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Kauai Quick Facts

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Kauai Highlights:
Napali Coast: Take an air tour or a boat tour to witness the towering cliffs along Kauai’s North Shore.
Waimea Canyon: Enjoy the panoramic views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”.
Wailua River: Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and Wailua is one of the most popular.
Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse: Visit this beautiful scenic point at the northernmost tip of the island.
Kauai Beaches: From Poipu on the South Shore to Hanalei Bay on the North Shore, explore Kauai’s amazing beaches.

Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue.

Kauai Resort Areas:
There are five major resort destinations on Kauai: North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).

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Time Zone:
Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).


US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveller’s cheques are accepted at many businesses.

Average temperature: 23˚ - 29˚C.

Area Code/Mobile Phones:
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Mobile phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the United States.

Internet Access:
Internet access is readily available on Kauai and at many hotels.

Luxury resorts, hotels, holiday rentals including cottages, homes and condos (apartments), as well as bed and breakfasts are located throughout the island.

Rent a car at Lihue Airport (LIH) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, taxis or city buses.

Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 - 2 per night for housekeeping.