Kauai Hawaii Visitor Information, Vacation Planning, and Travel Guide
Welcome to Kauai,
"The Garden Isle"
Information about Kauai
Island Color: Purple
Island Flower: Mokihana, from the native tree
Hawaii’s “Garden Isle”, Kauai, is famous for its over-abundance of colorful tropical flowers, white sand beaches, awe-inspiring peaks, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests. It is no wonder that famous movies such as Jurassic Park, South Pacific, Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong and dozens more were filmed on Kauai, one of the world’s most beautiful islands. In addition to the natural beauty of the island, the spirit of Aloha and the magic of old Hawaii lives on in Kauai, making it even more special.
In the shape of an almost perfect circle, Kauai’s 90 miles of shoreline is covered with more beaches than any other Hawaiian Island. The almost constant gentle trade winds create a cool, balmy climate in contrast to the oppressive heat found in many tropical destinations.
Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, one of the world’s most incredible coastlines, was created by millions of years of water and wind erosion. This 17 mile coastline can only be viewed by air, sea or by hiking, but is well worth the effort to gaze upon 4,000 foot cliffs, powerful waterfalls, and lush, serene green valleys. Waimea Canyon, called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, is more than 3,000 feet deep and goes on for miles and miles, creating dramatic views with deep, entrancing colors.
Kauai has a wide variety of accommodations and you may find it difficult to choose where to stay on the island. Five-star resorts, bed and breakfasts, condos, and vacation homes with a wide range of prices and sizes are all available for your stay on the Garden Isle.
As well as offering a wide assortment of lodging options, your choices of how to enjoy your time in Kauai are many. Kauai is home to three of the top ten rated golf courses in Hawaii. World class dining, shopping and art galleries abound. The island has huge areas of tropical forest, deserted coast and lush mountains suitable for hiking, including the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon. It is easy and wonderful snorkeling in the clear warm waters of Kauai's lagoons. You may encounter a wide variety of reef fish including the very difficult to pronounce Hawaii State Fish, humuhumunukunukuapuaa. The Marine life surrounding Kauai is incredible; dolphins, monk seals, sea turtles, coral reefs, whales, and much more.
Kauai is home to numerous rare plant and bird species. Visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, where tropical seabirds fly closely by, or the educational and beautiful National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Kauai's fabulous weather provides the right balance of sun and rain to allow kiawe trees, blackberries, java plum, guava, eucalyptus, bamboo, sandalwood, pineapple, and sugarcane to flourish. The indigenous mokihana vine and berry are found only on the lovely island of Kauai. There are too many activities to take part in to list here. Please visit our activities pages and browse your many options.