look opposite the turn and you'll see a small church. The interesting thing about the church is that it is made out of volcanic rock. Built in 1941, some of the headstones that surround the church as also made of lava stone and pre-date the church when the...

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Nawiliwili

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  • Discover Jungle Falls Kayak, Hike and...

    Nawiliwili Things to Do

    My family paddled about two miles through the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge, home to many of Hawaii's native wetland birds and plants. The majestic Mount Ha'upu where the opening of MASH was filmed was our backdrop as we paddled.We also famous movie locations (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park ) and historic sites such as the Alekoko...

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  • Nawiliwili Harbor light

    Nawiliwili Things to Do

    I didnt go to the lighthouse up close. I saw it from the beach. It still looked beautiful from far away. But they say that its about 2 1/2 miles out to the point of the peninsula where the lighthouse is located but you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle.If there is someone there at the lighthouse you might be able to get in and check it out.

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  • Great drinks and fantastic food

    Nawiliwili Restaurants

    Dukes is actually a chain of restaurants. I have been to Dukes in Honolulu, Malibu, Huntington Beach, and Keoki's Paradise in Poipu. They are all the same owners.The atmosphere here is great. I love the drinks. The food is good, alittle pricey but this place has a very good reputation.Dukes is right on the water and pretty close to the port. It a...

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Waimea

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  • Island Taco

    Waimea Restaurants

    Its a nice enough place with friendly service, but you get one big taco with too much cabbage and onion in the filling. I'll be looking for an alternative if I ever come back to Waimea.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Waimea Things to Do

    A.K.A. The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. This is a "must do" activity when visiting Kauai. Drive to the town of Waimea and turn up Waimea Canyon Drive (one block past Island Taco on the right). Stop at all of the turnouts and lookouts on the way up. The canyon and waterfall views are spectacular.There are picnic areas, small turn-outs, and official...

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  • Kalalau Lookout

    Waimea Things to Do

    The lookout offers a spectacular view of the Napali Coast as seen from the top of a canyon looking down towards the ocean. It can take a while to get there since it is at the end of the road as you drive counter-clockwise around the island, but its worth the trip. The view is featured on many postcards of the Napali Coast.Going to the Kalalau...

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Kalaheo

See all 2 Kalaheo Tips
  • Packing List

    Kalaheo What to Pack

    Shorts, t-shirts, anything light and summery. flipflops are good, but don't call them 'flipflops' there because that's a tourist word. the locals call them 'slippers' and trust me, they look at you funny! pack the sunscreen, and lots of it. i've been the victim of many lobster-red nights.

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  • Strawberry Guava Bed and Breakfast

    Kalaheo Hotels

    4896 Z Kua Rd., Kalaheo, Hawaii, 96741, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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Waimea Canyon State Park

  • First Canyon Lookout Point

    Waimea Canyon State Park Things to Do

    The first canyon lookout point offers a stunning view of the canyon. There is ample parking available and the viewpoint is handicap accessible. On the day we visited there was a food stand on site with waters, sodas and snacks available for purchase. But this isn’t a place to escape the tourists. Restroom facilities are also available here. A stop...

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  • Driving Up The Canyon - Which Way To Go?

    Waimea Canyon State Park Transportation

    There are two routes up Waimea Canyon. A few of the guidebooks I read recommended taking Highway 50 (Kokee Road) out of Kekaha but after doing both routes I prefer taking Highway 550 (Waimea Canyon Road) out of the town on Waimea up the canyon. I found this route to be more scenic and offers better views. There are plenty of places to pull over on...

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  • Wettest Spot on Earth Can Include Dense...

    Waimea Canyon State Park Warnings and Dangers

    Probably Earth's most beautiful view, but sometimes likes to hide unpredictably. Driving up, it was perfectly clear but suddenly changed. Plan your timing slowly so that you are not rushed to return, and can stick around long enough in case there are clouds. They may (or may not) clear away as fast as they came.

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Hanapepe

See all 7 Hanapepe Tips
  • The Swinging Bridge

    Hanapepe Things to Do

    The Swinging Bridge in Hanapepe is nothing more than a cute little diversion if you want to take a break from driving. It’s actually not the original bridge, it was rebuilt in 1992 after the original was destroyed by a hurricane. This quaint footbridge is a picturesque stop if you’re hanging out in the charming village of Hanapepe but it’s not...

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  • Salt Pond Beach Shrimp Truck

    Hanapepe Restaurants

    The Kanaloa’s Shrimp Truck can often be found at Salt Pond Beach. This family owned and operated venture offers delicious food for reasonable prices. Many people are frightened off by eating street food but I personally think you’re missing out on a world of amazing flavors and feasts if you limit yourself this way. Dining at a shrimp truck is...

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  • Salt Pond Beach

    Hanapepe Things to Do

    Salt Pond Beach is a nice big beach with plenty of parking and a large calm enough swimming. This beach is larger than most of the other beaches on the south and near-west sides of the island making it ideal for families. It’s also quiet and surprisingly less populated than most of the other beaches in the area. The beach is named for the salt...

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Wailua

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  • Best Fish Tacos

    Wailua Restaurants

    The fish tacos are great! The atmosphere is friendly, casual, comfortable, and clean.My wife had the fish tacos, I ordered the mole chicken enchiladas. Both were good, but the fish tacos were better. They have several varieties of margaritas to choose from, and the mango margarita which we ordered was very good. This was one of the best meals we...

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  • Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

    Wailua Hotels

    520 Aleka Loop, Wailua, HI 96746

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Picnic in Keahua Forestry Arbetorum

    Wailua Off The Beaten Path

    If your'e looking for a good picnic spot in the Wailua area then consider the Keahua Forestry Arboretum. As an arboretum its really just a grove of trees at the end of the pavement on route 580. There isn't any information about the trees on the grounds itself (see the website for more info). For picnicking it features picnic tables and pit...

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Kauai

Known for its 8 pristine islands and for being a staple destination among tropical resorts, a Hawaii vacation is something everyone ought to pamper themselves with at some point. You can visit the Lolani Palace in Honolulu, marvel at the active Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, take a helicopter tour over Kauai, relax on a whale-watching catamaran cruise, snorkel off the island of Molokini, and shop in Waikiki. So pick from one of the many beautiful Hawaii hotels, unpack your bags, and enjoy!