Kauai (or, more properly, Kaua'i)  is the northwesternmost and oldest of Hawaii's major islands. Called the Garden Island, it is covered with lush greenery and tropical plants, watered regularly by abundant rainfall. As the oldest of the islands, it has been changed the most by the forces of erosion, and this has resulted in natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. It is also home to more sandy beaches than any other major island in the Hawaiian chain.
Kilauea Lighthouse peninsula from cliff.
The major regions of Kaua`i can be defined by their location on the island relative to the prevailing trade winds. The north and east sides of the island are on the "windward" side of the island, where the winds blow onto the shore. These parts of the island tend to get the most rain, and as a result, are the greenest and most tropical parts of the island. The south and west sides of the island are on the "leeward" side of the island, which tends to be sunnier and drier, since most clouds have already dropped their rain on the windward side of the island.
However, all parts of the island have points of interest for all visitors. Both the rainy and dry sides of the island have fine resorts and beautiful beaches.
The word "city" might be an exaggeration for an island of 63,000 people, but here's some information on the towns of Kaua`i.
Lihu`e, on the island's southeast side, is the civic and commercial center of the island, host to the island's main airport, county offices, and largest shopping mall (Kukui Grove Center). The Kaua`i Museum, located in the old part of Lihu`e, is the island's best museum on the history, geography, and people of Kaua`i.
Kapa`a, on the east side, about a 20 minute drive north of Lihu`e, is the largest population center on the island. It anchors what is known as the Coconut Coast, which hosts many inexpensive to moderately priced resorts and much commercial activity with many strip malls along the highway. The corridor between Lihu`e and Kapa`a is the island's most congested.
Po`ipu, on the south side, is becoming the major visitor destination for the island, with abundant sun and much resort development. Most of the major hotel/resort chains, such as Hyatt, Hilton, and Sheraton, have their main Kauai resorts here.
Princeville, on the north side is centered on one of the island's most exclusive resorts and golf courses (consistently ranked among the nation's best). Although known by some locals as "Haole-ville" because they believe it represents white interests and attitudes that disrespect and aggravate those trying to live in harmony with the island, it is viewed by many as a convenient jumping off point for explorations of Kauai's spectacular north shore, including nearby Hanalei, a slice of old-time Hawaii, the unmatched beauty of Lumahai, Tunnels and Ke'e beaches, and the hike-in Na Pali Coast beyond. In contrast to its pricey hotel, Princeville also hosts numerous and affordable timeshare and condo properties.
Waimea, on the west side, is a small town with a flavor of old Kaua`i. Most visitors pass through town on the way to Waimea Canyon and Koke`e, but the town itself is worth a relaxing visit. Waimea is also home of the West Kaua`i Tech Center, a major tech incubator. Most research done here is related to the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
 Other destinations
- Hanapepe on the south shore has a quaint downtown filled with artists' galleries and craft shops. There is also a swinging footbridge over the Hanapepe River. Be sure to check out the Banana Patch Studio for wonderful hand painted tiles and other locally made items.
- Kilauea is a small village that most people pass on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. The Kong Lung Center offers a few unique stores and restaurants. There is also a large fruit stand, Banana Joe's, located north of Kilauea on the mountain side of the highway.
In many ways, Kauai is different from the rest of the islands. It's almost as if you've stepped into a separate kingdom, and for many years Kauai was just that in relation to Hawaii. Kamehameha I was able to conquer all the islands by force, except Kauai. Two separate campaigns to take the island ended in failure. In the end, it took diplomacy, a royal kidnapping, and an arranged marriage to bring Kauai into the kingdom of Hawaii.
Kauai is also known as the place where the sugar cane industry in Hawaii was born. Sugar was once the industrial mainstay of the Kauai economy, and although it takes a back seat to tourism these days, it is still very much a part of the island's heritage.
In short, compared to Oahu, Maui or the Big Island, Kauai is smaller, less populated, more rural, and more laid back. That's why it's the favorite destination for many visitors to Hawaii, and for many Hawaii residents as well. Visitors come to explore the island's beaches and natural wonders, but the multitude of resorts on white sand beaches provide ample opportunity to just sit and do nothing if you're so inclined.
Because tourist development reached Kauai considerably later than the other islands, the island has a larger proportion of timeshares, condominiums, and bed and breakfasts. Also, a strict cap on building heights (hotels can be no more than 40 feet high) prevent the development of the mega-resorts and towering skyscrapers found on the other islands. The local rule is that nothing can be built taller than a coconut tree.
