Kauai (United States)

Kauai Travel Guide and Trip Resources


The Garden Island

Kauai is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands
Na Pali Coast (of Jurassic park fame) and the Waimea Canyon are must sees
Beaches are fantastic and the entire island is unspoilt with under 70,000 inhabitants

Kauai is the fourth largest island of Hawaii both in terms of population (66,921) and by land mass. It is located furthest to the north-west of the chain, save for a few uninhabited specks like Nihoa Island.

Nicknamed the Garden Island for its lush and green mountainous interior, only a handful of real "cities" exist on Kauai. Largest of the bunch if Lihue, where you also find the airport which connects Kauai with the rest of Hawaii and the western United States.

On Kauai you get your usual resorts, but the biggest reason to come here would really be to explore the outdoors. The Na Pali Coast where the mountains rise steeply and dramatically from the ocean is arguably the most spectacular of all, and a popular way of getting a view of it is from on board a helicopter or boat. In case you have seen Jurassic park or Jurassic World the scenery here should look familiar to you.

The only other place that may stake a claim for most spectacular scenery status is the inland scenery of Waimea Canyon not too far from here, nicknamed the Pacific's Grand Canyon. This place goes a kilometer down and is kind of like its Arizona counterpart if it were more covered with vegetation. We will use the word for the third time: spectacular.

There's far more spectacular nature to be seen here than we have space to write about, but we wanted to be sure to make a mention of the other obvious major reason people come to Kauai: beaches. Kalapaki beach at Lihue is world famous, but other places like Hanalei Beach in the north or Polihale Beach in the west are no less awesome. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Kauai is a region in United States. It is situated at an altitude of 2221ft and the best airport to fly into is LIH (Lihue, Lihue)
  • The main spoken language here is English / Hawaiian, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Kauai Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

79 79 79 79 81 82 84 84 84 82 81 79

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

5.9 3.3 4.2 3.5 3.1 1.7 2.1 1.8 2.4 4.4 5.4 5.2

More Kauai travel resources

Let's start with the Wikitravel. At US News you find a list of things to do here, and the same goes for Islands.com. Atlas of Wonders makes the Kauai-Jurassic Park connection and gives more detail on that.

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