• Na Pali Coast State Park

Kauai Holidays

A true slice of paradise, Kauai is Hawaii’s very own ‘Garden Island’ thanks to its sultry rainforest, emerald valleys and sparkling waterfalls. Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain.

Dotted with golden beaches and hidden coves, lose yourself in this island’s natural splendour; witness the towering peaks along the northern Napali Coast  and be taken back to the world of Jurassic Park, when dinosaurs roamed the earth; kayak along Wailua River or take a boat ride to the Fern Grotto. Breathe in the wonderfully warm, tropical air and be at one with Kauai’s dramatic beauty. Some parts of this island are only accessible by sea or air, allowing for the landscapes to keep their untouched, natural beauty. For out-of-this-world views of the island, take a helicopter flight over the Wailua Falls and Waimea Canyon, also called the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' for unbelievable panoramas.

Relax and soak up the suns rays on the South Shore, where you can find perfect beaches around the Poipu area. Look out for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals that sometimes sunbathe on the shores of the golden-crescent of Poipu Beach Park and for a popular photographed spot, head to Spouting Horn and witness a blowhole that releases a spout of water some 20 feet into the air. Over on the East Side, known as the Coconut Coast, you will find Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua; the lava rock enclosed ocean pools which is a perfect place for families and first time snorkellers.

Combine your trip to Kauai with an island-hopping holiday to see more of these Polynesian wonders or stop over in California where you can cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, hit the theme parks in Los Angeles or taste wine in vineyards spread across the region.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Kayak along the Wailua River
  • Snorkel on Poipu beach
  • Visit the breathtaking Waimea Canyon
  • Witness the dramatic sea cliffs of the NaPali Coast

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Kauai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,839 pp

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Sheraton Kauai Resort

Kauai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,309 pp

Sheraton Kauai Resort

Time Zone

GMT -11 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 16 hours; flights are indirect via mainland USA

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

Hawaii is the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to Hawaii

From land based activities such as leisurely horseback rides, off road ATV adventures and exhilarating zip lines to water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and surfing; Kauai is a true adventurer's playground. However for those seeking a quieter pace, there is local culture and historical landmarks plus many beautiful beaches of course.

  • Na Pali Coast State Park

    Na Pali Coast State Park

    A true wilderness. Na Pali Coast State Park can only be accessed from the water, hiking by foot or from above on a helicopter tour; this magnificent Jurassic homes towering sea cliffs, narrow valleys and cascading waterfalls.

  • Kayaking at Makuab beach

    Beaches

    Although the island itself is known for its dramatic cliffs, canyons and lush rainforests; Kauai has stunning beaches ranging from calm, family friendly beaches to surfing hot spots. Explore the shallow tide pools at Salt Pond Beach Park or beachcomb along the long sandy stretch of beach on the islands West Side or watch for the appearance of monk seals on Poipu Beach Park along the South Shore. There are 50 miles of white-sand coastline surrounding Kauai, so whether you want to snorkel, surf or simply relax with your toes in the sand; you will be sure to find your perfect beach when travelling to Kauai.

  • Wailua Falls

    Wailua River

    With the only navigable rivers on the islands of Hawaii in Kauai, Wailua River is one you will want to visit. Kayak, paddleboard or outrigger canoe your way along the river, weaving past flowing waterfalls and lush jungle landscape. There are also open-air boat tours available and will take you into the Fern Grotto - a natural lava rock cave draped with ferns. The river feeds two popular waterfalls; Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls, but you can also view the river by car if you fancy exploring the island and also visiting sacred landmarks along the way.

  • Waimea Canyon

    Waimea Canyon

    Described as the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific', Waimea Canyon is an incredible 3600 feet deep canyon that stretches for miles. The Waimea Canyon Lookout is free and provides panoramic views into the deep valleys, but if you don't fancy exploring by yourself book onto a guided tour.

  • Anneka

    Commercial Executive

    "You have to visit Waimea Canyon, the landscape is such a dramatic contrast to the rest of the island and at the lookout we had panoramic views that went on for miles."

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    "Book a helicopter trip to see the island from above, the landscapes are incredible and you will feel like you are soaring above Jurassic Park!"

Types of Kauai holidays

Overlooking Kalalau

Kauai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Driving around the Island

Self Drive Hawaii

Self Drive Hawaii

Frequently Asked Questions

Even though there are no direct flights to Kauai, it is a great destination to include as part of your USA multi centre adventures, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Island-hopping around the Hawaiian Islands is also a great way to experience the Aloha spirit and explore the jurassic landscapes and beautiful beaches.

The flight time to Hawaii is approx. 10 to 11 hours to the west coast of the USA and Canada and then a further 5 to 6 hours onwards to Hawaii.

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