One look at a map will show you an important difference between Kauai and the more populous islands of Hawaii: Due to the massive Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast, no roads circle the island. Once you've made the drive along the south shore to Waimea and seen the canyon, the only options are to go West on dirt roads to Polihale Beach or turn around and go back the way you came. Same story for Princeville and Na Pali on the north shore. However, the island is compact enough that both ends of the road can be seen in the same day. The Garden Island cannot be enjoyed or appreciated if you are pressed for time.
 Get in
Lihue Airport (LIH) is Kauai's main airport, a small terminal served by interisland flights by Hawaiian, go!, American, United Airlines, and US Airways offering non-stop service from the U.S. West Coast.
Tip when flying into Lihue: For the best incoming view, select a window seat on the left side of the aircraft. More often than not you'll be landing to the north thanks to the trade winds. From that angle you will see a dramatic cliff view off the left side on final approach.
There is now also a deep water port at Nawiliwili for cruise ships. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers cruises between the islands that start and end in Honolulu.
 Get around
Rental car is the best way to really see the island-- and the only way to get to some remote (and scenic) sites. Most major rental car companies have offices at the Lihue airport or nearby by shuttle bus. Rental cars infest the island like the chickens that are such persistent local pests.
Most rental car companies have restricted areas, such as Polihale beach, check before you go or take the risk of paying yourself
out of trouble if your rental car broke down or get stuck.
The Kaua`i bus is perhaps the only other way to get around, but will not go to some rural attractions, such as Koke`e. Still, if you are on a budget, this bus will get you around and between the major population centers, such as Lihu`e and Kapa`a, and the major resort/beach areas.
One other option for transport on the island is bicycle. The east side of the island (including Lihue and Kapaa) has plans for a major bike path under development as of early 2005. Parts of this path exist, but the major connections between towns are still along the major highways. Eventually, the entire east side of the island will be connected by exclusive bikeways, making nonautomobile transportation a real option.
There are two main highways on Kauai, both starting in Lihue. Kaumualii Highway (state route 50) heads to the west, through the towns of Kalaheo, Hanapepe, Waimea, and Kekaha before ending at the Na Pali Coast. Kuhio Highway (state route 56) heads north from Lihue, through Kapaa, Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei, ending at the other side of Na Pali.
- Lydgate State Park is on route 56, north of the airport. There's a park with play area for kids with the usual swings, slides etc. There's an excellent swimming area for kids. The swimming area is separated by big rocks from the ocean, which helps break up the strong current.
- Old Koloa town is on route 520 on the way to Poipu. The small, rustic town has a grocery store, ice cream parlor, and some souvenir shops. There's also a small museum about the lives of the Japanese immigrants who worked on Kauai's sugar plantations. In the field across from the grocery store there's a monument to them as well.
- The Huleia National Wildlife Refuge offers stunning scenery and a great place to photograph native birds and animals.
- The elegant and pristine Wailua Falls looks like a double waterfall from the viewing area but is actually a triple waterfall, once the site of thrilling cliff diving. It's a short drive from Lihue on a dead end road.
- Opaekaa Falls are 1.3 miles from the start of Route 580. There is a vista point on Route 580 to see the falls with plenty of parking for cars. Right across from the road is another view point for the Wailua River.
- Hanalei Valley and Bay has two separate scenic overlooks. The valley overlook showcases taro fields in various stages of production. The bay overlook features the scenic bay framed by the northern edge of the Napali Coast mountains known in movies as Bali Hai. Both overlooks are between Princeville and the one-lane Hanalei Bridge.
- Kilauea Point Lighthouse and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, on Kilauea Road off Kuhio Highway (route 56) near mile 23, (808) 828-1413. then follow the road to the end. The lighthouse was built in 1913 and had the largest lens of its kind; it guided ships between North America and Asia until its light was replaced by a beacon in the 1970s. Located in a national wildlife refuge which is a nesting ground for a diverse collection of seabirds, the only one of its kind in the islands. $3 for adults, free for children. National Park Service Golden Eagle Passports accepted and sold.
 Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park
Above Waimea on state route 550. From Lihue, take state route 50 west to Waimea. From there, you can take Waimea Canyon Drive (550) or continue to Kekaha turning onto state route 552, which meets route 550 near its 6-mile mark. Both roads are winding. Most popular viewing point of the canyon is just past mile 11 on route 550. Koke'e is located about 4 miles further. (808)245-6001 for weather information in the canyon.
