Accommodation in Kauai

A perfect place for those who like a slower pace and an abundance of scenery and history. Fourth largest and the oldest of Hawaii’s islands, known as the Garden Island, Kauai is less than 100 miles (169km) around by car and is formed from one massive volcano of which Mt Waialeale forms the eastern rim.

On the island’s north shore the scenery runs riot. Grey mists hang over the sheer Na Pali cliffs, crystal waterfalls tumble into deep valleys and tranquil, aquamarine waters provide calm anchorage for sailboats. The beautiful scenery and diverse landscape attract not only vacationers seeking rest, but also well-known directors. For films such as  Blue Hawaii , “South Pacific, “King Kong” and “Jurassic Park” was Kauai decor.

At nearby Spouting Horn, turbulent wave action causes surf to shoot through a lava tube and out a hole in the coastal rock. This geyser of seawater sometimes reaches heights of sixty feet or more and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge offers shelter to thousands of seabirds.

Kauai is called the Garden Island with good reason for flowers and foliage flourish everywhere. The National Tropical Botanical and Horticultural Research Gardens in La’wai Valley and the Allerton Estate Gardens showcase nature at her spectacular best.

Top Areas to Stay in Kauai

Kapaa

Kapaa, Kauai (HT)

This beautiful town stretches from the mountain to the sea, boasting diverse landscape as well as a large number of mid-range hotels, resorts and condos as well as shopping centers and restaurants.

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Princeville

Princeville, Kauai (HT)

Princeville is on the North Shore of Kauai and home to just a few exclusive hotels, resorts and condos. In the area surrounding Princeville you will find a number of adventure activities

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Poipu

Poipu, Kauai (HT)

Poipu has the best beaches on Kaua’i which are protected by a necklace of offshore reefs.  There you will also find gourmet cuisine, a host of watersports and affordable accommodation.

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Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and Condos in Kauai for all budgets!

Aston Waimea   ***

Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages, Kauai, Hawaii

“I really love this place. Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages is a lovely family run beach bungalows in old plantation style. Small boutique hotel where each bungalow has their own unique style and furnishings. It also has a fantastic a la carte restaurant and boutique brewery.”

Aston Islander   **

Aston Islander on the beach, Kauai, Hawaii“Aston Islander On The Beach is the leading hotel on Kauai, absolute beachfront low rise hotel with nice large swimming pool with barbecue areas and poolside bar. It is set on six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.”

Kauai Beach       ***

Kauai Beach Resort, Hawaii

“Kauai Beach Resort is the ideal property for those seeking a little more luxury. Beautiful beachfront property set on the quiet eastern coast surrounded by an abundance of lush gardens.”

Sheraton Kauai
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Sheraton Kauai Resort, Hawaii

“This resort is located on the best spot on the island – the dry area of Poipu. Just behind the resort you will find lush plantation with a number of local fruit stalls. It is also a short walk to the blow hole. Also make sure you do their beach grill one night!”

More information about Kauai

napali coast1. Na Pali Coast
The spectacular Na Pali Coast with its dramatic rocks rising from the deep blue ocean is great to see from the north by boat or to explore with strenuous hike on the Kalalau Trail. Between December and April, you can also see whales along this coast. There are numerous vantage points offer a breathtaking view of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Find Out More >

kauai0020_l2. Spouting Horn Blowhole
On Kauai’s South Shore you’ll find the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Here you can witness one of nature’s miracles as the surf water channels into a natural lava tube and releases a huge spout of water high into the air during large swells. Find Out More >

Shipwreck Beach3. Poipu
Poipu is also the sunniest part of Kauai with a choice of beautiful white sandy beaches with excellent spots for swimming and snorkeling. The Poipu coastline is also a great look out spot during whale season (December to May). Find Out More >

 

Waimea Canyon4. Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon commonly known as “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep. The lookout provides breathtaking views of the deep valleys and rugged peaks. Find Out More >

 

Hawaii - General - Frangipani5. Smith’s Tropical Paradise
Experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Kauai and the Wailua River Valley at Smith’s Tropical Paradise (an open air museum with Polynesian huts in a beautiful botanical garden run, a family run business for over 60 years). Find Out More >

 

Taro Field. Hanalei Valley. Island of Kauai.6. Hanalei and Haena and Kee Beach                                                                                                              The eccentric town of Hanalei is definitely worth a trip, with fields of taro and rice plantations, like a patchwork across the Hanalei valley. At the end of the road past Haena is Kee Beach. A gorgeous beach ideal for snorkeling. Find Out More >

 

helicoptor kauai7. Exhilarating Helicopter Ride
Take an exhilarating ride over Kauai and take in the many absolutely stunning sites that are only accessibly by air. The great things about helicopters is that they are able to get into tight canyons. You can also choose a chopper with no doors for a truly unforgettable experience. Find Out More >

 

jurassic park8. Film Locations Tour
For decades Kauai’s stunning backdrop has been used as the set of many movies such as Jurassic Park, Blue Hawaii and King Kong. Find Out More >

 

Couple on bluff overlooking Kalalau Valley9. Kalalau Lookout
Kalalau lookout can be reached by hiking or by car. It is one of the highest elevation viewing points that can be reached by road (4,000 feet). Here you will find beautiful views of the heart of Kalalau Valley. This has been the backdrop for countless films including the original King Kong, and Jurassic Park. Find Out More >

maui0070_l10. Limahuli Garden
Limahuli garden is a beautifully reconstructed, rare plant garden at the top of Kauai. The garden overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Makana Mountain. Behind the garden is the preserve where conservationists are working to preserve native species. Find Out More >

 

 

While Maui has a basic public transportation system,  most visitors rent a car. Fortunately, renting a car in Hawaii is relatively inexpensive, except during the holidays.