Not only does the Garden Isle of Kauai’s wondrous set of natural features make it distinctive from the other islands, its place in Hawaiian history makes it truly unique.
There is no road that goes all the way around Kauai in a tidy circle. Once you see the amazing Na Pali coastline you will understand why. So we recommend dividing the island into 2 portions for your sightseeing adventures. Each deserves one day of your time.
Feel yourself slip into the friendly laid back personality of the island as you visit North and Eastern Kauai and the beach resort areas of Hanalei and Princeville. The tour continues all the way to the end of the road at Ke’e Beach.
Sample delicious smoothies and shave ice flavored with local tropical fruit, while you stroll the shops in the vibrant town of Kapa’a. A trip to view Wailua Falls, one of Kauai’s most popular, is not to be missed.
In Southern and Western Kauai you can drive under a canopy Tree Tunnel of 500 trees, over a 100 years old, and see the island’s most famous blowhole; Spouting Horn.
Pick up a local souvenir as you wander the shops and galleries in the artsy town of Hanapepe. We travel up Kauai’s volcanic mountains to Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the superb Waimea Canyon and continue to the awe-inspiring viewpoints of Koke’e Park perched above the Na Pali Coast.
It’s also the best place to see endangered monk seals, often lazing on north shore beaches and around Poipu.
There are no official start locations for this tour, simply join the route wherever is closest to you. All driving directions are provided in the tour audio.
If dividing the island into 2, we would recommend 5-8 hours for each section. The driving time without stops from Princeville to Waimea Canyon is about 2 hours, so expect to spend a full day out if starting in the north part of the island.
For the north and eastern section, the driving distance is about 40 miles one way from Lihue. From Lihue to Waimea Canyon is approximately 65 miles.
Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is also known as the Garden Isle, for its thick tropical rainforest. Kauai’s wondrous set of natural features make it distinctive from the other islands, and its place in Hawaiian history makes it truly unique.
The best months to visit Kauai are the shoulder seasons between September and November or from April to June, when the weather is pleasant and rates are lower. The rainy season from December to March is peak travel season and the most expensive, followed closely by summer.
Kauai is less developed than the other Hawaiian islands, with less flights here and much of the island inaccessible by road. As a result, many people seek out Kauai for an unplugged vacation to avoid the hustle and bustle of the other islands.
Some of the must visit places on Kauai include the superb Waimea Canyon (also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), the awe-inspiring viewpoints of Koke’e Park perched above the Na Pali Coast, seeing endangered monk seals lazing on the beaches near Poipu and popular Wailua Falls.
While you can see the main attractions of Kauai in two days, you could easily spend a week on this tropical island.