Kauai Travel Guide

Hawaii’s “Garden Island” is a destination truly created from the sum of its parts. The oldest and northernmost inhabited island in the Hawaiian archipelago offers some of the most sensational natural attractions in the Aloha State. From the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon to the magnificent Na Pali Coast and everything in between, Kauai has much to behold.

There are three areas of Kauai where most of the lodging options are found: (1) The North Shore/Princeville; (2) The Coconut (East) Coast/Wailua/Kalapaki Bay; and (3) The South Shore/Poipu. Each Kauai destination is quite unique and offers a range of experiences. The west side of the island is home to the aptly named “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”—Waimea Canyon, one of Hawaii’s premier natural attractions, which is most certainly a can’t-miss.

Kauai, the fourth largest Hawaiian island, is often given short shrift by visitors. You can easily spend five days or more exploring this island that is home to 60,000 residents. There are scores of exotic beaches hidden away down quiet lanes; hundreds of miles of hiking trails meandering through gems like the Kokee State Park at the top of Waimea Canyon and Haena State Park at the entrance to the Na Pali Coast; scenic and romantic villages like Hanalei and Old Koloa Town; and the Wailua River, where a trip up Hawaii’s only navigable river ends at the Fern Grotto, a huge rock amphitheater draped in ferns under a cascade of water.



  • Lihue Airport (LIH)

Major City/Town:

  • Lihue

Man-made attractions:

  • Hanalei town
  • Kapaa town
  • Koloa town
  • Hanapepe town
  • Nat’l Tropical Botanical Garden

Mostly nature-made attractions:

  • Waimea Canyon
  • Kokee State Park
  • Na Pali Coast
  • Haena State Park
  • Hanalei Bay
  • Opaekaa Falls
  • Wailua River Area

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