At over 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and 3,567 feet 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. Carved and formed over hundreds of thousands of years by runoff from Mount Waialeale at the center of the island, the canyon shows millions of years of geological history.
Camping and hiking are available above the canyon at Koke'e State Park.
Best time to go is on a relatively clear day, and then after mid-morning (from about 9:30 a.m. on). Otherwise, clouds and fog may obscure the view.
People come to Kauai primarily for one thing: the beaches with their great snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and sunning. But Kauai also boasts more navigable rivers than the other Hawaiian Islands making kayaking very popular. If the surf is calm you can even combine a river run with time paddling the bays and ocean shoreline. You'll find kayak rentals near the mouth of the most popular rivers. Many will also rent roof-top strap-on kayaks for travelers interested in trying one of the several smaller river runs. A good free resource that includes information on each beach as well as surf reports is the KauaiExplorer.
Kauai has great hiking and mountain biking trails as well. Outdoor adventurers will find the guidebook Kauai Trailblazer to be helpful in comparing various locations for hiking and biking (as well as snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing). The Waimea Canyon area has extensive hiking trails both into the canyon itself as well as great overlooks of the Na Pali cliffs . Check with the park office on trail conditions and weather before starting your hike.
There are many commercial tour guides that offer various land and sea adventures such as guided hikes, downhill bike tours, back-country ATV trips, river tubing adventures, and more.
You may also Experience Kauai through photography workshops by the same name conducted by resident professional photographer David Allio. These workshops go beyond the normal tourist destinations to some unique and spectacular Garden Island settings.
Other recommended activities are listed below by region.
- North: Hanalei is a charming Hawaiian village in beautiful country on the north of the island. Hanalei has a nostalgic, romantic quality of simpler times on the Islands. An easy drive to the northwest of Hanalei is the Na Pali coast. Drive to where the road ends, park and hike the twenty-two mile round-trip journey to mythical Kalalau. The Kalalau Trail is generally regarded as among the most spectaular hikes in the world, albeit incredibly painful. If you want to get a taste, hike 2 miles in to the first beach (Hanakapi'ai). Day hikes are unrestricted, but camping requires a permit from the parks department. There is a long waiting list, so signing up a year in advance is a good idea. Tour boats can also access the coast; they may be chartered out of Hanalei or other outfits on the south of the island. Snorkeling is very good. Be advised, however, that the area is effectively closed to boats in the winter due to the intense Pacific weather hitting that part of Kaua'i.
- East: Kapa'a is a small, cute, tourist-friendly town on the east side. It features a movie theater, an internet cafe, several restaurants, and a Birkenstock outlet. Look up from Anahola and see the mountain that faded in from the Paramount logo at the beginning of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
- South: The South Shore has a number of great beaches such as Maha'ulepu Beach with its ancient petroglyphs and the rocky Shipwreck Beach, both perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. Poipu Beach, often ranked as one of the world’s top beaches by travel surveys. Venture to Kipu Falls, where the opening sequences for Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed.
- West: A drive up to the Waimea Canyon is highly recommended or explore the Canyon and surrounding areas on a breathtaking tour . (See the See section above)
If you rent a jeep make sure you take a trek out to Polihale beach. It is located at the southern end of Napali and to the north of Barking Sands. It is a wide sprawling sandy beach. The sunsets here are truly awesome and with a permit you can camp there too (it is a state park). During the winter and early spring you can also see the whales from the beach. However, the last couple of miles of the road to get to Polihale, run through an old sugar cane field. At (Feb 2007) the road was still not maintained and is in very poor condition. If you have a regular rental car don't even bother unless they have started maintaining the road, instead rent a fourwheel, this beach is the most beautiful beach on the island. If you can get to Polihale do it. You won't be sorry!
Weddings & Honeymoons :
Kauai is considered a major Destination Wedding & Honeymoon location. A "Destination Wedding" adds a "Big Place" to the couple's "Big Day." A Destination Wedding brings the wedding to the honeymoon spot. When the wedding is over, the newlyweds are already on honeymoon.
Wedding locations on Kauai, compiled in conjunction with the Kauai Wedding Professionals Association :
- A lush, tropical garden, blooming with floral scents and colors (like Smith's Tropical Paradise).
- On a private estate—where the paparazzi won’t find you (like the Sea Cliff Estate).
- In one of Kauai’s several quaint and charming historical churches (like the "Green Church" in Hanalei).
