Kauai

 

Kauai is a major island in Hawaii at the northwestern end of the archipelago.

Nicknamed the Garden Island, it is covered with lush greenery and tropical plants, watered regularly by abundant rainfall.

No roads circle the island, making it the wildest of the major islands, and popular with both beach-goers and outdoor and adventure travelers.

In addition to its white sand beaches, Kauai is known for the massive Waimea Canyon and the cliffs of the Na Pali Coast.

The island is compact enough that its one major road can easily be covered in a day. Most travelers take longer to explore more deeply.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Anini Place

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Anini Place is set in Kilauea, 6 km from KIlauea Lighthouse. The accommodation boasts a spa bath. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating and dining area. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Waipouli Beach Resort A207 4-820

Featuring a balcony, Waipouli Beach Resort A207 4-820 is a villa, located in Kapaa. The property boasts views of the sea and is 2.8 km from Lydgate State Park. There is a seating area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher and an oven. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$530

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The West Inn Kauai

This Waimea, Kauai hotel is located just across from Waimea Historic Town. It offers private accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. Tropical themes and bright colours decorate each guest unit at The West Inn Kauai. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$149

 
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Lae Nani Kauai by Outrigger

Located along Kauai's Coconut Coast and beachfront, this resort features a spacious outdoor pool, adjacent to the beach. All accommodations feature a balcony with an ocean view and a full kitchen. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$169

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Poipu Kapili

These oceanfront luxury Poipu apartments, just 1 mile from Poipu Beach Park, feature panoramic ocean views from private terraces and free Wi-Fi. An ocean view swimming pool is available for guest use. Average score from 38 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$350 - $440

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hale Ho'o Maha Bed and Breakfast

Hale Ho'o Maha Bed and Breakfast

Situated just 110 steps to the beach, this boutique Kauai B&B features an on-site ozonated hot tub, rooms with private lanais and serves a daily full breakfast. Wainiha Beach Park is 2 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 79 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$220 - $195

 
$2209.1
Hale Kamalani

Hale Kamalani

Hale Kamalani is a holiday home located in Princeville, 2 km from Hanalei Beach. Providing private parking, the holiday home is 2.1 km from Hanalei Beach Park. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. Average score from 190 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$235

$2359.1
Sealodge G4

Sealodge G4

Set 2.8 km from Hanalei Beach Park in Princeville, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The apartment is 3 km from Hanalei Beach. A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$210

$2109.0
Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS532

Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS532

Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS532 offers accommodation in Koloa. The unit is 3.1 km from Prince Kuhio Park. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher, an oven and microwave. Average score from 145 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$220

$2209.0
Koloa Landing At Poipu Beach

Koloa Landing At Poipu Beach

Located on the southern tip of Kauai Island, Koloa Landing At Poipu Beach features 2 resort-style pools and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The suites offer flat-screen LCD TVs and complete kitchens. Average score from 190 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$263 - $1200

 
$2639.0
Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS233

Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS233

Waikomo Stream Villas Unit WS233 offers accommodation in Koloa. The apartment is 3.1 km from Prince Kuhio Park. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided in this apartment. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$275

$2759.0
Aston At Poipu Kai

Aston At Poipu Kai

Less than 1 mile from Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach, this 70-acre resort at the southern tip of Kauai features outdoor pools and apartments with full kitchens. Average score from 72 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$239 - $375

 
$2398.8
Alii Kai Oceanfront Villa

Alii Kai Oceanfront Villa

Located in Princeville, this upscale oceanfront villa features an outdoor swimming pool and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. Princeville Shopping Center and Princeville Golf Club Prince Course are within 5 minutes’ drive. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$275

 
$2758.8
Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

Waimea Plantation Cottages, a Coast Resort

Situated on the black sands of Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, these oceanfront cottages in Waimea have been restored with plantation-period furniture and feature patios overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Average score from 165 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$209 - $445

 
$2098.7
Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach

Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach

Situated on half an acre of tropical landscape on the island of Kauai, these individual Hawaii guest accommodations feature fully-equipped kitchens or kitchenettes and ocean and garden views. The white sands of Poipu Beach are 5 minutes’ walk away. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$210 - $425

 
$2108.7
Wyndham Bali Hai

Wyndham Bali Hai

These Hawaiian condos are one mile from the Bali Hai beach and feature 2 outdoor pool. The apartments have a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living room. Average score from 108 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$207 - $309

 
$2078.6
Wyndham Shearwater

Wyndham Shearwater

Located in Princeville on Kauai’s north coast, Wyndham Shearwater offers fantastic ocean views. It has an outdoor pool and apartments with a private terrace, free Wi-Fi and a spa bath. Average score from 31 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$263 - $359

 
$2638.6
Hanalei Colony Resort

Hanalei Colony Resort

Located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, this beachfront resort features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is available in all apartments. Average score from 131 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$274 - $460

 
$2748.6
Kahala 724

Kahala 724

Set in Koloa, Kahala 724 is a holiday home featuring an outdoor pool. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. The kitchen features an oven and a microwave. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$207

$2078.5
Kahala 224

Kahala 224

Boasting an outdoor pool, Kahala 224 is a apartment located in Koloa. Guests benefit from terrace and a barbecue. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$261

$2618.5
Sealodge E6

Sealodge E6

Located 2.8 km from Hanalei Beach Park, Sealodge E6 offers accommodation in Princeville. Sealodge E6 features views of the sea and is 3 km from Hanalei Beach. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. There is a dining area and a kitchen. Average score from 78 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$210

$2108.4
The Cliffs at Princeville

The Cliffs at Princeville

Located on the North Shore of Kauai, this resort boasts 2 swimming pools, a children's pool area and 2 hot tubs. Full kitchens are provided in all suites. Princeville Golf Course is 1 mile away. Average score from 60 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$263 - $350

 
$2638.4

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Ocean Cliffs

The Na Pali coast, featured in the film Jurassic Park and many other movies, is one of the most distinctive geological features of Kauai and consists of sheer cliffs thousands of feet high that drop directly onto pristine secluded beaches. The beaches are reachable only by boat, helicopter, or very experienced hikers, but the cliffs may be viewed from the top by driving to the end of Route 550.
Beaches
The island is filled with extensive beaches that have excellent snorkeling, surfing, swimming, etc.
Geologic Formations

Inland Canyons

At over 10 miles (16 km) long, 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, and 3,567 feet (1,087 m) deep, Waimea Canyon has been called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Indeed, its colors rival that of its Arizona counterpart, except that Waimea Canyon also adds touches of green that would be absent in the desert.
Also of Interest:
Natural
Kayaking and Canoeing
Scenic Waterways
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking
Biking

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