Kauai Travel Guide

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Poipu

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Hanalei

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Lihue

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Kapaa

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Haena

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Waimea

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Kilauea

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Lehua

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Nawiliwili

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Hanalei Landing

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Koloa

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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

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  • 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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  • Ali'i Kai Resort Hanalei

    Hanalei Hotels

    3830 Edwards Road, Princeville, Hawaii, 96722, 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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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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  • Monicos Taqueria

    Kapaa Restaurants

    wow would guess .. Mexican food in Hawaii .. We were hungry and drove by this place. Mexican sounded good so we took a risk. Uh, NO RISK involved. I got the chicken quesadilla and that meat melts in your mouth. Incredible. Huge portions... Very friendly service. This place is a must! Service was great and very friendly and the salsa was amazing. ...

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  • ResortQuest Islander on the Beach

    Kapaa Hotels

    The Islander is an unpretentious, comfortable resort hotel with a little funky edge but certainly...

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  • Wish we would have found sooner

    Kapaa Restaurants

    wow would guess .. Mexican food in Hawaii .. We were hungry and drove by this place. Mexican sounded good so we took a risk. Uh, NO RISK involved. I got the chicken quesadilla and that meat melts in your mouth. Incredible. Huge portions... Very friendly service. This place is a must! Service was great and very friendly and the salsa was amazing. ...

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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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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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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: Business

    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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Lehua

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  • Monk Seals at Lehua

    Lehua Things to Do

    We went snorkeling in the waters of Lehua. Monk seals live here and swim here. There is a deep chasm in this area, and we watched a seal swim down into the deep water!

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  • Snorkeling at Lehua

    Lehua Things to Do

    We went snorkeling with Blue Dolphin Charters, between Niihau and Lehua. This is a good area for snorkeling and scuba. Manta Rays live here, and there is an Eagle Ray that lives there too (but we didn't see it).

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  • Lehua is a Bird Sanctuary

    Lehua Things to Do

    You can't do anything on the island... even if you could figure out a way to disembark your boat, there is nothing there but a ton of birds. Totally unihabited, no reason to go there at all....

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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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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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Top Kauai Hotels

Kilauea Hotels
11 Reviews - 41 Photos
Anahola Hotels
1 Review
Haena Hotels
16 Reviews - 38 Photos
Hanalei Hotels
39 Reviews - 125 Photos
Hanalei Landing Hotels
3 Hotels
Kalaheo Hotels
2 Reviews - 8 Photos
Kapaa Hotels
29 Reviews - 44 Photos
Kekaha Hotels
1 Hotel
Koloa Hotels
13 Reviews - 23 Photos
Lawai Hotels
4 Hotels
Lihue Hotels
38 Reviews - 38 Photos
Niumalu Hotels
1 Hotel
Poipu Hotels
63 Reviews - 155 Photos

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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!