Kauai at a Glance
Kauai is best described as dramatic. Its coastline is rugged, and the interior is lush; and cascading waterfalls, forking rivers and flourishing rainforest can be found throughout the island. Many parts of this natural beauty are accessed by sea or air only. With so much natural beauty, its easy to see why Kauai is the backdrop for many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
Not to be missed The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian Island chain, Kauai is a natural paradise overflowing with outdoor activities and charming towns. Make sure to include at least one of these top attractions in your visit:
- Napali Coast: Stretching 17-miles along the island’s North Shore, this dramatic coastline is accessed through hiking, sea tour or helicopter tour.
- Waimea Canyon: On the island’s West Side, this awe-inspiring canyon is nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
- Hanapepe Town: The unofficial art capital of the island, Hanapepe has numerous galleries, shops and eateries to loose yourself in.
- Kilauea Lighthouse: Located on the island’s northernmost tip, this lighthouse is a wildlife refuge and a popular locale for whale watching from December to May.
- Opaekaa Falls: These falls are the island’s most popular, due to their roadside accessibility.
Uniquely Kauai A movie mecca! Celebrated for its natural beauty, the Island of Kauai has been the stunning backdrop for over 60 feature films. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, George of the Jungle, Hook and countless others, including many television shows, were filmed in various locations around the island. Locally, tours can be arranged of many of the most popular movie destinations.
Good to know about Kauai Before you walk in the footsteps of famous Hollywood films, let’s talk about the Practical Details of Kauai:
- Climate: Kauai’s average yearly temperature ranges from 20°C to 28°C, making it an ideal destination year-round.
- City Transportation: Public bus service on Kauai is limited. To fully explore the island a car rental is needed. Car rentals can be arranged at the Lihue airport or within the city itself.
- Accommodation: Sprawling resorts, historic bed and breakfasts and budget-friendly hotels are all available in Kauai. See Kauai hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: Fresh seafood and local delicacies (Lau Lau, Kalua Pig) abound in the restaurants of Kauai. Poipu, Lihue and Hanapepe have many dining options, from casual to formal.
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