- On the meticulously manicured and gorgeous grounds of a resort (like the Princeville Resort or Grand Hyatt).
- On one of many pristine, white sand beaches (like Lumahai Beach - featured in the film South Pacific --in summer).
- At the Coco Palms, where Elvis married Joan Blackman in a flower-bedecked double-hulled canoe in Blue Hawaii.
- In the Fern Grotto, on the Wailua River, Hawaii's main navigable river.
- Next to a sparkling silver waterfall (like Na Aina Kai).
- At a scenic lookout, with the magnificent Waimea Canyon in the background (dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by Mark Twain). (Although Waimea Canyon is impressive and inspiring, this is one of those local myths. It has been documented in several Kauai books that Mark Twain never visited Waimea Canyon.)
- In an idyllic chapel surrounded by a peaceful lagoon (like the Chapel of the Sea).
Hanalei Colony Resort is a magical and memorable site for your Hanalei wedding and honeymoon. We offer special group rates for family and friends who wish to stay in one of our Kauai condominium rentals during your wedding celebration.
- Hanalei Day Spa* at Hanalei Colony Resort - 5-7130 Kuhio Highway - Haena, HI 96714. Phone: 808.826.6235. For therapeutic massage, body wraps, facials, and waxing. Or, choose The Ayurveda Center of Hawaii. No matter what you choose, the beautiful environment and experienced staff will ensure that you have a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.
Like the rest of Hawaii, the plate lunch is ubiquitous in Kauai (see the Eat section in the main Hawaii article for more information). However, many of Kauai's beaches and natural attractions (like Waimea Canyon) have no amenities nearby. Pack a lunch and bring enough water for the day - then stop at the restaurants for dinner.
- Red lychee fruit from a roadside stand or a farmer's market
- Wishing Well in Hanalei has the very best shave ice on Kauai. But, be prepared, they don't open until Noon or after. If you arrive at 11:30am be prepared to wait until they are ready to open and start serving. They close daily when they run out of ice, usually around 4pm.
- Lappert's Ice Cream and Coffee, several locations on Kauai (and on the mainland as well), main location at 1-3555 Kaumualii Highway (route 50) in Hanapepe. The island of Kauai was where the late Walter Lappert retired and created what used to be the best premium ice cream in Hawaii - the quality has diminished significantly in the last ten years. The ice cream is still made in small batches from the small factory in Hanapepe. About $3 for a single scoop in a cup or cone.
- Mango Mamas: Now closed and out of business.
- Kilauea Bakery: Off main highway in Kilauea, +1 828 2020, 11am-9pm, closed Sun. Fresh bread, great pizza. Sit outside to eat. 1 hour drive from Poipu.
- Duane's Ono Burger: Next to the Anahola Post Office and General Store in Anahola on the road to Princeville. As the name suggests, the burgers are "Ono" which in Hawaiian, means "good." Portions are huge and seating is outside and limited. Take it to go and bring your food to nearby Anahola Beach. Parking is also limited, especially during the busy lunch hour.
- Camp House Grill The Camp House Grill is located on Rte 50 in Kalaheao and has great food at reasonable prices. The pies in particular are wonderful especially the pecan pie, chocolate cream. The breakfasts are really great too.
- Koloa Fish Market Located near the eastern end of the main strip in Koloa the fish market has great plate lunches, especially the tuna.
- Bubba Burger This burger joint, whose motto is, "We cheat lawyers, drunks and tourists," has great burgers. You just can't have them your way. They come standard and any changes they make you do while the cook isn't looking. The burgers are great and the onion rings are better. It's an experience to be had. There is also a restaurant on Maui.
- Pizzetta an absolutely delicious pizzeria in the Po'ipu Shopping Village. Complete with a bar and patio, this is one of the more popular restaurants, and with good reason!
- Puka Dog Again, in the Po'ipu Shopping Village. World Famous hot dogs, made by inserting polish sausages into "tubes" of bread filled with any of several house-specialty sauces. Save this as one of the last meals on your trip, or you'll be eating here all week! Puka Dog's Website.
- Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, 808 332-5858 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 808 332-5858 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Daily 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Dinner W - Sa from 5:30 PM. .A quaint little place that has excellent coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and dinner. Try the tofu wrap or pineapple macadamia nut french toast for breakfast. Any of the salads, pastas, or fish will make an excellent dinner choice. Very reasonably priced.
