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Kauai Introduction

Blessed with dizzying natural beauty, Kauai is a vision of sugar-white beaches, turquoise water, and swaying palms. Not to mention Hollywood-worthy landscapes like Jurassic Kahili Ranch and Waimea Canyon. It lives up to its reputation as the 'Garden Island' and cradles a wonderland of emerald-green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and rainbow-colored flowers. There are adrenalin-fueled activities to boot, while foodies can devour a bounty of island-fresh produce. Warm-hearted and vibrant Hawaiian culture is the icing on the cake.

Hotels in Kauai

Kauai has gone to great lengths to ensure its natural beauty remains unaffected by tourism. Buildings aren't allowed to exceed the height of a coconut tree, which means you won't find any high-rises. Instead, even luxury hotels in Kauai have been built to harmonize with the natural landscape. Adored by honeymooners, high-end resorts and beach clubs offer stylish decor, oceanfront pools, and lush grounds. As well as big-name brands, Kauai offers plenty of friendly inns and guesthouses for budget travelers in search of hotel deals. If you're traveling as a family or group, consider self-contained condos featuring spacious living areas and well-equipped kitchens.

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Where to stay

Lihue is Kauai's commercial center, filled with cafes, juice shacks, and seafood restaurants. Hotels in town offer easy access to Wailua Falls, as well as Lihue Airport. On the North Shore, residential communities like Princeville are brimming with apartments and condos. The North Shore is also a popular choice for surfers. Many luxury hotels in Kauai are found in Koloa and Poipu, though you'll also find larger resorts dotted across the island. The east side of the island, also known as the Coconut Coast, offers a mix of breezy beach cottages, midrange resorts, and self-contained condos.

Things to see

Kauai is a paradise for adventure seekers, with an endless line-up of outdoor activities to choose from. You can zip line through the treetops, paddle on crystalline rivers, and hike the famous Kalalau Trail. Why not splurge on scenic helicopter flights over Kahili Ranch, which starred in the opening scenes of Jurassic Park? You could easily spend days working your way through Kauai's ravishing beaches. Fringed by powdery white sand and soaring sea cliffs, Kauapea Beach is a hidden gem. Isolated Kealia Beach Park feels wonderfully secluded, while the North Shore's Ke'e Beach is one of the island's top places to enjoy fiery sunsets. Kauai's underwater landscape is just as beautiful, whether you're snorkeling with sea turtles and tropical fish or diving in coral reefs and hidden sea caves. For a taste of the island's flourishing agricultural scene, head to the Kauai Coffee Company, a sprawling estate offering guided tours and tastings.

How to get to Kauai

Most visitors arrive at Lihue Airport, which offers daily flights to Honolulu and other Hawaiian islands. If you're arriving from an international destination, you'll likely touch down in Honolulu International Airport, then travel onwards to Kauai. Book flights in advance to secure the best deals. Once on the island, rental cars are the fastest and easiest way to get around. Parts of the island, including Waipouli, Kapa'a, Poipu, Hanalei, and Waimea Canyon, are bicycle-friendly.

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