5 Best Places to Stay in Kauai: Everything You Need to Know

Kauai is the perfect tropical getaway, with pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, and some of the most dramatic coastline on the planet. But, given that the attractions on the island are a bit spread out and getting around the island has its challenges, it can be difficult to know which area you should stay. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the island four times and have narrowed down the 5 best places to stay in Kauai to make the most of your time in paradise. 

Kauai Itinerary: The Ultimate Guide for 7 Days or Less!

With its lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and abundant wildlife, Kauai is inarguably one of the most gorgeous Hawaiian Islands. While the Garden Isle is the smallest of the main islands in Hawaii, it still covers over 550 square miles—so if you have a short amount of time to explore this absolute paradise, it can be hard to know how (and where!) to spend your time. 

But not to worry—I’ve been lucky enough to explore this incredible island four times and have put together the perfect Kauai itinerary for exactly how you should spend your 7 days (or less!) on this little slice of heaven, including where to stay, how to get around, and what to expect along the way

8 Incredible Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Kauai is one of the most gorgeous islands on the planet, with lush mountains, towering waterfalls, and electric blue water. One of the best things to do on Kauai is to dive into (quite literally!) its crystal clear waters to explore its vibrant coral reefs, which are teeming with tropical fish and adorable sea turtles. Here’s the 7 best Kauai snorkeling tours so you can experience its stunning underwater world for yourself. 

8 Awesome Catamaran Tours in Kauai [2024]

Kauai is known for its impossibly green cliffs, pristine beaches, and turquoise water. One of the best ways to explore the Garden Isle is to get out on its crystal clear water, which offers a unique perspective of the island’s iconic Na Pali coastline and the rest of its stunning shoreline. Here’s 8 incredible catamaran tours in Kauai, ranging from snorkeling adventures to dinner cruises. 

Winter in Hawaii: Everything You Need to Know

Thinking about escaping the cold and heading to Hawaii this winter? You’re not alone—this tropical paradise is actually at its very busiest during this time period! But what is winter in Hawaii like exactly—-and does it change what you can and can’t do there? 

I’ve visited each of the Hawaiian islands several times during the winter and am detailing everything you need to know about visiting during the cooler months, from what the weather is like to the best things to do on each of the islands.

Kauai Scuba Diving: Everything You Need to Know

Hawaii is known for its stunning wildlife and the beautiful island of Kauai is no exception. One of the best ways to see the Garden Isle’s biodiversity up close and personal is by scuba diving and exploring its underwater world, with vibrant coral reefs, seemingly countless sea turtles, and even some adorable monk seals. Here’s everything you need to know about Kauai scuba diving.

Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail: The Best Hike on Kauai’s Southern Shore

If you’re looking for a fun and moderate hike in Kauai, the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail may just be the perfect option, with stunning coastal views, lots of wildlife, and opportunities to learn about Hawaiian history and culture along the way. Here’s everything you need to know about hiking the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, the best hike on Kauai’s southern shore.

Kauai Shores Hotel Review [2024]

The Kauai Shores Hotel is one of the most affordable resort-like lodging options in Kauai. It’s conveniently located along the island’s eastern shore, providing an excellent home base to explore the stunning beaches on the north shore and the historic towns along the southern coast. But what’s it really like to stay here–and is it worth the price? After staying here (and paying for it out of our own pockets!), here’s an honest Kauai Shores Hotel review, including what to expect during your stay and tips for making it as enjoyable as possible.

Napali Coast Boat Tours: Everything You Need To Know [2024]

If you’re coming to Kauai, there’s almost surely one thing that’s on your bucket list—seeing the rugged and green Napali Coast. But getting to this stunning place isn’t exactly easy—the only way to get there is via air, hiking trail, or boat. While all of these ways have their merits, seeing the Napali Coast via boat tour uniquely affords you the ability to explore its caves, get up close and personal with some of Hawaii’s incredible sea life, and appreciate the grandeur of its 4,000-foot cliffs from the water. Here’s everything you need to know about seeing the Napali Coast via boat tour, including what to expect and exactly which tours you should book.

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