Kauai Regions

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Regions of Kauai

Picturesque waterfalls, canyons, bays, and golf courses are intertwined with the conveniences of a luxurious tropical vacation. Kauai's regions can feel remote but still offer proximity to shops, restaurants, and activities. Nature excursions, relaxation and outdoor sports are top draws on the island of Kauai.

Regions of Kauai

North Shore, Kauai

From the epic scenery of the Napali Coast to the 19th century history of the Waioli Mission House and the beauty of Hanalei Town, the North Shore of Kauai has something for everyone to love.

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East Side (Coconut Coast), Kauai

On the East Side of Kauai, visitors will find inspiring sights like Opaekaa Falls and Fern Grotto, Hawaii’s only navigable river (Wailua River) and unique shopping in Kapaa Town.

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Lihue, Kauai

Lihue is the island’s hub for transportation, including the island’s main airport and a cruise terminal, as well as engaging cultural sites like the Kauai Museum, Alekoko Fishpond and Kilohana Estate.

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South Shore, Kauai

The South Shore offers visitors a perfect blend of sunny, family-friendly beaches perfect for swimming and water activities alongside local history offering perspectives on the island’s sugar plantations.

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West Side, Kauai

The West Side of the island is home to charming towns like Hanapepe filled with local shops and art galleries as well as the breathtaking natural beauty of places like Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon, known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

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Driving Times from Lihue Airport (LIH)

  • Hanapepe: 35 minutes
  • Kalalau Lookout: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Koloa: 25 minutes
  • Poipu: 30 minutes
  • Princeville: 1 hour
  • Wailua: 15 minutes
  • Waimea Canyon: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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