- A great place to watch the sun set behind Bali Hai at cocktail hour is the "Library" at the Starwood Princeville Hotel, in the Princeville Resort on the North Shore. At the end of Ka Haku Road.
- Sunset from The Point bar at the Sheraton Poipu--sit on the patio and nosh some bar food, sip a Lilikoi Lemonade, and watch the sun set behind Niihau and Spounting Horn.
 Stay safe
Leptospirosis - Be careful not to swim near outlets of streams at the beach, and be aware of leptospirosis , a disease caused by a type of spirochete bacteria that seems at first like a bad cold and can inflame your eyes. It is a serious disease that is more common on Kauai than other islands, and should be cured promptly with antibiotics.
Before making reservations on a lodging it's best to review a map of the island and plan ahead. Think about the activities and sightseeing you want to do. While it's true that you can drive to any part of the island within an hour or two you'll spend less time in the car if you book your lodging in a spot that's closest to the places you'll spend most of your time. The one main highway is only two lanes *one each way* and tends to get fairly congested at times.
The "windward" side, especially the north coast can get up to twice rain than the sunny south coast. If you come from a cold and rainy region looking for a sunny Hawaiian vacation you could be disappointed if you stay on the lush, green, tropical - and wetter - north coast. Yes, it will still be warm but more with more cloud cover and showers.
Location and setting also affects lodging prices. There can be a sizable price difference between ocean view and non-ocean view units - the so-called 'garden' or 'mountain' view rooms - all within the same resort. Also, resorts or condo properties set inland - even a block or two - can sometimes be 10-20% cheaper than properties that front or connect directly with the beach. Yes, you'll have to walk a bit or bike or even make a short drive but if helps to fit Kauai into your budget it may be worth the walk.
Make your reservations early to get the best choices for unit type, location, and price. Larger condo resorts often have multiple owners so search the Web by resort name and compare prices. Note that "by owner" listings for condos ususally offer rates that a litte lower than what the big agencies will charge for the same complex - although selection will be narrower (e.g. one to four units). Get a complete written quote of all expense plus the cancellation and refund policy before sending a deposit.
Another option is camping. There are many county and a state park where camping is allowed. Permits are cheap but required.
- Kauai BeachHouse, 4-1552 Kuhio Highway, Phone: +1 808 822-3424, . Prices from $27 (Dormitory) to $45 (Double) and $65 - $70 for a private room with an ocean view. This is the world's only beach front hostel.
- Kauai International Hostel, 4532 Lehua St, +1 808 823-6142, . Prices from $20 (Dormitory) to $50 (Double).
- Waikomo Stream Villas, 2721 Poipu Road, +1 800 325-5701, . Poipu condos from $115.
- Camp in Koke'e State Park at Waimea Canyon. State Parks Office, +1 808 274-3444. Rental cabins, +1 808 335-6061. Camping information, +1 808 274-3433.
A great way to stay is to rent a condo or house.
- RE/MAX Kauai vacation rentals  Offers a variety of vacation rental homes and condos around the island. Price vary from $100/night condos to $650/night beachfront homes.  1-877-838-8149
- Kiahuna Vacation Kauai oceanfront condominiums by private owner in the Kiahuna Planatation at Poipu Beach. Nightly rates are $160 per night. Get one free night when you pay for 10 nights.
- Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation  Beachfront condominiums on the world-renowned Poipu Beach.
- Outrigger at Lae Nani  Outrigger at Lae Nani condominiums are set on the lush eastern shore of Kauai and offer a peaceful haven of comfort and relaxation.
- Aloha Beach Resort, 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, . (route 56 near Lydgate Beach Park just south of the bridge over the Wailua River). Provides family-friendly accommodations, with educational programs featuring various aspects of Native Hawaiian culture. Two pools. Enclosed ocean area at Lydgate Beach Park within walking distance, snorkel gear available for rent. Friendly front desk staff. (Tip: booking through their website provides the best rates.) Rooms about average size, some wear and tear on the furniture. $85-$259 double with garden and ocean views available. $220-359 cottages.
- Kauai Vacation Homes  Browse Kauai vacation rentals in Princeville Resort. 3 bedroom homes starting at just $215/night.
- The Parrish Collection - Resorts, + 1 800 325-5701, . Kauai condos in Poipu Resort.
- Hanalei Vacation Rentals  A selection of Kauai accommodations in Anini Beach, Haena, Hanalei & Princeville Resort on the North Shore.
