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Your First Trip to Kauai

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Lose yourself to the gentle trade winds. Take in the lush greenery. Inhale the fresh floral environment around you. Each Island has its own distinctive charm, and Kauai is the tropical centerpiece of Hawaii, full of outdoor activities, attractions and culture.

Flights arrive at Kauai’s main airport, Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then head to Kauai. You’ll find everything from bed and breakfasts to luxury resorts in the areas of North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).

Once you’ve settled in, break out your sunscreen and head outdoors. Explore Kauai’s beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe, snorkel or learn how to surf. Then visit Kauai’s humbling natural wonders, from Waimea Canyon to the Napali Coast. Take a break in Kauai’s small towns like Hanapepe, Hanalei and Old Koloa Town to get a taste of local food and art, as well as learn about the island’s fascinating history and culture. After a long day, watch the sunset from the comforts of your resort and recharge for another day of discovery on Kauai.

Featured Sites and Attractions

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s west side, is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Napali Coast, Kauai

The Napali Coast is a breathtaking coastal range that can only be accessed by hiking, sea tour or helicopter tour.

Hanapepe Town, Kauai

Known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” charming Hanapepe Town is the art capital of Kauai.

Old Koloa Town, Kauai

Old Koloa Town, in south Kauai, is a charming area with a historic plantation past.

Hanalei Town, Kauai

Timeless Hanalei Town is home to taro farms, art galleries and the Hanalei Pier overlooking beautiful Hanalei Bay.

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Kauai

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, on Kauai’s northernmost tip, is a wildlife refuge offering amazing views.

Opaekaa Falls, Kauai

With a roadside lookout, this is one of Kauai's most accessible major waterfalls.