Visiting Kauai

The fourth-largest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauai boasts stunning scenery, picturesque beaches and plenty of adventure, making it a wildly popular destination for travelers the world over. Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is a thriving land of soaring peaks and plunging valleys. Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, plunges over 3000 feet deep and is well-known for its beautiful multicolored strata. High annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the island’s central mountains, resulting in beautifully carved canyons and rushing waterfalls, through which visitors can venture by innertube, zipline or helicopter. Ambitious hikers flock to the island’s Kalalau Trail, 11 miles of tough trails that reward visitors with stunning vistas. With its rich volcanic soil, Kauai produces some of the world’s best mango, bananas, guava, papaya and pineapple – perfect treats to pack for all-day trips to its many stunning beaches. The wetter north coast of the island is well-known for Ke’e Beach, where... Read More The fourth-largest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauai boasts stunning scenery, picturesque beaches and plenty of adventure, making it a wildly popular destination for travelers the world over. Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is a thriving land of soaring peaks and plunging valleys. Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, plunges over 3000 feet deep and is well-known for its beautiful multicolored strata. High annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the island’s central mountains, resulting in beautifully carved canyons and rushing waterfalls, through which visitors can venture by innertube, zipline or helicopter. Ambitious hikers flock to the island’s Kalalau Trail, 11 miles of tough trails that reward visitors with stunning vistas. With its rich volcanic soil, Kauai produces some of the world’s best mango, bananas, guava, papaya and pineapple – perfect treats to pack for all-day trips to its many stunning beaches. The wetter north coast of the island is well-known for Ke’e Beach, where a protective reef provides calm, clear waters for swimming and snorkeling, and Tunnels Beach, a vast stretch of sand and surf that’s a wildly popular heaven on earth. The south end of the island boasts Poipu Beach, a favorite of local surfers. Whether you want to fly past its mountains, float through its valleys, laze on its beaches or dine in its restaurants, Kauai serves up a bounty of vacation options. So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve found their heaven on the Garden Isle.    Close

Stories and Tips Kauai

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Eating and the day to day in Kauai

Written by mistalong on 08 Sep, 2012

Naturally, the islands are a little more expensive than the mainland. We prepared ourselves. After renting a suite with a full kitchen, we decided to prepare for the week by grabbing a few groceries, where else......WALMART! We expected the prices to be…Read More


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Biking the East Coast of Kauai

Written by MattF on 05 Mar, 2010

After a number of visits to Kelia Beach, above Kapa'a, we noticed alot of people were biking along a paved hiking and biking trail that runs along the coast between Kapa'a and North of Kelia Beach. After we moved from Princeville down to Waipouli during…Read More


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Driving in the Rain

Written by MattF on 24 Feb, 2010

One thing you always expect to see in Hawaii, regardless of the island you are on, is rain. In our previous trips (in August and then again in March) it usually comes in miss and hit showers that are short lived and easy to live…Read More


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The Last Day... Before you Head Home

Written by mlmeredith on 24 Jul, 2008

The last day of vacation on Kauai always presents something of a challenge. You have to check out of your condo or hotel room well before noon, but then your flight home is often not scheduled to board until 9:00 or 10:00 at night.…Read More


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Adventures!

Written by mlmeredith on 17 Jul, 2008

I'm not sure what it is about Kauai that steers me further from couch potato syndrome than any other place. We've been snorkeling every time we've visited the island; taken surfing lessons (twice, and didn't have the time on the third trip); and we've…Read More


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The Sugar Mill

Written by mlmeredith on 14 Jul, 2008

Back in the 80’s, the soda industry and other food producers began a switch from using cane sugar to corn-base fructose. The result was more control on the costs of production, the beginning of an upward trend in worldwide occurrences of Type II diabetes……Read More


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Queen's Bath

Written by mlmeredith on 14 Jul, 2008

Like so many natural seaside wonders, approach Queen’s Bath with a healthy dose of respect for the waves. If you’re here in the summer, it’s a placid pool of crystalline clear water nestled into the lava shelf. By winter however, it might not…Read More


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The Most Beautiful Place on Earth!

Written by mlmeredith on 14 Jul, 2008

I really hate it when people ask "what is your favorite _______?"Chances are that my answer will vary from day to day, based on the previous day's experience or how well I slept last night. Favorite song? Today it's "We Won't Get Fooled…Read More


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Banana Joe's

Written by mlmeredith on 26 Jun, 2008

If there is a pervasive theme in our travels it’s a desire to avoid the chains and standard stuff that we can easily get back at home. So Banana Joe’s is our kind of place! If you’re driving up from Lihue on the Kuhio…Read More


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Souvenirs or Mementos

Written by mlmeredith on 23 Jun, 2008

Some folks might suggest that the only difference between a souvenir and a memento is about $50 or more. I’d rather not make judgments of that sort. Sitting atop my computer monitor at this very moment is a sandbag gecko ($5) from my…Read More


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