- Princeville Vacation Rentals  Coldwell Banker Kauai accommodations and real estate in Hanalei Bay, Haena Beach, Princeville Resort & Anini Beach.
- Hale Kipa Golf Course Home, Napookala Circle, Princeville, . A Three Master Bedroom Vacation Rental where, for three couples, each has the privacy of their own master bedroom, with cable TV, and also the luxury of a large living area, looking out on golf course, mountains, ocean and waterfalls, to share with family or friends. For extended families, the house accommodates up to about ten. 1-800-686-6926
- PoipuKai Resort Located in Poipu  on the south shore of Kauai between Shipwreck beach and Poipu beach this condo complex has a wide range of condos of different sizes and price ranges. The condos are well maintained and walking distance from the Poipu beaches. If you are travelling with the kids this is a great way to go because you get more space than you do in a hotel, for less money. Because each condo is fully equipped with kitchens and laundry facilities, you don't necessarily need to eat out for every meal. There are plenty of road side fruit stands in the area where you can pick up some fresh papayas, bananas, pineapples, etc. The condos are a favorite way to relax on the island. 1-800-367-8020
- Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy ,Spacious condominium accommodations with breathtaking views of the tropical gardens or Pacific Ocean become your own personal haven. Relax in comfort, enjoying the peace and tranquility of Kauai. Choose from 108 studios, one bedroom and two-bedroom condominium accommodations all decorated with red, gold, and green fabrics, carpeted floors, and island-style accents.
- Hanalei Vacations Kauai Vacation Rental . Homes, Condos and Cottages on Kauai's North Shore with prices to fit all budgets . 1-800-487-9833
- Emmalani's Kauai Cottages  Near Kilauea on the north shore. Beautiful small cottages in a garden setting. Beaches are only a short 10 minute drive away. The prices are very reasonable for your own home away from home.
- "Marriott's Kauai Beach Club", 3610 Rice St,Lihue +1 808-245-5050 ("Toll Free: 1-800-845-5279"),. One and two-bedroom villas with separate living/dining area and more.
- "Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club", 3610 Rice St,Poipu Beach +1 808-742-4400("Toll Free: 1-800-845-5279"),. Spacious two-bedroom/two-bath villas with kitchen, living area and more. Bold text
- Kauai Vacation Rentals . Great selection of homes, condos and cottages on Kauai's North shore. (800) 487-9833
- Poipu Kapili #54- Ocean front luxury Plantation style townhouse.  Classic Hawaiian décor. Air conditioned, pool & lit tennis courts. Great location near Poipu Beach & shopping center.
- Alihi Lani #4  Ocean front, end unit, classic Hawaiian décor, air conditioned, pool, 2nd floor, small private complex - just 6 units. Private 200 sf covered lanai.
- ZEN Tropical Kauai Hideaway  Property ID#2196 Located in Princeville.
- The Parrish Collection - Oceanfront, + 1 800 325-5701, . Beachfront vacation homes.
- Whaler's Cove, . Pamper yourself in spacious luxury in private 1-2bedroom condos. The resort is located right on the ocean in Sunny Poipu. Each suite has a large spacious lanai that looks out over the coastline. This private resort will become your tropical home away from home. Tip: you can check the hotel web site for low season discounts. High season rates range from $369-$656.
- Princeville Resort, in the north at Hanalei Bay, 5520 Ka Haku Rd, +1 808 826-9644, . For those who want to pay for something spectacular - the views are incredible, especially of sunset from the spectacular lobby lounge, although the hotel is old and the rooms are in desperate need of a makeover. Even if you do not have the budget to stay here, you can reach the beach through this hotel-- look for spots marked for public access in the parking lot. $405-$615 double, suites from $705.
- Kauai Hyatt Resort, . Another excellent destination on the southern tip of the island. Tip: you can get 50% off rack rates by using airline hotel vouchers—most airlines hand them out as a perk with award flight bookings. They often surface on eBay.
- Makahuena, . Located in Poipu on the Sunny South Shore, situated directly on the ocean between the Kauai Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Waiohai Hotel, you will find the Makahuena. The key beauty of Makahuena is that although it is practially next door to Hyatt, it sits right atop the beach, compared to the sometimes great distances from the ocean of the other hotels. Building number 5 of the Makahuena has two giant 2,400 square foot penthouse units that are directly on the waterfront. From this spectacular location, you can see both the sunset and sunrise over the water. This location is very private, hidden, and quiet, and you won't see anyone walking between you and the ocean.