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Kauai Island Holiday

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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Kauai Shores Hotel NZ$371
Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020
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Kauai Shores Hotel

Kauai Shores Hotel

420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent check in service even with late arrival and baby in tow.

    Kauai Beach Resort NZ$525
    Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020
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    Kauai Beach Resort

    Kauai Beach Resort

    4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful property and friendly service. Right on the beach.

      Kauai Inn NZ$331
      Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020
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      Kauai Inn

      Kauai Inn

      2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue, HI
         
        4.2 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Quiet location with a nice courtyard. Treated us like family with a nice breakfast. Didn’t use the pool but looked really nice .. would stay again

        Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay NZ$304
        Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020
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        Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

        Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

        3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Loved the location and clean rooms and polite and helpful staff.

          Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort NZ$409
          Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020
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          Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

          Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

          650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
             
            4.0 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Hospitality was top notch at this hotel! When we arrived we were greeted in very friendly manner, staff told us about awesome hiking trails that we did on the island. Let us freshen up after checking out for our flight. Very pleased with this hotel everything was new and clean good food at hotel ...

            Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa NZ$995
            Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020
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            Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

            Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

            1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Gorgeous resort, amazing staff, great location on the island but, pricey .... it worths the money and I would definetely go back.

              Hotel Coral Reef NZ$338
              Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2020
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              Hotel Coral Reef

              Hotel Coral Reef

              4-1516 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI
                 
                4.4 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Bikes movies books all available! Great lanai with such a great ocean view! Clean room! Really enjoyed our stay!

                Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection NZ$591
                Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020
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                Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

                Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

                2641 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The staff is terrific, the pools are wonderful, and the food at the Holoholo Grill is outstanding.

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